Pass / No Credit grading options

The deadline to take advantage of this has passed.

To ease the unexpected burden and to recognize the extraordinary challenges you have faced, Brandon University permitted new grade options for the courses that were in progress as of March 16, 2020.

Students in those courses received traditional letter grades like normal. Afterwards, students were able to opt to convert their letter grades instead into a “Pass” or “No Credit” grade. Students were able to do this on a course-by-course basis.

A grade of “Pass” will indicate that the student has fulfilled the minimum requirements of the course, while a grade of “No Credit” will indicate that the student did not. Neither grade will be counted towards the student’s GPA.

This grade conversion is like those being offered at many other institutions around the country. It recognizes that both faculty and students have been thrown into a tremendously demanding situation, and that many are also facing unforeseen challenges like childcare or job loss. This is a difficult time to assess academic merit, and BU is adding this option to accommodate both students and faculty, to provide a bit of a safety net, and to reduce stress for those who were going into exams.

  • If you took a “Pass” grade, you will get credit for the course and be able move on in your program without worrying about your GPA.
  • If you converted a failing grade into a “No Credit” grade, you will not get credit for the course but it will not count against your GPA.
  • You could also choose to keep the traditional letter grade that you have earned.

Some programs, including professional certifications, graduate studies, or competitive entry programs, may require specific grades that a “Pass” does not satisfy. The option is yours. You can choose to keep the letter grade that you have earned.

Traditional letter grades were provided to you as normal after you complete your coursework and any exams. All applications for grade conversion had to be received no later than May 20, 2020.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q. When can I do this?

This option is now closed. The grade conversion was only for courses that were in progress as of March 16, 2020 and all applications had to be received no later than May 20, 2020.

Q. If I chose to convert a letter grade to Pass/No Credit, how will that course count towards my major/minor/degree completion requirements?

Courses with a Pass grade will count as a course towards major, minor, and degree completion requirements for students in most programs.

  • If you are in a program in the Faculty of Health Studies, detailed information pertaining to your program is posted at
  • If a course you are considering converting requires a specific minimum grade to meet graduation or prerequisite requirements, please consult with the appropriate department to ensure that a Pass grade will satisfy requirements in this case.

Courses with a Pass grade will be excluded from all GPA calculations. Your major, minor, and degree GPAs will be calculated using only those courses for which you received a letter grade.

Courses converted to No Credit function like a course failure in that you do not earn any credits for the course, but unlike failed courses, No Credit courses are not included in any GPA calculations. So, you avoid academic penalty by converting failed grades to No Credit.

Q. If I converted a letter grade to No Credit, do I get a tuition reimbursement for the course?

No, there will be no tuition reimbursement for courses that are converted to “no credit”. “No credit” is an academic concession only so that students may choose to avoid academic penalty associated with a failing grade in light of the unusual circumstances this term.