When registering for courses, Brown students must indicate whether they are taking a course for a grade (G) or satisfactory/no credit (S/NC). As an instructor, you may choose to make your course S/NC for pedagogical reasons. Otherwise, your students have the option to choose. They may change their grade option for a course online during the first four weeks of the semester. No grade option changes are allowed after the first four weeks of any semester.
Students use the S/NC option for a variety of reasons. You may even encourage a student who is concerned about your course to choose this option. But most students agree that S/NC allows for exploration of a particular topic without the stress and pressure that a graded evaluation may impart. They often do better in S/NC courses simply because they are intrinsically motivated to perform at a consistent and high level.
N.B. If a student has done extraordinarily well in a course taken S/NC, faculty have the option of adding a "distinction" to the S-grade to indicate the high quality of the work done. Academic honors such as magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa are awarded on the basis of the number of grades of “A” or “S with distinction” in a student’s record.
Course Performance Reports (CPR)
You should know that any student regularly enrolled in a course may request a Course Performance Report (CPR) and, at the instructor’s discretion, receive one. Instructors of mandatory S/NC courses are obliged to honor such requests. For all other courses, instructors may decline to submit such a form if they believe they have inadequate information to do so. Students are required to request CPRs before the end of the term. They begin the process by completing the student portion of the CPR form, which is then forwarded to the instructor. This form is now available online in ASK.
Course Performance Reports are not part of a student’s official academic record or transcript, but a student may request that the University send out one or two CPRs with their official transcripts. In such cases, students must provide the Registrar’s Office with copies of the CPRs when submitting their transcript requests.
Changing Course Registration
Students may drop and add courses using the online registration system for the first two weeks of a semester without charge. Course additions made in weeks 3 and 4 require the instructor's signature and are assessed a fee for each change. First-year students need the instructor’s and their advisor’s signature for any courese they wish to add in weeks 3 and 4. Students are not allowed to add a course to their schedule after the first four weeks of the term.