Policies & Procedures

Academic Policies & Procedures

Pass/Fail Option

During their undergraduate program, students in good standing (not on probation) may enroll in a maximum of eight elective courses to be taken with a grade of P (Pass) or F (Fail). The Pass/Fail option is available for a maximum of two courses per academic year, including summer sessions. For the Pass/Fail option, the academic year is defined as beginning with the start of the fall semester and ending with the end of the second summer session. The course selected for Pass/Fail must be an elective. It may not be used to satisfy any of the CASE Foundations, Intensive Writing, Foreign Language, Breadth of Inquiry, Culture Studies, Public Oral Communication, or Critical Approaches requirements. Nor may it be counted as a part of the student’s concentration area, minor, or certificate program. Credit earned for courses completed using the pass/fail option can be applied towards the minimum 120 hours required for degree and the minimum number of credit hours completed at the 300–400 level. During the freshman year, students may elect to take activity courses in the School of Public Health on a Pass/Fail basis in addition to the two other permitted courses.

Students are not permitted to enroll in foreign language courses on a Pass/Fail basis until the CASE Foreign Language requirement has been completed.

Students who wish to use the Pass/Fail option must submit the appropriate form to the College Recorder’s Office by the relevant deadline. See the Enrollment and Student Academic Information Bulletin (Office of the Registrar) for deadline dates, including deadlines for eight-week sessions.

A grade of P is not counted in computing grade point averages; a grade of F is counted. A grade of P cannot be changed subsequently to any other letter grade.