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New Information about Spring Semester Grading

April 08, 2020

This week, your faculty took further action to support you and encourage a successful spring semester. This message is important, and I hope you will read it in its entirety before you proceed.

Temporary changes to the university’s academic policies for undergraduate students have been extended further since we last updated you on March 25. Please review the policy changes highlighted below and on this FAQ page for more information about each change and how these updates may impact you.

New Satisfactory/Credit/No-Credit grading scale

You will be able to select the S/CR/NC option for this semester in the online registration system beginning Monday, April 13. You will have until 11:59 p.m. EDT on April 22 to make that selection.

You can choose on a class-by-class basis to use the A–F or the S/CR/NC grading scale for almost all undergraduate courses. Courses for which you choose S/CR/NC will not affect your UT Knoxville GPA, institutional scholarships, or HOPE Scholarship.

The grade of satisfactory (S) will apply to a final grade of C or higher. The grade of credit (CR) will apply to a final grade between C-minus and D-minus. The grade of no-credit (NC) will apply to a final grade of F.

Drop deadline

The last day to late drop classes with a W is April 22, and the lifetime limit on late drops for undergraduate students has been permanently increased from four to six.

Academic dismissals

Academic dismissals are suspended for spring 2020 and summer 2020 terms for undergraduate students.

Consult with us before you act

You should always consult with your academic advisor and One Stop Student Services before making any decisions about dropping classes or switching to a new grading scale. These decisions can impact financial aid and veterans benefits.

Read the FAQ on grading and academic policies for more information.


We’re here to help! Contact for questions related to academic policy changes, financial aid, and how we can help you.

In the Volunteer spirit,

Amber Williams
Vice Provost for Student Success

The University of Tennessee, Knoxville

The flagship campus of the University of Tennessee System and partner in the Tennessee Transfer Pathway.