Coronavirus Updates

Important COVID Updates for Spring 2021!

Be sure to keep up with all the latest official university announcements and updates relating to Spring 2021 here.

Pursuant to the revision of UNC Policy 400.1.5(R), Regulation Related to Fostering Undergraduate Student Success, the following special accommodations will continue for undergraduate students for the Spring 2021 semester:

Section II.C of the regulation requires each institution to develop policies and processes for course withdrawals due to extenuating circumstances.  Consistent with the provisions of that regulation, we are directed to:

  • Provide students with the opportunity to withdraw from undergraduate courses in Spring 2021 due to the impacts of COVID-19,

  • Ensure that courses that a student withdraws from due to the impacts of COVID-19 in Spring 2021 do not count as one of a student’s four (4) career drops,

  • Ensure that any courses that are repeated in a future semester for grade forgiveness as a result of the impacts of COVID-19 in Spring 2021 do not count as one of a student’s four allowable forgiveness courses.


As a result of these provisions, the following has been implemented for Spring :


  • The deadline for drops/withdrawals for the Spring 2021 semester is Monday, April 26, 2021 at 11:59PM. Students may go online and drop any course at any time between now and April 26.*

  • All drops processed by April 26 will not count as career drops.

  • All dropped course(s) will appear on students' transcripts with a W grade. They will not receive credit for the course and the course will not be used in grade point average calculations.  

  • While drops/withdrawals from courses made prior to April 26 this semester will not count as career drops, they may impact time to degree, satisfactory academic progress or financial aid eligibility. We encourage students to work with their advisors and the Office of Financial Aid before dropping courses.


  • During Spring 2021, any course that a student is taking for the initial time may be repeated for grade forgiveness in a future semester and will not count as one of the student's four grade forgiveness courses.  If a student is repeating a course now, and does not want the current attempt to replace the initial grade, they may withdraw from the course any time through April 26 at 11:59 pm. For further information about Grade Forgiveness click here.


We strongly encourage all students to discuss their options with their advisor.  Below are some explanations of some special circumstances that may arise for some students but will not necessarily apply to all students.

  •  Probation and Suspension - In Spring 2021, the university will continue to process academic probations and suspensions by our normal policies.  Those policies can be found here.

  • Dean’s List and Chancellor’s List - Dean’s or Chancellor’s list will be awarded to any undergraduate student who carries 12 semester hours or more of coursework on which grade points are computed and who meets the grade point average threshold for each list.   Only those courses earning credit toward graduation will be used in determining eligibility for honors. This is not a change from our normal policy. Please note: Due to the global health emergency during the Spring 2020 term, Deans and Chancellors list were not awarded. However, these honors were awarded for Fall 2020 and will be awarded for Spring 2021.

  • Grade Forgiveness - If a student is repeating a course seeking grade forgiveness this semester, the only way to replace their original grade is to stay with the letter grade option for the course. If a student is repeating a course now, and does not want the current attempt to replace the initial grade, they may withdraw from the course any time through April 26 at 11:59 pm. 

  • Incompletes - Incomplete grades are assigned only because of sickness or some other unavoidable cause. An “I” becomes an “F” or “U” if not removed within the time designated by the instructor, not to exceed one semester, except that all incompletes must be removed at the time of graduation. An Incomplete is not given merely because assignments were not completed during the semester, nor is an incomplete given if the student never attended the class.

    Students are not permitted to attend a class in a future semester in which they earned a grade of “I” in order to complete the incomplete without prior approval by the Dean’s Office of the college teaching the course. In addition, students do not re-register or audit a class in which a grade of “I” was earned in order to complete the incomplete. If a student receives a grade of “I” in a class and then re-registers for or audits the class (either with the same or a different professor), the grade of “I” in the first class will default to “F” or “U”.


  • Incompletes for Fall 2020

    • If a student has an incomplete from Fall 2020, they will be allowed to switch to the P/NC Alternate Grading System for that course within five days of when their grade is assigned. Students wanting to opt in to the P/NC option must email asking for the switch within five days of the time the letter grade is submitted. Faculty will record the grade that the student earns after completing the incomplete with the Grade Change form in AppalNet just as they normally do for an incomplete. Students also have the option of requesting an extension to the deadline to complete their work if necessary. A student who wishes to request an extension of the deadline for their incomplete should contact their instructor who should submit a grade change in AppalNet with a grade of I and a new extension date.

  • Incompletes for Spring 2021

    • If a student experiences some "unavoidable cause" towards the end of the semester that keeps them from completing their coursework, an incomplete could be granted. However, currently, incompletes for Spring 2021 will not be eligible for the P/NC Alternate Grading System because it is not an option this term.