For the Spring 2020 semester, we are enacting an important change to our Grading Policy on the Norman Campus. Effective immediately, all undergraduate and graduate students (including professional programs) will be permitted (but not required) to convert any courses to pass/no-pass grading. All courses for which you receive passing (P) grades will count toward degree requirements, which overrides some departmental or college policies.
At the end of the semester, all faculty will submit letter grades to the Registrar’s office. Students will have 7 days after the date on which final grades are posted to elect pass/no-pass grading. In recognition that each course’s learning experience will be different, there is no limit on the number of courses students can convert to pass/no-pass grading. Students can make the decision on a course-by-course basis.
At the undergraduate level, all grades of D or better in a course would convert to P (Pass). At the graduate level, all grades of C or better in a course for which you elect the pass/no-pass grade will convert to P (Pass). We are working through the logistical details of this process right now, and further guidance about how to elect the pass/no-pass option will be communicated to you in the coming weeks. It will be important that students consider the possible implications of electing the pass/no-pass option on e.g. admission to graduate programs or external competitions, and our academic advisors are ready to assist students in exploring their best options.
Frequently Asked Questions
No. The default grade this semester will be a Letter Grade. You will have the choice to change the Letter Grade to a P/NP grade after the grades are posted.
No, The P/NP option is to be applied toward full term (16 week courses), 2nd 8 week courses and any course that begins after the decision (March 20, 2020) to give students the option of P/NP.
P and NP grades do not impact GPA. They carry no grade point value and are not included in GPA calculations.
Each hour of A, B, C, D and F carries a grade point value as follows: A=4, B=3, C=2, D=1 and F=0. Grades of P and S, as well as grades of I, X, U, N, NP, AW, and W, carry no grade point value and are not included in the computation of a student’s semester or cumulative grade point average.
For some students, it will be advantageous to keep your Letter Grade. Please discuss with your advisor if you have any questions about GPA neutral grades and how they may impact your academic career.
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Yes. For Spring 2020, a P grade will meet all program and college requirements for graduation. In effect, a P will be equivalent to a C or better for progress to graduation.
The College level policies concerning P/NP grades being accepted for major requirements will be suspended for a P grades earned in Spring 2020.
Yes. A P grade will count for completion of a course required for admission to a college or program. A P grade will not have an impact on GPA and, therefore, will not lower a students GPA and impact admissions to a college or program.
For some students, it will be advantageous to keep your Letter Grade to meet the GPA requirements to enter a college or program. Please discuss with your advisor if you have any questions about GPA neutral grades and how they may impact your academic career.
Yes. A P grade will count as completion of the prerequisite course. For Spring 2020, a P will also be accepted to be enrolled in courses that may have required a C or better for enrollment. Faculty and Advisors are to treat a P grade in Spring 2020 as at least a C in deciding progress to the next course or admissions to restricted courses.
Students will have seven days after the last grades are posted. More communication about opting in the a P/NP letter grades and dates will be communicated with students.
For students that for some reason can not elect by the deadline. There will be an appeal process. We understand that this a unique time and there may be cases where a student will not be able to elect a P/NP grade within the prescribed time frame.
There are a large number of schools switching to either a mandatory or optional P/NP grade system in Spring 2020. With the number of schools providing this option, it is unclear how professional schools will evaluate a P grade in Spring 2020.
Please discuss with your advisor if you have any questions about how a P grade may impact your admissions to professional school.
There are a large number of schools switching to either a mandatory or optional P/NP grade system in Spring 2020. With the number of schools providing this option, it is unclear how graduate schools will evaluate a P grade in Spring 2020.
Please discuss with your advisor if you have any questions about how a P grade may impact your admissions to graduate school.
A P grade will not impact your scholarship. It is a GPA neutral grade and will not lower your GPA.
A NP grade may impact your scholarship for those that require completion of a certain number of credit hours a semester. A NP grade will not count as a completion grade (D or better).
Please discuss with your advisor if you have any questions about how a P/NP grade may impact your scholarships.
We do not anticipate that an P/NP grade will impact Financial Aid. We have been in contact with the Department of Education seeking clarification concerning P/NP grades and Satisfactory Academic Progress policy. We anticipate that clarification will be provided within the next week. If P/NP has any impact on your Financial Aid status the Student Financial Center will reach out to you directly.
We will update this FAQ when we received more details.
Courses that are being repeated to forgive a “D” or “F” and P/NP is elected; the first attempted course may still be forgiven, however, the second attempt will only be counted in hours attempted and earned and will not affect GPA calculations.
P/NP may not be an option pending final approval from the VA.
We will update this FAQ when we received more details.
No, these courses already do not count in a student's GPA and the grade earned is indicative of success in future terms. These courses will continue to be graded as normal for Spring 2020.
No, OU will defer to what your transfer institution posts to your transcripts.
Example: Student is enrolled at Kansas State for Spring 2020 in one online course plus OU full time. K-State did not offer Pass/No Pass but gave out A/B/D/F grades, OU would transfer in the grades and GPA associated with those grades to your transcript for Spring 2020.
No. Regular grading will resume after the Spring 2020 semester.