PRP 3454 - Prior Version

PRP 3454 - Prior Version

Issued by: Patrick J. Schloss Ph.D., Provost and Vice President, for Academic Affairs

Effective Date: Fall 2003

Notes: Endorsed by BUCC November 28, 1990. Revised by BUCC 4/8/1998. Presented to University Forum April 15, 1998 for information purposes only. Revised by BUCC January 17, 2001. Presented to University Forum February 7, 2001 for information purposes only. Revised by BUCC January 29, 2003. Presented to the University Forum February 5, 2003.

Introduction. There are two circumstances in which the usual grading scheme (A, A-, B+, etc.) may be replaced by Pass/Fail (P/F). The first is the Pass/Fail Option for Students which may be elected by a student. The rules governing the Pass/Fail Option are under I. The second is Pass/Fail Only Courses which allows a department to offer a course only pass/fail when appropriately approved. Section II below governs Pass/Fail Only courses.

I. Pass/Fail Option for Students

After attaining sophomore standing, a degree student may elect courses on a pass/fail basis until the final day of registration in accordance with the following rules:

  • A maximum of two courses (not more than eight semester hours in total) may be included as part of the minimum graduation requirement of 120 semester hours. No more than one Pass/Fail Option course may be taken in any one semester.
  • Courses taken using the Pass/Fail Option must be free electives. No required courses may be taken using the Pass/Fail Option. Required courses are those used to satisfy requirements for majors (including required cognate courses), minors, or general education.
  • The instructor is not informed that the course is being taken on a Pass/Fail Option basis. Grades are translated later into grades of "P" or "F" with the grade of "P" recorded for a grade of "D" (1.0) or higher and the grade of "F" recorded for "E."
  • A grade of "P" and "F" does not enter the computation of a quality point average.
  • If, subsequent to the completion of a course on a Pass/Fail Option basis, the student should change his/her major to one in which the instructor's original grade is required, he/she may request that the chairperson of the academic department be notified of the actual letter grade earned.
  • A student who has received a grade of "E" in a course may not take it later on a Pass/Fail Option basis.
  • The student may revoke a decision to take a course on a Pass/Fail Option basis. The revocation must be completed by the close of the business day three weeks after the middle day of the semester. This will allow the pass/fail option to be used again.

II. Pass/Fail Only Courses

  • A department may apply to have one (or more) of its courses to be offered on a Pass/Fail Only basis. (Approval must be given by the college curriculum committee, college dean, university curriculum committee and provost. See the Omnibus Course and Program Development Cover Sheet.)
  • A course that is offered on a Pass/Fail Only basis is exempt from all the restrictions except I.4 listed under Pass/Fail Option for Students. In particular, such a course may be used to meet general education requirements or requirements of a major when appropriately approved). Furthermore, a course which is offered on a Pass/Fail Only basis shall not be included in the two course maximum of the Pass/Fail Option for Students.
  • A grade of "P" and "F" does not enter the computation of a quality point average.