Grading policy now offers pass/fail for all classes

Lauren Grobe

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Students can now change all classes to pass/fail or credit/no credit, President Gregory Fenves announced in a campuswide email Friday.

Undergraduate classes can be changed to pass/fail regardless of eligibility and do not count toward the limit on pass/fail courses, according to the resolution letter from the Faculty Council and Graduate Assembly on the recommended grading policy changes. Graduate students may change their courses to credit/no credit; the decision will not be included in the 20% limit on credit/no credit hours. Students can change how their courses are graded until May 29.

“You came to the Forty Acres to get a UT education, and that’s what our faculty and staff members will continue to provide,” Fenves said in the email. “We want every student to complete your classes this semester.”

The Graduate Assembly approved the recommendation to change the grading policy Wednesday, and the Faculty Council approved the change Thursday. Both groups recommended the University shift to an opt-in pass/fail grading policy because it allows decisions to be made on a case-by-case basis.

“As a student’s circumstances change due to COVID-19, and as more is known about the external effects of a student’s P/F or CR/NC selection, … greater flexibility in adjusting their options may be beneficial for students,” the resolution stated.

The Graduate Assembly and Faculty Council rejected the double-A grading policy endorsed by the Senate of College Councils. Under a double-A grading policy, all students receive either an A or A- in all classes.

“This option would limit the students’ ability to understand and achieve key learning objectives as determined by faculty, and it would undermine the meaning of the letter grades A and A-,” the resolution stated.

Students on academic probation will be allowed to apply for the fall 2020 semester with their current probationary status.

This story was updated to reflect the number of times a student can change their course credit.