Spring 2020 P/F Grading - Guidance for Students and Advisors

As you weigh your decisions under the Interim Spring 2020 Pass/Fail grading policy, please be sure to consider carefully each of the following.

 

  • How the option will work:

    • Faculty will submit letter grades.

    • Students will have up to 7 days AFTER their grades are posted to elect to change any course(s) to P/F grading. They should consult with their faculty advisor(s) in making their choices. As a reminder, Spring 2020 Final Grades are due on May 29th. 

    • Students who choose to do so will submit an online petition to the registrar to change to P/F grading, starting on May 29.

    • Petitions will be sent to faculty advisors for confirmation that advising occurred, then the grade(s) changed.

    • Once made, the choice cannot be revoked.

    • If Spring 2020 P/F is elected for any course(s):

      • P grades will substitute for any letter grade that is D- or better.

      • P grades will not be included in GPA calculations.

      • Courses with P grades will satisfy degree requirements or course prerequisites, including major, minor, and core curriculum requirements.

      • F grades will be included in GPA calculations.

 

  • As you make your decisions, please be mindful of:

    • Implications for graduate and professional school admissions, certification, or licensure. Graduate schools may have prerequisites that require letter grading.  If you have applied to a graduate program or plan to do so, please check with that program for information on how P/F grading may affect your application.

    • Course repeats. If you are repeating a course, Only the most recently earned grade and grade points shall be used in computing the grade point averages; the course will not be counted a second time toward graduation. So, e.g. if you previously received an F in a course and are retaking it in Spring 2020 and earn a grade that you convert to a P, the previous F will still appear on your transcript, but will no longer be calculated into your GPA.

    • GPA minimum requirements. Please be cognizant of how this change will affect your graduation status or if applicable, your probation status, since both require a minimum GPA of 2.00. 

    • Readiness for coursework that has your course(s) as prerequisites. Since a P grade will qualify you to take more advanced coursework, please be sure that you have the knowledge and skills needed to be successful.
       

  • Some notes regarding GI benefits, NCAA eligibility, and BALOS students:

    • Veterans and military-affiliated students who receive financial assistance through the GI Bill will not be affected by converting from a standard letter grade to a P/F grade. 

    • Student-athletes should consult with their athletics advisor to determine what (if any) consequences there may be for NCAA eligibility. Athletics advisors will have the most up-to-date guidance from the NCAA. 

    • For students in the BALOS program, the P/F option will be available to you as well, though will follow the trimester calendar (e.g., Winter Trimester grades will be posted on May 17). Please consult with your program for details.