No Harm Grading

In recognition of the unique challenges presented by the COVID-19 pandemic that occurred during the Spring 2020 semester, Elgin Community College is offering students the opportunity to elect a No Harm Grading option.

No Harm Grading Policy


The No Harm Grading policy will consist of two letter grades:

Other Letter Grades Chart
Letter GradePerformanceGrade Points*
AU Audit -
AW Administrative Withdrawal -
CIP Course in progress, satisfactory for proficiency, CLEP, advanced placement, courses taken and pass or no-credit. -
CR Credit -
I Incomplete -
NC No Credit -
R Course Repeated -
S Satisfactory -
U Unsatisfactory -
W Withdrawal -
Z Drop grace period (start Summer 2014) -
*Grade points per semester hour. Students may repeat any ECC course at the regular cost of the course under certain conditions. Review course retake procedure

Faculty will assign letter grades: A, B, C, D, F, or I (Incomplete). Letter F grades will be converted to NC after the faculty assigns the grade. View letter grades chart

Students will have the option to elect No Harm Grading after the faculty assigns the grade of A, B, C, or D. Students may opt-into converting individual course grades of:

  • A, B or C to CR letter grade.
  • D to NC letter grade.

Standard of Academic Progress (SOAP)

GPA Calculation for ECC's Academic Standing purposes. Standards of Academic Progress (SOAP) standing for Spring 2020 has been suspended.

Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP)

GPA calculation for financial aid purposes.

  • CR Grade
    • Calculated with a value of 2.0 in SAP GPA.
    • Counts toward credit attempts and completions.
  • NC Grade
    • Will not be calculated as part of SAP GPA.
    • Does not count toward credit attempts nor completions.
  • Review the financial aid Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) - PDF policy for more information.

Course Eligibility for No Harm Grading

  • Eligible for No Harm Grading
    • Most University Transfer (UT), Career Technical Education (CTE), and Developmental Education (DevEd) are eligible for No Harm Grading.
    • Spring 2020 online and hybrid courses started prior to the March 16, 2020 closure, and not completed until after the March 16, 2020 closure.
    • Adult Basic Education courses currently use a CR/NC scale.
  • Not Eligible for No Harm Grading
    • Courses completed prior to March 16 in any modality.
    • Health Professions courses are not eligible for No Harm Grading due to licensure/accreditation restrictions. Students will be assigned A, B, C, D, F, or I grade, and will not have the option of converting them to CR or NC. If you are considering a health professions program, discuss the impact of using No Harm Grading in general education coursework with your academic advisor before making a final decision.

Deadline to Opt-Into No Harm Grading

  • For Spring 2020 courses ending on or before May 13, 2020, students will have until Thursday, June 4, at 11:59 p.m. CDT to elect to use the No Harm Grading.
  • For Spring 2020 courses ending after May 13, 2020, students will have 15 days following the class section end date at 11:59 p.m. CDT to elect to use the No Harm Grading.

Transcript Notation

The grading key will be added:

  • CR - Equivalent to a grade of C or better:
    • Credit for Proficiency, CLEP, Advanced Placement credit & courses taken Pass/No Credit.
  • NC - Equivalent to a grade of D or F:
    • No Credit for courses taken Pass/No Credit.

No Harm Grading FAQ

See student questions regarding Spring 2020 grades. Read FAQ

No Harm Grading Request Form

Students who choose to elect CR/NC grading should complete the No Harm Grading Request form.

Complete the form