Office of the Provost

Pass/Fail Option

Spring 2021 Pass/Fail Option (deadline May 28, 2021)

Are you concerned about a grade you earned this semester?  Are you thinking about asking for a change from a letter grade to pass/fail grading in one or more of your classes? 




The purpose of pass/fail grading is to encourage students to broaden their educational experience with a reduced risk of lowering their overall grade point average. 


The instructor will assign pass grades of H (high performance) or P (pass) when a letter grade of C- or better would have been assigned and a grade of LP (low pass) when the letter grade would have been D+, D, or D-.  

Grades of F and L earned under pass/fail grading will be included as an F grade in the grade point average calculation. Grades of H, P, or LP are not included in the grade point average calculation.  


CORE CURRICULUM: Courses completed with a LP (low pass), P (pass), or H (high pass grade will satisfy Core Curriculum requirements.

MAJORS/MINORS: Courses taken Pass/Fail will not satisfy major or minor requirements except in the following programs:

Honors: Courses completed with a LP (Low Pass), P (Pass), or H (High Pass grade will satisfy Honors requirements.

Physics: Courses completed with a LP (Low Pass), P (Pass),  or H (High Pass) grade will satisfy Physics requirements.

Psychology: Courses completed with a P (Pass) or H (High Pass) will satisfy Psychology requirements.

Social Work: Courses completed with P (Pass) and HP (High Pass) grades will satisfy requirements in the BSW and MSW degrees.



After grades are posted, if you would like to request a change to pass/fail grading, please follow these steps:

  1. Wait to see your final grade. No changes to pass/fail grading will be made until after final grades have been posted; this way you can be sure of your final grade before you request a change to pass/fail. 
  2. Connect with your faculty or professional advisor (find their names in Mainstreet) to discuss classes you are considering for pass/fail grading. Your advisor will help you make this decision. Plan ahead and be patient. Advisors are busy and may not be able to respond to you right away.
  3. Send an Email:  If you decide to elect the Pass/Fail option, you must send an email following these instructions.
  1. Email the professor of the course(s), the advisor you met with, and the registrar,
  2. In the subject line of your email, put P/F option and list the class. 
    1. P/F Option COR 123 The Joy & Power of Learning
  3. In the email itself, write your request.  
    1. You may simply say, 

“Dear Professor, I have decided to choose pass/fail grading for your class.  My advisor and the Registrar are cc’d in this email. Thank you.”  

  1. Meet the Deadline:  You must send this email by May 28, 2021.