Pass/No Record COVID Grading Option Approved

December 7, 2020

I am pleased to announce that the UM-Dearborn governing faculty approved this past Friday the option for you to convert some or all of your Fall 2020 and Winter 2021 courses to a Pass/No Record COVID (NRC) grading mode.

Dear Dearborn Undergraduate and Graduate Students:

I hope you are staying healthy, safe and well as we enter the final month of studies for the Fall 2020 semester. 

I am pleased to announce that the UM-Dearborn governing faculty approved this past Friday the option for you to convert some or all of your Fall 2020 and Winter 2021 courses to a Pass/No Record COVID (NRC) grading mode. Before making the decision to switch a 2020 Fall-term course to the Pass/NRC mode, however, you are strongly encouraged to speak with an academic advisor. Moving a grade to Pass/NRC may have implications for your academic progress toward your degree. Further, it could impact your financial aid, so we encourage you to consult with a financial aid advisor (if applicable) as well before making a final decision. 

In order to switch a course to the Pass/NRC 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 for the Fall 2020 semester 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.

For detailed information and guidance about the Pass/NRC option as well as the selective drop deadline, go to “Course Options Pertinent to the Fall 2020 Semester” on our website. As a reminder, the last day to utilize the selective drop for the Fall 2020 semester is by 11:59 p.m. EST on Monday, December 14.

The university has added a mini "well-being" break on February 25 and 26. There will be no scheduled academic activities on these days to allow students, and faculty, an opportunity to take a pause during the semester to get caught up, and refocus for the second half of the term. The mini "well-being" break replaces the spring recess which was eliminated due to earlier changes to the academic calendar. 

On behalf of myself and the rest of the University of Michigan-Dearborn leadership team, we hope this additional option will assist you in completing the term in as positive and productive a fashion as possible. If you have any questions, please direct them to your college’s advising office.

With our best wishes, and stay strong!!

Amy Finley
Dean of Students

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