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Spring 2020 Pass/Fail Policy

In order to provide a flexible academic option for students facing hardships due to COVID-19, Endicott now offers the ability to request a Pass/Fail option for any course for the Spring 2020 semester.

When considering taking a course Pass/Fail this semester, students are strongly encouraged to talk with their faculty member, internship coordinator (if it is an internship course), academic advisor, and dean about the ramifications of taking a course Pass/Fail, as opposed to for a letter grade. 

A letter grade in a course is required for most licensure programs. Graduate school applications often require letter grades for prerequisite courses. In general, it is best to have letter grades in order to remain competitive as an applicant to graduate school, and for some employment opportunities. At Endicott, students must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.5 and letter grades in 12 credits in order to be considered for the Dean's List.

Students should review the Spring 2020 Pass/Fail Courses FAQs below for more information on how to submit a Pass/Fail Request form, and on the impacts of taking a course Pass/Fail. 

The deadline to submit a Pass/Fail Request form is noon on Friday, May 1, 2020. To access the Pass/Fail Request form, visit: etcentral.endicott.edu.

Spring 2020 Pass/Fail Policy

Undergraduate (associate and bachelor’s degree) students may request that grades from courses taken this semester be recorded on their transcript as Pass/Fail. The decision to take a course as Pass/Fail cannot be rescinded.

An undergraduate student who takes a course Pass/Fail and earns a grade of D- (60) or higher will receive a grade of Pass for the course. A Pass grade will not contribute to the student’s GPA, but will contribute to earning credit hours and completing graduation requirements. 

An undergraduate student who takes a course Pass/Fail and earns a grade of F (59 or lower) will receive a grade of Fail for the course. A Fail grade will contribute to the student’s GPA. Students with a Fail grade will not receive credit for the course.

There is no limit on the number of courses that can be taken Pass/Fail. There are limitations if students wish to be eligible for the Dean's List. Furthermore, in cases where a course grade is necessary for advancement or licensure, taking a course Pass/Fail will not lead to advancement or licensure. Students will need to take the course again for a grade if they wish to remain in the program of study. Please see the Spring 2020 Pass/Fail Policy FAQs for more information on the impacts of taking a course Pass/Fail.
 

Spring 2020 Pass/Fail Policy FAQs

  • What does a Pass/Fail grade mean on my transcript?
    Students who request to take a course Pass/Fail and earn a 60 or higher in the course will have a Pass on their transcript. A Pass grade will not contribute to the GPA. It will earn the student the associated credit hours and allow them to complete the graduation requirement. A Fail grade in the course will contribute to the GPA. It will not earn the student the associated credit hours or allow them to complete the graduation requirement.
  • How do I take a course as Pass/Fail this semester (Spring 2020)?
    Students considering the Pass/Fail option for a course are advised to first consult their faculty member, internship coordinator (if it is an internship course), academic advisor, and dean.

    The Pass/Fail Request form is initiated by the student via Etrieve. Submitted forms will be sent electronically to the dean of the student’s school. The dean will communicate with the student, the faculty member, and the advisor, and clarify any ramifications of the Pass/Fail for the student before signing off on the form. After the dean signs off on the form, it will be submitted to the Registrar’s Office and processed. 

    Faculty will submit final grades in letter grade format as usual. These final grades will be changed to a Pass/Fail grade by the registrar for students who have submitted an approved Pass/Fail request form. If the letter grade earned is a D- or higher, then the grade of P is entered on the transcript. If the letter grade earned is an F, then the grade of F is entered on the transcript. 
     
  • When is the last day I can submit a request to take a class Pass/Fail? Can I change my mind and ask for a letter grade in the course, after my request has been approved?
    The deadline for submitting the request form for Pass/Fail for the Spring 2020 semester is Friday, May 1 at noon. Once your request for the Pass/Fail grade has been approved, you may not rescind your request.
  • Can I repeat a course taken as Pass/Fail in a subsequent semester for a letter grade?
    Yes, courses taken as Pass/Fail can be repeated for a letter grade.
  • Is there a limit to the number of courses I can request to take as Pass/Fail?
    There is no limit to the number of Pass/Fail courses you can request for the Spring 2020 semester. There are limitations if students wish to be eligible for the Dean's List.
  • Can I take any of my internship courses (INT100, INT200, 480) Pass/Fail?
    Yes. You should reach out to your internship coordinator or your 480 faculty member for more information on the requirements you will need to meet if you take the course Pass/Fail.
  • If I withdrew from a course after March 30, can I now change my withdrawal to a Pass/Fail?
    Yes. You will need to complete an Exception Processing Form in Etrieve, in consultation with your dean or advisor.
  • Will I be eligible for Dean’s List if I take a course Pass/Fail?
    Yes, you will be eligible for Dean’s List as long as you earn grades (with an average GPA of 3.5) in a minimum of 12 credits worth of courses. If you are taking 15 credits this semester, you can take only one course Pass/Fail in order to qualify for Dean’s List.
  • Will I be eligible to graduate with honors (cum laude, summa cum laude, or magna cum laude) if I take a course Pass/Fail?

    Yes, as long as your cumulative GPA meets the requirements listed in the 2019-2020 Undergraduate Catalog.

  • Will I be eligible to graduate if I take a course Pass/Fail this semester?
    Graduating seniors need a minimum GPA of 2.0 in order to graduate. Taking courses Pass/Fail does not impact graduation, unless you have chosen to take a course Pass/Fail that your program requires a letter grade for.
  • Can taking courses Pass/Fail impact my ability to get a job after graduation?
    When a student earns a P in a Pass/Fail course, the course does not count toward their GPA. Pass/Fail courses could impact a student’s competitive edge for employment applications, depending on the course and employer requirements.
  • Can taking courses Pass/Fail impact my ability to transfer my credits to another institution?
    It may impact your ability to transfer courses, depending on the institution. If you plan to transfer the credits that you would like to take Pass/Fail, you should reach out to the other institution and inquire about their policy.
  • Can taking courses Pass/Fail impact my financial aid package or a merit scholarship?
    Merit scholarship and other sources of financial aid are based on a student’s calculated cumulative GPA. Taking a course Pass/Fail will not impact renewal of this financial support, as long as students are still able to meet the Satisfactory Academic Progress requirement. Failure to do so would result in loss of aid, including merit scholarships. Visit the Satisfactory Academic Progress section of the online catalog for more information. 
  • My major requires a minimum course grade to progress or to remain in the major. How will Pass/Fail impact this?
    In majors where a course grade is necessary for advancement, taking a course Pass/Fail will not lead to advancement. The student will need to take the course again. Some examples of such majors include accounting, athletic training, interior architecture, nursing, and teacher licensure. Please check the academic catalog for course prerequisites and consult with your academic advisor or dean before requesting a Pass/Fail option.
  • Will taking any course (including an Honors course) Pass/Fail impact my continued participation in the Endicott Scholars program?
    Participation in the Endicott Scholars program will continue based on a student’s calculated cumulative GPA, which must be 3.5 or higher. A student in the Endicott Scholars program may choose to take any course Pass/Fail (including a course with an HON prefix) without impacting their status in the program—as long as the student’s cumulative GPA remains at 3.5 or higher.
  • Will taking courses Pass/Fail impact my ability to join/or remain active in a discipline-based honor society?
    Invitations to join or remain an active member in a national honor society usually include a cumulative GPA requirement. If you continue to maintain these cumulative GPA requirements, your participation should not be impacted. However, please check with the faculty advisor of the honor society regarding any potential impacts on your eligibility for induction and continuation. 
  • What if I need a letter grade in a particular course for professional licensure or as a prerequisite for entry into a specific graduate program?
    Many professional licensure programs will not accept Pass/Fail grades. Many graduate programs will not accept Pass/Fail courses as meeting prerequisites for admission. Before deciding to take a course Pass/Fail, you should consult with your academic advisor or the licensure officer/advisor in your major program.
  • Is it possible that having a Pass/Fail grade on my transcript will work against me in the graduate or professional (e.g., law, medical, etc.) school admissions process?
    Before taking a class for Pass/Fail, students should consult with their academic advisor and the admissions website for the graduate or professional school of interest. It is possible that graduate programs will consider you a less competitive applicant if you have Pass/Fail grades, especially in your major course of study.
  • I am a student athlete. How will taking a course Pass/Fail impact my eligibility to participate in athletics?
    In order to participate in athletics, student athletes need to have a cumulative GPA of 1.8 up to 32 credit hours, and 2.0 for 33 or more credit hours. Taking courses Pass/Fail does not impact participation in athletics as long as these minimal GPA requirements are met.
  • I was in the Study Abroad program at the beginning of this semester, can I apply for Pass/Fail?
    Yes, students who were in Study Abroad this semester may request Pass/Fail for any of their classes.