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March 24, 2020

Provost offers more details regarding Pass / No Credit

Covid-19 Virus

I hope you and your loved ones are healthy and that your classes are going well. As you know, we recently announced that undergraduate students would be given the option of electing a letter grade as usual or a Pass/No Credit option. This message provides details and clarification of this option.

  • The option to elect Pass/No Credit applies only to undergraduate students and only to courses taken in the Winter 2020 semester. The Pass/No Credit option does not impact grading procedures and faculty will assess and submit grades as usual.
  • You will have the option of converting your grade to Pass/No Credit by submitting a form to the Registrar's Office between April 13 and May 11. An electronic form is being developed for this purpose and will be available on the Registrar's website. When you submit your form, you can choose to elect this option for any number of your courses from the Winter 2020 semester.
  • If you elect the Pass/No Credit option, grades of D or higher will be changed to Pass in the courses specified. Grades of F will be changed to No Credit. Pass grades and No Credit grades will not impact your GPA.
  • Pass grades from the Winter 2020 semester will fulfill General Education, major and minor requirements, and satisfy pre-requisites.
  • If you are enrolled in or applying to a program that requires professional licensure you should discuss this option with the faculty and dean of your college. We do not yet have guidance from the licensing bodies regarding the impact of Pass/No Credit grades on licensure.
  • If you anticipate applying to a professional or graduate program (e.g. Medical School, Law School, Master’s or Doctoral programs), you should meet with an advisor or faculty member to discuss the impact of Pass/No Credit on admissions in your post-baccalaureate program.
  • If you are a military-affiliated student, please contact the Office of Military Student Affairs prior to electing the Pass/No Credit option.
  • If you are an NCAA student-athlete, please contact the Athletics Academic Advisor or the Athletics Compliance Director prior to electing the Pass/No Credit option.

We are all facing uncertainty and challenges as the impact of the coronavirus grows. I want to assure each of you that we are working very hard to maintain SVSU's core operations, including instruction, academic support, safety, housing and dining through this public health crisis.

My advice is for you to do your best to do well in your classes. As always, reach out to your faculty members if you are having trouble or need clarification and utilize the online tutoring that is available. If you are struggling with the emotional impact of these changes, our counseling center is offering their services in a virtual setting. To schedule a meeting, please call the office at: (989) 964-7078 or email

With your hard work and dedication along with our efforts to retain instructional continuity, I have confidence that you will be successful this semester.

The campus is far too quiet these days and I cannot wait to see all of you back on campus as soon as possible. Until then, take care of yourself and be well.


Deborah Huntley, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs