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Undergraduate Affairs


Fall 2020 Academic Policy Modifications for Undergraduate Students in the College of Applied Health Sciences

New Drop Deadlines and Credit/No Credit Option

  • The deadline to drop a course without a grade of W and, for undergraduates, to use the campus Grade Replacement Policy, has been extended to 11:59 p.m. CST on Dec. 18, 2020.
    • This deadline applies to full semester, second eight-week courses and non-standard courses with an end date after Dec. 1, 2020.
    • Students who want to drop a course that has an end date before Dec. 1, 2020 should contact their academic advisor to discuss available options.
    • Most course drops can be performed through Self-Service until 11:59 p.m. CST on Dec. 18, 2020, unless the drop puts the student below full-time enrollment status. If you need to drop below 12 credit hours, please fill out this Underload Form and email it to your academic advisor for approval. Once the underload has been granted, you may go into Self-Service and drop your course(s) as long as you do not have any holds on your account.
    • To completely withdraw from all courses, contact your academic advisor.
    • Dropped courses at this point in the semester will not result in any refunds.
    • Please note that dropping a course at this time may result in changes to your academic plans. It is best to consult with your academic advisor prior to dropping a course in order to determine how the change may affect future semester planning, including consideration of required course offerings and timeline to graduation.
  • The deadline to elect the Credit/No Credit grade mode has been extended to 11:59 p.m. CST Jan. 5, 2021.
    • Please note the timeline to select Credit/No Credit grading will be different than it was in the Spring 2020 semester; the deadline is after final grades are available.
    • The time window for students to select Credit/No Credit is now open. The form is located here.
    • Election of Credit/No Credit for courses this term will not count toward applicable maximums as outlined in the Student Code Section 3-105.
    • For courses in which Credit/No Credit is elected and Credit is earned (letter grades of C- and higher), the credit is applicable towards major, minor and general education requirements.
    • A final grade of CR or NC is entered on the student's permanent academic record.

In making decisions about the CR/NC option, consultation with your academic advisor, college office and the Office of Financial Aid for students receiving aid is strongly encouraged. As is always the case, if you face exceptionally difficult or unexpected circumstances that may require other accommodations, please seek assistance through your academic advisor or the Undergraduate Affairs College Office (217-333-2130).

Be careful about using the credit/no credit option if...

  • You plan to apply to professional or graduate school. Students who accumulate 10 percent or more of their hours through the credit/no credit option may be forced to rely on achieving high scores on the nationally administered objective admission tests like the MCAT and LSAT. In addition, some graduate schools will not accept prerequisite coursework taken for credit/no credit – a grade must be reported to satisfy the admission requirement. Students must confirm with the graduate programs they plan to apply to before electing the credit/no credit option.
  • James Scholar Students: If you are considering dropping or electing credit/no credit for a course that you are taking to meet your James Scholar honors requirement, contact Dr. Tonya Pulley at first before making this decision.

A more detailed document and FAQ is available on the Office of the Provost’s policies website.

Student resources related to COVID-19

The College of AHS continues to work closely with campus to work through the impact COVID-19 is having on our operations. In addition to the information we've collected for AHS students below, campus-wide information, resources, and an archive of communications are available on the campus COVID-19 page.

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