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Pass/No Pass Policy

COVID-19 Pass/No Pass Option for Spring 2020 ONLY:

For the Spring 2020 semester, we are enacting an important change to our Grading Policy on the Norman Campus. As of March 20, 2020, all undergraduate and graduate students (including professional programs, except the JD Law Program) 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.

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.

Students may elect to enroll in courses on a Pass/No Pass basis, but should understand that Colleges may not count Pass/No Pass enrollments when determining whether the student has fulfilled the requirements for a degree. Specific College limits are listed below.

Academic Affairs. The Pass/No Pass option may be used to fulfill no more than 16 credit hours of free electives only. The Pass/No Pass option may not be used to fulfill requirements for any General Education, College, major, major support, or minor requirements.

Architecture. The Pass/No Pass option will not count toward any College of Architecture degree requirements.

Arts & Sciences. The Pass/No Pass option may be used to fulfill no more than 16 credit hours of free electives only. The Pass/No Pass option may not be used to fulfill requirements for any General Education, College, major, major support, or minor requirements.

Atmospheric and Geographic Sciences. A Pass/No Pass enrollment will not count toward any College of Atmospheric and Geographic Sciences degree requirement.

Business. The Pass/No Pass option may not be used with any College of Business course, General Education requirement, or specifically required course. Business majors may take a maximum of 12 hours of P/NP in free, non-business electives. Not to exceed one course per semester.

Continuing Education (Aviation). The Pass/No Pass option may not be used to fulfill requirements for any General Education, College, major, major support or minor requirements. P/NP may be used in the free electives, as long as they are not aviation courses.

Earth and Energy. A Pass/No Pass enrollment will not count toward any College of Earth and Energy degree requirement.

Education. The Pass/No Pass option may be used only on courses belonging to one of the general education areas of free electives.

Engineering. The Pass/No Pass option will not count toward any College of Engineering degree requirements.

Fine Arts. Students are allowed a maximum of 16 hours of elective credit under the Pass/No Pass option. Courses completed under the Pass/No Pass option may not be used to fulfill the University-Wide General Education requirements, major requirements, or major support requirements.

Graduate. A Pass/No Pass enrollment will not count toward any Graduate degree requirement.

International Studies. The Pass/No Pass option may be used to fulfill no more than 16 credit hours of free electives only. The Pass/No Pass option may not be used to fulfill requirements for any General Education, College, major, major support, or minor requirements.

Journalism. No more than 16 semester credit hours earned under the Pass/No Pass option will apply toward the degree. P/NP credit may not be used to satisfy General Education, College, major, major support, or minor requirements. Transfer credit graded P/NP is counted as part of the 16 semester credit hours earned.

Law. A Pass/No Pass enrollment will not count toward any Law degree requirement.

University College. The Pass/No Pass option is allowed, with Dean's permission, for University College students who are above the freshman level.

Cautions

Both grades, Pass and No Pass, are considered neutral grades in the computation of grade point averages, i.e. credit hours for Pass, though earned, will not be included in grade point averaging, and credit hours for No Pass simply will not be earned. Pre-professional students who plan to apply for admission to professional schools such as law or medicine after completion of an undergraduate degree are advised that courses taken on the Pass/No Pass option may hinder admission possibilities when grade point average is a major consideration. For advice, the student should consult the admissions office of the professional school where they intend to apply.

Before enrolling in courses on the Pass/No Pass option, students should consult with their advisers or personnel in college offices to be certain of approved enrollment.

Procedure

Students may change enrollment in a course by the add/drop procedure to or from the Pass/No Pass option through the end of the second week of a regular semester or the first week of a summer session in Enrollment Services. College and/or adviser approval should be obtained prior to any change.

To prevent discrimination in grading, the student’s choice of P/NP grading will not be made known to the instructor of a course. The grade will be automatically assigned at the end of the course on the basis of the letter grade submitted by the instructor. The lowest letter grade required to receive a P grade in a course will be C.