No Harm Grading FAQ
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.
Here are some of the answers to questions from students. Read more about grades and GPA
- Dual Credit Students
- Financial Aid & Scholarships
- General Questions
- Health Professions
- Honors Program Students
- International Students
- Student Athletes
- Veteran Students
For questions or concerns, contact Assistant Dean of School Partnerships, Rodrigo Lopez at email@example.com.
A grade of CR is counted in the Cumulative Grade Point Average calculation and is valued as a 2.0. A grade of CR is also considered to be an "attempt" and a "complete" when calculating the Cumulative Completion Rate and the Maximum Time Frame calculation when determining the Financial Aid Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) status.
A grade of NC is not counted in the Cumulative Grade Point Average, Cumulative Completion Rate, nor the Maximum Frame calculation when determining the Financial Aid Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) status.
For specific information, refer to the following policy:
Yes, provided that the class did not end before March 16, 2020.
No. The decision to elect CR/NC grading is your decision as a student; however, seeking advice from your faculty member if you have questions on your current status is important in helping you make your decision.
Yes. This is a class-by-class decision; however, the No Harm Grading Request Form will allow you to choose multiple classes (up to 5 classes) to elect the CR/NC option. While there is no limit on the number of classes a student can place on CR/NC status, you should consider your progress in the individual class as well as your overall academic load for the semester.
Students who choose to elect CR/NC grading should complete the No Harm Grading Request Form, including the specific class section(s) from the table. Submitting this form will generate an email to the advising office, and your academic advisor will reach out to you to discuss your particular circumstances. After the consultation with your academic advisor, an email will be sent to the Records Office and a copy sent to your student email with your decision for each course.
The grades of CR and NC will not impact the calculation of your GPA.
Students with a grade of CR will be able to use that course for verification of subsequent class prerequisites. The CR is equivalent to a C or better.
No impact. Standards of Academic Progress (SOAP) standing for Spring 2020 has been suspended.
An NC grade will not satisfy subsequent class prerequisites.
Academic Standing for spring 2020 has been suspended; therefore, there will not be a dean's list, president's list, or academic honors awarded. Students who have not elected CR/NC grading may request a letter from the Assistant Vice President of Student Services and Development at firstname.lastname@example.org to acknowledge their academic achievement for the semester
Congratulations on your academic achievements. CR/NC grades will not affect your GPA.
No, if you earn a D and need the credit, you should not elect NC.
Students on academic probation are permitted to select courses for CR/NC grading for the spring 2020 semester. For the spring 2020 term, a CR or NC grade will not impact your academic standing.
No. Decisions to convert grades of A, B, C, D or F to a grade of CR or NC are final and cannot be changed at a later date.
If you are uncertain about the decision, you are encouraged to consult with your academic advisor and other relevant sources to feel confident you are making the right choice.
No. CR/NC courses are counted the same way as graded classes when calculating student status.
You should reach out to your instructor to make sure you have a full understanding of your current grade and what future assignments and assessments are still available for you to raise your grade. If, after consulting, you do not believe you can pass the course, you may withdraw up until the last day of class to receive a W on your transcript.
ECC takes the highest grade earned for repeat classes; however, since a CR grade does not count in the calculation of your GPA, you need to decide if the letter grade would be more important in meeting your academic goals.
If you are concerned about your grade point average and only need the course completion for your academic plans, you may elect the "CR" grade to keep grades of B and C from reducing your GPA. You are strongly encouraged to discuss a change from a letter grade to "CR" with your academic advisor because doing so may impact your eligibility to graduate, the ability to take a higher-level course in the sequence, or the transferability of the course to another institution.
The grades of CR and NC will appear just like any other grade on your transcript; however, as stated above, these grades will not impact the calculation of your GPA.
No. The No Harm Grading Policy is only effective for the spring 2020 term.
No. For each health professions course, you must have a posted letter grade.
No. For each general education course required as part of your health professions degree program or certificate program, you must have a posted letter grade.
For undergraduate and graduate health profession programs, GPA is an important consideration in the admission process. CR/NC is not calculated into your overall GPA. You should check with each institution to which you intend to apply as to if/how they are modifying their admissions criteria for students' spring 2020 coursework.
No. To be considered for admission into an ECC health professions program, all required prerequisite courses must have a posted letter grade.
No. The Honors Program has decided to allow all current Honors students to remain in the program regardless of their GPA following the spring 2020 semester. In addition, any Honors student who elects a grade of CR (completed for credit) for any Honors section will still be able to count this completed course toward the requirements to become an Honors Program Graduate.
Please note that the Scholarship Waiver Activation will still require students to earn a grade of A or B in any Honors section completed in Spring 2020 to earn a tuition waiver and to maintain a 3.25 GPA or above in order to apply for the waiver in the future.
International students attending ECC on an F-1 visa may elect to have a CR/NC grade change. International students in college-level credit courses should follow institutional procedures on requesting a CR/NC grade change. The grades of CR and NC will not impact the calculation of your GPA or Standards of Academic Progress (SOAP) standing.
International students in the Intensive English Program should note the first three levels of the program already use a CR/NC grading scheme. Students in the Pre-Collegiate level of the Intensive English Program may elect to have a CR/NC grade change in line with institutional procedures.
Note: International students must maintain a full course of study in Spring 2020 unless previously authorized for a Reduced Course Load.
Possibly. If you take the CR grade, then you will be able to use the number of credits of the course to meet semester and accumulation credit hour requirements, and the CR grade will be counted as a 2.0 when using to calculate your GPA for eligibility purposes. If you decide to take the NC grade, then you will not be able to use the credits for semester or accumulation eligibility, which could possibly affect eligibility. Contact the athletic department via email at email@example.com for further questions.
While many institutions may allow for CR grades to satisfy the C or better requirement, decisions will vary by institution. It is strongly recommended to communicate with the Admissions department of your preferred transfer institution.
For graduate and professional programs, GPA is an important consideration, and specifically science GPA, for many health professions (e.g., for medical schools, biology, chemistry, math, physics). CR/NC is not calculated into your overall GPA, and courses on CR/NC status won't be calculated into your science GPA. As a general rule, grades of A, B, & C are most likely to continue to satisfy entrance requirements for required courses.
The CR grade will equate to a grade of C or better at ECC and will be reflected on the transcript. However, since requirements will vary by institution, it will be important to communicate with the Admissions department of your preferred transfer institution to make an informed decision.
All accredited universities will have policies to accept transfer credit of CR/NC courses. Although most institutions have expressed willingness to accept courses with CR grades, it is strongly recommended you consult with the Admissions department at your intended transfer institution.
While many institutions may allow for CR grades to transfer and satisfy C or better requirements, decisions will vary by institution. It is strongly recommended you consult with the Admissions department at your intended transfer institution.