Clarification for Engineering Courses

UVA Engineering Graduate Students:

We are writing to provide an update on UVA Engineering graduate grading policies for spring 2020.

On April 15, 2020, UVA Registrar Hawthorne sent an email entitled, “Spring 2020 Grading Options” to undergraduate students providing additional information about how the CR/NC default grading system will be implemented. Please read Registrar Hawthorne’s email carefully, as the grading policy and implementation she outlines is extended to all engineering graduate courses for spring 2020.

The details for engineering graduate courses are as follows:

  • For this semester, the default grading system for graduate-level courses offered by UVA Engineering is credit/general credit/no credit (CR/GC/NC). You will also have the option to receive a letter grade. You must decide whether to receive a letter grade by the last day of spring semester classes on Tuesday, April 28, 2020.      
  • On Friday, April 24, 2020, at 8 a.m. EDT, all of your classes that were being taken for a letter grade will be converted to the default grading option of Cred/GenCred/NoCred Spring 2020. At that time, you may, if you wish, change any (or all) of your classes back to the standard grading option (A through F). To make changes to the grading option for any class, follow these steps. You will have until Tuesday, April 28, 2020, at 11:59 p.m. EDT to make this decision, and you may change your mind for any class up until the deadline. You will not be able to change the grading option for any class after 11:59 p.m. EDT on April 28, 2020.    
  • Courses offered as satisfactory/unsatisfactory (S/U) will remain this way. They will not be changed to CR/GC/NC, and you will not have the option to receive a letter grade in these courses.
  • Courses taken for CR/GC/NC during spring 2020 that would have otherwise counted toward curricular, major, and graduation requirements will continue to do so with a CR grade. Such grades are not factored into a student’s GPA. Courses that were already being taken for CR/NC will not count toward graduation requirements, just as before.
  • Students who remain in the CR/GC/NC option must complete the class with a grade of C or better to receive credit (CR). In the School of Engineering, students who complete a class with a grade of C-, D+, D, or D- receive general credit (GC); however, a grade of GC will not satisfy any degree requirements for graduate engineering students. Students who are graded as NC will not receive credit for the course.    
  • What level of course performance constitutes a C or a D-minus is at the discretion of the course instructor based on the grading policy outlined in the course syllabus.
  • This policy applies to all courses offered by UVA Engineering. If you are enrolled in courses in another school at UVA, please contact the registrar of the school you are enrolled in to learn about that school’s grading policies.
  • UVA is planning to include a designation on students' transcripts to indicate that the CR/GC/NC option was created in the midst of an extraordinary crisis and as part of the University's effort to manage the transition to online instruction.

Additional considerations:

  • UVA Engineering graduate students who are currently on academic probation will receive an automatic one-semester extension of their probationary period if they fail to meet a 3.0 grade point average in spring 2020.
  • Students may request a grade of IN (incomplete) if they need additional time to complete the requirements of a specific course. Incompletes must be agreed to and arranged with the course instructor. Please see the Graduate Record for more information on incomplete grade policies. Students requesting a grade of IN must still decide by April 28 if they would like to receive a letter grade or CR/GC/NC upon completion of the course requirements.


N. Scott Barker, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs

UVA Engineering

James Smith, Assistant Dean for Graduate Education

UVA Engineering