In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, CU Denver has revised several academic policies for the spring and summer 2020 semesters and has also initiated a Grade Modification policy that will be in place through the summer 2020 semester. These new options for grading and academic progress are now in effect. We are hopeful that these changes will help support and encourage our students during this challenging time.

Grade Modification

CU Denver students may request a grade change to a Pass Plus (P+)/ Pass (P)/No Pass (NP) for any undergraduate or graduate course taken in the 2020 spring or summer semesters.

  • For spring 2020 classes students must request that their grade be changed to P+/P/NP no later than June 5, 2020 at 5:00 p.m.
  • For summer 2020 classes students must request that their grade be changed to P+/P/NP no later than August 13, 2020 at 5:00 p.m.
  • Students can opt into modified grading for any or all of the courses they are taking in the spring or summer semesters 2020.
  • Pass Plus (P+) is defined as a grade of C- or higher.  Pass (P) is defined as a grade of D+, D, D-. No Pass (NP) is defined as lower than D-. None of these options will impact a student’s Grade Point Average (GPA) calculation.
  • Only the modified grade (P+/P/NP) will appear on a student’s transcript.
  • Students seeking to use the Modified Grading option should make an appointment with their assigned academic advisor.
  • Students should consult available online resources to evaluate the potential academic and financial impacts of the requested grade change(s), including possible implications for veterans' benefits, financial aid (satisfactory academic progress), scholarship eligibility, competitiveness for graduate school and other important considerations.
  • Students should meet with representatives, from Financial Aid & Scholarships, International Student Services, or Veteran & Military Student Services to ensure that they are making an informed decision.
  • Published prerequisites and graduation requirements remain in effect. If a student’s letter grade is below the required standard to satisfy a prerequisite or graduation requirement, the grade of “P+” or “P” will remain on the transcript, but the prerequisite will not be fulfilled. However, schools/colleges may make exceptions to these requirements. 

Academic Progress/Standing

Enforcement of the current GPA-based academic standing statuses of Academic Probation, Continuing Probation, Restricted Probation, Continuing Restricted Probation, and Scholastic Suspension will be deferred for the spring and summer 2020 semesters. The academic standing status of an undergraduate student at the end of the spring 2020 or summer 2020 term will be determined by the student’s most recent status prior to the start of Spring 2020, unless a student earns a cumulative 2.0 GPA or greater, in which case their status will change to “Return from Scholastic Support” or “Good Academic Standing”.  

That is, with this revised policy, a student cannot go on to academic probation, nor progress to a more severe academic probation status, nor from a severe probation status to a suspension status. However, a student could move from any probation status to Good Academic Standing if the resulting grades from spring 2020 or summer 2020 conclude with a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or greater.

Students do still need a 2.0 GPA or higher in order to graduate.

Additionally, no paperwork, packets/modules, or future enrollment holds will be enforced for spring or summer 2020.

Grade Forgiveness

Students who applied and were approved under the grade forgiveness policy in spring 2020 or summer 2020 and would still like to elect the modified grading policy will be able to do so.

  • We will honor the original grade forgiveness election.
  • Both the former course grade points and the modified grade points will be removed from the calculated GPA.
  • Neither the original nor the modified grade will impact GPA.
  • Both the former grade and the modified grade will appear on the official transcript with the notation that grade forgiveness was invoked.

Maymester and Summer 2020 Academic Offerings and Fees

Registration is now open for Maymester and Summer 2020. With nearly 600 classes from 69 academic departments offered this summer, continuing students, new students, and out-of-state students who have returned home during the pandemic can use the summer session for a variety of purposes: to advance their progress toward degree completion, complete their Core Curriculum requirements, focus on their career development, or learn something new. Explore the breadth and depth of our summer class offerings here.

Most campus fees waived for the summer semester:

CU Denver will be committing university resources to cover the costs of the following fees:

  • All Auraria fees (bond, student facilities, energy renewal, Phoenix Center, Health Center), totaling $108.55 per student
  • Auraria RTD College Pass fee ($125.00 per student)
  • CU Denver Student Wellness Center fee ($12.00 per credit hour)
  • Online Fee ($100 per online course, $50 per hybrid course)

This represents a significant savings on student fees for summer 2020. You will still have access to services funded by these fees, including remote wellness programming and resources from the CU Denver Wellness Center, the Phoenix Center, and the  Auraria Auraria Health Center (which you can call at 303-615-9999 for any COVID-19 related concerns).

Information on Spring International Baccalaureate Exams

Due to the current health crisis, International Baccalaureate exams will not be administered this spring. In place of the exams, graduating high school seniors will be eligible to receive IB Diplomas. International Baccalaureate has provided details on their website. In accordance with International Baccalaureate’s published guidelines, CU Denver will award credit based on our standard score policies for any student who would have taken an exam in April or May 2020.

For specific credit information, please visit the CU Denver IB credit table.