New Credit (CRD) / No Credit (NCR) Grades for Undergraduate and Chang School Courses
Last updated: April 8, 2020, 1:44 p.m.
For winter 2020 courses only, the university, with the unanimous support of the Deans, is providing students with the option of choosing to replace final undergraduate and Chang School course grade(s) with a credit (CRD) or no credit (NCR) grade.
Within 10 days of final, official grades being posted in RAMSS, students may request that a letter grade or multiple letter grades for W2020 courses be replaced. The request(s) will be submitted to and processed by the Office of the Registrar.
Students will use a W2020 COVID-19 Grade Replacement Request form to submit their request and should note the following:
- May 14, 2020: The W2020 COVID-19 Grade Replacement Request form will be available
- May 22, 2020 (noon): The deadline for graduating students to submit a grade replacement request
- May 29, 2020 (4 p.m.): The deadline for all other undergraduate and Chang School students to submit a grade replacement request
Terms and Conditions
Last updated: March 27, 2020, 10:25 a.m.
- The CRD/NCR option will be available for any course that is graded in the winter 2020 term.
- A CRD grade will count as a credit towards program requirements, but will not be included in the GPA calculations.
- A NCR grade will not count as a credit towards program requirements, nor will it be included in the GPA calculations.
- Only courses with passing letter grades can be replaced with a CRD; INC’s cannot be replaced.
- Only courses with grades of F, FS, FLD or FNA can be replaced with NCR.
- A NCR will not count as a failed course attempt per Senate Policy #46 - Undergraduate Grading, Promotion, and Academic Standing (the "GPA Policy").
- Courses with a CRD or NCR grade value will appear on the official and unofficial transcript.
- CRD and NCR revisions are final, cannot be reversed or appealed, and do not allow for a tuition rebate.
- Additional procedural details (available by May 1) will outline the applicability and impact of CRD/NCR courses for specific circumstances, including but not limited to: the Fresh Start (Student Success) program, students with probationary academic standing, and student cases involving Policy 60: Academic Integrity.
Last updated: March 26, 2020, 7:14 p.m.
Students must carefully consider potential impacts in choosing to replace a letter grade with a CRD or NCR grade. Students are advised to seek advice from their program departments as needed before submitting the request form.
Considerations include, among others:
- Some Ryerson programs have grading variations for specific programs; CRD/NCRs may or may not replace letter grades for those courses. Information is being compiled and will be shared in the university's central student FAQs as soon as possible.
- Some accreditation or certification organizations may not accept a CRD or NCR course to meet their minimum requirements.
- Graduate schools may require specific grade values in certain courses or to use in GPA and/or CGPA calculations.
- Some faculties have minimum letter grade requirements for specific courses. For example, the Ted Rogers School of Management (TRSM) requires that students achieve a minimum B- grade in MKT100 course in order to choose the Marketing Major. Students are advised to check with their program departments regarding any impacts on future academic pathways prior to submitting a grade change request.
- Awards and scholarships may require a letter grade in a particular course and/or to calculate a minimum GPA or CGPA. Since CRD or NCR replace letter grades, students opting for these designations would not be eligible to receive awards that require specific grades (e.g. highest grade in a course). Minimum CGPA requirements remain in effect for awards and scholarships.
CRV and NCR Grade Replacement Information for Students in Programs with Academic Standing and/or Graduation Variations
Last updated: April 8, 6:37, p.m.
If you are a student in a program that has extra course grade conditions specific to your program or a graduation variation, you should note the following:
- A CRV* option will be available for students who pass a course with the minimum grade required according to the specific program variation requirements. Some exclusions apply - see excluded Programs and Courses
- Only courses with passing letter grades that meet or exceed the minimum variation requirements can be replaced with a CRV; INC’s cannot be replaced.
- A CRV grade will count as a credit towards program requirements, but will not be included in the GPA calculations.
- NCR will not count as a credit towards program requirements, nor will it be included in the GPA calculations. NCR for required courses will need to be repeated and may be subject to probationary contract conditions.
- Courses with grades of F, FS, FLD or FNA, or grades below the minimum threshold required for your specific program variation requirements can be replaced with NCR.
- Courses with a CRV or NCR grade value will appear on the official and unofficial transcript.
- CRV and NCR revisions are final, cannot be reversed or appealed, and do not allow for a tuition rebate.
- Student cases involving Policy 60: Academic Integrity may not apply.
*CRV is the equivalent of CRD for courses and programs with academic standing variations and/or graduation requirement variations.
CRD/NCR Information for Probationary and Fresh Start Students
Last updated: April 3, 2020, 3:41 p.m.
If you are a student with a probationary contract in W2020, you should note the following:
- Your term GPA will be recalculated after letter grades have been changed to CRD or NCR
- Your program will treat a CRD as a passed grade but it will not be included in your GPA calculation
- If you replace all of your winter 2020 letter grades with CRD/NCRs, you will in effect have no term GPA to calculate; your probationary status and contract will be extended for your next term of enrolment
- If you replace one or more of your winter 2020 letter grades with CRD/NCRs, your term GPA will be recalculated. If your new term GPA is below 1.67 (or below the specified term GPA required per your probationary contract) but your cumulative GPA is above 1.0, and you meet any other probationary or required standing variation requirements, you will be able to continue on probation for the next term of enrolment
- If you replace one or more of your winter 2020 letter grades with CRD/NCRs, your term GPA will be recalculated. If your new term GPA is below 1.67 (or below the specified term GPA required per your probationary contract) AND your cumulative GPA is below 1.0, your program department will review and decide on whether or not your probationary contract will be extended into the next term of enrolment. If not extended, the appropriate RTW or PPW academic standing will be applied
Fresh Start Students
- If you are currently enrolled in the first term of the Fresh Start/Student Success (EAP1) program you may choose to replace one or more passing letter grades with CRD. CRDs will be acceptable for meeting the individual course requirements. If you choose one or more NCR replacements for required courses you will need to repeat the Extended Academic Probation (EAP1) term in your next term of enrolment.
2019/2020 Dean's List Criteria
Last updated: April 2, 2020, 2:20 p.m.
CRD/NCR grades will not be factored into the Dean's List eligibility criteria. The GPA used for eligibility will be based on your top six letter grades earned in undergraduate courses in the fall 2019/winter 2020 terms. In addition, based on final grades earned across the two terms, you will have:
- Carried an average course load of 4 billing units or higher for the two terms of the 2019/2020 academic year
- Obtained a minimum GPA of 3.5 (or higher for specific faculties)
- Obtained a clear standing
- Obtained passing grades in all courses
- You are clear of any DN notations on your academic record for both fall 2019 and winter 2020 terms (per Policy #60: Academic Integrity)
- You meet any other applicable Faculty-specific criteria
Students achieving the Dean's List honour will receive a letter of congratulations from the Dean and a notation on their academic transcript by the end of June 2020.
Yeates School of Graduate Studies (YSGS) Students
Last updated: April 6, 2020, 4:29 p.m.
Grad students, we’ve been thinking about how this will impact you too. Ryerson has taken a number of steps to recognize this extraordinary situation and the impacts it is having on you. Given some of the complexities related to graduate education, the NCR/CRD option is not currently available for graduate courses. We want to ensure that grad students continue to have options available to them which will support their success.
Here are some actions we've taken immediately: Ryerson has extended the deadline to drop graduate courses to April 9, 2020 so that graduate students can have sufficient time to determine whether they are comfortable continuing in a course. YSGS has also extended the final date to clear outstanding graduation requirements for spring convocation (including submission of the MRP/thesis/dissertation) by two weeks to May 22 at 12 noon. Finally, Ryerson has taken steps to continue graduate supervision, MRP/thesis/dissertation defences, and graduate student funding during this challenging time.
The final date to drop a graduate course has been extended to May 19, 2020. For W2020 only, graduate students may choose to drop one or more courses after viewing their final, official grades. Starting at 8 a.m. on May 14, students may send their requests directly to the Registrar's Office.
- April 9, 2020 - Last date to drop a winter 2020 graduate course prior to final evaluation procedures and grading
- May 14 to May 19, 2020: The W2020 COVID-19 GS Graded Course Drop Request Form will be available
- May 19, 2020 (Noon): The final deadline for graduate students to submit their request to drop one or more winter 2020 graduate courses
- Dropped courses are not refundable, are final, and cannot be reversed
- Dropped courses will not appear on the academic transcript
- Dropping a course may impact your eligibility to graduate
- The last day to add a course in the S/S 2020 term is May 15, 2020
- Graduate studies students can drop a course by April 9 (the date for all students) through self-service or wait until they see their final grades, and request the drop between May 14 and 19 (noon) via the Registrar's Office
For the latest information from YSGS on the response to COVID-19, please visit the YSGS website.
Current students are reminded to check the university's central COVID-19 FAQs for students regularly for ongoing updates. While the university operates on an essential services model, the Office of the Registrar is working remotely and will continue to support students, academic leaders, program administrators and academic advisors.
The ServiceHub is operating online and students can direct inquiries that would normally go to the ServiceHub to ask.ryerson.ca. This tool allows students to get answers to most of their questions, and if need be, submit their questions directly to ServiceHub staff who will respond via email.