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Grading Policy for Remainder of Spring 2020 Semester

UCO has implemented the following policies for spring 2020 grading options that allow students to choose between the standard letter grades and a pass/no pass option (P/NP). UCO’s policies will follow the recent guidelines established by the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education and applies to courses that are currently in progress. Courses that ended before March 13, 2020, will be evaluated following previously established grading policies.

  1. UCO faculty will assign letter grades for the spring 2020 courses in progress. A grade of W will not be assigned unless a student has withdrawn from a course.
  2. After grades are posted, students can elect to change from a standard letter grade for a spring 2020 course to P/NP grading options as follows:

Automatic Actions to be Taken by the University
The university will automatically take the following actions once spring 2020 grades have been posted by faculty on Tuesday, May 12, 2020.

  • For Undergraduate Students: For the spring 2020 semester, the university will automatically convert letter grades of an “F” to “NP” grades.
  • For Graduate Students: For the spring 2020 semester, the university will automatically convert letter grades of a “D” and “F” to “NP” grades.

Undergraduate Students

For UCO undergraduate student academic purposes, a P reflects an earned grade equivalent to a D or higher. An NP reflects an earned grade equivalent to an F. Both P and NP grades are grade neutral.

  • Grades of A, B, C* or D* may be changed to a P; and,
  • Grades of F may be changed to an NP.

*Per the UCO Academic Catalog, some courses and/or majors require a C or better for degree progression. In such cases, changing a C or D assigned letter grade to a P will not satisfy degree requirements. For some degree programs, specific assigned letter grades of C and/or D are ineligible to be changed to a P; consult the Academic Catalog to review ineligibility.

Graduate Students

For UCO graduate student academic purposes, a P reflects an earned grade equivalent to a C or higher. An NP reflects an earned grade equivalent to a D or lower. Both P and NP grades are grade neutral.

  • Grades of A, B and C may be changed to a P; and,
  • Grades of D and F may be changed to an NP.
  1. Once a student elects to change from a standard letter grade to P/NP, the student cannot later request the grade to be reversed to the original standard letter grade.
  2. Students must submit the request for each class no later than 11:59 p.m. May 19, 2020. Requests submitted after the deadline will not be considered due to state reporting requirements. (The process of the request will be explained in a subsequent announcement.)

Please note the following for all undergraduate and graduate students:

1. Students should consider the possible implications of changing a grade to P/NP and its impact on the following types of situations:
  • admissions stipulations;
  • financial aid implications;
  • honor rolls and other honors recognitions;
  • future applications for scholarships, graduate school, etc.;
  • probation and suspension circumstances;
  • graduation requirements;
  • further educational opportunities; or,
  • other potential areas of impact not listed here.

2. Grades of “P”, “NP”, “W”, and “AW” are grade neutral, but the credit hours associated with the course will count in hours attempted for retention. A grade of P will count in earned hours for graduation.

3. A letter grade of “F” is calculated into the GPA.

4. In all circumstances, students who are graduating must meet all degree requirements as stated in the UCO Academic Catalog.

5. Before a student decides to change to a pass/no pass option, they should:

  • Contact Financial Aid. Financial aid calculations for satisfactory academic progress (SAP) may result in a different outcome than your academic GPA. For questions concerning the impact of changing to P/NP on financial aid, please email onestop@uco.edu; and,
  • Contact their undergraduate academic advisor or graduate program advisor.

Undergraduate Grading Policy Frequently Asked Questions

UCO is strongly encouraging undergraduate students to review the following FAQs related to the Academic Affairs "P/NP" Grading Policy, which is relevant to spring 2020 semester grades amid COVID-19 concerns.

 

Who makes the final decision to change a letter grade to a “P/NP” grade?

All grades of "F" will be automatically changed to "NP" by the university. In situations where a student conduct investigation warrants an "F" grade, this grade will stand. All grades of "A-D" will only be changed at the student’s request and following the parameters shared in the policy.

The appropriate college dean or designee will review each request in accordance with degree and prerequisite requirements.

The process for making the request will be communicated in a future announcement.

What is the deadline to request a letter grade be changed to a "P/NP" for a spring 2020 course?

Students must submit the request for each class no later than 11:59 p.m. May 19, 2020. Requests submitted after the deadline will not be considered due to state reporting requirements. (The process of the request will be explained in a subsequent announcement.)

Courses that ended before March 13, 2020, will be evaluated following previously established grading policies.

Will a "P" grade count toward my current major (declared as of spring 2020)?

Grades of "P" will satisfy degree requirements in the event that the major does not require a specific grade requirement. Some majors or courses require a letter grade of “C” or higher. In these instances, a “P” will not satisfy degree requirements or progression.

If I change my major after Spring 2020, will a "P" grade meet degree requirements in my new chosen major?

Some majors or courses require a letter grade of “C” or higher. Majors or courses that require a grade of "C" or higher will not allow a "P" grade to count.

Grades of "P" will satisfy degree requirements in the new major as long as a grade of "C" or higher is not required.

Will a “P” or “NP” grade have an impact on my financial aid?

Receiving a “P” grade will not have an impact on financial aid for the spring 2020 semester. In regards to Satisfactory Academic Progress, a “P” grade will count toward earning credits but would not have an effect on GPA.

Receiving an NP grade will not have an effect on financial aid for the Spring 2020 unless there are no passing grades for the term. In that case, a Return of Title IV funds would need to be calculated. In regards to Satisfactory Academic Progress, a NP grade will not count toward earning credits but would also not have an effect on GPA. We are waiting for more guidance from Federal Student Aid in regards to both Return of Title IV funds and calculating Satisfactory Academic Progress.

If my chosen major requires a "C" or higher in a required course, will a P grade count?

No a "P" grade will not count in this instance. A letter grade of "C" or higher must be obtained to meet degree requirements if listed.

I made a "D" in a course prior to spring 2020 and am repeating the same course in Spring 2020. If I choose the "P" option, can the "D" be marked as a repeat?

Yes. The grade of P is considered credit bearing and is equivalent to a D or higher. Students must adhere to the Academic Forgiveness policy as stated in the UCO undergraduate catalog.

I made an "F" in a course prior to Spring 2020 and am repeating the same course in Spring 2020 and fail the course so an "NP" grade is assigned. Can the original "F" be marked as a repeat?

No. "F" grades can only be marked if the second attempt of the course is counting towards the GPA or towards earned hours. In this instance, the "NP" is viewed as GPA neutral, therefore the original F grade cannot be marked as a repeat. Students may request the NP be reversed to the original F grade for repeat purposes. It is recommended the student discuss the repeat policy with their academic advisor prior to this option.

Once I have changed my letter grade to a “P/NP” grade, may I reverse the grade?

Yes. Students have one calendar year to request a "P/NP" be reversed to the original letter grade. The deadline is no later than the official end of the Spring 2021 semester to petition for a "P/NP" grade to be reversed to the original letter grade. Once a degree is conferred, a P/NP cannot be reversed under any circumstance.

If I am graduating in the spring 2020 semester, when is the deadline to change a letter grade to a P/NP?

Students who complete all degree requirements at the end of the Spring 2020 semester can choose "P/NP" no later than 11:59 p.m. on May 19, 2020. Once a degree is conferred, a P/NP cannot be reversed under any circumstance.

If I am graduating in the Spring 2020 semester and I chose a "P/NP" in one or more of my courses, when is the last day I can reverse the grade back to a letter grade and still be a Spring 2020 graduate

Spring 2020 graduates will not be allowed to request a "P/NP" grade to be reversed to the original letter grade once the degree is conferred. Spring 2020 degrees are conferred upon the submissions of Spring 2020 final grades. It is highly encouraged that students consider all ramifications of requesting a grade of "A-D" be changed to a "P" grade. Once a degree is conferred for any semester, it is considered to be a sealed record and grade changes are no longer allowed.

Will a “P/NP” grade impact the ability of an undergraduate student to graduate?

Yes, a “P/NP” grade can have an impact on an undergraduate student’s ability to graduate. Since a “P” grade is equivalent to a letter grade of "A-D", a “P” grade may detrimentally impact a student’s ability to graduate. Certain undergraduate courses require a specific letter grade ("C" or higher) as demonstration of a student’s proficiency or as a prerequisite with a minimum grade. In these cases, a “P” grade may not demonstrate the required level of proficiency as demanded by an undergraduate program. In addition, students choosing the P/NP may not meet minimum GPA requirements. Contact your academic advisor for more information.

How many “P” grades can count to fulfill degree requirements for graduation?

For undergraduate students there is no limit on the number of "P" grades one can receive. "P" grades may only be requested for courses which are in progress after March 13, begin after March 13 and/or finish at the end of the spring 2020 semester.

I took a December/January intersession, block I or short course ending prior to March 13. Can I request P/NP for this course?

December/January intersession, block 1, and short courses ending prior to March 13 are not eligible to receive a "P" grade. While there is no limit on the number of "P" grades one can receive, certain undergraduate courses may require a specific letter grade as demonstration of a student’s proficiency; in such cases, a “P” grade may not be counted toward graduation.

Am I eligible for President’s or Dean’s Honor Roll if I choose a "P" grade for a course(s)?

It depends. Students must have a minimum of 12 credit hours of regularly graded coursework (e.g., A, B,C,D) to be on the honor roll. The student’s semester record must have no marks of “I”, “F”,“N” or “U” in a minimum course load of 12 semester credit hours in a fall or spring semester. Grades of “S” and “P” are not computed in the student’s semester grade point average and will not be considered toward the number of hours required for honor roll consideration.

Can I graduate with honors if I elect to change a letter grade to a “P” grade?

Grades of P/NP are grade neutral. Students must meet GPA requirements as stated in the UCO undergraduate catalog.

If I have previously been suspended or placed on probation prior to the Spring 2020 semester, will changing a grade to a “P/NP” grade have an impact?

Grades of "P/NP" are grade neutral. Students must meet retention GPAs as stated in the undergraduate catalog. If a full semester of "P" or "NP's" are recorded for spring 2020 then the academic standing at the start of spring 2020 will stand.

Will I be suspended or placed on probation if I elect to change a grade to a “P/NP” grade?

Grades of "P/NP" are grade neutral. Students must meet retention GPAs as stated in the undergraduate catalog. If a full semester of "P" or "NP's" are recorded for Spring 2020 then the academic standing at the start of Spring 2020 will stand.

If I am completing an “I” from a semester prior to Spring 2020, may I change this grade to a “P/NP” grade?

No, this policy is for spring 2020 courses for which students are currently enrolled. Grades associated with a previous semester are not eligible for a “P/NP” grade, unless a “P/NP” grade was the grading mode previously associated with the course.

If I receive an “I” in a Spring 2020 course and complete the course, can I later change the “I” to a P/NP grade?

The deadline to apply for a "P/NP" grade is 11:59 p.m. May 19, 2020. If the "I" is completed prior to this date then a "P/NP" grade can be requested. "I's" completed after this deadline are not eligible to receive a "P/NP" grade.

Additional Questions?

Contact your academic adviser.