Important Information for STUDENTS Regarding Spring 2020 Grading

March 27, 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic has presented unprecedented circumstances for University of Illinois Springfield’s students, faculty, and staff.  In recognition of these challenges, UIS leadership (in consultation with the Campus Senate) has decided to expand grading options for students by allowing credit/no credit grading for all courses rather than just a select few.  This change is for the Spring 2020 semester only.

Those who are considering taking advantage of credit/no credit grading should note the following:

  1. Students should consult with their academic advisor(s) if they have any concerns about how this change might impact them academically.  Although there are no UIS policies against the use of credit/no credit grading, individual programs can limit the number of hours earned under the credit/no credit option.
  2. Students are not required to alter their current grading mode.  Those who choose to select credit/no credit grading should first log into Student Self-Service ( to review the grading mode in place for each of their courses.  An email must then be sent to the Office of Records and Registration ( that includes the five-digit course reference number (CRN) and course prefix/number associated with each course for which a change is to be made.

Please also be aware of the following pertaining to credit/no credit grading:

  • Credit is awarded under this option to undergraduate work that represents a grade of C or better (grades of C- will not be accepted) or to graduate work that represents a grade of B or better (grades of B- will not be accepted). For lesser work, a grade of NC is recorded on the transcript. Courses taken for credit/no credit are not included in calculating the cumulative grade point average (GPA).
  • Changing to credit/no credit grading will not impact a student’s financial aid so long as all courses continue to count toward the student’s degree completion requirements.  Normal financial aid satisfactory academic progress rules will continue to apply.
  • Students should be aware of the potential ramifications of selecting credit/no credit grading.  These include (but are not limited to) the following:
    • Undergraduate Dean’s List: Students must complete at least eight graded semester hours (this does not include hours graded as credit/no credit) and have no incomplete grades awarded to be considered for the Dean’s List.
    • Academic Standing: Students currently on academic probation who select credit/no credit grading for all courses will remain on probation, as courses taken for credit/no credit do not impact GPA.
    • Course Transferability: Students planning to transfer to or earn advanced degrees from other colleges/universities should check with those institutions to verify that credit/no credit grading will be accepted.

The deadline to withdraw or change grading option for one or more full-term or last-half courses is Friday, April 24 and no changes will be allowed after that date.  Please direct any questions to the Office of Records and Registration by email ( or phone (217/206-6174).