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Information for Students

Options are available for students who may be struggling in their classes because of challenges resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic. Several policies have been modified this semester to assist students in reaching their education goals. Students with academic concerns are encouraged to contact their instructor or counselor and consider the options below.

Pass/No Pass Grade Options

At this time, units attempted for which the symbol “NP” (No Pass) is recorded will not be considered in probation or dismissal processes.  A student who continues in a course under the current situation, rather than withdraw, will not be negatively affected should they ultimately be unable to successfully complete the course.

Pass/No Pass grades are not used in the calculation of grade point averages (GPA).

The California State University campuses will accept "Credit" or "Pass" for transferable college courses completed in winter, spring or summer 2020 taken to satisfy:

  1. The Golden Four (English language, oral communication, critical thinking, and mathematics/qualitative reasoning):
  2. All other General Education courses; and
  3. Major prerequisite courses.

The University of California campuses will temporarily suspend the cap on the number of transferable units with Pass/No Pass grading applied toward the minimum 60 semester/90 quarter units required for junior standing.

Please speak with a counselor because there may be implications for programs with programmatic accreditation. 

Course Repetition 

In light of the variety of ways that COVID-19 may disrupt course progress and completion, COVID-19 is considered a recognized extenuating circumstance. The requirement for students to prove an extenuating circumstance has been suspending when petitioning to retake a course attempted during the pandemic. Grossmont and Cuyamaca colleges will disregard the previous grade and credit when computing GPA once the course has been repeated.

Transfer to California State University (CSU)

Fall 2020 Transfers

  1. The CSU campuses will accept "Credit" or "Pass" for transferable college courses completed in winter, spring or summer 2020 taken to satisfy:
    1. The Golden Four (English language, oral communication, critical thinking, and mathematics/quantitative reasoning);
    2. All other General Education courses; and
    3. Major prerequisite courses.
  2. CSU campuses will clear admission for upper-division transfer applicants with 48 semester transferable units who have completed English Language and mathematics/quantitative reasoning by the start of fall 2020 (including courses taken in summer 2020).
    1. CSU campuses will work with students to enroll in the appropriate general education and major preparation courses to fulfill lower division requirements prior to enrolling in major coursework.
    2. Students will still need to fulfill all major requirements to receive their degree.
  3. If a CSU campus conditionally admitted a student as a lower-division transfer, the student will need to meet eligibility and have completed English Language and mathematics/quantitative reasoning by the start of fall 2020 (including courses taken in summer 2020).
  4. CSU campuses will not rescind conditional offers of admission based on the non-receipt of transcripts. If a student is not able to provide an official transcript, due to an extended school closure, CSU campuses may use unofficial or self-reported data for spring or summer grades and graduation status.
  5. New transfer students will remain in a conditionally admitted status until the CSU campus receives a final transcript document and review of the transcript for admission requirements is completed.
  6. If a student’s transcript show that they have not completed at least 48 transferable units and fulfilled basic course requirements, campuses may use admission exceptions on a case-by-case basis. Students should not assume that enrollment in Fall 2020 CSU courses means that an exception will be automatically granted.
  7. If a student that was conditionally accepted for fall 2020 chooses to remain at their community college to finish their transfer requirements or ADT degree, the CSU campus may defer their admission to winter/spring 2021 terms. This action will be at the discretion of the individual CSU campus.
  8. A transfer student who anticipated completing an Associate Degree for Transfer (ADT) that enrolls for fall 2020 without completing the ADT and has matriculated with less than 60 units completed would need to obtain a special advising agreement at the CSU campus of enrollment.
  9. The College Board recently has announced changes to the AP exam content and format for spring 2020. The CSU will honor all existing transferable credit articulation for spring 2020 AP exams on which scores of 3, 4, 5 are earned.
  10. CSU campuses are individually considering their extension of intent to enroll and/or housing deposit deadlines. Intent to enroll deadlines will consider the campus’ capacity to provide timely information regarding financial aid awards to students and families. More information will be forthcoming.

Spring 2021 transfers and beyond

  1. CSU campuses will accept "Credit" or "Pass" for courses completed in winter, spring or summer 2020 taken to satisfy:
    1. Golden Four (English language, oral communication, critical thinking, and mathematics/quantitative reasoning);
    2. All other General Education courses; and
    3. Major prerequisite courses.
  2. The College Board recently has announced changes to the AP exam content and format for spring 2020. The CSU will honor all existing transferable credit articulation for spring 2020 AP exams on which scores of 3, 4, 5 are earned.

Transfer to University of California (UC)

Fall 2020/Winter 2021 Transfer Students

UC will temporarily suspend the cap on the number of transferable units with Pass/No Pass grading applied toward the minimum 60 semester/90 quarter units required for junior standing.

The system is making efforts to request departmental faculty and campus admissions offices to exercise flexibility with transfer students applying for admission for the 2020-21 academic year.

The deadline for transfer students to accept offers of admission to fall 2020 is June 1. Campuses will provide maximum flexibility to students who request extensions and deferment of deposits.

Fall 2021 Admissions

The temporary suspension of the letter grade requirement in A-G courses completed in winter/spring/summer 2020 extends to all students currently enrolled in high school who may apply to UC for admission to fall 2021, 2022 or 2023. For admission purposes, UC will continue to calculate a GPA using all A-G courses completed with letter grades in grades 10 and 11, including summer terms following grades 9, 10 and 11. Courses completed with Pass or Credit grades in winter/spring/summer 2020 will not be used in the GPA calculation but will meet A-G subject area requirements. No student will be penalized in the campus admission review processes for earning Pass grades in A-G coursework during the winter/spring/summer 2020 terms.

Additionally, the University recognizes the challenges that students are facing due to the COVID-19 pandemic and, in response, is suspending the standardized test requirement for students applying for fall 2021 freshman admission.

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