Academic Relief Package

The Academic Relief Package (ARP) , originally announced by UNCG’s Faculty Senate in November 2020, will continue for undergraduate students enrolled in spring 2021! 

Similar to the fall 2020 version, this semester’s  Academic Relief Package makes several temporary changes to the University’s academic policies to help lessen the ongoing impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. (For information on the Academic Relief Package for Graduate Students, please visit The Graduate School.)


The current Academic Relief Package has 3 components:



Opting in to any or all of the options above is tempting, but each student’s academic plan is different. It is important that you carefully consider all of the pros and cons before moving forward. Here are a few ways you can ensure you are making the most informed decision possible about next steps:

    • Talk with your School or College academic advisor or a staff member in the Students First Office. Keep in mind that every academic program and major is different. Many programs require grades of C or better for courses in their majors, and will not allow SA grades to satisfy these requirements. Your choices may also impact your competitiveness for future licensures, graduate programs, or professional schools, and an academic advisor can help you make an informed decision. If you only take one of these steps, this is it. Check-in with your academic advisor before making your opt-in selections!
    • Review the Recommendations for Letter Grade vs. SA/US Grading Options alongside the final grades that you have posted in UNCGenie. This chart will give you specific guidance based on the final grades that you have earned.
    • Work through the ARP Decision Tree which walks you through a series of questions and then, depending on your answer, gives recommendations for how to proceed.
    • Read through the ARP FAQs for Students. This is a lengthy document but likely answers any questions you have (and some you haven’t thought of) about how the Academic Relief Package works. PRO TIP: Use the “Bookmark” links at the top of the document to navigate to the specific section you are considering.
    • Calculate the impact to your GPA using the Academic Relief GPA Calculator. Opting in to Satisfactory (SA) or Unsatisfactory (US) grading can protect your term or cumulative GPA, but may also negatively impact progress toward graduation because of credit earned/lost. This calculator will help you compare the impact of letter grades versus Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory grade options.  
    • Consult with the Financial Aid Office about possible impacts on future financial aid eligibility. If you are receiving financial aid, you will still be held to the required standards for Satisfactory Academic Progress. Follow up with the Financial Aid Office or the Students First Office if you are concerned that the ARP options you are considering might negatively impact your future financial aid eligibility. 



If you have weighed all your options, talked with your academic advisor, and have decided to opt in to Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory grading, this option will become available in UNCGenie beginning Wednesday, May 12.

Use these step-by-step instructions for selecting Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory grading in UNCGenie. Remember that all opt-in selections must be finalized in UNCGenie by 11:59 pm on May 26, 2021. No deadline extensions or exceptions will be granted. 

Remember, SA/US selections may be reviewed by an academic advisor, and you may be contacted if there are concerns that your choices could have a negative effect on your degree progress or graduation timeline. Plan to check your UNCG email regularly up until June 1, 2021, so you don’t miss time-sensitive information! Ultimately, the decision regarding SA/US grades – and any long-term repercussions – will be yours. 

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