Students must visit the Office of the University Registrar to complete the pass/fail declaration process.
Students may apply the pass/fail grading option to no more than eight semester hours (the equivalent of two full courses) and no more than one course taken in any term. Pass/Fail grading allows a student to retain credit earned for a course that was passed but the course will not be computed in the GPA.
Pass/Fail grading may be declared for past terms. Students must submit the declaration by the last day to withdraw from a course with a grade of W in the student's last term of enrollment prior to graduation.
The following information is reviewed with students when they visit the Office of the University Registrar to complete the declaration.
- A grade of D- or above converts to a "P" (pass), which is not computed in the grade point average (GPA).
- This will only affect the student’s GPA on the official transcript. For Order of the Gown; class rank; Dean’s List; Phi Beta Kappa; graduation, departmental and athletic honors; honor societies; awards and prizes; and in most other instances where the GPA is considered, the original grade will be observed.
- Students may not use this option for a course that fulfills requirements in a major, minor, or certificate of curricular study.
- Some professional and graduate schools insist that certain courses be taken on a graded basis.
- Once the declaration is submitted, the decision to convert these courses cannot be reversed. Once the change has been made, the original grade does not appear on the transcript and cannot be sent by The Office of the University Registrar to any third party including graduate and professional schools.
- Students may elect to convert courses in which they are currently enrolled, but the conversion will not occur until a passing grade is posted at the end of the semester. Again, the decision cannot be reversed.
- Students may not designate a course for the pass/fail grading option if a final grade of F has been assigned by the professor or as the result of an Honor Code sanction.