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Pass/Fail Policy Changes for Spring 2020 Semester Only

Pass/Fail Policy Changes for Spring 2020 Semester Only

  1. Multiple Pass/Fail Option grades were permitted for Spring 2020, even for all* courses for which a student was registered. (Normally we permit only one Pass/Fail grade per academic year.) *NOTE: In Spring 2020, students could elect to have the Senior Project graded Pass/Fail; however, Senior Projects graded Pass/Fail were ineligible for honors, as only Senior Projects graded using a weighted grade of A through F are accorded honors.
  2. Spring 2020 courses used to satisfy the liberal arts, global / historical, and first-year requirements were permitted to be graded with a Pass/Fail option. (Normally this is not permitted at all.)
  3. Pass/Fail grades were accepted for language courses from Elementary I through Advanced Grammar at the NYU global sites. (Normally this is not permitted at all.)
  4. For Spring 2020 courses with the Pass/Fail option, failing grades for Spring courses were converted to F*. While this grade results in no credit for a course, it is not factored into the grade point average. Therefore, the Pass/Fail option has no GPA impact on the Spring 2020 semester. (Normally all F grades are computed in the GPA.)
  5. The number of Pass/Fail options a student exercised for Spring 2020 courses does not count in the student’s maximum number of Pass/Fail options permitted. The regular policy states: “The pass/fail grade option may be used on one course only per full-time academic year, that is once within 32 credits. Students may only exercise the pass/fail option a total of four times during their academic career.” Students enrolled in Spring 2020, however, may exclude Spring 2020 entirely when calculating the total number of Pass/Fail options allowed.
  6. Eligibility for the Spring 2020 Dean’s List has been altered to accommodate additional courses graded with the Pass/Fail Option. Eligibility for the Spring 2020 Dean’s List will still require that students successfully complete a minimum of 12 units in Spring 2020; however, the requirement that students must have completed 12 or more units in courses with grades that count toward the grade point average (GPA) will be reduced to six or more units in courses with grades that count toward the grade point average (GPA). This means that a student could have completed six units with letter grades (A-D) and six units with a Pass grade, and could be eligible for the Dean’s List if the Spring 2020 GPA meets the requirement. All other eligibility criteria in the Dean's List policy statement will remain the same.
  7. The Spring 2020 Pass/Fail request deadline was extended as follows: a) For Washington Square courses the deadline to file a Spring 2020 Pass/Fail Option form was May 12, 2020 (Normally the deadline is at the end of the 9th week of the semester); b) For courses at the NYU away sites, the deadline to file a Spring 2020 Pass/Fail Option was the day before exams on the local academic calendar, and not May 12. Please consult the appropriate global site calendars.