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Spring 2020 Grading Guidance: Pass / No Pass Option for Students

Spring 2020 Grading Guidance: Pass / No Pass Option for Students

Dear Students,

We are nearing the end of our first week classes following the shift to hybrid learning. I am proud of our university’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic and applaud the adaptability shown by the Langston University community. Yet, I know this change has not been easy. Several students and faculty have expressed concern and wondered how this unusual semester will impact course grades.

Because of the uncertainty caused by the pandemic, Langston University is implementing a temporary grading policy that is consistent with recent guidelines provided by the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education. For the Spring 2020 semester, students will have the option to change final course grades to Pass (P)/Not Pass (NP) in select courses. This option is not available for Nursing and Physical Therapy courses.

  • Courses completed during the first 8-week session are excluded.
  • If course grading is already credit/no credit, that course grade will remain unchanged.
  • Undergraduate students may elect to convert grades of C or better to P.
  • Course grades of D will convert automatically to P while grades of F will convert automatically to NP.
  • Graduate students may elect to have grades of C or better converted to P; grades of D and F will automatically convert to NP.
  • Changes can be done on a course-by-course basis. In other words, students can choose to change one, several, all, or no course grades to P/NP.

Grades of P/NP are GPA neutral but count toward hours attempted for retention and earned hours for graduation. P grades assigned in Spring 2020 will meet course, program, and graduation requirements for all programs. This is an important decision. Implications will vary among students. Students should speak to their advisors and instructors about the impact that opting to replace a letter grade with a P/NP may have on their GPA for competitiveness when applying for graduate or professional schools.

Students will have seven business days once final grades are posted to elect to replace the course grade with a P/NP grade. This will be done by submitting the Request for Pass/No Pass Grading Option form no later than 11:59 P.M. on Thursday, May 28, 2020. Requests submitted after the deadline cannot be considered. Once a student elects to change from the letter grade to P/NP, the student cannot later request the grade be reversed to the original letter grade.

The decision to provide the P/NP option is just one of many measures taken by Langston University to support our students during this challenging time. Students should continue to utilize the virtual tutoring, library services, and academic support.

If you have questions, contact the Registrar’s Office at LURegistrar@langston.edu or the Office of Academic Affairs at LUAcademicAffairs@langston.edu.

Stay well!

Ruth Ray Jackson, Ph.D.
Vice President, Academic Affairs