To help students with impacts to their academics due to necessary COVID-19 public health measures to move courses online, temporary policies have been put in place for the spring 2020 semester. These temporary policies:

  • Apply to both undergraduate and graduate courses.
  • Do not apply to courses offered through CSU Online, which will retain its own schedule, varied class lengths, parts of term offerings, already established withdrawal deadlines, and other policies.
  • Do not apply to students in first, second, and third year Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine program. However, fourth year DVM students can elect satisfactory/unsatisfactory grading as outlined below.

Resources to help students, faculty and staff with remote, online learning and teaching are available at https://tilt.colostate.edu/.

Withdrawing from an individual course

Yes. The last day to withdraw from individual classes has been extended from March 23 to Friday, May 8 for spring 2020 only. This pertains to all courses at the undergraduate and graduate level. This extended deadline does not apply to courses offered through CSU Online.

You may withdraw from a course on RAMweb. If you have any questions or experience any technical difficulties, email registrarsoffice@colostate.edu.

When you withdraw from a course, a “W” (withdrawal) grade notation will be recorded on your academic record and transcript. A “W” does not affect your GPA. However, the credits from the W course continue to be used in calculation of tuition and fees.

If extenuating personal circumstances impact your ability to withdraw from an individual class by the deadline, you can complete a registration appeal. Registration appeals based on the transition to remote learning must include documentation of technology issues, medical circumstances, or other similar extenuating circumstances that inhibited the student from participating in remote learning. Appeals are reviewed on a case by case basis. Graduate students should submit any registration appeals through the Graduate School.

Withdrawing from ALL courses

If you need to withdraw from ALL classes for the semester, you may do so on RAMweb on or before the last day of regular classes, which is Friday, May 8.

Withdrawing from ALL classes for a given semester after the semester has already begun is referred to as a University Withdrawal.

While not required to do so, students are strongly encouraged to discuss their plans to complete a University withdrawal with the following, as applicable:

  • Academic Success Coordinator or Academic Advisor
  • Financial Aid
  • Veterans Education Benefits Office if you use these benefits
  • Student Athlete Support Services if you are a student athlete
  • International Student and Scholar Services if you are an international student
  • CSU Online if you take these courses
  • Graduate School if you are a graduate student

A University withdrawal and the specific date of withdrawal will be recorded on your transcript. If you are on academic probation at the time of a University withdrawal, the probation status will continue if or when you are readmitted to the University.

Once an undergraduate student withdraws from the University, if they want to return to CSU for the following semester, they need to either be registered for the next semester before withdrawing from ALL classes, OR reapply online via Admissions website – “Returning Student” application, OR have applied for Planned Leave on RAMweb for the next term within dates allowed.

If you are a graduate student withdrawing from the University, you need to consult your academic department regarding the readmission process.

If extenuating personal circumstances impact your ability to withdraw from ALL classes by the deadline, you may be eligible to apply for a retroactive withdrawal. Retroactive withdrawal appeals based on transition to remote learning must include documentation of technology issues, medical circumstances, or other similar extenuating circumstances that inhibited the student from participating in remote learning. Appeals are reviewed on a case by case basis.

Financial implications of withdrawing

If you are able, we encourage you to continue your coursework to minimize academic disruption and any negative impacts to your financial aid. If you are considering withdrawing from courses, please speak with a financial aid counselor! Your financial aid could be affected so we want to make sure you have enough information to make an informed decision before you withdraw.

If you are a graduate student receiving financial assistance (graduate assistantship, fellowship or other means of financial support), you must contact your department before you leave the university.

At this current time, standard billing applies and CSU’s refund and tuition adjustment policy will follow the university’s regular semester protocols, which can be found at  https://catalog.colostate.edu/general-catalog/financial/tuition-fee-adjustments/.

The University’s COVID-19 specific policy pertaining to tuition and fees can be found at https://safety.colostate.edu/tuition-refund/.

For additional information on billing and financial aid, visit https://financialaid.colostate.edu/faq/.

Incomplete requests

Incompletes will not be offered for courses outside of the already established guidelines which can be found at

https://catalog.colostate.edu/general-catalog/academic-standards/grading/#grade-mode-descriptions.

After reviewing the guidelines referenced above, if you feel an incomplete is warranted, please reach out to your professor teaching the course.

Repeat/Delete

The Repeat/Delete deadline has been changed to Friday, May 8 for spring 2020 only.  This option applies only to undergraduate students.

The Repeat/Delete option allows undergraduate students to repeat a course and have the grade earned the first time the course was taken removed from their GPA calculation.

  • Maximum number of Repeat/Deletes allowed: THREE (totaling no more than 12 total credits).
  • Repeat/Delete needs to be applied the first time a student repeats a course.
  • Repeat/Delete courses must be taken at CSU both the first and second time.

If you are wanting to request a Repeat/Delete for a course you are repeating during the current semester, and the deadline has not yet passed, you need to request your Repeat/Delete in RAMweb.

More information about Repeat/Delete is available at https://registrar.colostate.edu/academic-resources/repeat-delete/.

Change of major

Change of major forms for undergraduate students can be received electronically, emailed to RegistrarsOffice@colostate.edu. If a student’s signature is not present, an email must come from the student’s CSU email account. If the Change of Major form is coming from an advisor, it must include an attached email from the student (CSU email account) requesting the change. The Office of the Registrar will accept the student’s CSU email as a signature through the end of the Spring 2020 semester.

Satisfactory / Unsatisfactory Grade Option

Satisfactory / Unsatisfactory grade option is not available to students in first, second, and third year Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine program.

All students, and especially students on probation and those seeking competitive majors, are strongly encouraged to consult with their Academic Success Coordinator, Academic Advisor, faculty advisor or the Graduate School before making a decision regarding satisfactory/unsatisfactory grading.

Yes. Students will have the option, after grades have posted for the semester (May 20) and up until June 5, to request a satisfactory or a unsatisfactory rather than a traditional letter grade for any courses completed. Traditional A-F grading will be used for all courses not selected for the satisfactory/unsatisfactory option.

From May 20 to June 5, students will be able to login to RAMweb to choose the satisfactory/unsatisfactory option for each course individually. Traditional A-F grading will be used for all courses not selected for the satisfactory/unsatisfactory option.

No. Once a student elects the satisfactory/unsatisfactory option in RAMweb, they will not be able to change their decision on RAMweb even if it is before the June 5 deadline.  If a student selects the satisfactory/unsatisfactory option in RAMweb but wants to change back to traditional grading, the student will need to contact the Office of the Registrar at registrarsoffice@colostate.edu.

  • Your transcript will show either an “S” for satisfactory or a “U” for unsatisfactory as your grade in a course.
  • An “S” grade, or satisfactory, reflects traditional letter grades of “A, B, or C.” Credit is earned for “S” grades.
  • An “S” grade will not fulfill a program requirement where a grade of “B” or better is required in a specific course OR when a series of courses requires a certain GPA in those courses.
  • A “U” grade, unsatisfactory, reflects traditional letter grades of “D or F.” No credit is awarded for a “U” grade.
  • A “U” does NOT count towards graduation as it is considered unsatisfactory.
  • Satisfactory and unsatisfactory grades do NOT impact GPA.

Students can choose class by class which ones will be satisfactory/unsatisfactory or traditional grading.

Students interested in increasing their GPA can choose traditional grading for courses they do well in, while choosing the satisfactory/unsatisfactory option for courses that negatively impact their GPA.

Additional factors to consider include:

  • Prerequisites for courses and if an satisfactory/unsatisfactory grade will qualify as meeting a prerequisite.
    • An S grade will fulfill a prerequisite, unless the prerequisite requires a B or better grade.
  • Whether a traditional grade is needed in a course to fulfill entrance requirements into a competitive major OR for a graduate or professional program in the future.
  • If earning a passing grade of “D” is more important to the student than the impact a “D” will have on their GPA.
    • Switching to a U has no impact on the GPA but does not count toward graduation, etc.

All students, and especially students on probation and those seeking competitive majors, are strongly encouraged to consult with their Academic Success Coordinator, Academic Advisor, faculty advisor or the Graduate School before making a decision.

Financial aid is often a package that includes multiple pieces (i.e. loans, scholarships, grants, etc.). Satisfactory/unsatisfactory grading may affect these components differently so it is important for students to contact the Office of Financial Aid when considering how satisfactory/unsatisfactory grading might affect their package.

“U” and “F” grades as well as withdrawals – shown on a transcript as a W – are not considered passing and can impact satisfactory academic progress because they are attempted credits.

Students using GI Bill benefits should contact the CSU Veterans Benefits Office before making the shift to satisfactory/unsatisfactory grading as there can be implications to their GI benefits.

Yes, a satisfactory/unsatisfactory grade can be used to satisfy Repeat/Delete in spring 2020. However, neither the old grade or the new grade will be used in the student’s GPA calculation because satisfactory/unsatisfactory grades do not count in the GPA and the old grade is removed. Students who are using Repeat/Delete to boost their GPA may want to consider the traditional grade.

You should refer to the institution you are transferring to find out what their policy is related to the transfer of satisfactory/unsatisfactory grades. An “S” grade indicates a grade of “C” or better in the class, but final transfer will be up to the receiving institution.

Regular academic courses completed with a “C-” or higher are generally accepted in transfer. Credit can be awarded for academic pass/fail courses in which a passing grade that is equivalent to a “C-” or higher. All courses awarded an academic pass during the spring of 2020 will be eligible for transfer credit, regardless of the passing grade equivalent at the awarding institution.

Graduate schools and professional school admissions, and licensure requirements may require students to earn a certain grade or higher in specific classes. Satisfactory/unsatisfactory grades my not satisfy the requirements. Students should refer to those schools and licensure programs for guidance on specific admission or licensure requirements.

An S grade is equivalent to a “C” or higher; only courses with a “B/B-“ grade requirement will need an override for registration. The override can be requested from the instructor or department offering the course.

The term GPA for Spring 2020 will show as 0.00 because there are no quality points to calculate a GPA. However, neither a student’s academic standing nor their cumulative GPA will be negatively impacted.

Students meeting the credit and GPA requirements for the Dean’s List for their primary major will have the achievement notated on their transcript for spring 2020. Please contact the college of your primary major to confirm Dean’s List eligibility. Satisfactory/unsatisfactory credits do not count towards the completed credits for Dean’s list, a letter grade is required.

Instructors will have access to the final grades for their courses but are not provided notification when students elect satisfactory/unsatisfactory grading.

Your Academic Success Coordinator or Academic Advisor can help guide you in determining whether the satisfactory/unsatisfactory option in a class is a good choice. Remember that a grade of “S” or “U” will not raise or lower your GPA, however, traditional letter grades do affect your GPA.

Academic Standing Policy Update – Spring 2020

To provide a positive outcome for all students, CSU is employing has temporarily changed policies to accommodate student challenges associated with moving to remote, online education in the middle of the term, and to mitigate any unintended consequences of selecting satisfactory/unsatisfactory grading, should students choose that option before June 5. What this means is that students will continue with their Fall 2019 academic standing after Spring 2020 unless they increase their cumulative GPA to a 2.0 or above.

Students are encouraged to contact their Academic Success Coordinator or Academic Advisor to discuss how these adjusted policies impact you if you still have questions or concerns. Contact information for your Academic Success Coordinator or Academic Advisor is available on RAMweb or by contacting your academic department.

Because you began the Spring 2020 in good academic standing, you will remain in good standing for the start of the Fall 2020 semester.

Your academic standing will be changed from probation to good standing because you raised your cumulative GPA to a 2.0 or higher.

You will remain on academic probation 1 for the start of the Fall 2020 semester. Your probation standing will not advance to the next level of probation unless your cumulative GPA remains below a 2.0 at the end of the Fall 2020 semester.

You will remain on academic probation 2 for the start of the Fall 2020 semester. Your probation standing will not advance to the next level of probation or dismissal unless your cumulative GPA remains below a 2.0 at the end of the Fall 2020 semester.

Students who were granted a dismissal appeal for the Spring 2020 semester, will be granted an automatic additional one-semester extension of the original appeal even if their cumulative GPA is below a 2.0 at the end of the Spring 2020 semester. This additional one-semester extension enables these students to continue taking CSU courses in Fall 2020 so that they may regain good academic during that semester if necessary.

No. Because Colorado State University is employing established “can only help you” academic standing rules for the Spring 2020 semester, students will retain the academic standing they began with the Spring 2020. Students will not advance to the next level of probation if their cumulative GPA is not above a 2.0 at the end of Spring 2020, or they will be granted an automatic additional one-semester extension to be used in Fall 2020 without having to submit a dismissal appeal.

If your cumulative GPA is below a 2.0 at the end of Spring 2020, you will remain in the probation process rather than being academically dismissed. You will automatically have an opportunity to earn a term 2.0 GPA in at least 12 graded credits in Fall 2020.