Pass/No Credit due to COVID and Remote Learning

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Pass/No Credit (P/NC) Information due to COVID-19 and remote learning.

P/NC due to COVID-19 (Spring '20, Summer '20, Fall '20, Spring '21, Summer '21)
  • COVID P/NC is completely separate from the standard 2 allowable P/NC in SOE. No matter how many P/NC's you have used already, COVID P/NC is not part of the 2 standard P/NC.
  • COVID P/NC applies to ANY or ALL  courses taken in those terms (major courses, required courses, electives, graduate courses, etc), unlike Standard P/NC which has different course and date restrictions. For students planning on going to graduate school you may not elect P/NC. 
  • We recommend students wait to know their grades before submitting P/NC. 
  • COVID P/NC applies to honors courses and honors requirements at the SoE.
Graduation, Transferring, Grade Replacement, Dean's List, Graduate School, Employment
  • Graduation: Courses taken during these terms with a PASS grade will count towards undergraduate programs requirements (minor, major, degrees). For Graduate Programs, contact the Graduate Program Director before making this decision.
  • Graduation: Any course with a NOCR grade will not count towards programs requirements (minor, major, degrees). NOCR is equivalent to a FAILURE without GPA impact.
  • Grade Replacement: If during one of the COVID semesters, you are retaking a prior course that had F or D grade, the COVI P/NC course will remove the prior F/D grade from the GPA using our current policy on repeating courses. The net impact on the GPA is removing the F/D grade from the GPA. 
  • Transferring: COVID PASS grades will meet the school-to-school transfer requirements. You must also meet any other STS GPA requirements as listed on the STS website
  • Dean's list: 2cr+ of regular letter grades (A, B+, etc.) is required for Dean's list. Example: If you are taking 14 credits and make a 3 credit class P/NC, you are not eligible for Dean's List.
  • Graduate School: If you are going to graduate school at RU (accelerated MS, MS, PhD, etc), all graduate coursework must have a regular letter grade (A, B+, etc). Graduate courses with a PASS or NOCR grade will not be accepted.
  • Employment: SoE deans and advisors do not know how employers might view a PASS grade vs. the letter grade. The student may choose to contact their prospective employer to find out more information.

Standard Pass/No Credit Information  

How does Pass/No Credit work?

Pass/No Credit (also known as P/NC or PASS/NOCR): The student requests P/NC for a course. The student and instructor complete the course and grading as normal. The instructor is never informed of the student’s request. The instructor submits regular letter grades A through F. Grades of C or higher are converted into a grade of PASS. Grades of D or F are converted into NOCR. P/NC is not reversible.

More about Pass/No Credit grading.
  • Grades of C or higher are converted into PASS. Grades of D/F are converted into No Credit.
  • A grade of PASS (C or better) satisfies Prerequisites and counts towards passing a class for a minor, major, degree.
  • A grade of NOCR (D or F) does NOT satisfy Prerequisites. NOCR does not satisfy the requirement. NOCR is equivalent to failing a class without impact on the GPA.
  • D grades and Pass/No-Credit – BE CAREFUL HERE: If you earn a D, normally this satisfies a requirement and pre-req. BUT, if you make a class P/NC and you earn a D, this will be a NOCR (like a failure). It will not satisfy a requirement, nor a pre-req.  
  • If you earn a D and need it to graduate this May, do NOT make it P/NC, or you won't graduate.

Apply for Pass/No Credit

  • COVID Pass/No Credit portal: The request form is available through the "My Grades" widget on your myRutgers dashboard. If you need to make any changes to pass/no credit, go back into the system and check/uncheck the box next to the course by the deadline.
  • Summer 2021 P/NC will open on June 17, 2021, 8:30am and closes on August 23, 2021, 11:59pm EST. 
  • Spring 2021 P/NC will open to students on Thursday, May 6, 2021, and closes on Wednesday, May 19 at 11:59 p.m. EST