Office of the Provost - Important Change to CU Boulder’s Grade Replacement Policy
Dear undergraduate and graduate students:
We know the past few semesters have been challenging for many students in adjusting to remote coursework and working through other obstacles due to the pandemic. In support of you and your academic success, I am writing to announce a temporary modification of CU Boulder’s grade replacement policy, which gives students an option to retake a course to improve their cumulative GPA.
Generally, undergraduate students may choose to use grade replacement for up to 10 credit hours of coursework during their time at CU Boulder, and graduate students may invoke grade replacement for up to six credit hours. Under this temporary modification, courses taken during spring 2020, summer 2020, fall 2020, spring 2021, and summer 2021 will be eligible for grade replacement without counting toward the credit hour limit. Law and nondegree students are not eligible to use grade replacement.
Lifting the credit limits on replacing grades during these terms recognizes that many students have coped with challenges during the pandemic. With this temporary modification, you can make the choice for grade replacement without worrying that you will use all eligible credits and restrict your later options.
All other provisions and deadlines of the grade replacement policy remain unchanged. In order to invoke the grade replacement policy, you must have received an eligible grade in a prior attempt of the course: C– or below for undergraduate students, and C+ or below for graduate students. Certain types of courses are excluded from grade replacement, and the repeated course must be taken for a letter grade, not pass/fail.
Grade replacement must be invoked by the end of the tenth week of classes in the semester in which the course is being repeated. This semester, the deadline is
March 24 (prorated for shorter special session classes). If you are interested in retaking a class for grade replacement, you must submit the grade replacement form by the posted deadline to request this option. Re-enrolling in the course does not automatically apply grade replacement.
For further information on how grade replacement works, upcoming deadlines, what will appear on your transcript, and how to request this option, see the Office of the Registrar webpage on grade replacement. The Office of the Registrar will reach out directly to those students whose grade replacement request was previously denied for these terms due to max credit limits being met, but who are newly eligible under this policy change.
I encourage you to consult with your academic advisor as you consider whether grade replacement is right for you.
Russ Moore, PhD
Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs