Pass/Non-pass (P/N) Grading and Frequently Asked Questions

The College of Engineering has adopted a temporary grading option for all undergraduate courses offered during Spring 2020. This policy applies to all courses regardless of format (in person converted to virtual classroom or courses that were already online) offered this semester. This and other temporary policy changes are outlined on the Office of the Executive Vice President and Provost webpage.

You can find detailed information about the P/N grading option on the Office of the Registrar's Webpage.

Highlights of the P/N Grading option:

  • The deadline to elect P/N in MyUI is Friday, May 8, 2020. However, if after grades are published, you realize you’d prefer to change to P/N or to change to a letter grade from P/N, you will have until Friday June 5, 2020 (Tuesday, May 26, 2020 at 4:30pm for spring 2020 graduating seniors) to submit a request (online workflow form available here). For requests made after June 5, 2020, a formal appeal will be required (online workflow form available here).   
  • A grade of C- will be required to receive a P and credit for a course with the P/N option, while a D- is still considered passing for all courses in the College of Engineering under the letter grade option.
  • Any grade lower than a C- will translate to N, and no credit will be awarded.
  • Neither the P nor the N will affect your GPA.
  • Grades of P during Spring 2020 will count towards curricular, major, academic progress, and graduation requirements. This includes courses that serve as prerequisites and corequisites.

 

It is recommended that you use ICON, your syllabus, and your instructor to get an accurate picture of where your grade currently stands in the course. Utilize the MyUI GPA Calculator or the Office of the Registrar’s GPA Calculator to determine your GPA based on graded coursework.

 

Learn about making a decision regarding the P/N option

 

Elect to opt-in to P/N grading through MyUI

Frequently Asked Questions

Direct Link to Opt-in through MyUI

You may request the P/N option on MyUI. Login to MyUI and choose "Temporary Grading Options" on the Spring 2020 Courses/Registration page, or "COVID-19 Spring 2020 Grading Options" on the Student Information page through May 8, 2020. 

However, if after grades are published, you realize you’d prefer to change to P/N or to change to a letter grade from P/N, you will have until Friday June 5, 2020 (Tuesday, May 26, 2020 at 4:30pm for spring 2020 graduating seniors) to submit a request (online workflow form available here). For requests made after June 5, 2020, a formal appeal will be required.   

No, if you do not elect P/N on MyUI your courses will retain the default grading system for the course. 

The deadline to request a change to the P/N grading option in MyUI is Friday, May 8, 2020.

After May 8, 2020, you will have until Friday June 5, 2020 (Tuesday, May 26, 2020 at 4:30pm for spring 2020 graduating seniors) to submit a request (online workflow form available here) to change to P/N or to change to a letter grade from P/N. For requests made after June 5, 2020, a formal appeal will be required. 

You may cancel the P/N grading option request in MyUI until May 8, 2020.

After May 8, 2020, you will have until Friday June 5, 2020 (Tuesday, May 26, 2020 at 4:30pm for spring 2020 graduating seniors) to submit a request (online workflow form available here) to change to P/N or to change to a letter grade from P/N. For requests made after June 5, 2020, a formal appeal will be required. 

As a College of Engineering student, you will have until June 5, 2020, to submit a request (online workflow form available here) to change to P/N or to change to a letter grade from P/N for any regularly graded spring 2020 course. Students who have submitted a degree application for spring 2020 must complete their grading option selection by 4:30 pm on Tuesday, May 26, 2020.

Yes. As a College of Engineering student, you will have until June 5, 2020, to submit a request (online workflow form available here) to change to P/N or to change to a letter grade from P/N for any regularly graded spring 2020 course. Students who have submitted a degree application for spring 2020 must complete their grading option selection by 4:30 pm on Tuesday, May 26, 2020.

You will find your final grade in the course posted on ICON. If the final grade is not posted on ICON, you will need to contact your professor to inquire about the letter grade you received in the course.

For requests made after June 5, 2020, a formal appeal will be required (online workflow form available here). Please be sure to include a detailed reason as to why you missed the June 5th deadline. 

Students applying to transfer into the College of Engineering who have passed Single-Variable Calculus I, and either Principles of Chemistry I or Calculus-based Physics I – with a grade of A or B, or P for Spring 2020 – and have earned a minimum GPA of 2.50 and completed all high school unit requirements are eligible for admission.

Yes. You may select P/N for one, some, all or none of the courses you are enrolled in during Spring 2020.

A grade of C- or higher is needed to pass the class with a P unless a program has asked for an exception due to accreditation or pre-licensing requirements. Grades of D+, D, D-, and F will earn a grade of N and no credit will be awarded.

When you select P/N, you will need to earn a grade of C- or better to earn a “P”. A grade of P fulfills general education, prerequisite course, major, minor, certificate, and elective requirements. If you select P/N and earn grades of D+, D, D- or F you will earn a N. A grade of Non-pass will not fulfill a requirement and will not earn credit.

Grades of P or N are not used in calculating your grade for the semester. If you select the P/N for all of your courses this semester, your GPA will appear as 0.00, and will have neutral impact on your GPA.

No, N courses do not earn credit toward graduation. They also are not calculated into your GPA. 

Yes, you could, but it is not necessary. S and P are both passing grades that bear credit yet have no impact on your GPA. U and N do not bear credit and have no impact on GPA.

Yes, ESL courses taken during Spring 2020 with a P grade will satisfy the requirement. A grade of N will not satisfy the ESL requirement.

Professional advisors in the College of Engineering Student Development Center and staff in the Engineering Registrar's Office will be able to see the individual grades behind the P/N. Faculty advisors will not be able to see the individual grades behind P/N which is consistent with the idea that faculty will not be able to see if a student has elected P/N for their course. 

No, however if you have questions, please rely on your advisor for accurate information about the policies.

 

For additional questions or to discuss your individual situation:

  • Monday – Friday, 1:00pm-2:00pm, call (319) 332-5763 to be connected to a professional advisor in the SDC.
  • Tuesday – Thursday, 1:00-3:00pm, join this Zoom link to be connected to Engineering Registrar Services drop-in hours.

No, not during the spring 2020 semester.

No, professors submit grades for courses. If you selected P/N, the Registrar’s Office will change the grade submitted to P or N based on the grade submitted.

Yes. Courses taken in spring 2020 with a grade of P will count towards the University of Iowa Honors Program and Honors in the Major. Grades of N do not award any credit.  

You will need to have a minimum of 9 graded hours (instead of 12 semester hours) during the spring semester. This is a temporary change for spring 2020 semester only and acknowledges the challenges that students may face during this semester.

The selection of P/N should not affect determination of probationary status, except that the course in this category does not influence GPA, so the other course grades will determine GPA. Students will still need to achieve a 2.0 Term and UI cumulative GPA in letter graded coursework to avoid being placed on probation for the fall 2020 semester.

P/N grades are not calculated in your GPAs. Only letter grades will have an effect on your GPA. If you are graduating this semester or in the summer, and are on academic probation, you should contact your academic advisor to discuss the decision to select P/N.

No. The College of Engineering will not dismiss any students already on academic probation after the spring 2020 semester. Students who are currently on probation will be returned to good standing (if they raise their UI Term and UI cumulative GPAs to 2.0 or better in 9sh or more of graded coursework) or will be continued on academic probation.

There are several resources available if you have additional questions after reviewing available infomation:

  • Email your advisor
  • Talk with an advisor in the SDC: 
    • Monday – Friday, 1:00pm-2:00pm, call (319) 332-5763
  • Talk with Megan Allen and Natalie Potter during Engineering Registrar Services drop-in hours
    • Tuesday – Thursday, 1:00-3:00pm, join this Zoom link

Students in the College of Engineering can typically only complete two general education courses as P/N or S/U, but this requirement has been waived for the Spring 2020 semester so that all courses can be completed as P/N. Any general education courses taken as P/N during the Spring 2020 semester will not count toward the limit of two P/N gen ed courses.

Students wanting to use an SGO this semester must take the course for an A-F grade just as they did the first time they took the class.

If you are an Engineering student and want to cancel a pending SGO request in order to use the P/N grading option, email engr-registrar@uiowa.edu for assistance.  

If you elected to change to P/N grading, you received an N as your final grade in the course. N grades do not earn credit. They also are not calculated in your GPA.  

If you receive a grade of N in a course you may retake it in the future, but because the N does not impact your GPA, you will not need to use a second-grade-only option for the course.  

Yes. Most courses with specific grade requirements require a C- or better, so a P grade will be meet the requirement.

Yes, for Spring 2020 classes. This policy will not apply retroactively in respect to earlier coursework taken for P/N. For example, if you took a general education class as P/N several semesters ago to earn elective credit, it would not now count as fulfilling the general education category.

During this time, there is more flexibility from SEVP (Student and Exchange Visitor Program) regarding international students and their status.

  • Pass/Non-pass is permitted.
  • Dropping below full-time due to COVID-19 course changes (i.e. courses that are cancelled) will not affect a student’s status.
  • Check with ISSS if you have questions about your status.

Check with the Office of Financial Aid for information and updates: https://financialaid.uiowa.edu/resources/covid19

Please review the Office of Student Financial Aid updates found here: https://financialaid.uiowa.edu/resources/covid19.   

The University of Iowa has announced there will be a special notation on student transcripts explaining the unique and difficult nature of this semester. Nationally, most universities are offering students a similar grading option. Across all industries and graduate programs, everyone is reckoning with the challenges of the times. In general, our expectation is the organizations and institutions will understand if a student chooses to take the P/N option for their classes. We recommend that you check with graduate programs you may have interest in for information. Some professional schools, especially in health sciences, may prefer grades in important prerequisite courses.