IUP made temporary modifications to grading, withdrawal deadlines, and related issues for the spring 2020 semester.
This affected four current policies: Pass-Fail Grading, Course and Semester Withdrawal Deadlines, Incompletes, and Probation.
The deadline for individual course withdrawal was extended to April 20. The deadline for total semester withdrawal was extended to April 27.
The deadline for faculty members to convert incomplete designations for fall 2020 coursework was extended to August 2020. This extension gave students extra time to complete their work associated with an incomplete designation.
A liberal policy for students on academic probation will be applied, including allowing students an additional semester to increase their grade point average. See more on academic probation under Potential Impact of Pass-Fail Grading, below.
All undergraduate and graduate students now have the option of converting any or all of their spring 2020 courses to pass-fail grading.
This decision supersedes the following restrictions in the existing pass-fail policy:
The number of credits permitted to be taken pass-fail during a student’s academic career
The exclusion of freshman students in taking coursework pass-fail
The exclusion of courses in a student’s major or minor or of courses that fulfill the Liberal Studies requirements to be taken pass-fail
The number of credits that can be earned pass-fail in any one semester
The pass-fail option is not required and will not be automatic. Here are more details on how the process works:
It is critical that both undergraduate and graduate students talk about the option of pass-fail grading with their advisors and with the Office of Financial Aid before choosing this option.
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.
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 postbaccalaureate 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.
Typically, the NCAA does not permit student-athletes to take courses pass-fail and retain their eligibility to participate in NCAA sports. Given the unusual circumstances of the spring 2020 semester, the NCAA is permitting student-athletes to switch to
pass-fail grading and maintain their eligibility if they have a career GPA of 2.0 or higher. Students with a career GPA under 2.0 who want to be eligible for NCAA sports should continue with letter grades, so that they can raise their GPA to at least
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 spring 2020 semester.