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OAAA E-Weekly January 19, 2023

OAAA E-Weekly January 19, 2023

Guidance for Undergraduate Students Concerning the CR/GC/NC Grading Option

On November 21, 2022, UVA Provost Ian Baucom announced that for Fall 2022, undergraduate students will have a special grading option.  

In January, after completing your courses and seeing your grades, you will have the option to keep the grade that you earned or, for some or all of your classes, choose the Credit (CR) / General Credit (GC) / No Credit (NC) grading option. 

CR is awarded for a grade of C or higher and meets all degree requirements; GC is awarded for a passing grade below C (C-, D+, D, or D-) and meets any degree requirement that is satisfied by a passing grade below C; NC is for a non-passing grade (that is, F). The following notation will be included on undergraduate transcripts: “University-wide disruption. Student had option to select CR/GC/NC grading rubric. CR meets all degree requirements; GC meets limited requirements; NC is no credit (F). CR/GC/NC not included in GPA calculation.” Classes with the CR/GC/NC option are not considered in the GPA calculations. Please note that some graduate classes have a different grading scale. 

If you are not graduating in December 2022, you will receive an email on January 16 with instructions about how to select the CR/GC/NC option, and you will have until January 20 to select that option. If you are graduating in December 2022, you will receive an email on January 2 with instructions about how to select the CR/GC/NC option, and your deadline for selecting that option is January 6. (Your official degree conferral date will remain December 16, 2022.) If you are graduating, do not wish to convert any of your grades to CR/GC/NC, and need your degree conferred earlier because of extenuating circumstances, please contact your school registrar

The decision about selecting or not selecting the CR/NC/GC grading option may have important consequences. This document provides guidance to enable you to make an informed choice. This guidance is intended for undergraduate students. Some graduate and professional students also have this grading option; graduate and professional students should contact their academic advisor, department, or school for guidance.  

No one can predict exactly how students’ future professional and educational aspirations may be affected by their decisions to select or not select the CR/NC/GC grading option. In contrast with the situation during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020 and 2021, when many universities offered alternative grading options, the tragic events of November 13, 2022 were specific to UVA. It is important that students speak with their advisors and conduct their own research to better understand the choices they are making. University leadership, and all of those who work with students, encourage students to put their own health and wellness first and focus on their needs in this challenging time.  

What Choosing CR/GC/NC Means for a Student’s Time at UVA 

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Spring 2023 Academic Calendar

Wednesday, January 18
Spring Term Courses begin

Saturday, March 4 – Sunday, March 12
Spring Recess

Tuesday, May 2
Spring Term Courses End

Thursday, May 4 – Friday, May 12

Sunday, May 7 & Friday, May 10
Reading Days

Friday, May 19 – Sunday, May 21
Finals Weekend

OAAA Walk in hours
"I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character." Martin Luther King Jr.
Martin Luther King, Jr., (born January 15, 1929, Atlanta, Georgia, U.S.—died April 4, 1968, Memphis, Tennessee), Baptist minister and social activist who led the civil rights movement in the United States from the mid-1950

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OAAA Announcements & Services – Spring 2023

OAAA PRESENTS Black History Month Kick-Off Event A Celebration of Blackness: Culture, Health, and Beauty (Auditions Day 1)
Friday, January 20, 2023 – 6:30 pm-8:30 pm – Commonwealth Room

OAAA PRESENTS Black History Month Kick-Off Event A Celebration of Blackness: Culture, Health, and Beauty (Auditions Day 2)
Saturday, January 21, 2023 – 5:00 pm-8:00 pm – Student Activities Building

OAAA Harambee II
Sunday, January 22 – 10:00 am-4:00 pm - Newcomb Hall – Ballroom

Come celebrate yourself and your peers as we recognize Black Excellence at its best! 1st years are celebrated but all classes are welcome to show your love for your community of excellence. Enjoy the resource fair and learn more about declaring your majors, med school preparation, summer internships, and resources available for your social and psychological well-being! Your OAAA family looks forward to seeing you there!






Opportunities with Deadlines

VISAS (Volunteers with International Students, Staff, and Scholars)
Deadline: Sunday, January 29 at 11:59 pm

VISAS is a free program that serves the international community at UVA. Through VISAS’ various programs, volunteers and international participants practice English together, meet new people, build meaningful relationships, and learn about other cultures. We invite English learners and English speakers to come join us now! If you are a UVA student with high-level English proficiency who would like to become a volunteer, please apply HERE to help UVA’s international community practice English, exchange cultures, and meet new people all within a flexible commitment (as little as an hour per week!). If you are a returning volunteer with VISAS, please register HERE.  Join VISAS as an international participant! If you are a UVA English language learner or a family member of a UVA affiliate, please register HERE to gain fluency, immerse yourself in American culture, and find community at UVA by joining the VISAS Language Consultant program. Want to learn more? Join us on Instagram for an IG Live on Monday, January 23 at 8 PM and Thursday, January 26 at 5 PM (@visasatuva)! Check out our website for more information! Email us with questions! Follow us on Instagram @visasatuva for updates!


A moment in Black History

Did you know?  January 1986 The United States recognized the birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. as a federal holiday. Martin Luther King Jr. (January 15, 1929 – April 4, 1968) was an American Baptist minister and activist, one of the most prominent leaders in the civil rights movement from 1955 until his assassination in 1968. An African-American church leader and a son of early civil rights activist and minister Martin Luther King Sr., King advanced civil rights for people of color in the United States through nonviolence and civil disobedience. The campaign for a federal holiday in King's honor began soon after his assassination in 1968. President Ronald Reagan signed the holiday into law in 1983, and it was first observed three years later on January 20, 1986.