COVID-19 Flexible Grading Policy

Spring 2021 Update

May 17 is the deadline to withdraw from a course

  • Withdraw from a course through the Student Center in CUNYfirst, using the dropdown list under Academics

  • Check in with the QC Hub if you have any questions about the impact withdrawing from a course could have on your financial aid

May 17 is the deadline to choose a P/NC (Pass/No Credit) option for a course

The CUNY CR/NC flexible grading option is not available for Spring 2021. You can instead choose to P/NC a course:

  • You may only P/NC one course this semester

  • You must continue to attend class, complete all assignments, and take the final exam.

  • You are not able to P/NC courses in the following categories:

    • in your major

    • graduate courses

    • ACE Seminar courses

    • CESL courses

    • English 110, English 120, Math 110

    • Any writing intensive (W) course

  • Only up to 21 P/NC credits may be applied toward the baccalaureate degree

  • A passing grade of A+ to D is a P, with credit for the course; a failing grade is an NC (no credit), which will not affect your GPA

  • Think carefully before choosing to P/NC a course required for entry into a graduate program: most graduate schools consider a P to be a D grade

Click here to submit a P/NC request (requires MyQC login)

Check the QC Undergraduate Bulletin (pages 66-67) for the full policy

Finals are May 19 (Wednesday) through May 25 (Tuesday)

Fall 2020 Flexible Grading Policy Overview

CUNY has authorized colleges to use the Credit/No Credit ("CR/NC") option for Fall 2020 courses. The policy is designed to provide students flexibility in the context of the challenges and disruptions associated with ongoing pandemic.

The Fall 2020 Flexible Grading Policy applies to all QC students (undergraduate, graduate, and non-degree) enrolled at QC. Under the flexible grading policy, students are able to convert the passing letter grade they earned in most courses (B+ to D for undergraduate students, B+ to C- for graduate students) into a grade of Credit ("CR"), or a grade of F into a grade of No Credit ("NC").

  • CR/NC grades do not factor into the student's GPA

  • Almost all courses being offered this fall have this option. Some courses are excluded, predominantly because of certification or licensure requirements.

  • A faculty member does not award a CR/NC grade to the student. CR/NC is a choice that students make in CUNYfirst after they have seen the letter grades earned.

Reminders for students: Opting-in procedures and deadline

If you have questions that the FAQs don't answer:

Reminders for faculty

Grades for Fall 2020 were due December 23 (deadline 11:30 pm EST).

QC Hub contacts for faculty:


CUNY's website on the Credit/No Credit Policy