What is the Pass/Unsatisfactory Option? (updated 5/7)
Wright State University students will have the option to convert grades of courses to Pass/Unsatisfactory grading for the Spring 2020 Semester. This does not apply to grades awarded before March 9, 2020. At the end of the semester, all faculty will submit their course grades (A, B, C, D, F, X, or NR) no later than noon on May 6, 2020. All grades of F will convert automatically to U. All grades of X will convert automatically to XU. Students will then have from May 11 until noon on May 15, 2020 to move one or more courses to Pass/Unsatisfactory if they elect to do so.
Does this include Spring 2020 A term?
No. Spring A term grades were due March 4, 2020, before Wright State converted to teaching all classes remotely.
Does this include my Flex (X term) Spring 2020 classes?
Yes, as long as the X term course did not end before March 9, 2020.
Does this include graduate courses?
Yes. This applies to graduate courses. Students should, however, consult with their advisors and/or program directors to fully understand the ramifications of their decision to convert grades to the P/U option. For example:
- A P will not count toward the six-hour limit on C grades that may be counted toward satisfying graduate degree requirements (per WSU Policy 5510.1). However, a P also might not satisfy requirements for which an A-F letter grade is required (see examples below).
- P/U grades will not satisfy some prerequisites at the graduate level. Consult the WSU Catalog for specific course prerequisites.
- Letter grades are necessary to satisfy some professional licensing requirements. Be sure to consult with your program director regarding such requirements before requesting a grade change.
- Graduate students must have a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0 in order to graduate (per WSU Policy 5510.1), and P/U grades do not earn GPA points. Thus, a change from a letter grade to P/U might in some instances prevent a student from attaining the necessary GPA to graduate.
- Graduate students on academic probation must maintain a current semester GPA of at least 3.0 in order to avoid dismissal (per WSU Policy 5510.3), and P/U grades do not earn GPA points. Thus, a change from a letter grade to P/U might in some instances prevent a student from attaining the necessary GPA to avoid dismissal.
- Graduate students admitted conditionally are effectively on academic probation until they have completed nine hours with a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0 (per WSU Policy 5510.4). Thus, a change from a letter grade to P/U might in some instances prevent a student from attaining the necessary GPA to attain regular status and avoid dismissal.
- Graduate students repeating a course for a grade replacement (per WSU Policy 5360.1) should be aware that a P may not satisfy requirements for which the course was being retaken.
- Graduate courses being double-counted for students in combined degree (4+1) programs are subject to the same considerations that apply to courses taken solely for graduate credit.
Does this apply to students at all Wright State campuses?
Yes. This applies to students at both the Dayton and Lake campuses.
I am a College Credit Plus (CCP) student. How does this option impact me?
Below are guidelines provided by the Ohio Department of Higher Education.
- Based on recent Ohio law, for spring term 2020, if a college or university provides the option for all enrolled students to choose a Pass/Fail grade for a course, then a College Credit Plus student is permitted to choose a Pass/Fail grade under these circumstances.
- Secondary schools will recognize a passing grade in a college course and provide high school credit for that course as a substitution for a high school graduation requirement. This passing grade will not be used for GPA calculation purposes. Secondary schools will recognize a failing grade in a college course and will not provide high school credit for that course as a substitution for a high school graduation requirement. This failing grade will not be used for GPA calculation purposes.
- Secondary schools will recognize a passing grade in a college course and provide high school credit for that course as a substitution for a high school graduation requirement.
- If the reason for the student’s grade of “F” or failing the course on a P/F scale is due to a lack of technology, lack of internet access, or other COVID-19-related disruptions, and the option of withdrawing is not available to the student from the college, then the secondary school shall not seek reimbursement from that student/family for this course.
I am an international student. If I choose the Pass/Unsatisfactory option will it impact my visa?
No. Most international visas allow students to elect to be graded as Pass/Unsatisfactory. You should consult with the University Center for International Education about other potential impacts of this option, for example on scholarships or requirements from sponsoring organizations. https://www.wright.edu/international-education
Will I have the option to choose between being awarded a letter grade (A, B, C, D, F, or X) or being awarded a Pass/Unsatisfactory (P/U)?
Yes. Faculty will submit your letter grade by noon on May 6, 2020 and you will have access to that grade through WINGS Express. You will have until noon on May 15, 2020 to select the option to convert the grade for one or more courses from a letter grade to the corresponding P or U grade. All grades of F will be automatically converted to U.
What is the P grade?
Passing. This indicates work of C quality or better. Credit is earned but is not computed in grade point averages (GPA). See https://policy.wright.edu/policy/4010-grading-system. This grading option for Spring 2020 allows students to choose the P grade to avoid a B or C lowering their GPA. See https://policy.wright.edu/policy/4010-grading-system.
What is the U grade?
Unsatisfactory performance--indicates work below C quality. Credit is not earned and the grade is not computed in the GPA. This option allows a student to convert a D to a U. Choosing this option will prevent a D from negatively impacting a student’s GPA but if the course is required, the student will need to repeat the course. Students may choose to keep the grade of D rather than U in order to earn credits and accept the impact on their GPA. See https://policy.wright.edu/policy/4010-grading-system.
What is the N grade?
The instructor did not report a grade. Contact your instructor directly regarding missing grades. See https://policy.wright.edu/policy/4010-grading-system.
What is the X grade?
A student attended or participated in course effort but did not complete the course or officially withdraw. X means that you are registered for the course but you have stopped submitting assignments or taking exams for the course. An X means the faculty does not have enough material from you to award a D or higher but you are still registered for the course. An X grade is treated like an F in that you will receive no credit hours for the course and it will negatively impact your Grade Point Average (GPA). If you stop attending a course, you should Withdraw (W) from the course or work with a faculty member to receive an Incomplete (I) grade and complete the requirements after the semester has ended. Make sure to follow the deadlines for Withdrawing or submitting an Incomplete request. See https://policy.wright.edu/policy/4010-grading-system.
Does this option cover courses for which a P/U was not an option in the Course Catalog?
Yes. This grading option does cover courses that may be required for the major, may be a pre-requisite or co-requisite for other courses, or any course that does not allow for the P/U option. This grading option is only being implemented for the Spring 2020 semester due to the duress and wide variety of complications associated with the COVID-19 pandemic public health emergency.
How does this option impact my career decisions related to licensure, graduate school, or employment?
It is strongly recommended that you discuss with your academic advisor the implications that choosing the P/U option may have on licensure, employment, graduate school, or other career choices. You can also reach out to the Success Coaches for assistance with academic guidance. www.wright.edu/srt For some students, including those planning for graduate or professional degree programs after graduation, earning a P grade may not be perceived to be acceptable. For this and other specific concerns, please consult with your academic advisor. For more information about academic advising at the Dayton campus, go to https://www.wright.edu/student-success/academic-advising. For more information about advising at the Lake campus go to https://lake.wright.edu/academics/academic-advisors.
How will this affect students who need a certain grade in a course, either for degree requirements or course prerequisite?
A pass grade (P) will satisfy any grade requirements of at least a C grade. If students need to have a B or an A in a course, they should consider opting to have the letter grade posted for the semester. In many situations a grade of D will satisfy course prerequisites and degree requirements, but a U will not. It is strongly recommended you discuss with an academic advisor the implications for your degree program. A grade of U will not satisfy course prerequisites or degree requirements. Undergraduate students must have a minimum, cumulative GPA of 2.0 to graduate. If you had a cumulative GPA below 2.0 before Spring 2020, choosing all P or U grades will not change your GPA and thus you will not be eligible to graduate Spring 2020.
Will choosing the P/U option impact my Financial Aid? Insurance? Scholarships? Employer Tuition Reimbursement?
It could. It is important to understand any impacts before choosing the P/U option. If you are registered at the Dayton Campus, you should address concerns about financial aid through Raider Connect. If you are registered at the Lake Campus, you should contact Enrollment Services. You should discuss insurance concerns with your private insurance company. Please consult with your company’s benefit representative regarding their tuition reimbursement plan.
Do P/U Grades Impact GI Bill Benefits?
The VA covers courses that result in credit being given. Please consult with your School Certifying Official (SCO) regarding your Veteran and Military benefits. If you have any questions about how this option affects military and veterans, contact the Veteran and Military Center at https://www.wright.edu/diversity-and-inclusion/veteran-and-military-center
How will this affect students on academic probation and being reviewed for academic dismissal from the university?
Since pass or unsatisfactory grades will not impact a student's GPA, any student on academic probation will be reviewed for academic dismissal at the end of Spring 2020 semester based on their already earned cumulative GPA and the GPA they accrued from any courses they completed with a letter grade during the Spring 2020 semester. That is to say that while a pass or unsatisfactory grade cannot lower a student's cumulative GPA, it can also not raise it.
How do I request using the P/U option? (updated 4/28)
You will need to submit a P/U option request between May 11 and noon on May 15, 2020. You should consult with your advisor before completing the form. The form is located on your student tab on Wings Express. Go to Registration & Records. The link for the Pass/Unsatisfactory Option is located below your Final Grades and Unofficial Academic Transcript.
Can I change my mind or have an extension?
Contact Raider Connect to discuss your particular circumstances.
When can I order a transcript which reflects my final grades? (updated 4/28)
Students who select the P/U Option should monitor their Final Grades and Unofficial Academic Transcript (Advising Report) in WINGS Express. Once all grades are posted according to the option(s) they have selected, the student may then order a “Current” transcript and it will reflect what is posted in WINGS Express. Students who submit the “Keep All Letter Grades” form may order a transcript as soon as their grades are posted.
What if I want to Keep All Letter Grades? (added 4/28)
You may submit the “Keep All Letter Grades” form between May 4 and noon on May 15. The form is located on your student tab on Wings Express. Go to Registration & Records. The link for Keep All Letter Grades is located below your Final Grades and Unofficial Academic Transcript. Do not submit your form if any grades are missing. If you have an “N” grade, this means your grade has not yet been reported. Contact your instructor. If you submit the Keep All Letter Grades form, then you cannot decide later to use the P/U Option form. Both forms are optional and serve different purposes. You may submit only one form. The P/U Option can be applied to one or more courses. If you would like to use the P/U option for any course, you must use the P/U option form.
Are my Incomplete (I) grades eligible for the P/U Option? (added 5/1)
No. An Incomplete (I) grade from Fall 2019 or a previous term that is completed in Spring 2020 will not be eligible for the P/U Option. An Incomplete (I) grade for a Spring 2020 course will not be eligible for retroactive conversion to the P/U Option.
If I choose to replace my grades with P/U, will I still be eligible for the Dean’s List? (added 5/1)
Changing a letter grade to P will not disqualify you from being named to the Dean’s List if at least 12 credit hours of A, B, or C grades remain, with at least a 3.5 GPA for Spring 2020. You cannot have received a grade of F, X, D, I, U, T, M, N, NR, XU or NU for Spring 2020.
Will the P/U Option affect Latin Honors? (added 5/1)
If you choose all P/U grades there will be no impact on the calculation of Latin Honors. If you choose to keep some letter grades and change some letter grades to P/U, only letter grades (A, B, C, D, F, X) will be used in calculation of Latin Honors. Neither the P nor the U grade affects the term or overall GPA. Academic honors are based on meeting the minimum honors GPA requirement for work attempted at Wright State University, as well as for all transfer college work accepted, as of the end of the term in which the student graduates; (that is, by the day on which term grades are due). To be eligible for academic honors at graduation, you must have earned at least 30 credit hours at Wright State University.
What will happen to X grades? (added 5/7)
All grades of X will convert automatically to XU.