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In light of the unsettledness of this semester, we have implemented the following policy regarding the “pass” grade option.
For the spring 2020 semester, undergraduate students may opt to receive a “pass” (P) grade to replace any grade above C- for any undergraduate course. The P grade indicates that the course has been passed, but it has no effect on semester GPA or cumulative GPA.
Here are the basics: If you otherwise were going to earn a C-, D+, D, D-, or an F you must accept that grade. Those five grades will be earned no matter what, and you cannot request a Pass grade for them. If, in a course, you receive a grade of C or higher, you can choose to take a P instead. This is helpful, for instance, if you expected to get an A, but now it looks like you will get a C+ and you would rather take a P instead. If a grade for a course is lower than your cumulative GPA, a P grade will keep your GPA from going down. If you are concerned about your general performance across an entire course, please continue to discuss these matters with your professor.
You must wait until your final grades are entered before deciding which classes you want to request a “Pass” for rather than a letter grade. There will be a form on the portal that you can use to request a Pass grade. You must request a Pass grade before the deadline of May 29 at 5:00pm. After the deadline, no more requests will be accepted.
If you are worried about your overall performance and think your grades are going to suffer because of COVID-19 and the circumstances surrounding remote instructions, here is a note from the Academic Standing Committee (the committee that reviews all matters of academic probation or suspension):
While we continue university classes remotely and deal with the new pressures and responsibilities that the COVID-19 virus has created, many students are concerned that their circumstances may adversely affect their academic standing. All decisions related to academic warning, academic probation, and academic suspension are reviewed by the Academic Standing Committee. While we operate remotely, this committee will thoughtfully consider the circumstances of students who experienced acute difficulties because of the change in delivery of courses. At the same time, the committee will strive to maintain our standards, which reflect those of higher education at large. Every student’s individual situation will be reviewed carefully, and students will have ample opportunity to communicate any extenuating circumstances.