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Adjustment to Grading Policies for Academic Year 2021

In response to the impact that the COVID-19 crisis has had on its students, The University of Texas at Dallas will make the following temporary exceptions to policies. These exceptions will apply only to the fall 2020 and spring 2021 semesters.

FAQ: Withdrawal, Credit/No Credit, Pass/Fail

Credit/No Credit Exceptions for Undergraduate Students

Undergraduate students may elect to change a total of three courses taken during the fall 2020 and spring 2021 semesters from receiving a letter grade to being recorded as credit/no credit (CR/NC). The three or fewer courses:

  • May be applied to the fall semester, the spring semester or both, but totaling no more than three courses;
  • Will not be subject to the normal census day deadlines, but instead may be elected beginning January 11, 2021, and ending May 20, 2021. Fall 2020 graduating students have until January 15, 2021, to make their election;
  • Will not be counted toward the CR/NC limit of 12 hours or 20% of UT Dallas upper-division coursework, whichever is smaller; and
  • May be counted toward core curriculum requirements and major prerequisites, assuming a grade of CR is received.

All other requirements and cautions for CR/NC grading, as called out in the undergraduate catalog, remain in place.

Pass/Fail Exceptions for Graduate Students

Graduate students may elect to change a total of three courses taken during the fall 2020 and spring 2021 semesters from receiving a letter grade to being recorded as pass/fail (P/F). The three or fewer courses:

  • May be applied to the fall semester, the spring semester or both, but totaling no more than three courses;
  • Will not be subject to the normal census day deadlines, but instead may be elected beginning January 11, 2021, and ending May 20, 2021. Fall 2020 graduating students have until January 15, 2021, to make their election;
  • May be counted toward major core requirements and their prerequisites, assuming a grade of P is received; and
  • May be subjected to a more stringent requirement for passing (i.e., a grade of B or better) depending on the program.

All other requirements and cautions for P/F grading, as called out in the graduate catalog, remain in place.

Extension of Withdrawal Deadlines for Undergraduate Courses

The withdrawal deadlines for undergraduate courses for the fall 2020 and spring 2021 semesters are extended.

  • For the fall 2020 semester, the withdrawal deadline will be Thursday, December 10, 2020; and
  • For the spring 2021 semester, the withdrawal deadline will be Monday, May 10, 2021.

These withdrawals will be considered non-academic, will not count toward the six-class limit and will be applied retroactively for the fall 2020 semester.

Continuation of Status

For the fall 2020 and spring 2021 semesters, students who did not meet the necessary criteria for their current academic status will remain in their current academic status without change in enrollment.