Fall 2020 Flexible Grading Policy-Credit/No Credit (CR/NC)

As part of The City University of New York’s (CUNY) response to the COVID-19 pandemic, CUNY has allowed the colleges to extend a version of Spring 2020 COVID-19 Flexible Grading Policy-Credit/No Credit (CR/NC) in Fall 2020. BMCC has selected the following option:

Students can opt-in to a CR grade if their earned grade is B+ through D-, NC if earned grade is F as long as the course is not in the Course Exclusions List in which case the student will not be able to opt-in to CR/NC grades.

Before choosing this CR/NC grading option for one or more of their classes, students should consult with their academic and financial aid advisors regarding potential impact to their financial aid, transferability, licensure requirements, and graduate school admissions.

Here are the details of the policy adopted by Borough of Manhattan Community College:

  1. During the Fall 2020 semester, all students shall have the option to convert any or all of their B+ through F grades they earn in their classes, to Credit/No Credit grading except NUR, EMC, HIT and RTT-designated courses.
  2. Students shall be able to make this decision up to 20 calendar days (from December 24, 2020 through January 12, 2021) after the College’s final grade submission deadline. Once selected, the CR/NC option cannot be reversed.
  3. If a student chooses to exercise this option, a passing letter grade (B, C, or D) will convert to ‘CR’ with credit for the class being awarded, while a failing grade (F) will convert to ‘NC’, with no credit awarded. Credit/No Credit grades will not impact the student’s GPA.
  4. Courses taken for a letter grade will continue to be included in the semester and general GPA, while courses taken for a Credit/No Credit grade will be excluded, just as is the case with such courses taken at a student’s home institution.
  5. If a student exercises the option of Credit/No Credit, the Credit (CR) grade will not negatively impact the student’s satisfactory progress toward degree completion.
  6. Students with Credit/No Credit grades will be able to transfer those credits across colleges within CUNY, per current CUNY policy.
  7. The Special COVID-19 Flexible Grading Policy shall apply to coursework completed on Permit and will not affect Board of Trustees Policy 1.14 – Policy on Coursework Completed on Permit.
  8. Students placed on academic notice by their institution at the start of the Fall 2020 semester shall not be penalized with academic dismissal based upon their grades earned this semester.
  9. The Special COVID-19 Flexible Grading Policy shall not affect the University standards of student retention and progress in accordance with Board of Trustees Policy 1.26.
  10. The grade glossary, attached to each transcript, will be updated to include a notation denoting that all Fall 2020 grades, including CR or NC, were earned during a major disruption to instruction as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.