Spring 2020 Pass/Fail Grading

In consideration of extraordinary circumstances related to the COVID-19 pandemic, SUNY Oneonta has broadened pass/fail grading for spring 2020. Pass/fail courses taken this semester will not count toward the college's established limit of four courses taken pass/fail.

The college strongly suggests that students read the FAQs below to learn more about pass/fail grading before requesting it. Click the button below — or log in to myOneonta — to request pass/fail grading.

Request Pass/Fail Option

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Any SUNY Oneonta undergraduate student can request pass/fail grading.

You must request pass/fail grading online by April 17. After you request pass/fail grading, the college will review your degree plan and financial aid (if applicable) to determine by April 28 if pass/fail grading would negatively affect you. Advisors from the Academic Advisement and Financial Aid offices may consult you about this. Following any consultations between these advisor(s) and you, the Registrar’s Office will process the approved changes to pass/fail grading.

You can request pass/fail grading for none, some or all of your full-semester classes. Pass/fail grading is not available for mini-courses or previous grades of “incomplete.”

In pass/fail grading, you can earn one of two possible grades: “P*” (pass) or “F*” (fail). Faculty will use the letter grade you earn in the course to determine your pass/fail grade. If you earn at least a 65 or “D-” in a pass/fail graded course, then you will receive a “P*” in that course. If you earn a letter grade of “E,” then you will receive an “F*.”

If you pass a pass/fail course, then your transcript will show a grade of “P*”for it. If you fail a pass/fail course, then your transcript will show a grade of “F*” for it. If you withdraw from a pass/fail course before the last day of classes, your transcript will show a grade of “W” for it. SUNY Oneonta transcripts also will include special notations indicating the circumstances of spring 2020 pass/fail grading.

Yes.

“P*” and “F*” grades will not affect your GPA, but you only earn credit for “P*” grades. “W” grades will not affect your GPA, but both “W” and “F*” grades may affect your future financial aid, degree completion and how long it takes you to graduate.

Placement on the Spring 2020 Dean’s List or Provost’s List will still require 12 letter-graded credits.

If you are repeating a course this semester and taking it pass/fail, then the grade you earn will replace your original grade unless you previously passed the course and earn an F* while repeating it this semester. In future semesters, if you repeat a course taken pass/fail this semester and earn a grade for it under the college’s normal letter (A-E) grading scheme, the letter grade you earn will replace your pass/fail grade.

Pass/fail grading will not affect your spring 2020 financial aid but may affect your future financial aid eligibility. A financial aid advisor will contact you if pass/fail grading may affect your financial aid.

Withdrawing from a course will not affect your financial aid for the spring 2020 semester, but may affect your future financial aid eligibility. However, withdrawing from all of your spring 2020 courses may affect your spring 2020 financial aid. A financial aid advisor will contact you if withdrawing from a course may affect your financial aid.

Maybe. While many universities are implementing policies similar to SUNY Oneonta’s for the spring 2020 semester, each situation is different. Every graduate program has its own standards for admission (grades, types of grades, GPAs, etc.). If you choose pass/fail grading now, then you may need to repeat a course for a letter grade if your particular program requires it. Most graduate/health programs have not indicated that they will be lenient on their minimum grade rules.

Maybe. If you choose pass/fail grading now and later apply for a teaching license or an extension to a current license, then you may need to repeat a course for a letter grade to meet licensure requirements. Pass/fail grading will not affect initial certification if you complete an education program at SUNY Oneonta.

Upon requesting pass/fail grading, an academic advisor and, if appropriate, a financial aid advisor will review your situation. An advisor will contact you before April 28 if pass/fail grading could negatively affect you.

Faculty members will find out who chose pass/fail grading only when they submit final grades at the end of the semester.

No.

There is no fee for withdrawing from courses right now.

It depends on where you transfer. SUNY Oneonta will grant credit for general education courses taken pass/fail during spring 2020. Across SUNY, a grade of “P*” counts as successful completion of a general education category. However, semester-hour credit for general education courses taken pass/fail is not guaranteed outside of SUNY. If you are considering transferring, then consult the institution to which you intend to apply. Similarly, transfer path courses taken pass/fail are not guaranteed to transfer fully (i.e., you may not receive credit toward the major), since institutions may have specific grade requirements for major and related work courses.

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