CR/NC FAQs for Students

We know how hard our students and faculty work each semester and recognize the tremendous amount of stress you must be under as a result of COVID-19 and its impact on your studies.

We are working to define and share additional details and implications of the credit (CR) or no credit (NC) grades adopted for Winter 2020. We received many questions and will add to this list as details emerge.

General

Why are we not allowed to choose between a letter grade and CR/NC?
This University wide decision was made by the General Faculties Council Executive Committee to ensure equity among all students, to preserve academic integrity and to manage the issues presented by an uncertain future including the impact on students. More information about this decision is on the university’s list of Frequently Asked Questions.
I have worked really hard this semester - can I apply for an exception so I can get a letter grade rather than a CR/NC?
The Faculty of Arts will not be granting exceptions to the CR/NC. Exceptions will only be granted in programs that have professional accreditation bodies, which does not apply to programs in the Faculty of Arts.
What is the benefit of a CR/NC rather than just withdrawing (W)?
You have done the work in the course, and will get *3 if you get CR for the course. It will then count towards program requirements and prerequisites. If you withdraw, if the course is needed to complete your degree you will be required to take it again. You do have the option to withdraw from the course, get a W on your transcript, and retake the course at a later date to receive a letter grade.

Graduation

I needed the winter term GPA to keep me in good standing in my honors/specialization program, will I still graduate from that program?
Yes, as long as you have completed *120 (inclusive of the courses for which you receive CR) and all other program requirements, and theoretically could have met all GPA requirements. If you have a NC and the result is you are short credits, you will not be cleared to graduate.
I needed this grade to bring up my major GPA. Will I still graduate?
Yes, as long as you get CR in the course(s) and theoretically could have met the major GPA. This will not apply if you get a NC or you have withdrawn. You must meet all other program requirements. We will clear all those who theoretically could have cleared the minimum GPA requirement.
I had a graduate readmission application into another program; how will that be impacted?
As long as you have completed *120 (inclusive of the courses for which you receive CR) and all other program requirements, and theoretically could have met all GPA requirements, we will process your graduate readmission.

Continuation/Academic Standing

How will Academic Standing be calculated?
There will be negative impacts of the CR/NC grades from the Winter 2020 term. The 2019-2020 academic standing will be calculated only using courses for which you have received a letter grade; for the majority of students, this means it will be calculated on the Fall 2019 GPA.
I needed the winter term GPA to keep me in good standing in my honors/fine arts program, will I still remain in that program?
If your Fall 2019 GPA meets the required GPA for your program, you will be able to continue in good standing. If your Fall 2019 GPA is below the required GPA for your program, your standing will be deferred and you will still be able to continue. If there are specific course grade requirements, we will be assessing these on a case by case basis in consultation with the department.
I am on Academic Warning and did well in the Fall term. Will I clear Academic Warning?
If your Fall 2019 GPA was 2.0 or higher, then you will clear Academic Warning.
I am on Academic Warning and did not do well in the Fall term. Will I clear Academic Warning?
If your Fall 2019 GPA was below a 2.0, your Academic Standing will be deferred and you will continue in the program on Academic Warning.
I am on probation and did well in the Fall term. Will I clear probation? And what if I don't meet my 2.3 GPA for my Economics major courses this year?
If your Fall 2019 GPA is above a 2.0 and your have met all other requirements of your probation, you will clear your Probation. If your Fall 2019 GPA is below a 2.0 and/or if you have not met any other requirements of your probation, your Academic Standing will be deferred and you will continue in the program on Probation. These will be looked at on a case by case basis.
How will my grade of CR or NC be determined in a course?
All Winter 2020 course outlines will be updated by instructors to outline all changes to exams, assessments, and grading. The new course syllabi will be made available to students.

Admission

How will my admission into the Faculty of Arts be evaluated?
Currently we are working through hundreds of applications to the Faculty of Arts. Our process is to review fall term grades (and any prior F/W) and determine if you are admissible based on the program requirements outlined in the calendar. If you are admissible at that time, we will be able to offer you early admission. The CR/NC policy does not change this. If you are not admissible based on your fall term grades, we will hold your record for further evaluation.
I am taking prerequisite courses to get into graduate school or a professional program and the grades I get are used for admission. Will I be okay if I get CR? What if I withdraw?
Only the Faculty responsible for administering the program can answer these questions. In the case of this example, you need to contact the appropriate graduate program. Most post secondary institutions in North America have experienced the same disruption as the University of Alberta, and so all will need to recognize that Winter 2020 must be treated generously.
I have an application into another faculty, how will that be impacted?
The receiving faculty (or other institution) retains the authority to decide how they are going to admit. You will need to contact them directly to understand how they are managing admissions.