Academic Policies

Eligibility & Requirements

Participation in January Term 2021 is limited to University of Virginia undergraduate students in Good Standing who are enrolled in an undergraduate degree program.  Applicants for a January Term Study Abroad program must have a GPA of 2.5 or higher.

Visiting students are invited to apply for January Term. More information may be found at January Term Visiting Students.

Academic suspension begins at the end of the fall semester and takes precedence over any earlier plans to participate in January Term. Suspended students who enroll in a UVA January Term class will have their registration cancelled and tuition refunded.

Students may only register for one January Term course.

Students enrolled in a January Term course are expected to attend each class meeting.

University of Virginia December 2020 Degree Candidates may NOT count January Term work toward their degree.

January Term students are subject to the University of Virginia's academic, financial, and non-academic rules and regulations.

Grading Options

The fall 2020 grading policy of CR/GC/NC will be extended for J-Term 2021. 

This policy applies to all undergraduate students; in addition, graduate programs that offered the CR/GC/NC option in the fall will do so again in J-term and spring, using the same criteria. Professional schools will announce their decisions for J-term and the spring term soon. 

Changes in grading option must be by 4:30 p.m. on Monday, January 4th.

Auditing is not allowed in January Term.

Schedule Changes

Students should select their courses carefully. The last day to add a class is Sunday, January 3, 2021. The last day to drop a class is Tuesday, January 5, 2021. Course changes will be made in SIS. A student who drops a January Term course by January 3, 2021 and does not add a new course will receive a full refund.

There will be NO refunds after January 4, 2021.*

Course withdrawal must be completed via email with the Office of Summer and Special Academic Programs. Course withdrawal is permitted on January 6, 2021. There is NO refund for a course withdrawal.  Email januaryterm@virginia.edu to withdraw from a course.