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*COVID-19 Information and academic policies for spring 2020 and fall 2020 are found on this page* 

NOTE: Full semester courses and short courses have different academic deadlines. Always check the deadlines of your classes here
List of College of Liberal Arts & Sciences policies and forms found here

Credit/NoCredit Policy: General information

What is Credit/NoCredit? 

Credit/NoCredit is a policy that allows you to take courses without receiving final grades that factor into your GPA calculations.
Credit (CR) is earned for a class if you receive a grade A through C-. (Cr) Credit - fulfills degree requirements, and allows you to move forward in course sequencing.
No Credit (NC) is earned if you receive a grade D+ through F for a course. (NC) no Credit - does not fulfill degree requirements.
This option is usually available for a limited time at the beginning of a semester, between the 21st and 30th instructional day. Full policy here. 

You should always consult with the following people and departments before electing to take a class for Credit/No Credit. 

  • Your academic advisor - listed in Jayhawk GPS
  • Your major, minor, or future major department while considering electing Credit/NoCredit for a class that will count towards degree requirements. Credit/NoCredit is up to the major/minor department or professional school you plan on graduating from - not the department in which you are taking the course. 
    Example: Pre-Business students should consult with the School of Business before taking any degree requirements for Credit/NoCredit. MATH 115, ACCT 200 etc. 
  • Check on your current grade and points left possible in a class before electing to take it for Credit/NoCredit. GPA Calculator. 
  • Consult with Financial Aid & Scholarships 

Why might I opt-in to Credit/NoCredit?

Some students choose this option if they want to prevent a low grade in a class from damaging a GPA but still need to earn credit and complete the class. This policy is used for GPA purposes. 
(Cr) Credit - fulfills degree requirements, and allows you to move forward in course sequencing. 
(NC) no Credit - does not fulfill degree requirements. Receiving NC for a course can often lead to a student having to repeat the course if it is still needed to graduate. 

What courses are eligible?

This varies greatly per class! It's important to consider why you are taking a course - Is it a KU Core requirement? Is it a class you are taking for admission into into a Professional School or Graduate level program? Is it a class that is required for your major? Is it a class that is needed for licensure? These are all questions academic units consider. 
Typically, credit/no credit may not be used for classes in your major or minor. There are also courses that require a final grade due to licensure. Some programs use "default" grades for students who take classes credit / no credit when it comes to calculating GPA for admission purposes. 
However, for Spring 2020, departments may make alternate arrangements and exceptions for classes. As we recieve information from academic units, we will update you below! Still continue to check in with your academic advisor. 

What is the deadline? 

Spring 2020: Students may be able to request the CR/NC option until Dec 18th, 2020

Summer 2020: no changes

Fall 2020Students are eliigible to request/reverse CR/NC until April 30, 2021 - AVAILABLE Dec 21, after fall 2020 grades post. 
Students graduating Fall 2020 must elect Credit/NoCredit by Jan 8th, 2021

How do I opt-in? 

Fill out the online forms for spring and fall - here. You can also access the forms in your Enroll & Pay account. 
Visit the same website to reverse any Cr/NCr decisions you have made. A separate reversal form can be found on the same page. 

Credit / No Credit per Academic Unit: FALL 2020 extension information

Based on your feedback, the CR/NC option has been extended for fall 2020 courses. With this new extension, undergraduate students may be able to request the CR/NC option until April 30, 2021
This allows students to recieve final fall 2020 grades before making a Credit/NoCredit decision. Students may choose to take more than one class for Credit/NoCredit. Separate forms must be filled out for each course. Form available Dec 21st, 2020. 

Reminder, Credit / No Credit guidelines and restriction decisions are made by the academic units in which you plan to graduate. Please check below for information regarding Cr/NCr in your specific major, minor, or future major department. PreProfessional students should pay attention to academic updates based on where they plan to graduate. 
 

College of Liberal Arts & Sciences - major and minor requirements are now approved for Credit/NoCredit allowance.
College student guide to Credit / No Credit. More information can also be found on collegeadvising.ku.edu 

School of Architecture & Design - For Fall 2020 courses, students in the School of Architecture and Design have already received communications from their faculty that they should reach out to faculty if they are experiencing challenges to arrange for an incomplete. Students in or pursuing admission to the Department of Design and/or the Design Minor should visit this page for guidance specific to them regarding Fall 2020 Credit/No Credit: https://design.ku.edu/credit-nocredit

School of Business - will allow students to elect CR/NC grading for Fall 2020 undergraduate courses that are required for business majors, minors, and certificates. If you are Pre-Business please consult with your UAC advisor. 

School of Education - allows the credit/no credit option for no more than two classes total prior to being admitted in Community Health, Exercise Science, Physical Education PLUS, Sport Management.  This option is not allowed in HSES coursework nor ENGL, MATH or COMS courses. The credit/no credit option is permitted in up to 6 hours prior to being admitted in Teacher Education majors. This option is not allowed in School of Education courses or courses from your teaching area.  The School of Education will consider extenuating circumstances.  Contact your School of Education advisor or  soeadvising@ku.edu.

School of Engineering - is temporarily suspending the current credit/no credit (CR/NC) policy for Fall 2020. Undergraduate students in the School of Engineering can choose to have courses, including those taught in the School of Engineering, graded CR/NC. More information here

KU Health Professions -  see program specifics listed below 
Health Information Management HIM - will not accept CR/NC for HIM program prerequisite courses. 
Clinical Lab Sciences CLS - will not accept CR/NC for chemistry and biology courses. CLS will allow CR/NC for non-science courses through spring 2021. 
Physical Therapy - admission policies are unchanged. Letter grades are required for prerequisite courses. 
Respiratory Care - admission policies are unchanged. Letter grades are required for prerequisite courses. 
Occupational Therapy - OT prefers (strongly) to see a grade, especially for the science courses. Electives are fine as CR/NC.

School of Journalism -  is temporarily suspending the current credit/no credit (CR/NC) policy for Fall 2020. Undergraduate students in the School can choose to have courses graded CR/NC. Journalism majors and minors can elect CR/NC.  Additionally, JOUR 101 can be taken as CR/NC. 

KU School of Nursing - prefers (strongly) to see a grade, especially for the science and math courses required for admission. KU Core/Electives are fine for CR/NC.

School of Social Welfare - students are permited to take any class for Credit/noCredit - SW classes, general education courses, and elective hours. 

School of Pharmacy - PrePharm students can abide by College of Liberal Arts & Sciences allowances above. Always consult with the School of Pharmacy about your decisions. Students in the PharmD program may not be taken for CR/NC as they are needed for licensure. 

Students in the Univeristy Honors Program should consult with their Honors advisor before making any decisions. 

 

Credit / No Credit per Academic Unit: SPRING 2020 extension information

Based on your feedback, the CR/NC option has been extended for spring 2020 courses. With this new extension, undergraduate students may be able to request the CR/NC option until December 18, 2020.
This allows students to recieve final spring 2020 grades before making a Credit/NoCredit decision. Students may choose to take more than one class for Credit/NoCredit. Separate forms must be filled out for each course. 

Guidelines provided by academic units for spring 2020 classes below still stand and remain accurate. Please consult them and your advisor before you make any Credit/NoCredit decisions.
Reminder, Credit / No Credit guidelines and restriction decisions are made by the academic units in which you plan to graduate. Please check below for information regarding Cr/NCr in your specific major, minor, or future major department. PreProfessional students should pay attention to academic updates based on where they plan to graduate. 

As always, please consult with your academic advisor before you make any final decisions regarding taking a class or classes for Credit / NoCredit. 

College of Liberal Arts & Sciences - major and minor requirements are now approved for Credit/NoCredit allowance.
College student guide to Credit / No Credit. More information can also be found on collegeadvising.ku.edu 

School of Architecture & Design - all classes offered for spring 2020 will be graded S (Satisfactory) and U (Unsatisfactory). This includes requirements for their majors and the PHTO minor. 

School of Business - will now allow students to elect CR/NC grading for Spring 2020 undergraduate courses that are required for business majors, minors, and certificates. If you are Pre-Business please consult with your UAC advisor. 

School of Education - allows the credit/no credit option for no more than two classes total prior to being admitted in Community Health, Exercise Science, Physical Education PLUS, Sport Management.  This option is not allowed in HSES coursework nor ENGL, MATH or COMS courses.   The credit/no credit option is permitted in up to 6 hours prior to being admitted in Teacher Education majors.  This option is not allowed in School of Education courses or courses from your teaching area.  The School of Education will consider extenuating circumstances.  Contact your School of Education advisor or  soeadvising@ku.edu.

School of Engineering - is temporarily suspending the current credit/no credit (CR/NC) policy for Spring 2020. Undergraduate students in the School of Engineering can choose to have courses, including those taught in the School of Engineering, graded CR/NC. More information here

KU Health Professions - Students should reach out directly their Health Profession department to confirm use of CR/NC - they are evaluated on a case-by-case basis.
Please visit prehealth.ku.edu for more direct links to KU Med Center Health departments or click here

School of Journalism - will accept a grade of CR for JOUR 101 this spring 2020. Journalism students can take journalism major courses as credit/no credit. Journalism minor students can take minor courses as credit/no credit. Journalism students need to check with their non-journalism major or minor advisors regarding courses in their non-journalism major or minor. For additional questions email jadvising@ku.edu 

KU School of Nursing - Cr/NC policy remains the same. CR/NC should not be used for English, math, or science.  CR/NC is okay for electives and other KU Core classes.

School of Social Welfare - students are permited to take any class for Credit/noCredit.

School of Pharmacy - consult with the School of Pharmacy before opting into CR/NC for a pre-pharmacy class.  School of Pharmacy policy has historically treated CR/NC credits like a grade of ‘C’ when calculating pre-pharmacy GPAs, which may hinder pharmacy school admission. Typically CR/NC is not advised. 

Students in the Univeristy Honors Program should consult with their Honors advisor before making any decisions.