FAQs for P/U Grade Options
These are some of our most popular Questions and Answers.
All undergraduate and graduate students enrolled for courses in spring 2020 can choose to be graded on Pass/Unsatisfactory.
No. A student may decide with each class individually in Spring 2020 whether to be graded on a Pass/Unsatisfactory basis.
The Pass/Unsatisfactory grade, whether “Pass” or “Unsatisfactory,” will not be calculated in a student’s GPA.
The credit will be earned, and counted as any other earned credit, however, the assigned grade will not be factored into the calculation of the GPA.
The credit will not be earned, and the assigned grade will not be factored into the calculation of the GPA.
Plans for this process will be broadly communicated before April 20, 2020.
No. Once a student decides to be graded on a Pass/Unsatisfactory basis, the choice will be irrevocable with no appeal. You can still appeal a grade under the Grades Appeal process but not the choice to be graded on a Pass/Unsatisfactory basis.
Your academic advisor, chair/dean’s office, financial aid officer, and any other campus resource with whom you regularly work on decisions related to registration and academic progression will be available to help you. Please seek their advice on what impact selecting to be graded on a Pass/Unsatisfactory basis will have on scholarships (athletics or other), other forms of financial aid, veterans’ benefits, licensure, graduate/professional school admission, and/or other professional goals.
Yes. The “Pass” will be eligible to satisfy subsequent prerequisites, completion of degree requirements and progression standards.
All students will have from April 20, 2020 until May 2, 2020.
No. Incomplete grades assigned at the end of the Spring 2020 semester cann0t be converted to a Pass/Unsatisfactory basis at a later date. The decision must be made during the available window (April 20 – May 2, 2020).
Decisions about the approach to academic actions at the end of the Spring 2020 semester will be considered by CARS and the Deans’ Offices.
Students pursuing these professional goals should choose Pass/Unsatisfactory option only after careful consultation with their academic advisor.
No. These Pass/Unsatisfactory options and exceptions will only apply for Spring 2020.
No. Because the Pass/Unsatisfactory option was made available as a result of the impact of COVID-19 on the academic calendar and instruction that followed Spring Break 2020, classes that ended by March 2, 2020 will not be eligible for the Pass/Unsatisfactory grading option.
An “Unsatisfactory” on a Pass/Unsatisfactory basis may negatively impact VA Education Benefits and those implications vary by benefit chapter. Please consult the VA for guidance.
Employers typically do not closely analyze each semester’s grades. Most often, the transcript may be used to verify that a degree was earned or verify a student’s GPA. We anticipate that organizations around the world will view Spring 2020 as a unique semester with unique circumstances that resulted in many universities offering similar opportunities to their students. There will be a statement on your transcript regarding this particular semester’s grading option.
Your financial aid is based on a review of both qualitative (Cumulative GPA) and quantitative (Rate of Complete/PACE) aspects of your academic performance. Your GPA will not be impacted. The quantitative component (PACE) will be impacted. You must still pass 67% of ALL attempted coursework. If you are in jeopardy of losing your financial aid, please consult with the financial aid office. For more information: https://www.fmuniv.edu/financial-aid/satisfactory-academic-progress/