COVID-19 Academic Policies and Information
In response to this necessary disruption of its customary practices, The Citadel is now modifying some of its academic policies.
- Adoption of special language for transcripts: The following statement appears with the grade report for the Spring 2020 semester on all Citadel transcripts: “A pandemic in the spring 2020 semester led to unique circumstances that may have impacted student performance.”
- Grade Replacement: Under certain conditions, undergraduate students may improve their GPA’s by retaking courses and replacing the grades in them for up to 16 credit hours. If in subsequent semesters students choose to retake classes they took during the spring 2020 semester, they may replace the grades for these spring 2020 classes without applying the credit hours to the 16 credit hour limit. All other conditions for grade replacement will still apply.
- Academic Continuance Policy: At the end of every year, a student’s progress towards graduation is evaluated according to two criteria—hours earned and GPA. Students who do not achieve minimum standards in either of these two criteria are subject to academic discharge. This year, however, deficiency in only one criterion, the GPA, will result in academic discharge. Students who are deficient only in hours will be allowed to continue their enrollment. Please see the full statement of this temporary policy at
Grade Appeal Policy: A special grade appeal policy has been established for students who want to have a final course grade reconsidered. Please see the full statement of this policy here.
Summer 2020 Course Load Policy: Students taking summer classes must comply with the summer course load policy:
May not exceed 14 credit hours for any combination of sessions
7 credit hours for summer I
7 credit hours for summer II
The summer course load policy applies to courses taken at The Citadel and courses taken at other accredited institutions. Prior approval is required for courses taken elsewhere.
Requests in excess of 7 credit hours per summer session or for excess of 14 credit hours for the summer term must be approved by the Associate Provost of Academic Affairs (for Cadets) and the Associate Provost for Enrollment Management (for all other students).