As a result of the COVID-19 public health emergency, our campus has made the decision to provide students with an extension to the selective drop period until 11:59 p.m. EST on Monday, December 14 as well as an option to switch some or all of their Fall 2020 courses to a Pass/No Record COVID (NRC) grading mode by 11:59 p.m. EST on Friday, January 8. Please see below for more detailed information about each option.

Pass/No Record COVID Grading Option

Undergraduate and graduate students have the ability to move some or all of their Fall 2020 courses to a Pass/No Record COVID grading mode. Specifically, this action includes:

  • All undergraduate and graduate students have the option of switching the grading system for their Fall 2020 courses to a Pass/No Record COVID mode. 
  • All undergraduate and graduate courses switched to a Pass/No Record COVID mode under these circumstances will be permitted to count towards the student’s major, certificates, cognates, or minors requirements as long as the letter grades earned would meet those requirements. 
  • The "Pass" grade will be recorded as "P" and will reflect the credits earned on the academic transcript.
  • The "No Record Covid" grade will be recorded as "NRC" and will reflect zero credits on the academic transcript.
  • Undergraduate course: C- or higher is a P; D+ or lower is an NRC
  • Graduate course: B- or higher is a P; C+ or lower is an NRC
  • Students on probation will not be allowed to exercise this option.

Instructions for Switching Courses to Pass/No Record COVID

Before making a decision to switch a 2020 fall term course to the Pass/No Record COVID mode, students are strongly encouraged to speak with their academic advisor. Use the following link for information on advising offices or to schedule an advising appointment (Note the University is closed December 23 until January 4th):

Undergraduate

Graduate

In order to switch a course to the Pass/No Record COVID mode, please submit an Academic Petition by selecting the Request for grade mode change to Pass/No Record COVID option on the petition form. Petitions must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. EST on Friday, January 8. Without your request to switch to the P/NRC grade, you will receive the default grade listed for your course (A-E for most courses). Late requests will only be considered by petition when a student is completing an Incomplete or X grade.

FAQ

Will I receive an A-E grade for my class?

If you opt for the Pass/No Record COVID option, you will not receive an A-E grade. If you do not petition for a Pass/No Record COVID grade, the default is your A-E grade, which will appear on your transcript.

What is the Pass/No Record COVID conversion for letter grades at UM-Dearborn?

Below is the existing University grading conversion system: 

  • Undergraduate course: C- or higher is a P,  D+ or lower is an NRC
  • Graduate course: B- or higher is a P,  C+ or lower is an NRC
How will electing a course for Pass/No Record COVID affect my GPA?

For students who elect a Pass/No Record COVID grade in Fall 2020, their GPA will not be affected if they receive a Pass or a No Record COVID grade in their course.

How do Pass grades work? Will I still get credit for the course?

Pass grades can be used to satisfy degree requirements so long as the letter grades earned would meet those requirements. For example, if your program requires a letter grade of C or higher and you convert your letter grade to a “Pass”, then the grade entered by your instructor must be a C or higher to fulfill your degree requirements.

How do NRC grades work?

NRC grades do not count as course credit and do not impact a student’s GPA.

Can I take a repeat course Pass/No Record COVID?

For undergraduate students, only the previous grade will be calculated in the GPA. A “Pass” or “No Record COVID” will have no impact on the GPA. It is recommended that students speak to their academic advisor about selective drop as it may be a better option for students than Pass/No Record COVID. 

For graduate students, all A-E grades are included in the GPA. A “Pass” or “No Record COVID” will have no impact on the GPA.

 

I am currently on academic probation. Can I petition one or more of my courses to be graded as Pass/No Record COVID?

No. Students on academic probation cannot petition to change their course grades to the Pass/No Record COVID grading mode.

I dropped a course before the Pass/No Record COVID option was implemented. Will I have the opportunity to return to the course I dropped and petition for the Pass/No Record COVID grading mode?

No, students who drop a course will not be allowed back at a later date to complete their studies and elect another grading mode.

I have a UE (Unearned Fail) grade for one of my courses. Will I be able to convert that grade to the Pass/No Record COVID option?

No, students will not be allowed to convert UE grades to the Pass/No Record COVID option.

I am currently receiving financial aid. Will a Pass/No Record COVID grade impact my current or future financial aid eligibility?

For the current semester:

  • No, changing to this option will not change your current semester financial aid.  

For future semesters:

  • Both Pass/Fail are used to determine Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP). Students who receive a Fail in a course will count against the SAP calculation in the Cumulative Completion Rate and Maximum Timeframe measurements.  
  • For students who are currently in a Warning SAP status, the Fail could lead to ineligibility of financial aid in future semesters.

Please contact the Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships for further questions at umd-ask-ofa@umich.edu.

Will my choice of a Pass/No Record COVID grade affect my medical school or other Health Professions Graduate school applications?

Please consult with the health professions advising office in order to make an informed choice.

I am a veteran student. Will switching one of my courses to a Pass/No Record COVID mode impact me?

(UPDATE: COVID-19 national emergency)  No, although the VA does not typically make payments for classes resulting in non-punitive grades, if COVID-19 is reported as mitigating circumstances for the student’s receipt of a non-punitive grade (i.e., Fail in a Pass/No Record COVID class) the VA will pay for the class.

The current law, under normal circumstances, states that if a student receiving VA Education Benefits completes the term and receives a non-punitive F grade(s), the non-punitive grade(s) must be reported to the VA. This affects your rate of pursuit, and the VA will do a calculation to determine if there is an overpayment. An “F grade” is not counted as earned credit, and is not calculated into the grade point average.

For questions regarding payment, please call the VA Education Hotline 888-442-4551. Do not hesitate to contact the UM-Dearborn Veteran Affairs Coordinator at 313-436-9196 or dearbornveterans@umich.edu if you have any questions.

I am considering transferring to another university. Will switching one of my courses to the Pass/No Record COVID mode impact me?

Prior to making a decision about the switch,students are strongly encouraged to check with the university to which they are considering transferring in order to discuss any implications of moving to the Pass/No Record COVID mode.

Will electing one or more of my courses as Pass/No Record COVID impact my eligibility for Academic Honors awards, including the Dean’s List?

In general, most Academic Honors awards, including graduation honors, include stipulations for minimum GPA requirements. There are also stipulations for a minimum number of credit hours earned, and a minimum number of credit hours graded A-E. In order to fully understand the impact of switching some or all of your courses to Pass/No Record COVID, it is strongly recommended that you speak with an academic advisor.

(Transfer credit) Will courses taken at my current school in Fall 2020 with grades of Pass/No Record COVID (or its equivalent) be transferable into the University of Michigan-Dearborn?

Courses taken in the Fall 2020 semester, if otherwise transferrable, will be granted credit if the grade is deemed as Pass/Satisfactory from the transferring institution. These courses, if applicable, will fulfill general education and degree requirements.

Selective Drop Deadline

The university extended the selective drop deadline until 11:59 p.m. EST on Monday, December 14. Students should email UMDRegistration@umich.edu with necessary details to process the drop. Refer to the add/drop form and email these details for processing your request (the form may be used, but is not required). 

A grade of "W" (Official Withdrawal) will be recorded on the student's academic record. A "W" grade results in no credit, no honor points, and has no impact on the grade point average (GPA). There will be no reduction in tuition and fee assessments. 

Students who have questions regarding the selective drop should be directed to their college’s advising office.

 

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