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April 8, 2020 - Pass/Unsatisfactory grading option for graduate students

Dear Graduate Students,

Recognizing that factors related to COVID-19 have affected graduate students' ability to perform at their best, Wright State University will offer graduate students the option to convert any course grade to Pass/Unsatisfactory grading for the spring 2020 semester. This option does not apply to A-term courses, nor to Flex-term courses completed before March 9. Courses in the M.D. or Psy.D. degree programs also are not covered by this option.

Under this option for graduate courses:

  • A grade of P is equivalent to a “C” or better.
  • A grade of U cannot be applied to a graduate degree.
  • A grade of P during the spring 2020 semester does not count toward the maximum of six credit hours of C that may meet requirements for a graduate degree.
  • P/U grades do not earn GPA points.

At the end of the semester, faculty will submit their grades (A, B, C, D, F, or X) by noon on May 6, and graduate students will have from May 11 until noon on May 15 to choose to convert any of those grades to P/U.

The decision to convert a course grade to P/U is entirely up to the student. However, students should consult their advisors and program directors to discuss the implications of the P/U grade specific to their program. Such implications may include:

  • P/U grades may not meet some course prerequisites.
  • P/U grades may not meet some professional licensing requirements.
  • Changing to P/U grades might, in some circumstances, prevent a graduate student from achieving the GPA necessary to meet conditional admission requirements, avoid academic probation or dismissal, or graduate.
  • P/U grades may not meet financial aid, tuition reimbursement, or Veterans Affairs requirements. Students should check with the relevant organization to verify requirements.

Pass/Unsatisfactory grades during spring 2020 will not adversely affect the Graduate School's assessment of satisfactory progress for graduate assistants.

You can find more information on this option and how the decision might impact your degree pathways on our COVID-19 website.

We hope you and your families are safe and healthy.

Douglas W. Leaman, Ph.D.
Interim Provost

Barry Milligan
Interim Dean, Graduate School