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New option of Pass/D/Fail grades for Spring and Summer courses

​​April 9, 2020 

To all students, faculty and staff,

In response to students’ and faculty’s concerns about unique stresses of taking classes remotely during the current health emergency, Faculty Council has recommended and Provost Ghanem has approved a resolution allowing undergraduate students the option to adopt a Pass/D/Fail (P/D/F) grading basis in Spring and Summer 2020 courses. By the last day of classes in Spring Quarter and in each Summer session, students will be able declare their decision to move from the traditional A to F grading basis to the P/D/F basis.

In this grading basis, a grade of “Pass” will indicate work that merits a grade from A to C-. Work that merits a grade D+, D or F will still earn those grades.

Graduate and Corporate Employer Outreach (CEO) programs will each determine whether they will adopt the option for a P/D/F grading basis. The College of Law has passed a separate policy addressing this issue.

In the next few weeks, as these processes are finalized we  will provide information on how students can declare their decision to opt for P/D/F grading. In addition, the COVID-19 website's FAQs will provide some guidance on factors to consider in making this decision. 

We hope that this temporary policy will help to mitigate at least some of the stress and uncertainty of this challenging time in our history.


Salma Ghanem
Interim Provost