The following policies are applicable to the Colorado State University Fort Collins campus for Spring 2020 only. These changes do not pertain to courses offered through CSU Online, which will retain varied class lengths and parts of term offerings as currently scheduled, as well as already established withdrawal deadlines.

To learn more about temporary policy changes due to COVID-19, please refer to the Keep Learning information posted on the CSU website.

Academic Standing

Undergraduate academic standing policies for implications of the Covid-19 pandemic Spring 2020:

To provide a positive outcome for all students, CSU is creating a policy to hold students harmless from the challenges associated with moving to remote/online education in the middle of the term and also to hold students harmless from any unintended consequences of selecting S/U grading, should they choose that option before June 5, 2020.

Students on probation who raise their grades to a cumulative 2.000 GPA at the end of Spring 2020 will be changed from probationary status to good standing.

Students in good standing who earn grades that drop their cumulative GPA below a 2.000 at the end of Spring 2020 will remain in good standing.

Students on probation who earn grades at the end of Spring 2020 that result in less than a cumulative 2.000 GPA will continue with their current academic standing (P1 or P2) for Summer 2020 and Fall 2020. Consequently, students will not progress in probation/dismissal status (P1 to P2 to DA).

Students who had appealed their dismissed academic standing at the end of Fall 2019 and were overridden to have one more term in Spring 2020, but who still do not recover to good standing in Spring 2020, will obtain an automatic additional one-semester extension of the original appeal.

Freshman Accelerated Fresh Start

Due to the adjustment of academic policies for Spring 2020, the Scholastic Standards committee approved a second opportunity for freshman students to take advantage of the Freshman Accelerated Fresh Start. This opportunity is being extended to students who received below a 1.000 grade point average in Fall 2019 and were offered a Freshman Accelerated Fresh Start (to take 1-3 semesters off CSU) for Spring 2020, and decided to take courses in the spring semester.  Students in this situation are being offered another opportunity to take 1-3 semester(s) off, and return to CSU later, beginning Fall 2020. Students are strongly encouraged to connect with their Academic Success Coordinator/Academic Advisor to develop a plan for academic success. Contact information for a student’s Academic Success Coordinator/Academic Advisor is available on RAMweb or by contacting their academic department.

Change of Major

Change of major forms for undergraduate students can be received electronically, emailed to If a student’s signature is not present, an email must come from the student’s CSU email account. If the Change of Major form is coming from an advisor, it must include an attached email from the student (CSU email account) requesting the change. The Office of the Registrar will accept the student’s CSU email as a signature through the end of the Spring 2020 semester.

Course Withdrawal

Undergraduate Course Withdrawal Practices Pertaining to Remote Instruction (CSU Fort Collins Residential Instruction Courses), Office of the Vice Provost for Undergraduate Affairs March 24, 2020 The following policies apply to courses ending after March 24, 2020; courses completed prior to the shift to remote learning are not eligible for the deadline extensions listed below. 

Course Withdrawal: The university has moved the course withdrawal deadline from March 23, 2020 to May 8, 2020, the last day of classes for Spring 2020. This will impact all courses at the undergraduate and graduate level. 

We moved past the course drop deadline in February. Therefore, a course withdrawal is the remaining mechanism by which students can remove a course with an indication of W on the transcript. It does not include an option for tuition refund.


CSU Fort Collins and CSU Online are implementing an S/U grading practice for Spring 2020 only. Following the end of semester grade posting for Spring 2020, students will be able to request a satisfactory/unsatisfactory grade rather than traditional letter grade up until June 5, 2020 for any course taken in this Spring semester. The S/U policy applies to all Spring 2020 undergraduate, graduate and professional courses. 

This practice will replace any previously published restrictions on use of S/U grading, making it an option for all students for Spring 2020. All students, and especially students on probation, are strongly encouraged to consult with their academic advisor, faculty advisor or the Graduate School before making a decision.

The following practices will be put in place on the CSU Fort Collins campus.

Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory and Traditional Grading Option

Students who earn a C or above may request to have a letter grade changed to “S,” which reflects a C or better. D or F letter grades would be reflected by a “U.” “S” grades contribute to credit hours but not to the GPA. “U” grades will contribute neither toward credit hours earned nor to the GPA. Students will not be allowed to change an S/U grade once the change from a letter grade has been made. Students will be able to select individual course sections to which they want to apply the S/U option. Traditional A-F grading will be used for all courses not selected for the S/U option.

Please note:

 •The S/U option will not have negative implications for students’ Financial Aid.

 • Students should check rules for their scholarships prior to making a decision.

• Students who are currently on Academic Probation should work closely with their Academic Advisors before selecting an S/U option.

All students should consult with their academic advisor and/or faculty advisor before deciding to request a change from traditional grade. At the point of requesting an S/U grade, students will be asked to indicate that they understand the potential consequences. These may include impact on:

• Courses that require a grade based on a professional standard/accreditation requirement (teaching, engineering, etc.).

• Impact on GPA for students on academic probation.

• Impact on graduate/professional school applications.

• Scholarship implications if a minimum of graded coursework is required.

Incomplete Requests

We have resources available through the Keep Teaching and Keep Learning sites and at TILT to guide students as they move into remote learning structures. Careful use of these suggestions should help. However, some students may struggle with remote learning and they should use the course withdrawal process rather than requesting an Incomplete. Incompletes will not be offered for courses outside of the already established guidelines. See the General Catalog for more on Incomplete grading.


The Repeat/Delete deadline has also moved from March 23, 2020 to May 8, 2020 for Spring 2020 only. This option pertains only to undergraduate students.

Transfer Credit Graded as Pass/Satisfactory

Regular academic courses completed in Spring 2020 from institutions accredited by one of the seven regional associations of schools and colleges, or international tertiary institutions that are recognized by the ministry of education, or a similar accrediting body, in the home country, completed with a grade of pass/satisfactory (P/S) or C- or better may be accepted in transfer, regardless of P/S grade equivalent.  Course work from institutions that are not regionally accredited will not be transferred. Coursework that is remedial or vocational/technical in nature will not be transferred. Transfer grades and credits are not computed within the cumulative GPA earned at CSU.

Course work completed prior to Spring 2020 will require a C- or better equivalent for acceptance of P/S grading.