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Pass / No-Pass Policy for Spring 2020 Semester

Policy Parameters and Considerations:

  • The Pass/No Pass (P/NP) option applies to Spring 2020 undergraduate courses only.  Grading for graduate students is program-specific. Please consult your program administrator.
  • Courses graded P during the Spring 2020 semester will not count against a student’s allowed limit of 12 pass/fail hours toward a degree as described by University policy.
  • A P/NP grade might affect whether another university would accept the course for transfer in the future.
  • Students who have questions about how a P/NP might affect professional certification/licensure or a graduate/professional degree should consult with their academic adviser regarding possible implications or obstacles. 

FAQs:

1. What grades qualify for Pass (P)?

The following grades qualify for a P grade: A, A-, B+, B, B-, C+, C

2. What grades qualify for NP (No Pass)?

The following grades qualify for a NP grade: D and F. NOTE: Under our standard Pass/Fail policy, a D grade is considered passing for electives and core courses. For Spring 2020 only, a D will be a No Pass grade if a student selects that option. If a student chooses to maintain the D, it is a passing grade under our standard grading policy.

3. If a student chooses to convert a grade to P/NP, what is the impact to the hours earned and GPA?

A Pass grade will not be factored into the GPA calculation, but students will earn the credit hours. Selection of a No Pass grade will not earn credit and is not factored into the GPA calculation.

4. Will a student see the letter grade before making a decision?

Yes. The student will be able to view their assigned letter-grade after final grades are posted.

5. If a student decides to convert to P/NP, would this apply to all classes the student is taking in Spring 2020?

No. A student must decide whether to convert assigned letter-grades from Spring 2020 to a P/NP grade for each class.

6. Will Spring 2020 semester classes that ended prior to Spring Break (i.e. prior to March 9, 2020) be eligible to elect for the P/NP grade at the end of Spring 2020?

No. The Pass/No Pass grading conversion option was made available as a result of the impact of COVID-19 on the Spring 2020 academic calendar and instruction that followed Spring Break 2020. Classes that ended before Spring Break will not be eligible for the P/NP grading conversion option.

7. When will a student be able to make a decision to convert a course to a P/NP option?

Faculty will submit course grades based upon the grading scale in their syllabi as they would do at the end of any other semester. Final grades are due from faculty on Monday, May 11, 2020. Once final grades are submitted, posted and finalized, students will be notified of the opportunity to select P/NP grade where applicable. Student decisions are final and may not be changed once submitted.

8. How long does a student have to make the decision to convert a course to the P/NP grading option?

Once the notification email is sent, students will have two (2) business days to accept the assigned letter-grade or to opt for a P/NP.  The specific time and date deadline will be included in the email. If no choice is made by the deadline, the posted grade remains. No extensions will be granted. Whether the students opts-in for a P/NP grade option or not, all decisions are final and may not be changed once submitted.

9. Once a student decides to convert an assigned letter-grade to P/NP, can they reverse that decision?

No. Once a student decides to convert an assigned letter-grade to a P/NP grade, it will be irrevocable with no appeal.

10. What is the process to convert an assigned letter-grade to a P/NP grade?

Process specific details will be broadly communicated as soon as they are finalized.

11. Will choosing a Pass/No Pass option affect my financial aid?

Spring 2020 financial aid is not affected by choosing P/NP options. For most instances, if a student chooses to use the P/NP option for all courses, the Fall 2019 semester and cumulative GPAs will be used for determining continued aid eligibility for institutional, state and federal aid.

For use of VA Benefits, we are awaiting final confirmation on any changes in policies. Information will be posted with these FAQs and on the VA Benefits page. For those whose employers are paying their tuition and fees, students should check with the employer on any issues related to employer-pay eligibility.

12. What resources are available to help a student decide whether to convert an assigned grade to a P/NP grade?

Students should consult with their academic adviser. Students should also consult with the Office of Financial Assistance to determine the impact, if any, to financial aid.

13. Does the student need to obtain approval from anyone before the grade is converted to P/NP?

No, but it’s recommended that students consult with their academic adviser prior to making a decision.

14. If a student is retaking a course in the Spring 2020 semester, would that course be eligible for a P/NP grade?

Yes. However, if a student is retaking a course in Spring 2020 to improve their GPA, the student should remember that P/NP grades are not factored into calculation of the GPA.

15. If a student is retaking a course in the Spring 2020 semester, would changing the grade to P/NP impact financial aid?

The student should consult with the Office of Financial Assistance if they are retaking a course and choosing a P/NP grade option.

16. If a student elects to convert an assigned grade to a P, will this grade be eligible to meet the prerequisites for subsequent courses?

Yes. The P grade will be eligible to satisfy subsequent prerequisites. However, if there is any question or doubt about a student’s preparedness for a subsequent course, the student should seek advice from their academic adviser and/or the department offering the course.

17. If a student elects to convert an assigned grade to a P, will this grade be eligible for completion of degree requirements?

Yes. This is an exception to normal requirements and will only apply to P/NP grades for Spring 2020.

18. How will a student’s decision to convert an assigned grade to a P/NP grade impact their academic standing?

Students who are currently in Good Academic Standing based on their Fall 2019 academic performance will continue in Good Academic Standing into the Fall 2020 semester.  Those on Probation or Continued Probation based on their Fall 2019 academic performance will be reviewed individually based on their Spring 2020 academic performance.

19. Will an incomplete grade at the end of the Spring 2020 semester be eligible to later choose to convert their assigned grade to a Pass/Fail basis?

Yes. When an incomplete is resolved for a Spring 2020 course, a student may elect to take a P or NP after seeing the grade reported by the faculty member.

20. How will a student’s decision to convert an assigned grade to a P/NP impact the determination of qualifications for Dean’s List recognition for Spring 2020?

Qualifications for earning Dean’s List recognition for the Spring 2020 semester have not yet been determined. Students who wish to ensure Dean’s List recognition may wish to avoid selecting the P/NP option. Further information on Dean’s List recognition will be forthcoming.

21. Will the P/NP grade options for Spring 2020 become a permanent student option?

No. The P/NP grade election options and policy exceptions will only apply for Spring 2020.

22. If a student chooses to convert an assigned grade to a P/NP grade, will the assigned letter-grade appear on the student’s transcript?

No. Once a student elects to convert an assigned grade to a P/NP grade, then the assigned original letter-grade will not appear on the student’s transcript. Once a student decides to elect to convert an assigned grade to a P/NP grade, it will be irrevocable with no appeal.

23. Are undergraduate post-baccalaureate students eligible to elect the P/NP option?

Yes. Undergraduate post-baccalaureate students are eligible to elect the P/NP grade option for Spring 2020.

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