Published: Feb. 23, 2021

On Feb. 22, CU Boulder Provost Russell Moore announced a temporary modification of CU Boulder’s grade replacement policy to support student success during the pandemic. Under the temporary modification, courses taken in spring 2020, summer 2020, fall 2020, spring 2021 and summer 2021 will be eligible for later grade replacement without counting toward the credit hour limit.

Normally, undergraduate students may retake a course for grade replacement in an attempt to improve their cumulative GPAs for up to 10 credit hours of coursework, and graduate students for up to six credit hours. Law and non-degree students are not eligible to use grade replacement. 

In order to invoke the grade replacement policy, a student 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.

“Changes in the grade replacement policy were made in recognition that many of our students have encountered a variety of challenges and obstacles to their learning during the pandemic,” Moore said. “With this temporary modification, students can make the choice for grade replacement without worrying that they will use all eligible credits and restrict their later options.”

All other provisions and deadlines of the grade replacement policy remain unchanged, Moore said. Students interested in retaking a class for grade replacement must submit the grade replacement form by the posted deadline to request this option. Re-enrolling in the course is not an automatic grade replacement.

Grade replacement must be invoked by the end of the 10th 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).