Frequently Asked Questions on Pass/Fail Grading

 

SUMMER SESSIONS 1 and 2

For Students

  • How will the pass/fail option affect my academic standing overall?

Academic standing will be based on your cumulative GPA, which will not be affected by a pass grade. A fail grade will be factored in as an F.

  • What if I’m taking a course to replace a previous grade?

You can either replace the previous grade with the letter grade you earned, or choose to replace it with the pass option. 

  • If a C or better is a prerequisite for another course, how will the pass/fail option impact my ability to take that course in the future?
    For Summer Sessions 1 and 2 courses, students who choose the pass/fail option and receive a passing grade will be allowed to enroll in the next course in the sequence. The option applies retroactively to courses completed in Summer Session 1.
  • How will the pass/fail grade impact my financial aid or scholarships?

Please consult the Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships for guidance based on your financial aid/scholarship package.

  • Can I get an Incomplete in a course?

Yes, but an Incomplete is determined by the instructor. You must request it from your instructor.

  • What is the process for choosing the pass/fail option? 

The official form to make this request will be released by the Registrar's Office by April 15, and will be announced through email, social media and on this website.

  • When can I begin the process for changing to pass/fail?

Summer Session 1 students will be able to opt in for pass/fail grades from July 1, 2020 to July 8, 2020. Summer Session 2 students will be able to opt in for pass/fail grades from August 6, 2020 to August 11, 2020.

  • What grade do I have to earn to pass/fail?

You have to earn at least a “D” to pass, otherwise it will be a fail.

  • Can I appeal a pass/fail grade?

Yes, you may appeal a pass/fail grade through the normal grade appeal process.

  • Will the pass/fail courses count towards my degree requirements? 

Yes, if you earn a passing grade.

  • What if my courses require a letter grade for employment, graduate school or professional school?

It is difficult for an admissions committee or employer to determine a student's level of mastery based on pass/fail grades. A letter grade may be your best option, and the decision should be made with your advisor on a case-by-case basis.

  • If I choose the pass/fail option for a course, can I repeat it later for a letter grade?

Yes.

  • Can I choose the pass/fail option for all of my classes?

Yes.

  • Can I wait to see my grades first then decide to switch to pass/fail?
Yes.
  • What if I want to transfer? How will pass/fail grades impact that process (will the grade in Banner be shared with the new school?)
On your official transcript, the new school will see the pass/fail grade if pass/fail is selected, or the letter grade if a letter grade is selected.
  • Will there be a notation on my transcript regarding why I have pass/fail grades for 2020 Summer Session courses?

Yes.

  • If I withdraw from the university this semester, will I have to go through the readmit process in the fall?

Yes. The application is available at CFNC.org.

 

  • For major courses that require a C or better, is that still the lowest grade to pass the course?  

Yes, if you choose the letter grade option. If you choose the pass/fail option, you can earn a D and this will meet the C requirement. This guidance only applies to the Spring 2020 semester.

  • If I choose to “pass” a course rather than getting a letter grade, will I receive the credit hours for that course?

Yes.

  • Can I decide on a course-by-course basis whether I want to pass/fail or receive a letter grade?

Yes.

  • Once I submit the pass/fail paperwork, am I done with the class for the semester?

You must complete the course in its entirety.

  • If I decide to withdraw from a course, do I have to retake the class?

You have to repeat the course if it is a requirement for your degree program, or if it is a general education course requirement that cannot be met by taking a different course. You must meet the credit hour requirements for your degree.

  • How does pass/fail affect my GPA?

Pass is not calculated in the GPA. Fail is calculated in the GPA as an F.

  • If I opt in to do pass/fail for all of my courses, do I not get a GPA at all for the semester?
Only letter grades will be counted in the GPA for the semester. Fail will be counted in the GPA as an F. If you choose pass/fail for all of your classes, and you do not fail any of them, you will not earn a GPA for the term.
  • If I am granted an incomplete this semester, will I be able to take advantage of the pass/fail option when the work is completed in the fall?

No. The decision deadline for the pass/fail option is June 30, 2020. If you do not resolve the “I” by that date, you must accept the letter grade earned.

 

SUMMER SESSIONS 1 and 2

For Advisors

  • How does a student choose the pass/fail option?

Summer Session 1 students will be able to opt in for pass/fail grades from July 1, 2020 to July 8, 2020. Summer Session 2 students will be able to opt in for pass/fail grades from August 6, 2020 to August 11, 2020.

  • Can students wait to see their grades first then decide to switch to pass/fail?

Yes.

  • Is there a limit on how many courses a student can choose for the pass/fail option?

No.

  • If a student chooses the pass/fail option, does a grade still exist?

Yes.

  • Where can I see that grade?

This information will not be available to instructors.

  • Can students change one or all of their courses back to a letter grade?

Yes, students who wish to change from an alternate grade of pass/fail back to the A-F grading system will have one opportunity per course to do so, and must request the grade change through their department.

  • How will the pass/fail option affect prerequisite requirements?

For Summer Sessions 1 and 2, students who choose the pass/fail option and receive a passing grade will be allowed to enroll in the next course in the sequence.

  • What if a student wants to transfer? How will pass/fail grades impact that process (will the grade in Banner be shared with the new school?)

On the official transcript, the new school will see the pass/fail grade if pass/fail is selected, or the letter grade if the letter grade is selected.

  • Will there be a notation on the transcript regarding why a student has pass/fail grades for the 2020 Summer Sessions?

Yes. 

  • What if a student is taking a course to replace a previous grade?

The student can either replace the previous grade with the letter grade earned, or choose to replace it with the pass option.

  • Can a student use grade replacement for a course where they earned a pass?

Yes.

  • How do I determine if pass/fail is the best option for an advisee?

Consider the student’s future objectives and goals, and ask the appropriate questions.

  • What if a student chooses the pass/fail option and I do not think that is the best option?
Advise the student accordingly.
  • If a student withdraws from the university this semester, will they have to go through the readmit process in the fall?

Yes. The application is available at CFNC.org.

 

  • Can a Department or College choose to not accept a “pass” grade as meeting the “C or better” prerequisite for the next course?

No, not for Spring 2020.

  • Can a Department or College choose to not accept a “pass” grade as meeting the “C or better” requirement for major courses that require a C?

No, not for 2020 Summer Sessions 1 and 2.

  • If a student receives a D or F because of academic dishonesty, will that student be forced to receive the assigned grade or can they withdraw retroactively from the course and escape penalty?

If the faculty pursues academic dishonesty through the student misconduct process, the outcome of that process will determine what happens.  If the faculty does not process the academic dishonesty through the student misconduct process, students will be able to escape penalty.

  • What is the lowest letter grade to “pass” a course?

The lowest letter grade to pass a course is a D.

  • For major courses that require a C or better, is that still the lowest grade to pass the course?

Yes, for students who choose the letter grade option. For students who choose the pass/fail option, they can earn a D and it will meet the C requirement. This guidance only applies to the 2020 Summer Sessions.

  • If a student chooses to “pass” a course rather than getting a letter grade, will they receive the credit hours for that course?

Yes.

  • Can students decide on a course-by-course basis whether they want to pass/fail or receive a letter grade?

Yes.

  • Once a student submits the pass/fail paperwork, are they done with the class for the semester?

Students must complete the course in its entirety.

  • If a student withdraws from a course, do they have to retake the class?

They have to repeat the course if it is a requirement for their degree program, or if it is a general education course requirement that cannot be met by taking a different course. Students must meet the credit hour requirements for their degree.

  • How does pass/fail affect a student’s GPA?

Pass is not calculated in the GPA. Fail is calculated in the GPA as an F.

  • If students choose to do pass/fail for all of their courses, do they not get a GPA at all for the semester?

Only letter grades will be counted in the GPA for the semester. Fail will be counted in the GPA as an F. If they choose pass/fail for all of their classes, and they do not fail any of them, they will not earn a GPA for the term.

  • How will the pass/fail grade impact financial aid or scholarships?

Please consult with the Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships for guidance based on our financial aid/scholarship package.

  • If students are granted an Incomplete for a course, will they be able to take advantage of the pass/fail option when the work is completed in the fall?

No. The decision deadline for the pass/fail option is stated above. Students who not resolve the “I” by the deadlines must accept the letter grade earned.