Office of the Provost



Undergraduate Course Grading for Academic Year 2020-21

[Email to U-M students and faculty]
August 20, 2020

Dear students and faculty,

As we begin our fall semester, I'd like to provide you with some important information regarding undergraduate course grading policies for the Ann Arbor campus.

For the fall and winter semesters, all undergraduate courses will use a modified version of traditional grading in which the regular A-C grading system is maintained but students who earn D or E grades will receive a "No Record Covid (NRC)." Students receiving a NRC will be able to request that it be converted to a letter grade.

We will also institute a more flexible withdrawal policy, allowing students to withdraw from a course at any time up until the end of classes and not have the course appear on their transcript.

We are making these changes with the understanding that the COVID-19 pandemic is creating inequitable circumstances for students to pursue their coursework and demonstrate their learning. We know that many students are managing very challenging personal situations as they work toward earning their degree.

Our hope is that these changes will help to support the well-being and success of learners and faculty members alike while meeting the university's mission, maintaining the academic integrity of our programs, and staying true to our values.

We plan to share additional information regarding graduate and professional coursework grading policies next week. Remember that is our hub for all information and updates on the university's response to the pandemic.

I wish you all the best of luck this semester, no matter where you choose to study. Please take good care of yourselves and look out for one another.


Susan M. Collins
Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs