At any time before the Monday of the ninth week of instruction (fall and spring semesters) or the Monday of the fourth week of instruction (winter session), a student may elect to take a course on a Pass-Fail basis by filing a form with the registrar. The choice is, as of the limiting dates noted, irrevocable.
- No more than one course per semester may be taken Pass-Fail.
- No more than 18 credits of P may be counted toward graduation. (This does not apply to courses where P is the only mark given and the student has no option.)
- Courses to be counted toward a major, minor or concentration may not be taken Pass-Fail.
- Courses used to fulfill a Liberal Arts Core requirement may not be taken Pass-Fail.
Note: Since the mark of P indicates any assigned grade of D- or above, students should be aware that some postgraduate institutions may discount grade-point averages.
In some programs, such as study abroad, only Pass-Fail marks may be recorded. These courses, in which students have no option for letter grades, may be exempt from the limitations listed above. Students must request a waiver of limitation with the Foreign Study Committee at the time they file the application for overseas study with the committee. The student must also file an academic petition for the waiver.