Message from Dean Woodin: Deadlines for Undergraduate Credit/No Credit and Late Withdrawal

October 28, 2020 by A&S News

Dear A&S students, staff and faculty,

I am writing to provide an update on the Faculty of Arts & Science deadlines for undergraduate course Credit/No Credit (CR/NCR) and Late Withdrawal (LWD) for Fall/Winter 2020–21.

We are doing our best to adapt to this ever-changing environment. I know it hasn’t been easy and I am keenly focused on any adjustments we can make to current academic policies throughout the year to help alleviate stresses students are experiencing. With this goal in mind, I’m happy to share that we are extending the deadlines for the CR/NCR and LWD options for Fall 2020 and Winter 2021. These extensions will allow students an opportunity to view their final term marks for F, S and Y courses before deciding if the CR/NCR or LWD options are right for them.

The revised CR/NCR and LWD deadlines for this academic year are as follows:

  • Fall 2020 term (F) courses — January 15, 2021 
  • Winter 2021 term (S and Y) courses — May 7, 2021

The extensions do not change any other aspects of CR/NCR and LWD — all of the current rules still apply and are outlined for your reference in the current students section of the Faculty website. If you have any questions, please also review the undergraduate student FAQs that have been updated with more specific information about using CR/NCR and LWD. And, as always, students who are feeling unsure, or need advice about the impact of CR/NCR and LWD on their academic goals are encouraged to speak with their College Registrar to review the limitations and potential implications before choosing CR/NCR and/or LWD.

It’s important to note that these deadlines are for A&S undergraduate students only. The CR/NCR and LWD rules apply to any courses A&S undergraduate students are taking, whether they are offered by A&S or another U of T division. Students from other U of T divisions will follow the academic rules, regulations and deadlines of their faculty/division for all courses they are taking, including any courses they are taking at A&S.

I appreciate the feedback coming from all corners of the Faculty and will continue to listen and look for ways to help everyone have a successful year. Please know, I am also focused on longer-term changes we can make to academic policies to help improve the student experience, regardless of the pandemic. This is an important goal during my time as Dean and I will continue to consult with ASSU, faculty, staff and students in this regard.

As mentioned in my A&S Council message, I promise to be back in touch soon regarding plans for the winter term course delivery. Please take care of yourselves and your loved ones. And thank you as always for your support.

Kind regards,

Dean Woodin

Melanie A. Woodin 
Dean, Faculty of Arts & Science 
Professor, Department of Cell & Systems Biology 
University of Toronto