Updates to SDSU Global Campus Grading Policy

For Open University students, Semester@SDSU students, and SDSU Global Campus students enrolled in our advanced certificate and online degree programs, please read below for information regarding your program.

Please note that there are no changes to non-credit grading or enrollment policy at this time.

Withdrawal deadline: May 7, 2020

You may withdraw from one or more classes of your choice, with approval from the dean in the college in which the course is offered. Once approved, a “W” will appear on your transcript for the specific course. For the majority of students, this change will have no negative impacts on your financial aid.

Withdrawals may have negative consequences, depending on accreditation or licensing requirements of your academic program or financial aid status.

Grading Basis deadline: May 1, 2020

The option to change a course grade to credit/no credit will be extended through May 1. You may opt to change the grading basis of any course you’re currently enrolled in..

Grade changes may have negative consequences, depending on accreditation or licensing requirements of your academic program or financial aid status.

Students in degree seeking programs, both undergraduate and graduate studies, must seek guidance from their Faculty Director before choosing to withdraw from a course or choosing to change their grading status in a course. Please contact your Faculty Director directly or email cesreg@sdsu.edu to identify your Faculty Director.

Current students withdrawing or changing grading basis prior to the schedule adjustment deadline should go through the official late schedule adjustment procedures in the Office of the Registrar, outlined here.

Students who receive Financial Aid must contact a Financial Aid Advisor must seek guidance from their academic and financial aid advisors before choosing to withdraw from a course or choosing to change their grading status in a course. Please contact sapassist@sdsu.edu to discuss Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) or the impact of withdrawing from courses on your financial aid eligibility. General Financial Aid questions can be directed to fao@sdsu.edu.

German Universities prefer that students earn letter grades rather than Cr/NC options. There are no financial aid implications for changing your grading to CR/NC.

For our Danish students, the Danish government and universities are both fine with you changing your grading to the Cr/NC option.

Students enrolled in Open University and/or our certificate courses, should review the student facing FAQs carefully and contact Registration at CESReg@sdsu.edu with questions.

Withdrawal and Grading Basis Change is optional and not required. After seeking required guidance, Open University and Semester@ students seeking a W or Grading Basis Change may submit a Petition for Special Consideration. You should request a secure email link by contacting cesreg@sdsu.edu. You must submit a short statement confirming you have sought guidance from appropriate advising staff outlined above. Supporting documentation and $20 processing fee is waived for Spring 2020.

Frequently Asked Questions

When I withdraw, can I get a refund or how much of a refund do I get?
A withdrawal will not result in a refund of tuition paid.

Can I withdraw or change the grading basis of one class?
Students can change the grading basis for one or all courses they have enrolled in.

Do I need the professor’s signature on the petition to withdraw from the class or change to Credit/No Credit (Cr/NC)?
Yes, instructor signature is required as acknowledgement of petition submission. Instructor signature does not signify approval.

What does a “W” on my transcript mean?
The symbol “W” indicates that you were permitted to drop a course after the 10th day from the first day of classes because of a verified serious and compelling reason, and you have obtained the signature of the instructor and the approval of the dean or designee of the college in which the class is located. W (withdrawal), not counted in the grade point average. A W will show on your final transcript.

What is Cr/NC and what does it mean?
Cr (credit), signifying units earned, but not counted in the grade point average; NC (no credit), no credit earned and not counted in the grade point average.

Undergraduate students are awarded a grade of "Credit" (CR) for work equivalent to all grades which earn 2.0 or more grade points (A through C). A grade of "No Credit" (NC) is awarded for work equivalent to all grades which earn less than 2.0 grade points (C- through F).

A grade of "Credit" (CR) in graduate level courses is awarded for work equivalent to all grades which earn 3.0 or more grade points (A through B). A grade of "No Credit" (NC) is awarded for work equivalent to all grades which earn less than 3.0 grade points (B- through F).

A note of caution: The grade of "NC" is not calculated in the grade point average at San Diego State University. However, some institutions, particularly for graduate admissions, calculate an "NC" as an "F."

How does a W factor into my GPA?
A W listed on a transcript is not factored into the grade point average.

How does Cr/NC factor into my GPA?
Cr/NC listed on a transcript is not factored into the grade point average.

I’m a Semester@SDSU student. If I change to W or Cr/NC, will the course transfer back to my home university?
Transferability is always determined by the home institution. You must confirm transferability with your home university prior to submitting a petition form or making any change requests.

Will changing the grading option or withdrawing affect the funding I get for my studies?
You must confirm with your home university and funding organization prior to submitting a petition form or making any change requests.

Is there a limit to how many courses can be credit/no credit?
Any courses with a Cr/NC grading basis for spring 2020 term will not be counted towards the maximum 15 semester units for undergraduate students.

Is there a list of Cr/NC classes? How do I know if my course is already designated CR/NC Are all courses Cr/NC eligible?
All courses being offered for spring 2020 are eligible for Cr/NC grading basis.

I am an Open University student. If I want to change my grading status how do I contact an advisor and who do I contact to change my grading status?
Open U students should review this document carefully and contact Registration at cesreg@sdsu.edu with questions.

I submitted documentation to change my grading status. How long will it take to make this change and how/where I can see the change has been made?
Grading basis and Withdrawal updates should be processed within 7-10 days of submission. Please reach out to cesreg@sdsu.edu for questions or concerns.

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