How can I select the pass/fail grade option?
The online form can be used through the May 1 deadline. If no action is taken to request that a course be considered pass/fail, normal letter grading will remain in effect.
Will I be able to take a class counting towards my major or minor pass/fail?
Yes, for spring 2020 semester only, a P can be counted in the major.
Will I be able to take a class counting towards the Common Course of Study requirements pass/fail?
Yes, for spring 2020 semester only, a P can count for a Common Course of Study requirement.
What is considered a passing grade/failing grade?
Any non-failing grade will be recorded as a P; a failing grade will be recorded as an F.
How will an F factor into my GPA?
An F will be calculated into the term and cumulative GPA calculations, as outlined in the catalog.
How will having one or two classes pass/fail factor into consideration for the Dean's List this semester?
Dean’s List for spring 2020 will be determined based on a minimum of three graded courses and term GPA of 3.6 or higher.
Will I still be eligible for Latin honors at graduation if I choose pass/fail classes?
Graduation Latin honors are determined based on the cumulative GPA. Those who graduate with high cumulative averages based upon four years’ work are awarded their degrees summa cum laude (a cumulative average of 3.85 or higher), magna cum laude (3.75), or cum laude (3.65). Taking a class pass/fail will not affect your GPA unless the grade is recorded as an F.
Will faculty know that I chose pass/fail grading for their course?
Prior to submitting grades for their course a faculty member would not know who in their course has elected the pass/fail grade option. Faculty become aware of the pass/fail grade request at the time they have access to final grade entry in Banner.
I am completing an honors thesis. Can I select the pass/fail grade option?
Not for the thesis course. In order to be awarded departmental honors for completion of a thesis, a grade of A is required in the Thesis course. You can still elect other courses to be Pass/Fail.
If I have already requested that a class be pass/fail with a minimum grade, will I still be able to retain the minimum grade option?
No. The modification of the policy for the spring semester does not allow for a letter grade to be specified in lieu of the P. All courses retain normal letter grading unless and until a request for pass/fail is submitted. If you would like to retain the letter grade option, no action is necessary. If you prefer to have the class be evaluated pass/fail, you must submit that request.
Can I still withdraw from a course?
Yes. The withdrawal deadline has been extended to May 1, the same date by which pass/fail grading has to be elected. Students are strongly encouraged to consult with their adviser(s) before deciding to opt for a pass/fail grade or withdrawing from a course so that they can make a well-informed decision.
If I select pass/fail for a course, will I be able to change back to letter grading later?
No. Once a student has opted for a P/F grade, this decision is final. Therefore, students should take their time and make a well-informed decision in consultation with their adviser.
Can students request to change from letter grades to pass/fail after the May 1 deadline?
No. May 1 at noon is a firm deadline.
Will courses taken on a pass/fail basis this semester be included in the policy that limits students to taking a maximum of four courses pass/fail during their academic career?
No. Courses taken pass/fail this semester are not included in the overall count.
Can I request pass/fail for an LVAIC cross-registered course?
Many LAVIC schools are offering a pass/pail (or similar) option. Check with the host school about its policy and process.
I am studying abroad this semester. Can I request pass/fail grading?
If your host institution is offering a pass/fail option, you should follow its guidance for selecting that alternate grade scale. If it is not, then you may make that request to Lafayette. You will receive communication from the Office of International and Off-Campus Education with details.