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Undergraduate Pass/Fail Option Spring 2020

Emergency Grading Accommodation: Spring 2020

This emergency grading accommodation goes into place on March 27, 2020 and will be active for the Spring 2020 semester to address the global health pandemic. This accommodation temporarily replaces Academic Regulation 50: Pass, Fail Grading Options. The deadline to request Pass/Fail grading is June 1, 2020. Read the WSU Pass/Fail Option announcement posted on the wsu.edu/covid-19/ site. Watch this video by Registrar, Matt Zimmerman, who explains is less than 4 minutes considerations for making this decision.

Pass/Fail (P/F) Grading

As of March 27, 2020, WSU will expand the pass/fail option for undergraduate students. Undergraduate students enrolled in undergraduate courses may choose the pass/fail option for any or all registered courses in the Spring 2020 semester. Students are strongly advised to check with their advisor before changing a course to Pass/Fail. Instructor/Advisor approval is not required, however the change may impact pre-requisites and many degree requirements. Please read the information below carefully. 

P (Pass) Grades PP (Pass) Grades F (Fail) Grades More Information
P = A, B, or C grades

Not calculated in GPA

Course may not be repeated.

Credits will count toward degree pre-requisites and many degree requirements. Still, check with your advisor.

PP = C-, D+, or D grades

Not calculated in GPA

Course may be repeated.

Credits MAY count toward degree requirements and pre-requisites. Check with your advisor.

F = F grades

Calculated in GPA

Course may be repeated.

  • The emergency grading accommodation is for Spring 2020 only.
  • The Pass/Fail (P/F) option is for undergraduate students taking undergraduate courses only.
  • No limit to number of P/F courses for Spring 2020.
  • If you are enrolled in a shorter session (less than 15 weeks), and the session has ended, the course is not eligible for Pass/Fail grading.
  • The deadline to request is: June 1, 2020
  • You can change your mind. The deadline to convert a P/F course to graded is: June 1, 2020.

How it works: Your instructor will assign a final grade (A-F) in the final grade roster. WSU will convert A, B, or C grades to P (Pass), C- or D grades to PP (Pass), or F grades to F (Fail).

Instructor/Advisor approval is NOT required.

At this time, the grading scale for graduate students will not be changing for the Spring 2020 semester. However, expanded options for grade of "I" or "X" are being considered.

Visit our FAQ page for more information.

Pass/Fail Grading Considerations for Spring 2020.

This pdf was created by Academic Success and Career Center (ASCC) to provide more insight as you consider your options.

UCORE & Honors classes are allowed P/F grading Spring 2020 only
Definitely contact your Advisor, if...
  • You change a course to Pass/Fail.
  • You have questions.
  • Your department has a GPA requirement to stay in the major.
  • This course needs a grade other than P/F to count towards your program of studies.
  • Your department has a limit on the number of P/F courses allowed.
  • You intend to use this course for acceptance to graduate or professional school.
  • You have previously been deficient or have a cumulative GPA below 2.0.
  • You have financial aid or scholarship considerations.

How do I change my grades to Pass/Fail?

Request P/F using the Pass/Fail Option Form. You can use one form for multiple classes.

Deadline to request: June 1, 2020. Please allow 3 -5 business days for processing, though requests may take longer during high volume periods. If you are graduating Spring 2020, the request will be reviewed by Graduations and your advisor prior to processing.

I want my class(es) to be Letter Graded

How do I change my grades back to Letter Graded if I previously submitted a Pass/Fail Option Form?

First, your courses will automatically be Letter Graded. No further action is needed UNLESS you have previously submitted a Pass/Fail Request. If you do want to change your classes BACK to Letter Graded, make your request using the Letter Graded Change Form. You can use one form for multiple courses. 

Deadline to request: June 1, 2020. Please allow 3 - 5 business days for processing, though requests may take longer during high volume periods. If you are graduating Spring 2020, the request will be reviewed by Graduations and your advisor prior to processing.

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Check the status of your request

Please allow 3-5 business days for the Registrar's Office to process your request. Requests may take longer during May. You can check the progress of your request in myWSU. Go to Student Homepage > Academic Advising > View Grades. The type of grading will be listed next to each course.


Is Pass/Fail Grading available to Graduate Students?

No. At this time, the grading scale for graduate students will not be changing for the Spring 2020 semester. However, expanded options for "X" grades are being considered.