Enrollment Services COVID-19 Updates

Due to the uncertainty of COVID-19, a number of academic policies, requirements, and processes have been adjusted. This page is intended to provide more detail surrounding these temporary academic changes. Additional information regarding SDSU's response to COVID-19 can be found on SDSU's COVID-19 web page.

Given the uncertainty of COVID-19, students were given the option to change from a letter grade to Credit/No Credit during the spring 2020, fall 2020, spring 2021, and summer 2021 terms. Please visit the Grading Basis: Credit/No Credit (CR/NC) web page for more information.

Undergraduate Students: A grade of Credit is awarded for work equivalent to a letter grade of C (2.0) or better. No Credit is awarded for work equivalent to letter grades less than 2.0 grade points (C- through F).

Graduate Students: A grade of Credit is awarded for work equivalent to a letter grade of B (3.0) or better. No Credit is awarded for work equivalent to letter grades less than 3.0 grade points (B- through F).

The Writing Placement Assessment (WPA) has been temporarily suspended and waived for upper division students. Upper division students can register directly for approved upper division writing courses. Completing the approved upper division writing course with a C or better will satisfy the Graduation Writing Assessment Requirement.

If you previously had a WPA hold on your record, which would have impacted fall 2020, spring 2021, or fall 2021 registration, the WPA hold was lifted and you can now register directly into an upper division writing course.

If you previously took the WPA and you scored a 6 or below and placed into RWS 280/LING 281, you no longer need to complete RWS 280/LING 281 with a C or better. You can enroll directly into one of the approved upper division writing courses. Log in to the SDSU WebPortal and review your updated Degree Evaluation.

Frequently Asked Questions

I was supposed to take the WPA but it was canceled. Can I just take the writing course?
If you are an upper division student, you will be able to register directly into one of the approved upper division writing courses to satisfy the GWAR.
I'm not sure whether I should register for RWS 280/LING 281 or an approved upper division writing course. How do I know which one I should register for?
Please contact Jamie Madden at [email protected] in the Rhetoric and Writing Studies (RWS) department for guidance on which course(s) would be best to register for.
I am currently enrolled in RWS 280/LING 281 this semester. What happens if I receive a C- or lower grade?
You can use course forgiveness if you decide to repeat RWS 280/LING 281 to strengthen your writing skills or you can register for an approved upper division writing course to satisfy the GWAR.
I am a strong writer and I believe I would pass the WPA if it was available to take. Can I wait and take the WPA later?
Due to the uncertainty of COVID-19, we do not know when the WPA will be offered.
If I take an approved upper division writing course now, will I have to take the WPA later when it is offered again?
No. You will not be required to take the WPA during future semesters.
I took the WPA and received an 8 and was planning to retake the WPA to try to improve my score to earn a 10. What should I do now?
Due to the uncertainty of COVID-19, we do not know when the WPA will be offered.
I took the WPA and received a 6 and was supposed to take RWS 280 this next semester. Can I register for an upper division writing course or am I required to take RWS 280 first?
Yes, you may register for an approved upper division writing course to satisfy the Graduation Writing Assessment Requirement (GWAR).
Can I get a refund for the WPA test since I already registered and paid for the test?
Please review the SDSU Testing Services website and the Frequently Asked Questions regarding your canceled registration for the WPA. Contact SDSU Testing Services at [email protected] if you have any additional questions.
Which courses are the approved upper division writing courses that I can register for?
Please check your degree evaluation to determine if you are required to complete a specific upper division writing course. If you are not required to enroll in a specific course, you can choose from the list of approved writing courses from the SDSU University Catalog (refer to Graduation Requirements section of the catalog).
I really want to try to take the WPA later. Do I have to take a writing course this summer or fall 2020?
Due to the uncertainty of COVID-19, we do not know when the WPA may be offered. You are not required to complete the GWAR this summer or fall 2020. However, if you are close to graduating, we recommend you complete the GWAR as soon as possible.
I passed an upper division writing course with a "C" or better. Can I still take RWS 280 or LING 281?
Yes. As long as you have not yet passed RWS 280 or LING 281 with a "C" or better, you may enroll in the course, even if you have already completed an approved upper division writing course.
What if the WPA is reinstated in fall 2020? Will I be required to take the WPA in fall 2020 or will I still have the option of registering for an upper division writing class?
Due to the uncertainty of COVID-19, we do not know when the WPA may be offered. Students who will be earning 60 units have their academic record updated so that they may enroll directly in one of the approved upper division writing courses in the following semester. These students will not be required to take the WPA in future semesters.
The WPA is now being offered. Am I required to take the WPA?
Beginning in spring 2021, the WPA is offered as an option. Upper division students can elect to take the WPA. The WPA score will inform how you will satisfy the GWAR. Students who earn a 6 will be required to complete the appropriate total of 2 writing courses; students who earn an 8 will need one of the approved upper division writing courses, and students who earn a 10 will satisfy the GWAR (unless their major requires completion of one of the approved upper division writing courses).

Due to COVID-19, study abroad programs have been suspended temporarily. If you are impacted by the study abroad suspensions, then the University will offer flexibility to you. If you have an international experience or study abroad requirement in your major or minor, please speak to the advisor in your academic department to determine options.

Additional information is available on the Study Abroad FAQs (see right-hand screen for FAQs and expand the Study Abroad accordion).

SDSU official and unofficial transcripts will include the a statement under the spring 2020, fall 2020, and spring 2021 terms to reflect the COVID-19 pandemic and its impact on academic policies.

For more information about ordering transcripts, please review the Office of the Registrar Transcript web page.

SDSU is planning for in-person instruction and activities for Fall 2021. The fall 2021 course schedule is expected to publish on May 10, and registration will begin on May 25.

Frequently Asked Questions

I am currently enrolled in an in-person course(s) but I am unable to attend due to COVID-related concerns, who should I contact?
Students who are unable to attend an in-person course during the fall 2021 semester due to COVID-related concerns should complete the following form to request a letter from Student Ability Success Center (SASC) that the student can share with their instructor and their Assistant Dean: SDSU Flex - Request for SASC Letter Regarding In-Person Attendance.

Once the form has been submitted the student will receive a letter from SASC within five (5) business days of the submission date. The letter will be emailed to the email address provided in the form submission.

Once the student has received the letter, they should provide it to their instructor and assistant dean in their college as soon as possible in order for the appropriate accommodations to be made with your scheduled course. If you decide to drop or postpone taking the impacted course for a later semester, you are strongly encouraged to work with your academic advisor to understand if there will be any impacts on your academic progress.

If I am unable to attend an in-person course, will I be able to complete the course virtually?
While faculty and the Student Ability Success Center will work to identify possible accommodations for students who may not be able to attend portions of an in-person course, in some cases the instructor may not be able to accommodate a student who needs to take the entire in-person course virtually. Students in this situation are strongly encouraged to talk with their academic advisor and/or the assistant dean in their college to understand if there will be an impact on their academic progress should they delay taking the course, or otherwise drop the course for the fall semester.

Spring 2020 Policy Exceptions

Students who earn a CR grade in spring 2020 may subsequently repeat a course for a letter grade within the next academic year.

Students are allowed to use up to 16 units for course forgiveness according to campus policy. Any course forgiveness used in spring 2020 will not be counted toward the 16 unit maximum. Course forgiveness is automatically applied for coursework with both attempts at SDSU. More information about the university course repeat and course forgiveness policy is available on the Course Repeat and Course Forgiveness web page.

Frequently Asked Questions
I earned a CR in my course from spring 2020, but it will not allow me to register for it in fall 2020.
If you earned a CR grade in a spring 2020 course and choose to repeat the course, it must be repeated within the next academic year and the request for this exception can be made by filling out the COVID-19 Course Repeat Petition form.
If I receive CR in a course during spring 2020 and wish to repeat it in the future for a letter grade, will both courses count in my total units earned?
No, if you are an undergraduate student, only the units earned from the first attempt of the course will apply towards your total units earned. The units attempted and grade points from your second attempt of the course will count in your GPA, but not the units earned.
I earned a CR in spring 2020 and will be repeating the course in fall 2020 for a letter grade. May I use course forgiveness?
No, you may not use course forgiveness. The CR grade is not factored into your GPA. Only the second attempt with the letter grade will be factored into your GPA.

You have a flexible withdrawal option to withdraw from one or more classes of your choice, with approval from the assistant dean of your college. Once approved, a "W" will appear on your transcript for the course. You can initiate the request for withdrawal by completing a request for Retroactive Withdrawal available on the Office of the Registrar Withdrawal web page.

Withdrawal (W) grades are not factored into your grade point average, academic probation or disqualification procedures, or as a repeat for enrollment purposes.

Financial Aid Impact: For information on how withdrawal might affect your financial aid, review this document.

Student academic standing will not be negatively impacted by spring 2020 grade point averages. Earned grades will be included and calculated in SDSU and cumulative grade point averages. However, the processes to place students on academic probation or disqualification are suspended for spring 2020.

Undergraduate students with below a 2.0 GPA average for the spring 2020 semester will not be placed on academic probation. Students who are currently on probation will not be subject to academic disqualification.

Graduate students with below a 2.85 GPA average for the spring 2020 semester will not be placed on academic probation. Graduate students who are currently on academic probation will not be subject to academic qualification.

Both undergraduate and graduate students who achieve their academic benchmarks (2.0 and 2.85 campus and cumulative GPAs, respectively) will be returned to normal status, and no longer on academic probation.