Provost Ian Baucom announced students will be able to opt into credit/general credit/no credit grading in January after viewing their final grades this semester in a University-wide email sent Monday evening.
“I know that our deans and faculty are actively thinking about how to show as much flexibility as possible and to focus on the most essential elements of your courses to help ensure that you are not overburdened as you finish your classes and turn to preparing for finals,” Baucom said.
Baucom also said the University does not plan to establish any blanket guidance on assignments after Thanksgiving break, adding that this is “best handled at the individual school level” due to the variety in courses and coursework. In the immediate aftermath of the shooting last week that resulted in the deaths of three students and the injury of two others, the University canceled classes for two days and said no undergraduate students could be permitted to take exams or complete graded assignments before the break.
Under this system, students who earn a grade of C or better will receive a credit. General credit will be awarded to students who earn a passing grade below a C, and a letter grade of F will denote a grade of no credit. Grades of credit/general credit/no credit will not factor into a student’s GPA. Though these courses will not factor into GPAs, Baucom advised students to consider that this option might have implications for graduate school admission and career paths.
This decision does not apply to courses at the Darden Graduate School of Business, School of Law or School of Medicine. Undergraduates taking graduate courses in these schools should consult their deans.
The last time the University adopted an opt-in credit/general credit/no credit grading system was in March 2020 following the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic. This opt-in system remained through the fall 2020 and spring 2021 semesters, though Monday’s decision marks the first time students will be permitted to opt-in after viewing their final grades.
“As we turn to Thanksgiving while in the midst of grievous loss, I am thankful for you, thankful for the compassion and devotion you have shown to one another, and, above all, thankful for the memory of Devin, D’Sean, and Lavel, whose sparkling lives endure in your commitment to them,” Baucom said.