Coronavirus Updates

Updates from the School of Graduate Studies for Spring 2020

updated May 5, 2020

All School of Graduate Studies functions will continue to be performed remotely until further notice. We are here to answer your questions! We have one more virtual "First Friday" event scheduled, on May 1. To register for this event, click here. Please see our Graduate School Staff Directory for contact information and a list of specific staff functions. We will update this site as information changes. 

Opt-in pass-no credit alternate grading system and withdrawal policies offered for Spring 2020

Enhanced Pass-No Credit Alternate Grading System for Graduate Courses
Spring Semester 2020
FAQs for Students 
Considering the Pass/No Credit or Withdrawal Options [PDF]
WEB LINK for instructions on selecting the Pass/No Credit Option

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, a Pass-No Credit Alternate Grading system has been adopted as an opt-in choice for all graduate students enrolled in graduate courses for the Spring 2020 semester. This policy was approved by the Deans Council and the Graduate Academic Policies and Procedures Committee. Graduate students can make this choice on a course-by-course basis for any Appalachian State graduate course in which they are enrolled for the Spring 2020 semester (excepting courses currently graded S/U, which will remain the same). For instructions on how to select the Pass-No Credit option, click HERE

 All faculty will submit their final grades consistent with the grading system that students initially registered under and will not know if students have chosen the alternate grading system when they record grades. If a student elects the Pass-No Credit option, their letter grade will be converted by the Registrar’s Office to P/NC depending on the letter grade, as defined below. Graduate students will also have the option of withdrawing from the course until May 12, 2020 (see below).

 The following rules apply to the Pass-No Credit Alternate Grading system for graduate students for Spring 2020:

  1. Students will have the option to choose the Alternate Pass-No Credit option for any course at any time between April 20 - May 17, 2020 at 11:59 pm. Students are strongly encouraged to consult with their advisor or program director before making this choice.
  2. The Pass-No Credit grade will not carry grade points and will not impact a student’s GPA.
  3. A grade of Pass (P) will be assigned when the student’s work is judged to be of “C-” quality or better. A grade of Pass will fulfill degree requirements and prerequisites for future courses at Appalachian State University.
  4. An earned letter grade below C- will be changed to “NC.” A grade of NC does not earn course credit and is not used in GPA calculations, but will count as attempted credit hours. 
  5. The Pass-No Credit grading option may NOT be selected by students who are repeating a course for a higher grade. Per Graduate School policy, the second grade will stand for a repeated course, unless the student chooses to withdraw from the course.
  6. Some graduate programs may not be able to provide this Pass-No Credit accommodation for all courses due to accreditation and/or licensure requirements. Ineligible courses will be determined by the program’s academic dean/associate dean, who will communicate these to the dean/associate dean of the School of Graduate Studies.


School of Graduate Studies Spring 2020 Withdrawal Policy

Due to the unprecedented impact of COVID-19, the School of Graduate Studies will adopt the following policy for all Spring 2020 graduate courses:

  • Students will have the opportunity to withdraw from graduate courses on a course-by-course basis.
  • Students will be able to drop a course through May 12 at 11:59 pm.
  • Any course or courses a student withdraws from will not count as an attempt at the course. (Current Graduate School policy dictates a student may only repeat one course for a higher grade.)
  • For students holding assistantships who select the withdrawal option, their employment will not be affected provided they remain enrolled in at least six (6) credit hours. However, international students or students receiving a North Carolina Tuition Scholarship may not drop below nine (9) credit hours without receiving prior approval.