Pass/Fail Policy

Pass/Fail Policy:

2020-21 academic year only (undergraduates only):

Senate By-Law II.E.3.b, Pass Fail Grading

  • A student may elect a maximum of 12 credits (not including Spring 2020) to be distributed over not more than three courses, to be recorded as ‘P’ for Pass or ‘F’ for Fail on his or her permanent record.
  • Courses taken on Pass-Fail may only be used as electives; they may not be used to satisfy general education, school/college, major or minor requirements.
  • Students who are adding a course to or removing a course from the Pass-Fail option must obtain advisor consent and submit the request by 11:59 pm on December 28, 2020 for the Fall 2020 semester and by 11:59 pm on May 14, 2021 for the Spring semester.
  • During the semester, the student completes the course and is graded in the usual way by the instructor; and the instructor submits a letter grade (per 3a, above). This letter grade is translated into a ‘P’ (‘D-‘ or above) or remains an ‘F.’ In neither event will a course taken under the Pass-Fail option be included in the computation of the semester or cumulative grade point average, but a grade below ‘C’ makes the student ineligible for Dean’s List.
  • The individual schools and colleges have the privilege of adopting the Pass-Fail option with or without supplementary restrictions. Students are referred to the detailed statements of the various schools in the University Catalog for such restrictions.

The Temporary University Senate By-Law Revision for the 2020-21 academic year can be found on the University Senate page.