COVID-19 Academic Policy Changes


Writing Skills Test (WST)

SJSU is temporarily suspending the Writing Skills Test (WST), please review Online Directed Self-Placement (DSP) for additional information.

Spring 2020 Academic Policy Changes

View academic policy changes enacted for Spring 2020 ONLY due to the COVID-19 pandemic. All academic messages are also listed on the Provost’s Office website.

Incomplete grades

Students who were not able to complete incomplete coursework by the end of Spring 2020 or Summer 2020, will receive an extension until the end of the Fall 2020 semester (Monday, December 7, 2020) to complete all work. This extension means that no Incomplete (I) grades will be converted to an Incomplete Charge (IC) or a No Credit (NC) for non-traditionally graded courses. Read the Provost’s message for full details.

Grading option change to Credit/No Credit (CR/NC)

In response to COVID-19, students had the choice to change their individual course grades from an A,B,C,D,F grading scheme to a Credit/No Credit (CR/NC) grading scheme for Spring 2020 courses only. Read the Provost's message and Faculty FAQ (pdf)

Academic Disqualifications Suspended

Students were placed on continued probation for Spring 2020 only. Read the Provost’s message for full details.

Temporary Modifications to Withdrawals & Course Repeats

Temporary policy changes below are a result of the Chancellor’s Office Memo - “Temporary Suspension of Sections of Executive Order 1037” (April 15, 2020).


Policy change: Course withdrawals in Spring 2020 only will not count against the course withdrawal maximum of 18 units.

Previously, undergraduate students may withdraw from no more than 18 semester units.

Repetition of Courses

Policy change: Students who earned a CR grade for courses taken in Spring 2020 only may repeat the course(s) for a letter grade. 

Previously, undergraduate students may repeat courses only if they earned grades lower than a C.

Grade Forgiveness

"Grade Forgiveness" is when a new grade replaces the former grade for a repeated course. 

Policy change: Grade forgiveness units earned in Spring 2020 only will not count towards the grade forgiveness maximum of 16 units.

Previously, undergraduate students may only repeat up to 16 semester units of courses with grade forgiveness.