The Pass/D/Fail option was approved by the faculty in May 2012, and goes into effect in spring 2013. The Pass/D/Fail option will expire on December 31, 2015 unless the faculty votes to continue it prior to that date.
Students may have a maximum of:
- 1 Pass/D/Fail option course per semester
- For students entering fall 2012 or later: 5 total non-standard grades, including AP, IB, other pre-college testing credits, winter term internship, winter term pass/fail, and courses taken under the Pass/D/Fail option
- For students who entered prior to fall 2012, if they invoke the Pass/D/Fail option: 5 total non-standard grades, including AP, IB, other pre-college testing credits, winter term internship, winter term pass/fail, and courses taken under the Pass/D/Fail option
- 2 courses taken under the Pass/D/Fail option
Pass/D/Fail Option Handbook language (see part C)
Pass/D/Fail Option Handbook language (relating to degree requirements, see part A, section 9)
Frequently asked questions about the Pass/D/Fail option:
How do I invoke the Pass/D/Fail option?
You need to submit a Pass/D/Fail form to the Registrar's Office. Forms are available in the Registrar's Office, Forest Hall. Your form will be reviewed by the Registrar's Office and you will receive confirmation of the option by email.
I am only taking 3 courses, can I take one under the Pass/D/Fail option?
No, you must be enrolled in 4 or 5 courses in order to take one under the Pass/D/Fail option.
Can I take a course that is satisfying a college requirement with this Pass/D/Fail option?
No, Pass/D/Fail courses may not be used to satisfy distribution, College Writing, FYSE, or culture and civilization requirements. Additionally, these may not be used to satisfy major or minor requirements.*
*with one exception: a first course taken Pass/D/Fail in a department or program in which a student subsequently declares his/her major or minor may, with the approval of the department or program chair, be counted toward major or minor requirements.
Will the instructor of the course know that I am not taking a course for a standard letter grade if I choose the Pass/D/Fail Option?
Maybe. Faculty will have the option to see the grading mode displayed for each student on their roster. Some may choose to do view this, but others may not. Faculty will be required to enter a letter grade for all students, but behind the scenes letter grades of C- through A will be converted to a grade of “P” (Pass), while a grade of D or F will remain.
Note to faculty: the option to see the grading mode for students will be available just prior to the start of the spring semester.
If one of my 4 courses I am taking this semester is Pass/D/Fail option, will I be eligible for College Scholar or Dean’s List if my GPA warrants it?
No, College Scholar and Dean’s List rules state that students must be taking 4 or more courses, with no grade below B-. Since the letter grade is not recorded on the transcript, it cannot be included in the calculation of College Scholar or Dean’s List.
(If your 5th course is taken under the Pass/D/Fail option and you meet the other criteria above, you would be eligible for College Scholar or Dean’s List.)
Do these P, D, or F grades affect my GPA?
A grade of D or F will count in the GPA. A grade of P will not.