Pass/No Credit (PA/NC) option during COVID-19

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Message from RU-N Provost Ashwani Monga

March 20, 2020 at 12:00pm

Deadline to submit PA/NC form: Friday, May 22, 2020 by 11:59pm

Dear RU-N students,

The faculty and staff of Rutgers University – Newark have been working very hard to get ready for the full transition to remote instruction beginning on Monday, March 23. With the help of staff members providing instructional support, hundreds of our faculty members have developed instructional plans within just a few days. We feel that we are ready to go on Monday, but also know that this scale of remote teaching is at a level that we have never attempted before. As any issues come up during the transition, we urge you to maintain the understanding and patience that you have been displaying since this crisis began.

While we know how resilient you are, we are also well aware of the disruption that you are currently going through. Therefore, as a one-time exception, Rutgers University – Newark is taking two immediate steps to help alleviate some of your concerns.

First, we are providing additional days for you to decide whether you want to stay in a course or withdraw from it. The new deadline will be April 10. But please know that because the add/drop period was a while ago, any course withdrawn at this time will remain on your transcript with an entry of “W”. To maintain timely progress toward your degree with no disruption in financial aid, it is essential for you to consult with your advisor and the financial aid office as you consider course withdrawals.  

Second, we are allowing you to choose a Pass/No-credit grade on your transcript instead of a letter grade (A-F) for any RU-N course that you are currently taking. (Law students: This policy does not apply to you for a variety of reasons—please consult with your school for more details.) Here, too, in order to help you maintain academic progress without disruption in financial aid, it is essential that you consult with your advisor and the financial aid office as you consider this option. Also, a Pass/No-Credit grade may impact how your transcript is viewed by employers and other universities (e.g., if you apply for graduate school), although such impact is likely to be minimized by the fact that several other universities are also currently allowing this conversion. Furthermore, should you choose a Pass/No-Credit option, a note will appear on your transcript to indicate the circumstances of the COVID-19 outbreak.

Keep in mind that you do not need to discuss this issue of converting grades with your instructor. The instructor will assign A-F grades as usual. If you do make the request for conversion, the Registrar’s office will implement it. If it is a course grade of C or better, you will receive a Pass entry. If not, then you will receive a No-Credit entry. If you decide to opt for the Pass/No-Credit grade for one or more courses, please click on the link below and submit the form prior to Friday, May 22.

Thanks again to you, our dear students, and our wonderful faculty and staff, as we together continue to pursue our academic mission during these difficult times. 

PA/NC Resources 

PA/NC as defined by Registrar's Office (click here + scroll to bottom of page)

Link to PA/NC form

Speak with your Academic Advisor 

Contacts for MBA & Specialty Programs

Speak with a Financial Aid Counselor