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Important Information Regarding COVID-19

See the Registrar's COVID-19 and Academic Continuity page for information for students, faculty, and staff relevant to classes and academic activities and administration. (updated August 21, 2020)

COVID-19 Grading Policies

University-level grading policies that were changed as a result of the pandemic are summarized here. For grading policies on a departmental or program level, see the relevant section of the Stanford Bulletin 2020-21; each degree granting program has a tab in the Bulletin that outlines their specific response to grading and other matters as it relates to their undergraduate and graduate degree programs. (An archive of the 2019-20 Bulletin is in preparation and will be posted shortly.)

Spring Quarter 2020

Under a policy approved at the March 26, 2020 Faculty Senate meeting, all University classes in Spring Quarter 2020 were graded Satisfactory/No Credit (S/NC), except for those offered by the Graduate School of Business, the School of Law, and the School of Medicine M.D. and M.S.P.A. programs, unless they opt into the policy. Units earned with a grade of 'S' will not count against the 36-unit maximum of credits (27 credits for transfer students) not taken for a letter grade that may be applied toward the 180 units required for the bachelor’s degree.

Academic Year 2020-21

On July 30, 2020, the Academic Senate adopted the following policies regarding grading:

  • All University courses offered for a letter grade must also offer students the option of taking the course for a “credit” or “no credit” grade, with the exception of courses offered by the Graduate School of Business, the School of Law, and the School of Medicine M.D. Program, unless opted in by those schools.

  • Units of credit taken for a “credit” or “satisfactory” grade will not count against the 36-unit maximum of credits (27 credits for transfer students) not taken for a letter grade that may be applied toward the 180 units required for the bachelor’s degree.

  • The senate urges deans, departments, and programs to consider adopting local policies to count courses taken for a “credit” or “satisfactory” grade toward the fulfillment of degree program requirements and/or alter program requirements as appropriate.

  • Courses taken as “credit” or “no credit” may be eligible to fulfill general education requirements pending review by the Breadth Governance Board (for Ways of Thinking/Ways of Doing); the Thinking Matters Governance Board (for Thinking Matters); the Program in Writing and Rhetoric (for PRW1 and PRW2 classes); and the Writing and Rhetoric Review Board for Writing in the Major.