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Reminders of NRC and W Deadline, and Pass/Fail Grading

This message was sent to all Storrs and regional campus undergraduate and graduate students. 

Dear UConn students,

I am writing with a reminder of upcoming deadlines for placing courses on Pass/Fail or withdrawing from courses, as well as the addition of an NRC grade in place of a W when withdrawing from a course. More details are shared below.

Pass/Fail Grading
The last day to place courses on Pass/Fail grading is May 14, 2021. This option is open only to undergraduate students. A set of FAQs is available on the Office of University Advising website.

W Deadline and NRC Grade
The last day to withdraw from a course is April 28, 2021. Most students have the option for a withdrawn course to appear as a W or a new NRC grade on their transcript. The NRC grade can also be applied retroactively to courses from spring 2020, summer 2020, fall 2020, and winter 2021.

The University Senate approved the new NRC grade to provide students who withdraw from courses an option to note that the W grade was received during the height of the COVID pandemic. This new grade will be recorded as NRC: No Record-COVID. The NRC grade makes clear to employers and graduate schools that a grade was disrupted by COVID. The Graduate Faculty Council voted to provide the same option to graduate students.

NRC eligibility

Eligibility to convert a W grade to an NRC grade requires having met the following criteria:

    • Undergraduate, Ratcliffe Hicks, Graduate, Non-Degree, and Pharm D students
    • Have been approved to withdraw from a course in the spring 2020, summer 2020, fall 2020, winter 2021 and spring 2021 semesters only

NRC for previously withdrawn courses

Emails will be sent to eligible students later today notifying them of the option to convert their grades to NRC and sharing next steps for doing so.

NRC for new spring 2021 course withdrawal requests
Students may elect the W or NRC grading option when submitting course withdrawals through the withdrawal deadline of April 28, 2021. The form for withdrawal requests, which now also includes the NRC option, can be found on the Registrar’s website.

A set of FAQs is available on the Office of the Registrar website.

During the course of the COVID-19 pandemic, our University community has adopted many adjusted practices and revised policies to help balance the increased need for flexibility with our commitment to a rigorous academic experience. I appreciate the collaboration and advocacy of our student, faculty, and staff leaders to make these changes in a thoughtful and timely manner.


Carl Lejuez
Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs