Grad Pass/Fail Policy

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Spring 2020 Graduate Pass/Fail Policy

Pass/Fail Grading:  Although not traditionally offered at the graduate level, the option of pass/fail grading has been extended to graduate students for the Spring 2020 semester.  This decision to exercise this option may have long-lasting impacts for licensure requirements, as well as future academic pursuits, and should be considered carefully.  Graduate students should work closely with their academic advisors or program directors/coordinators to discuss the potential ramifications of switching to a pass/fail grade.  You may also want to consider the possibility of requesting an incomplete from your instructor and setting up a schedule to finish your course work on an extended timeline.  This path would preserve your ability to receive a letter grade for the course and reduce the risk that a decision made under significant stress has an unanticipated deleterious effect down the road.  Should you, after consulting with your advisor and/or program coordinator, wish to take a course pass/fail, we will follow the guideline below. 

On April 13, 2020, the Faculty Senate voted in favor of extending the pass/fail policy exception to graduate students.  To use this option, graduate students must receive written permission from their graduate advisors or program directors/coordinators as indicated by the advisor’s, director’s, or coordinator’s signature on the form available via:  Per senate policy, graduate students will receive a grade of P^ for grades of C or higher.  A grade of P* will be awarded for letter grades of C- through D-, and F will be awarded for letter grades of F (P* and F are not applicable to program requirements).  Graduate courses taken for pass/fail and receiving a grade of P^ will not count towards the limit of no more than 2 grades of C or C+ within the planned program.  Thesis and special projects courses may take advantage of this grading option as programs see fit.