December 1, 2020 - 11:03am

Dear Students,

At the November 23, 2020 Faculty Assembly meeting, the Faculty Assembly passed a resolution regarding an expanded Pass/Fail option for undergraduate students for the Fall 2020 and Spring 2021 semesters.

Undergraduate students may choose the Pass/Fail option for up to two courses each semester, Fall 2020 and Spring 2021. Choosing a Pass/Fail option will mean that as long as you receive a D- for a course, a P grade will replace that grade in your transcript. If you receive an E, an F grade will appear in your transcript for the course where Pass/Fail was chosen. Neither P nor F impact your term or overall GPA calculation; a P grade will earn you the credits for the course where an F grade does not.

You will have the opportunity to see your grade for the course before making that decision. For this fall, you will be able to see your grades on Friday, December 18, 2020. You will then have until midnight (eastern time) on December 23 to decide if you wish to exercise the option of getting a Pass/Fail grade.

Here are some important stipulations:

  • Any course that satisfies a requirement for you with a D- or better can be chosen to be graded as Pass/Fail. This includes All College Electives, general education or any major or minor requirement where C- is not explicitly identified as required for the course.
  • Faculty are currently considering waiving the C- requirement temporarily for their majors and minors. A list will be developed that will clarify for you what majors and minors are allowing Pass/Fail and for what part of those majors (e.g., electives). The website providing this information is expected to be available on or soon after December 4th.
  • If you change your major in the future to one where C- is required for a course you earned a P for, your grade for the course will revert to the grade awarded when the course was taken. Keep in mind that once you choose Pass/Fail and the grade is awarded, we will not revert back to your normal grade with the exception of the condition stated here.
  • You must work with your advisor to ensure the course(s) you are choosing Pass/Fail for will not negatively impact your future employment, entrance into graduate school, or satisfying licensure or certification.

Please contact your advisor if you have any additional questions.


Scott Furlong
Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs