Credit/No Credit Grading and COVID-19

As announced, due to emerging hardships associated with the COVID-19 pandemic and the necessary transition to online course delivery, Marshall University is making changes to its grading system for the Spring 2020 semester. For this semester only, undergraduate students will be able to opt in to receive Credit/No Credit (CR/NC) grades based on final grades submitted by instructors on May 5.


  • This university-wide policy applies only to undergraduate students taking undergraduate courses. (Some undergraduate courses are excluded from the CR/NC option for accreditation reasons.) Each graduate degree program has developed a customized plan to help graduate students complete the semester. At present, high school students in dual credit courses are not eligible for the CR/NC option.


  • CR/NC is an alternative to the traditional A-F grading system. To earn credit hours (“CR”) for a course, you must receive a final letter grade of A, B or C; students who receive a final grade of D or F will earn no credit hours (“NC”). Even if you select the CR/NC grading option, you should expect to continue participation in the course through the end of the term. The final letter grade submitted on May 5 will be used to determine whether Credit or No Credit is awarded.


  • Please check the Credit/No Credit FAQ below to get your immediate questions answered and to consider different scenarios. You are also strongly encouraged to discuss this with your academic advisor or college office before filling out the online request form. After you submit the form, your advisor will have access to review your choices and may contact you with more guidance.


  • The form will be available starting Monday, April 13, at 8 a.m. You have until 5 p.m., Friday, April 24, to make your choices. You may “opt in” for CR/NC grading on a course-by-course basis, but you are permitted to submit the form only once during this two-week window. Once you click submit, you cannot reverse the decision. Therefore, it is important for you to evaluate your current standing in the course, taking into consideration all remaining graded opportunities, before making your decision. You will also need to consider the effect your choices may have on financial aid and scholarships, application to graduate or professional school, and timely graduation.


  • Access the CR/NC Opt-In Form here. You will then be redirected to the single sign-on page and multi-factor authentication for security purposes. The link will also be available on the Student Tab in myMU, and various student services pages.

Frequently Asked Questions about CR/NC Grading and COVID-19

Please submit new questions about CR/NC Grading for Spring 2020 HERE.

How does this policy compare to the current policy on the Credit/No Credit option?
Why does this new policy apply only to undergraduate students?
Do I need to complete all work throughout the semester to receive credit?
How will this CR/NC grading option benefit me in the long term?
Why is D considered 'No Credit' when it is passing in some majors?
I'm a senior and will graduate soon. How will this affect me?
How will CR/NC affect my GPA and total credit hours?
I'm on probation this semester. What happens if I opt in to receive CR/NC grading in all my Spring 2020 courses?
What are the pros and cons of sticking with a letter grade, choosing the CR/NC option, or dropping a course?
How will CR/NC grading affect my financial aid (Pell, WV PROMISE, WV Higher Education Grant, Marshall institutional scholarships, etc)?
How will the D/F repeat policy be affected?
I receive veterans benefits. What happens if I opt in to receive CR/NC grading in one or more of my courses?
How will CR/NC show on transcripts?

Contact List

Sarah Davis
Director of Undergraduate Academic Advising
Communications Building Room 212

Christopher Atkins
Associate Director of Advising Technologies
Communications Building Room 212