Coronavirus Updates

"I" Incomplete Adjustments for Spring 2020

Posted Monday, May 4, 2020

Academic Affairs has posted an update to the policy on incomplete “I” grades. Read the full announcement for details.

Enhanced pass-no credit alternate grading option is live

Posted Tuesday, April 21, 2020

As of April 20, 2020, the Enhanced Pass-No Credit Alternate Grading option for the Spring 2020 semester is live. Read the full announcement for details.

Opt-in enhanced pass-no credit alternate grading system offered for Spring 2020

Posted Friday, April 3, 2020

Undergraduate Courses

Enhanced Pass-No Credit Alternate Grading System
Spring Semester 2020
Appalachian State University

Because the COVID-19 Global Health Pandemic forced the suspension of face-to-face course offerings midway through the Spring 2020 semester, resulting in all university courses being moved online, Appalachian State has adopted an Enhanced Pass-No Credit Alternate Grading system as an opt-in choice for all undergraduates for the Spring 2020 semester only.  This policy was approved by the Deans Council and the Undergraduate Academic Policies and Procedures Committee.  A similar policy has been developed for graduate classes, which can be viewed here.  

All faculty will submit their 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.  Thus for the vast majority of students grades will be submitted in a letter grade (A,A-,B+,...D-,F) format.  Students will have the option of choosing to switch to the Enhanced Pass-No Credit Alternate Grading System on a course by course basis at any time between April 20 - May 17 at 11:59 pm (this is the Sunday after grades are due.)  This choice will be made through Banner Self Service.  Instructions on how to do this will be posted to Banner Self Service by April 20.

We encourage all students to seek advice from their college or departmental advisors before deciding whether or not to utilize this system.   

All Education majors, including Secondary Education and Special Area (K-12), which lead to licensure, are strongly encouraged to consult with their academic advisors to discuss the potential implications before choosing the Enhanced Pass-No Credit option.  Licensure programs have legislative mandated GPA requirements (2.7) for Admission to Teacher Education and eligibility to Student Teach. All licensure programs require a minimum grade of C or higher for required courses.   Visit the James Center for Student Success and Advising web page for advising dates and times.

Overall Changes

  • Neither Dean’s nor Chancellor’s list will be awarded for this semester.
  • No students will be placed on Academic Probation this semester, nor will any student move from Academic Probation to Continued Probation, nor from Continued Probation to Academic Suspension.
  • The normal restrictions on the requirements that can be fulfilled by Pass-No Credit classes are waived for this semester.
  • A note will be added to all academic transcripts indicating the major disruption this pandemic has caused to the academic experience.

Alternate Grading System  

  • If a student chooses to adopt the alternate grading format for a course, their grade in that course will not be used in GPA computations.   Furthermore the grade will be recorded by adding a “P“ before the grade assigned for passing grades and by changing an F to NC.  Thus the possible grades in the alternate system are P A, P A-, P B+, P B, P B-, P C+, P C, P C-, P D+, P D, P D-, and NC and these will be the grades that will appear in Banner, including in Banner Self Service.  All official transcripts from Appalachian State only show the first two characters of the grade so will either show P or NC.  A grade of NC does not earn course credit, does count as attempted credit hours, but is not used in GPA computations.
  • The letter grade part of the grade will still be used in determining major, minor, certificate, and prerequisite requirements if there is a grade requirement. 
  • If a student is taking a course seeking grade forgiveness this semester, a P cannot replace a letter grade.  They must stay with the letter grade option.  However, they will be allowed to use grade forgiveness again for this course at a future time if desired.

Undergraduate Spring 2020 Withdrawal Policy

Students will be able to drop a course through May 12 at 11:59 pm.  Read more information on course withdrawal here.

Spring 2020 Commencement Update

Posted Monday, March 23, 2020

May Commencement will take place as a virtual ceremony, with the option for Spring 2020 graduates to join Fall 2020 Commencement in December. Additional details.

COVID-19 Office Update

The Registrar's Office remains committed to serving our students, faculty, staff and community to the best of our ability while following the CDC and university recommendations. All staff are working virtually until further notice but are committed to ensuring there are no interruptions to services or any significant delays in responding to requests received between our normal business hours (8:00 am to 5:00 pm Monday - Friday).   We appreciate your understanding and flexibility during this time as we strive to continue providing excellent customer service to you. For a listing of numbers to reach us, please visit

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