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: https://www.ccsu.edu/grad/resources/forms.html. 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.