Pass-Fail Option

 From the Office of the Provost

University Pass/Fail Grading Policy for Undergraduate Classes

Spring 2020

The University recognizes that COVID-19 has brought unprecedented challenges to our academic community. Our lives have experienced significant disruption. As such, the University is extending the University’s Pass/Fail grading option to undergraduate courses. 

Effective immediately, undergraduate students may elect to convert any/all of their qualifying undergraduate course grades to Pass/Fail for the Spring 2020 semester.

Details:

1. Students will be emailed an electronic form on April 1st.  Students must complete and successfully submit by April 15th their decision to convert their grades to Pass/Fail. Students remain in the traditional grading pattern until they are notified by the Registrar.

2. Per University policy, courses taken for Pass/Fail will not impact a student’s GPA

3. Courses which receive a grade of “Pass” will indicate progress forward in their academic career. A “Pass” will also count toward grade forgiveness – the excluded grade will be removed from the GPA. Courses which received a grade of “Fail” will not count toward academic progress.

4. Certain categories of students and/or courses may not be eligible to convert to a Pass/Fail.

  • Student athletes should contact Wispeny Ellis (wispeny_ellis@pba.edu) regarding their eligibility.
  • Students receiving veteran’s benefits should contact Al Andino (al_andino@pba.edu) regarding their eligibility.
  • Courses already completed, such as sub-term A courses, may not be retroactively converted to pass/fail

 5. Students should contact their academic advisor and financial aid before opting into the Pass/Fail option. Some degree programs may be advised against the Pass/Fail option because of external licensure requirements and graduation standards.

 6.  Passing Grades

  • General Education Requirements or Electives: A grade of D- or better will count as “Pass”. Composition I (ENG1113) and Composition II (ENG 1123) require a C-.
  • Major/Minor Courses: A grade of C- or better will count as “Pass”

 7. To earn a “Pass”, students must continue to engage in the required work of the class (quizzes, tests, assignments, etc). Incompletes are not eligible for conversion to Pass/Fail.

 8. Students on academic warning or probation in Spring 2020 will receive a one semester extension.

 9. The decision to switch to Pass/Fail is irreversible.

  10. The option to move to Pass/Fail grading is only available for Spring 2020. It will not apply to future semesters.

  11. The option to move to Pass/Fail grading is only available for undergraduate courses.

 12. Transcripts will note that Pass/Fail grades during Spring 2020 were a result of COVID-19 health crisis.