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August 5, 2020: Flexible Grading Options for Summer 2020

Posted Wednesday, August 5, 2020 | Announcements to Students

Dear Students,

Given the disruptions in your courses and lives this semester due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, we are providing flexible grading options for Summer 2020 term.

You will have the option to select a standard letter grade or a Competence/No competence (S/NC) grade. Below you will find a Q&A to help you make your decision. Your decision for grading does not need to be made until August 26, so please consider this carefully and seek advice from your academic advisor.


Amy Strohmeier Gort, PhD

Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic and Student Affairs

Flexible Grading Options

for Summer 2020

Competence/No Competence Grading

What is Competence/No competence (S/NC) Grading?

Metropolitan State University policy #2080 provides the option for competence/no competence (S/NC) grading. It is similar to Pass/Fail grades that you might know from other institutions. Normally, students need to select the S/NC grading option before the end of the second week of the semester and some courses cannot be taken S/NC.

Competence (S): This grade indicates that you have accomplished satisfactorily completed work equivalent to a grade of C- or better.

No competence: (NC): This grade indicates that you have completed unsatisfactory work equivalent to a grade of D or F. An NC grade cannot be used to meet academic requirements and negatively impacts your course completion rate.

S or NC grades do not impact your overall grade point average because they are not included in its calculation.

How are S/NC grades determined?

If you select the S/NC grading option, your professors will continue to grade your assignments using the standard A-F grading scale following their regular practices. At the completion of the semester, your professors will determine your final grade. If you have selected the S/NC grading option and your final grade is between an A and C-, you will earn an S grade. If your final grade is a D or F, you will earn an NC grade and will not earn credit for the course.

Why is it being offered as an option now?

We are experiencing unusual semesters this spring and this summer in which we have been directed to have all of our course meet remotely due to the COVID-19 pandemic in our community. For some students, these conditions are particularly difficult and may negatively impact their course success.

We are allowing students to select the S/NC grading option up to one week after final grades are posted for Summer 2020 courses. The deadlines are as follows:

  • Summer 2020 (Full Semester): August 26, 2020
  • Summer 2020 (Second Summer Session): August 26, 2020

For some students selecting S/NC grading may provide some needed flexibility. The S/NC grading option is available to all students in all general education, elective, major, and graduate program courses with the following exceptions:

  • Students some Nursing and Dental programs: ELMSN, MANE BSN, DNP, MS NA, BSDH, and ADT

What do you need to consider before selecting S/NC grading option for your classes?

  • Your academic advisor can provide advice about this decision.
  • You have time to make this decision. By moving the deadline to 11:59 pm on August 26, 2020 you will be able to see what your final grade is before making a choice to change the grading option.
  • S/NC grades will not negatively impact your cumulative GPA, but they won’t increase your cumulative GPA either. Student who are on academic warning, or probation should talk with their advisor before making the decision to select S/NC grading.
  • You will not receive credit for a course in which you earn an NC grade.
  • If you are an undergraduate student who plans to attend graduate or professional school, you should talk with your advisor before making the decision to select the S/NC grading method.
  • Not all universities accept courses with S grades in transfer. If you are considering transferring to another university, review the transfer policies at that university with regards to this kind of grade.
  • Some employers only reimburse students for courses in which they earn a minimum grade. If you are planning on employer reimbursement, check with your employer about the reimbursement policies before selecting the S/NC option.