For the Spring 2021 semester, the University approved temporary changes to academic policies in order
to provide flexibility and to allow students to successfully complete academic work during the
The purpose of this message is to provide information on the policy changes related to the Credit/No
Credit grading option.
Credit/No Credit Grading Policy for Spring 2021:
Undergraduate students may elect to change any Spring 2021 course that normally requires a letter
grade (A-F) to Credit/No Credit instead. Students may make this revision to their grading option only
between March 29 and April 16. Courses currently approved for Pass/Fail grading would not be eligible.
Classes taken with the Credit/No Credit option will fulfill major, minor, and core requirements this
semester even though that is not normally allowed in the Credit/No Credit policy. Additionally, classes
taken on a Credit/No Credit basis during the Spring 2021 term will not count toward the maximum limit
of 4 Credit/No Credit units.
Credit/No Credit grading may be the best choice during the pandemic. However, also consider whether
letter grading is preferable in order to satisfy the 2.0 GPA minimum in major, minor and cumulative GPA
requirements, or to qualify for university honors at graduation which requires 16 graded units on
campus. Letter grading is still required to impact your term GPA and major, minor, and cumulative GPA.
Per the 2020-21 Bulletin (p. 46) “…courses taken with the Credit/No Credit option are not calculated into
the student’s grade point average. If the professor submits a letter grade of C- or higher the student will
receive credit for the course; if the professor submits a letter grade of D+ or lower the student will not
receive credit for the course.”
Further details on the Credit/No Credit option are available in the Bulletin (p. 46). We encourage you to discuss your decision with your instructor, faculty advisor or Academic Advising (email@example.com).
Credit/No Credit Grading Process – How to Submit Request
Students will have access to a Google form from March 29th through April 16th that will provide a means
for submitting the Credit/No Credit request to the Office of the Registrar. Students will be notified
through their Puget Sound email account when the form is ready. The Google form will allow students to
indicate which courses, if any, they would like to change from a standard letter grade (A-F) to the
Credit/No Credit option.
Please do not email the Registrar’s Office to request the Credit/No Credit option, and wait for the
Google form. However, if you have policy questions, feel free to contact the Registrar’s Office
Faculty will submit a standard letter grade at the conclusion of the term. The Office of the Registrar will
then convert grades with C- or higher to CR (credit) and grades of D+, D, D- or F to NC (no credit).
Credit/No Credit Grading Considerations
For Fall 2021 Registration
For Course Repeats in Spring 2021
For Students Interested in Raising their GPA due to Sanctions, Minimum Major/Minor or Degree GPA, or
Course Withdrawal Deadline: The Spring 2021 automatic W deadline is April 16. A 'W' (withdrawal) grade has no impact on GPA.
Medical Withdrawal Policy: Medical withdrawal may be an appropriate response to a medical or
psychological condition that prevents a student from completing the semester’s work. Staff members in
the Office of the Dean of Students and the Office of Academic Advising assist students with this process.
Incomplete Grading: This option is available for students, as specified in the Bulletin (p. 48). It is for
students who have completed work of a passing quality, but who have a limited portion of the
coursework unfinished because of illness or other exceptional circumstance. Students must request
incomplete grading from their instructor no later than the last day of class. If the instructor approves
the request, the student and instructor complete a contract that lists remaining coursework and
deadlines for submission. Completed contracts must be submitted to the Office of the Registrar.
We understand that questions may arise that are not covered in this document. Please know that there
are several resources available to assist you with your decisions. Those resources include your faculty
advisor, the Office of Academic Advising, and the Office of the University Registrar. Please do not
hesitate to reach out with any questions.