Instructions for Selecting Pass/Fail
IUP has made temporary modifications to the pass-fail grading policy during the fall 2020 semester, following a recommendation passed by University Senate on November 18.
All undergraduate and graduate students now have the option of converting a maximum of two fall 2020 courses to pass-fail grading.
Students have until Monday, December 7, 2020 (the last day of classes) to select this option for up to two of their courses. This extends the pass-fail selection deadline from its original date of October 5, 2020.
It is critical that both undergraduate and graduate students talk about the option of pass-fail grading with their academic advisor before choosing this option.
Students should know several important details about this temporary modification:
Students will be able to begin the request process on Wednesday, December 2, through the course registration platform. Instructions are provided in the Pass/Fail Instructions section.
Pass-fail grading may affect grants, loans, scholarships, transfer credits, progression to next-level courses, application to graduate school or other advanced programs, accreditation standards, and/or academic standing.
The Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency (PHEAA) will count ‘Pass’ grades as long as academic credits are attached to these courses in their state satisfactory academic progress calculation. Therefore, PA state
grant and/or Ready to Succeed scholarship recipients will not be negatively affected by choosing to use a Pass grade in lieu of a letter grade.
Some students may be advised against selecting the pass-fail option because of accreditation or other requirements of their college and/or major. Because the situation is still developing, please discuss with your advisor and department whether selecting
pass-fail is a viable option for you.
Before selecting the pass-fail option, please be aware of its impact on grades. A “pass” grade will not raise or lower your cumulative GPA. A “fail” grade would have a negative effect on GPA, just as an F would have before the temporary policy was initiated.
Because a “pass” grade does not help or hurt GPA, students currently on academic probation should consult their dean’s office about their progress and options before making a decision.
Selecting the pass-fail option may have an impact on future attendance at these schools and programs. While many graduate programs look at a student’s overall record, we do not yet know how graduate schools and other post-baccalaureate programs will treat
pass-fail grades from this semester. Students who are considering graduate education should carefully consider how pass-fail grades in their major and minor courses might reflect on their graduate school applications.
For any questions about how the pass-fail policy may impact your athletic eligibility, please contact your respective Head Coach and the Associate Director of Athletics/NCAA Compliance Coordinator.
In general, many colleges and universities do not accept credits from “pass” grades. In light of the coronavirus pandemic, institutions may loosen this rule. However, that is not guaranteed, even at other institutions that have modified their
grading for the fall 2020 semester.