Interim Graduate Grade Policy (Spring 2021) - University of Houston
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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ’s)

Interim Graduate Grade Policy (Spring 2021)

Who to ask for help?
Be sure to contact your academic advisor or graduate program director with questions about the interim graduate grade policy to discuss your options. Here is a helpful GPA Calculator to use when considering your options.
For specific questions regarding the implications of the Interim Graduate Grading Policy for international students, veterans or with respect to financial aid, students should contact the following offices:

Q: I am a professional student. How do I know if I am eligible for the interim graduate grading policy?
A: Please consult the chart below and if you do not see your program in the table, you should consult with your program directly.

Professional Degree Program Included in policy (Y/N)
Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) N
Juris Doctor (JD),
Master of Laws (LLM)
N
Doctor of Optometry (OD) Y
Master of Science Nursing (MSN) N
Doctor of Medicine (MD) N

Q: I received a C (D, F) in one of my classes but I opted for an S instead under the interim graduate grade policy. Does this C count toward the low grade (or “4C” rule)?
A: No it does not count toward the 12 SCH of low grades (C+ or lower or U).

Q: I received a U in one of my classes but I opted for a No Credit COVID-19 (NCR) instead under the interim graduate grade policy. Does the NCR count toward the low grade (or “4C” rule)?
A: No the No Credit COVID-19 (NCR) does not count toward the 12 SCH of low grades (C+ or lower or U). 

Q: I opted for No Credit COVID-19 (NCR) in a course. Will my GPA be impacted?
A: No, your GPA will not be impacted by a grade of NCR. However, you will not accrue any course credit.

Q: I opted for a grade of S instead of a letter grade in a course. Will my GPA be impacted?
A: No, your GPA will not be impacted by a grade of S and you will receive course credit. 

Q: If I choose the S option for a required course will this still count since my program requires a B?
A: Check with your program to see whether they will accept the S grade. 

Q: How will I choose whether I want the grade or the credit option?
A: The Office of the Registrar will communicate in late April how to actually make the selection. 

Q: If my GPA>3.00, will I be able to graduate this semester if I select the S option for all my courses?
A: Most likely yes, as long as specific letter grades are not required for course requirements. Check with your academic advisor or graduate program director to be sure.

Q: I am an undergraduate taking a graduate class. Which policy applies to me?
A: The interim undergraduate grade policy would be applied to all of your classes. If you are continuing in a UH graduate program, please check with them regarding eligibility for applying these hours toward your graduate degree.

Q: I was planning to withdraw from a course even before COVID-19. Should I go ahead and withdraw or should I just wait until the end of the semester?
A: Either option would be all right, but if you are able to finish the course, there is no risk to doing so, since you would be eligible for an NCR grade. Check with your advisor.

Q: Once the student has decided on the grading option that they are choosing under the interim graduate grade policy, will the original grade data still be available?
A. Yes, the original grade data will still be available in the class roster but only the grade option chosen by the student will be shown on the transcript.

Q: When is the deadline for students to choose their grading option?
A. The deadline for students to choose their grading option are:

Grades due Interim Grade forms due
Session 1 (Regular) 5/18 5/21
Session 2 3/2 3/5
Session 3 3/16 3/26
Session 4 4/6 4/9
Session 5 5/18 5/21
Session 6 5/11 5/14