Spring 2020 and Fall 2020 terms only

Message from the Provost, Dec. 11, 2020

Dear College of Staten Island community:

Earlier this week, Chancellor Félix Matos Rodríguez asked the CUNY college presidents to consult with leaders on their respective campuses to determine the appropriateness and application of a Credit/No Credit flexible grading policy for the Fall 2020 semester. Continue Reading....

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General Information

Does this policy apply to any semester other than Fall 2020?
•    This policy applies only to courses taken during the Fall 2020 semester. 

What is the purpose of the Fall 2020 Credit/No Credit Grading Policy?
•    This policy was designed in consultation with campus presidents and deans, the University Faculty Senate, the University Council of Registrars, and the University Student Senate to provide students with maximum flexibility during the ongoing pandemic.

Does this policy apply to students in all academic programs?
•    This policy applies to all CUNY students who are enrolled in credit bearing courses for the Fall 2020 semester, including undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral courses, with the exception of courses chosen by campuses to be excluded from the Credit/No Credit Grading Option.

Will all course grades automatically be converted to Credit (CR) or No-Credit (NC)? 
•    No. Course grades will not automatically convert to Credit/No Credit. The change is optional, at the student’s discretion.  

When and how will student be able to elect Credit/No Credit?
•    The Credit/No Credit option is expected to open on December 24, 2020.
•    Students will have until 11:59pm on January 12, 2021 to elect Credit/No Credit.
•    Student must elect Credit/No Credit via CUNYfirst.

If students need to decide, how will they do so?
•    Students should consult with their financial aid and academic advisor by early January to help in their decision.  The student must make their final decision by 11:59pm on January 12, 2021, as the option will be removed from CUNYfirst at that time.
•    Undergraduate students who are graduating and whose cumulative or major GPAs are below a 2.0, or graduate students who have a GPA below a 3.0 should consult with their advisor before electing the option.

Can students elect the Credit/No Credit option for individual courses?
•    A student can opt to take the Credit/No Credit option for all, some, or none of their graded classes for Fall 2020 semester, with the exception of courses listed on the Course Exclusion List.

Are there circumstances or conditions in which a request would be denied, or a student would be ineligible for this option? Can a program prohibit use of the Credit/No Credit option?
•    Students will not be denied the right to opt-in to receive a Credit/No Credit grade for course that applies toward their degree (general education, elective, major, minor, and prerequisite courses) based upon this policy, with the exception of courses on the Course Exclusion List
•    A grade of Credit/No Credit may not be acceptable to licensing, accreditation, or other bodies external to CUNY. Students should consult with their program advisors or the external body prior to making the decision to elect Credit/No Credit. 

Are there cases when a student should not choose the Credit/No Credit option?
•    Graduation: If an undergraduate student’s major GPA and/or cumulative GPA is below a 2.0, and the student is graduating, and the letter grade will raise the GPA to at least a 2.0, then choosing the Credit/No Credit option would prevent the student from graduating. Similarly, if a graduate student’s cumulative GPA is below a 3.0, and the student is graduating, and the letter grade will raise the GPA to at least a 3.0, then choosing the Credit/No Credit option would prevent the student from graduating.
•    Professional Licensure, Transfer, and Graduate School Admission: Some professional licensure organizations, and graduate schools outside of CUNY, may not accept a grade of CR. As such, students, in consultation with program advisors, should weigh the potential impact of electing the Credit/No Credit option on their ability to: earn licenses, transfer credit to non-CUNY institutions, and/or gain admission into graduate school outside of CUNY. For example, there are some graduate programs that typically convert a CR grade to a C and an NC grade to an F when evaluating a transcript. 
•    Students on academic probation or warning should consult with their advisor prior to electing in to CR/NC.
•    The University will endeavor to ensure that the flexibility afforded by this policy works in the best interest of students. Students will be encouraged to be in contact with external scholarship organizations, the transfer admissions offices of non-CUNY institutions, the graduate admissions offices of non-CUNY institutions and any organization external to CUNY that could have an impact on their current or future educational or professional plans.

Will this policy be published in the course catalog of each campus?
•    Yes. Every CUNY campus catalog will be updated with Policy on Credit/No Credit for students, faculty, and staff.  Additionally, the transcript key will be updated with CR and NC, with a notation for the fall 2020 term.

Is the decision to convert course grades to the Credit/No Credit option reversible?
•    No. Once a student chooses to convert course grades to the Credit/No Credit, the decision is final. Importantly, there may be circumstances where electing the Credit/No Credit option may not be in the best interests of the student, some of which are described below.

How do I opt in ?
•    Go to https://www.cuny.edu/coronavirus/credit-no-credit-policy/how-to-opt-in/


Financial Aid

Will the decision to elect Credit/No Credit have an impact on financial aid?
•    There may be cases where a student’s eligibility for financial aid could be adversely affected by electing the Credit/No Credit option, including private scholarships, state student aid, and federal student aid. Students should meet with financial aid advisors prior to choosing Credit/No Credit. 
•    Federal Student Aid: Students who receive federal aid are required to successfully complete courses within a specified period of time, with a determined GPA and at a pace based on the length of their academic program, known as Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP). NC grades for Fall 2020 will be excluded as attempted credits in the federal SAP calculation for attempted vs completed.
•    State Student Aid:  We are still pending guidance from the Higher Education Services Corporation (HESC), New York State’s higher education student financial aid agency. Guidance to follow.
•    Private Scholarships: Private scholarship organizations may not accept a grade of CR. Considering that, financial aid counselors can help students to best leverage the flexibility afforded by the Credit/No Credit option by reviewing private scholarships with students and advising them to communicate with private scholarship organizations. Most scholarships will not be affected by a change in grading system unless they are for more than one year and have academic requirements.


Grades & GPA

How will the Credit/No Credit grades be calculated into the grade point average?
•    Neither the CR nor the NC is included in the calculation of the GPA. The CR grade will allow the student to earn credit (for credit bearing courses) but is not factored into the GPA. If the student elects an NC grade in place of an F then it is not factored into the GPA, but the student will not earn the credit. A student should carefully consider the advantages and disadvantages of electing the Credit/No Credit option, particularly on matters related to graduation, professional licensure requirements, financial aid eligibility, and transfer of credit and/or graduate admissions to non-CUNY institutions.

Will a grade of CR at one CUNY institution transfer to another CUNY institution?
•    Yes, a course with a grade of CR earned at one CUNY institution will transfer to another CUNY institution. There are no exceptions to this.

Will a CR grade in a course be acceptable to register for higher level courses in subsequent semesters if the course taken in the fall was a prerequisite with a minimum grade requirement?
•    All students opting for a CR grade will receive credit for that course (for credit bearing courses). Students will not be prevented from registering for courses in subsequent semesters that require specific grades in courses completed in the Fall 2020 semester, including students who transfer. Prerequisites for all courses, with the exception of courses listed in the Course Exclusion List, and programs will be considered complete with a CR grade, at all CUNY institutions. Students should, however, consider the likelihood of succeeding in subsequent courses, in which they will earn a letter grade, if they have not mastered the material in a related lower-level course. In the case of programs that fulfill the academic requirements for licensed professions, student decisions to pursue the Credit/No Credit option may impact their acceptance into the program (or graduate program). These students are encouraged to check with their respective departments.

Does this policy impact ePermit/Study Abroad grades?
•    The policy applies to all courses, even taken via ePermit/Study Abroad, in the Fall 2020 semester. 

Will a Fall 2020 hold or stop prevent a student from selecting the Credit/No Credit option?
•    Stops and holds will not have an impact on a student’s ability to elect the Credit/No Credit option.

Will the CR grade apply towards F-Repeat policy where the F grade was earned?
•    A grade of CR is a passing grade, will replace an F, apply towards the F-Repeat policy, and count towards the 16-credit F-Repeat limit (for credit bearing courses) but will not contribute to the calculation of the term GPA.

Will the NC grade apply towards F-Repeat policy where the F grade was earned?
•    A NC grade will not replace a previously earned F grade.

Will a WU grade convert to a NC grade?
•    WU is not an earned grade and is assigned to students who stop participating in and do not complete the course; thus, student will not have option to convert to an “NC” grade. 

Will a FIN grade convert to a NC grade?
•    FIN is not an earned grade and is assigned to students who do not complete coursework for which they received an INC grade in Fall 2020 semester, thus, student will not have the option to convert to an “NC” grade. 

Does this policy apply to a course where a student has already earned any version of the W grades on their record for Fall 2020 semester?
•    If a student has a version of the W grade (W, WN, WA, WU, WD) on their record for a course for the Fall 2020 semester, this option does not apply to that course.

Will this interfere with the number of Pass/Fail/No Credit grades that a student can utilize after the Fall 2020 semester which is dependent on local campus policy?
•    These grades will not be included in the total number of non-letter grade courses a student may take as per the existing campus policy.

Does this policy impact a student’s eligibility for Dean’s List/Campus Honors for Fall 2020 semester?
•    Credit/No Credit grades are not counted toward the Dean’s List and/or Campus Honors. Students must earn letter grades to be considered for any honors designation.

If unexpected issues arise around Credit/No Credit implementation, is there a process in place to ensure that they are addressed?
•    Each campus has a grades appeals process that can be invoked if issues arise because of the Credit/No Credit policy.

Will successfully retaking the course in subsequent semesters replace the NC grade?
•    No, the NC grade will not be replaced and will continue to appear on the transcript. A grade of NC is not calculated into the GPA; therefore, it will not impact the 16-credit university limitation on repeats. On the other hand, if an F is received in a course, then successfully repeating that course later would replace the F grade in the calculation of the GPA.

Does this policy apply to F grades assigned due to academic sanction for the violation of Academic Integrity Policy?
•    No, students found to be in violation of the academic integrity policy are not allowed to opt-in to receive a No Credit grade, as academically sanctioned F grades are not earned grades.


Credit/No Credit Opt-in

When will I be able to opt-in for Credit/No Credit Option?
•    Students will be able to elect this option after their class grades have been posted in CUNYfirst by their instructor, with the exception of courses listed on the Course Exclusion List.

When will I be able to opt-in for grades I have already received for Fall 2020 semester?
•    Students will be able to elect this option for classes for which they have already received grades for Fall 2020 semester.  Students may elect the CR/NC option for classes 11:59pm on January 12, 2021.

Will students have to apply through CUNYfirst or through DegreeWorks?
•    Students will use CUNYfirst to elect the Credit/No Credit option. 

I am not able to opt-in for certain courses in CUNYfirst, who do I contact?
•    Student will be able to opt-in for all courses, except for those listed on the Course Exclusion List.

What will this look like on my transcript?
•    The grade glossary, attached to each transcript, will be updated to include a notation denoting that Fall 2020 grades of CR or NC, were earned during a major emergency because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

If a student’s grade is not submitted or posted in time for them to select the Credit/No Credit option, will the student be allotted more time?
•    For assistance with late grade submissions and or any issue with Credit/No Credit policy, on a case-by-case basis, email CRNCFall@csi.cuny.edu.

Can a student opt for NC if they earned a D and want to repeat the course?
•    No.  A passing letter grade (B+ through D-) can convert to ‘CR’ with credit for the class being awarded (for credit bearing courses), while only a failing grade (F) can convert to ‘NC’, with no credit awarded. Still, it is important to understand that under certain circumstances, there is a difference between a passing grade for the purposes of CUNY, and an acceptable grade in the eyes of institutions outside of CUNY, specialized programs such as Nursing, and standards for professional licensure. Students should consult with their advisors before electing the Credit/No Credit option.

I graduated at the end of Summer or I have already graduated. Will I able to use Credit/No Credit option?
•    Once a degree is conferred and student has graduated, changes to an academic record, including grade change due to Credit/No Credit option, cannot be made.

My college has a standing Credit/Pass/Fail/No Credit policy that is available to students every semester.   Does the Fall 2020 Credit/No Credit Grading Policy replace that policy or is this an additional option for students?
•    Existing Credit/No Credit (or “pass/fail” or “pass/no credit”) options at the colleges continue to apply in the Fall 2020 semester according to established rules set by each individual college, provided these are selected by the student up until their established deadline and before grades are posted. The Fall 2020 Credit/No Credit Policy for the Credit/No Credit only applies after the grades are posted, with the exception of courses chosen by campuses to be excluded from opt-in. If, upon seeing their posted letter grade in CUNYfirst, student wants to change an earned letter grade to Credit/No Credit, they can then opt-in to elect this option, with the exception of courses listed on the Course Exclusion List. The dates of this opt-in period are from when the final grades are posted until January 10, 2021.  It is during this period that if the student wishes to change a letter grade to the Credit/No Credit option they may do so, with the exception of courses listed in the Course Exclusion List. Once the choice is made in CUNYfirst, it is final and cannot be reversed. 

If I am transferring to CUNY from outside the university and my previous school had a mandatory or voluntary binary grading system (P/F; CR/NC) will my credits still transfer?
•    For courses taken in the Fall 2020 semester only, we will honor and transfer in binary grades for all courses that would normally transfer, without negative impact on admission, transfer credit, or degree requirements.  


International Students, Veterans, and Special Programs

What are the implications of Credit/No Credit opt-in for International Students, Veterans, and Student Athletes?
•    Students in these cohorts must consult with their respective program coordinators prior to initiating this option.

Does this policy apply to Non-Degree, College NOW, or Early College Initiative (ECI) programs?
•    The policy applies to all students taking courses in the Fall 2020 semester regardless of matriculation status, with the exception of courses listed on the Course Exclusion List.

How will this policy affect undergraduate students affiliated with Macaulay Honors, Campus Honors, Adult and Continuing Education, ASAP, SEEK, and other special academic programs?
•    The policy applies to all courses applicable to all CUNY undergraduate programs equally, with the exception of courses listed on the Course Exclusion List.
•    Students are strongly encouraged to connect with their advisor in their special program to fully understand the implications of electing CR/NC for their fall 2020 coursework. 


Students Pursuing Licensed Health Professions Programs

I am applying to a degree program in a licensed health profession at my school at the end of this semester.  How will accepting a grade of CR affect my admission to the program?
•    Admission to many of the licensed health profession programs at CUNY is highly competitive.  There are more students interested in these programs than there are clinical placements available; therefore there is a selection process based upon a review of the academic record of each student seeking admission. While no student will be deprived the right to a CR grade in any class at CUNY, overall GPA is not the only indicator in admissions decisions to licensed health profession programs. Students are encouraged to review the admissions criteria, which can be viewed on the program’s webpage, for acceptance to the program. Program directors will review the full transcript of each student and will make their admissions decisions based upon conclusions drawn from the review of those transcripts. Opting for a CR grade instead of a letter grade in a course may impact your ability to meet the expected admission criteria and acceptance into the program. 

I am a student in a licensed health profession program at my school, currently taking courses in my major.  How will accepting a CR grade in my major courses affect my ability to continue in the program?
•    No student will be denied the right to elect the Credit/No Credit grade option, with the exception of courses chosen by campuses to be excluded from opt-in. All students, regardless of their field of study need to consider the impact that their level of proficiency in a Fall 2020 course will have on their success in a future course or in successfully advancing in the program in which they will earn a letter grade or choose a Credit/No Credit This consideration is particularly important for students in programs preparing them to take licensing examinations in one of the health professions upon graduation. Students doing poorly in a course may be advised to withdraw from a course or take an NC grade and repeat the course in a subsequent term. Students should contact their professor or advisor either prior to the end of the semester or certainly prior to opting for the Credit/No Credit grade.

I am a senior applying to graduate programs in a licensed health profession. How will the CR grades impact my chances of gaining admission to the schools to which I have applied?
•    Each graduate program will view these grades as they see fit. Many colleges and universities throughout the United States are implementing similar type grading options for students for the Fall 2020 semester, so your transcript will most likely not be the only one with a Credit/No Credit. Students may consider admission criteria for graduate schools in your selected health profession to inform decisions on eligibility and other conditions that may potentially impact admission to the program. You have twenty days after your letter grade has been submitted to decide if you want to opt in for the Credit/No Credit grade, with the exception of courses chosen by campuses to be excluded from opt-in. We advise you to use that time to check with the admissions office of each program to which you have applied to make an informed decision.


Education Students

I am a student in an Education program that leads to teacher certification. How will accepting a CR grade in my Education courses affect my ability to get certified?
•    Candidates who complete a registered program would apply for certification through the approved program pathway. In this pathway, NY State Education Department (OTI) looks for the institutions’ recommendation for certification in the candidates’ TEACH account and does not look at courses on a transcript. Credit/No Credit courses would not be an issue in this case.

I am a student taking education courses because I intend to apply for certification through the individual evaluation pathway. (I am not enrolled in a registered program that leads to certification.) How will accepting a CR grade in my Education courses affect my ability to get certified?
•    Candidates who complete college courses but are not matriculating in a registered program and would not receive an institution recommendation for certification, may apply for certification through the individual evaluation pathway. In this pathway, “candidates” must have achieved at least a C or its equivalent in any undergraduate level course and at least a B- or its equivalent in any graduate level course in order for the semester hours associated with that course to be credited toward meeting the content core or pedagogical core semester hour requirements for a certificate”, according to the regulations.
•    Students pursuing the individual evaluation pathway who earn at least a C or its equivalent in any undergraduate level course and at least a B- or its equivalent in any graduate level course may decide to accept the letter grade (and not convert it to CR) so their transcript can be more readily assessed by NY State Education Department.

How do CR grades apply to the general core and content core requirements of NY State Education Department?
•    The minimum letter grade requirement does not apply to the general core (liberal arts and science) courses unless they are also counting towards the content core semester hour requirements. Credit/No Credit grades would be acceptable for those courses. In addition, any grade is acceptable, including pass/fail grades, for the 12-semester hour graduate coursework content core for the Professional certificate master’s degree requirement if the college granted degree credit for the course.

I am a senior applying to graduate programs in Education. How will the CR grades impact my chances of gaining admission to the NY colleges to which I have applied, given the state’s 3.0 GPA minimum?
•    Each graduate program will view these grades as they see fit. Many colleges and universities throughout the United States are implementing similar type grading options for students for the Fall 2020 semester, so your transcript will most likely not be the only one with a Credit/No Credit or P/F or P/NC grade. CUNY’s Credit/No Credit grades will not impact the students’ GPA. You have until 11:59pm on January 12, 2021 to decide if you want to opt in for the Credit/No Credit. We advise you to use that time to check with the admissions office of each program to which you have applied to make an informed decision.

What other issues should Education programs and their students consider?
•    Colleges may give students additional advice stemming from their accrediting bodies, etc. (CUNY will send letters explaining the Credit/No Credit policy to CAEP and AAQEP, in addition to Middle States.) Before choosing this grading option for one or more of their classes, students are strongly encouraged to consult with their academic and financial aid advisors regarding potential impact on their financial aid, licensure requirements, and graduate school admissions.


Course Exclusions

Nursing

Course Number Description
NRS 110 Medical-Surgical Nursing I
NRS 115 Nur Thera and Pharm Mgt in Pat
NRS 120 Medical-Surgical Nursing II
NRS 210 Medical-Surgical Nursing III
NRS 211 Psychiatric Mental Hlth Nursin
NRS 220 Maternity Nursing
NRS 221 Child Health Nursing
NRS 303 Seminar Prof Dev
NRS 305 Women'S Hlth Issues
NRS 310 Interpersnl Dynamics
NRS 320 Health Assmnt & Physical Exam
NRS 321 Research Nrs Intro
NRS 323 Hlth Care Vulner Pop
NRS 325 Nrs Care End Of Life
NRS 410 Community Health Nursing
NRS 411 Leadership and Mgmt in Nursing
NRS 421 Nursing in Critical Illness
NRS 423 Iss In Hlth&Prof Nrs
NRS 682 Adv Pharmacology
NRS 700 Trncult Conc&Issues
NRS 702 Adv Health Assess & Diag Reaso
NRS 706 App Stat Mthd Hlth
NRS 711 Hlth Care Prgm Dev
NRS 726 Pri Hlth Care Adult-Geront II
NRS 728 Practicum:Pri Hlt II
NRS 757 Professional Nursing Bioethics
NRS 763 Int. Prac App. (Capstone II)
Course Number Description
PHT 701 Clinical Anatomy Summer Year I
PHT 703 Foundations of Patient Care
PHT 704 Intro to PT and Ethics
PHT 705 Upper Extmty Kinisio
PHT 706 Psycho Aspects of Clin Practic
PHT 780 Clini Med for PT (Fall Year I)
PHT 800 Intro to Muscu Exam (Fall Yr I
PHT 803 Diff Diag & Inter in Clin Orth
PHT 804 Introduction: Neurological PT
PHT 806 Clinical Affiliation I
PHT 809 Thesis I (Fall Year 2)
PHT 810 Neurological Interventions I
PHT 811 Cardiac Rehab (Fall Year 2)
PHT 820 Radiology and Imaging
PHT 850 Muscu Exam & Intrv II
PHT 872 Topics In Physical Therapy
PHT 885 Elect&Motion Analysi
PHT 886 Clinical Affiliation II
PHT 900 Thesis III
PHT 901 Acute Care PHT
Course Number Description
SWK 200 Introduction to Social Work
SWK 360 Social Work Practice II
SWK 455 Social Work Field Seminar I
SWK 651 MSW SW Practice 1: Intro to In
SWK 655 MSW Internship I
SWK 702 The Range of Hum Cond in SW Pr
SWK 704 Assess & Form in SW Practice
SWK 764 MSW Integrative Seminar III