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Policy on the Pass/Fail Privilege
All undergraduate students are eligible to take a course on a pass/fail basis if they request the option prior to the deadline and are in good academic standing at the time they request pass/fail. When a course is taken on a pass/fail basis, the instructor reports a letter grade, which is converted by the registrar to an S (satisfactory) or U (unsatisfactory). The grade of S shall be recorded by the registrar in place of instructors' grades of A, AB, B, BC, or C. The grade of U shall be recorded by the registrar in place of instructors' grades of D or F. Neither the S nor the U is used in computing the grade point average. A student must earn at least a C to receive credit for the course. In addition to the S or U notation, the student transcript includes the symbol # for courses taken on a pass/fail basis.
This document explains the policy and process for requesting the pass/fail privilege.
The following conditions apply to pass/fail courses:
- Deadline to apply: Students may submit pass/fail requests via their Student Center from the time that they register until midnight on the Friday at the end of the fourth week of fall and spring semesters. (For modular and summer session courses, pass/fail requests must be submitted by midnight Friday of the week in which the session is one-fourth completed). Students may not cancel or add the pass/fail option after the deadline for submitting Pass/Fail Option Forms. The deadline for requesting the pass/fail option is posted on the Office of the Registrar website.
- Pass/fail can only be chosen for elective courses: Required courses cannot be taken on a pass/fail basis. CALS may reject pass/fail requests for non-elective work, but it is the student’s responsibility to be sure that the requested course is an elective.
- Pass/fail courses do not meet specific requirements: Courses taken on a pass/fail basis will not count for non-elective requirements even if they would normally count toward such requirements.
Exceptions: CALS is authorized to make exceptions to the pass/fail policy.
Notification: Students can see whether a course is pass/fail in their student center. Instructors are not notified when a student elects the pass/fail option.