Optional pass/fail grade policy offered for Spring 2020


ear students,

Quinnipiac faculty and staff recognize the many challenges and changes imposed by the COVID-19 pandemic. With support of a unanimous vote of the Faculty Senate, the university has decided to adopt an optional pass/fail grade policy for eligible courses as students continue their academics online for the remainder of the spring semester.

A complete list of eligible courses can be found in the Pass/Fail Grade Policy – Spring 2020 FAQs. Please note, this policy does not apply to the School of Law or the School of Medicine. Those schools will be administering independent grading systems governed by their faculties. To help students determine the impact of pass/fail on academic good standing, graduate school admissions, scholarships, etc., a decision-making checklist is included on the Pass Grade Request Form.

There is no limit to the number of courses or credits students may select as pass/fail for Spring 2020, provided the courses are eligible for pass/fail. Grades of “pass” do not affect financial aid eligibility, but students with scholarships must make sure they earn sufficient letter grades to meet the minimum GPA requirements for renewal of their scholarships. For undergraduate students, the minimum GPA is 3.0. The minimum GPA for graduate students varies by program and can be found in your scholarship continuation letter. For questions regarding graduate scholarships, email gradfinaid@qu.edu

Course eligibility for pass/fail has been determined on the basis of accreditation requirements, academic program progression policies, and industry standards. In addition, undergraduate students in certain programs are not eligible to take specific courses pass/fail, even if the course itself is eligible for pass/fail:

  1. MAT program: Per the Connecticut State Department of Education’s general education grade requirements for MAT students, undergraduate students in the MAT program must receive letter grades in these courses: EN 101, MA 110, MA 140, HS 132, HS 210, HS 131, PS 101, PS 236, fine arts (3 credits), science (3-4 credits). MAT secondary education students also must receive letter grades in their respective disciplinary focus areas: Spanish, Math, Biology, History, English.
  2. Pre-dental and pre-medical: Required courses for the pre-dental and pre-medical designations may not be taken pass/fail in order to meet medical or other professional school program requirements. For a list of required courses, see the Catalog: pre-dental designation and pre-medical designation.
  3. Minimum GPA for declaring majors, progression in the major, or progression in a dual-degree program: Certain majors/programs require students to have minimum GPAs, or minimum grades in “gateway” courses, to declare the major or to proceed within the program. Your academic adviser can help you determine if this concern applies to you.
  4. Dean’s list eligibility: To be eligible for dean’s list, full-time students must complete at least 14 credits in a semester, with at least 12 credits with letter grades (A through C), and must earn a 3.5 GPA with no grade lower than a C. Part-time time-students must complete at least 6 credits with letter grades and earn a 3.5 GPA with no grade lower than a C.

Procedure for Requesting Grade(s) of Pass instead of a Letter Grade(s)

Requests for a grade(s) of “pass” are irreversible. Therefore, they will be processed after final grades are posted for the semester so students can make informed decisions with complete information about their academic performance in the course. To request a grade of “pass” in an eligible course:

  1. Review the final grade you earned in the course. A minimum grade of C- is required for a grade of “pass” unless a higher minimum grade is noted in the course eligibility table.
  2. Consult with your adviser. Adviser approval is mandatory for SHS students in professional programs.
  3. Download the Pass Grade Request Form on the Registrar’s Office MyQ site
  4. Follow the Checklist for Deciding Whether to Request a Grade of Pass on the form.
  5. Submit the completed form to registrar@qu.edu
  6. Deadline to request pass/fail is Monday, May 18, 2020, by 5 p.m.

It is our hope that this pass/fail grade policy will help reduce stress and anxiety in our academic community as we continue to navigate these uncharted waters. The well-being and health of our Bobcat community is foremost in our minds. 

With very kind regards,

Jennifer Brown
Interim Executive Vice President and Provost