Pass/No Pass Grading Option
The communication sent to undergraduate students on the Henrietta campus on October 14, 2021 can viewed here.
To review the Pass/No Pass Grading Option, please see RIT Policy D05.0
The form to complete a request for Pass/No Pass (or to revert) can be found here.
Students will complete and submit the “Request for Pass/No Pass Grading” form posted on the Registrar’s Office forms page.
To be eligible, the course must be an open elective and cannot be used to meet the requirements of the student’s major, minor, or general education requirements, including the immersion.
If the “pass/no pass” is selected for a class can the class be used towards graduation requirements?
Classes that are passed with a “D” or better will count as earned credit but can only be applied toward open elective credit. This means it will not be used to complete any portion of the degree requirements except toward credits needed for the degree. On the student’s academic advising report these classes will be applied only to open electives.
All requests must be submitted by the end of the course withdrawal period for the given class, which is the end of the 11th week of classes for full semester classes. See D5.0 section V for details on the course withdrawal policy.
How is the new grading option different than the pandemic-related alternate grading policy that we temporarily put in place for spring 2020, fall 2020 and spring 2021?
The new “pass / no pass” grading option can only be applied to an open elective and cannot be used to meet the requirements of the student’s major, minor, or general education requirements, including the immersion and must be requested by the end of the course withdrawal period. The pandemic-related alternate grading policy could be applied to any course and could therefore be applied to meet any degree requirement. In addition, the request for the pandemic-related alternate grading was made after the final grade was received.
No, this option is only available to undergraduate students and only for undergraduate courses.
Can the “pass/no pass” option be reversed if later the student would like to use a passed class toward a degree requirement?
Yes, the “pass/no pass” option can be reversed up to the time of graduation. If reversed, the original grade will be used and will be included in GPA calculations and the class can be applied to specific graduation requirements. Once reversed the class cannot be returned to “pass/no pass”.
The “Request for Pass/No Pass Grading” form should be submitted and the “Revert the class back to standard letter grading” box should be checked.
Yes, a student may select up to 6 credits in a semester for the “pass/no pass” grading option. A student may attempt a maximum of 12 credit hours with the Pass/No Pass option during their academic career at RIT.
Faculty will not be notified of the student’s selection, prior to the final grade roster.
The faculty member will submit a normal letter grade for the final grade. If the letter grade submitted is a D or better, the student’s transcript will show a grade of “P”. The “P” grade carries no quality points and will not have an effect on the calculation of GPA. If the student does not achieve a grade of D or higher, the course will appear on the transcript as “NP” and no credit is awarded but there is no effect on the calculation of GPA.
Implementation of this policy may be different in the global campuses, and students should watch for additional messages from their specific campus, or speak to their academic advisor for details.