Frequently Asked Questions
Spring 2020 Questions - CR/NC, Withdrawal, and Probation
Individual students do not need to talk to professors or advisors in order to submit a petition to request that a particular course be changed to the CR/NC grading basis.
However, it is strongly suggested that students contact an academic advisor as well as a financial aid officer to ensure the CR/NC option does not negatively impact future goals or financial aid.
Please note that for credit, a “C” or better grade counts for “credit”; a “C-“ or lower counts as no credit.
To download the form and learn more, visit the SDSU Office of the Registrar page about CR/NC.
Deadline is this Friday, May 1.
This semester students are allowed to withdraw from one or more classes without a written statement, third-party documentation, or even a professor’s signature. The $20 fee is waived.
Withdrawals show up as a “W” on student transcripts and they do not affect GPA. With regards to financial aid, withdrawals will not count against “Satisfactory Academic Progress” for the year. So there is no harm to GPA or financial aid if a student withdraws from a class or two—or even the whole semester if needed—this Spring.
To download the form and learn more, visit the SDSU Office of the Registrar page about withdrawing from a course.
Another kind of withdrawal is available after the semester is over, which is May 22nd. After that day and grades have been posted to student transcripts, students may request a Retroactive Withdrawal from individual classes or the whole semester’s work. This retroactive withdrawal is normally allowed only for entire semesters, but because of the COVID-19 crisis, faculty have voted to allow students the option to choose individual classes, if this makes the most sense.
This option may give the most flexibility, but if students receive financial aid, a retroactive withdrawal may count against satisfactory academic progress. Students need to check with the Financial Aid Office to see how this will impact them.
If a student’s GPA falls below a 2.0, they would normally be placed on academic probation. However, due to the COVID-19 crisis, faculty have made this a No-Harm semester. If GPAs decrease to a 1.99 or lower, students will NOT be placed on academic probation following the Spring 2020 term. If students are currently on probation, this semester will not count as one of three semesters allowed on probation. Also, if students are on probation and they do not earn a “C” average in classes this semester, they will NOT be academically disqualified, as they normally would be.