By approving a student’s pass-fail request, an adviser is affirming they have reviewed all of the above information with the student and has confirmed the course is option to take pass-fail has been approved for the pass-fail option in the student’s program.
The pass-fail option permits any matriculated student to take a course for credit without receiving a letter grade of A, B, C, D, E, or EV.
The college has removed the limit on the number of courses a student may enroll in for Spring 2020 on a pass-fail basis.
A pass (P) grade provides credit but no quality points and is not counted in total hours used to determine cumulative average.
A fail (F) grade is treated as a failure although the hours are not used in computing the cumulative average.
A pass-fail credit may be applied toward a degree. Select courses required for the student’s major and minor may be taken on a pass-fail basis in spring 2020 with prior approval from the major or minor department. Select courses taken as part of early childhood and childhood education program concentrations and distributions may be taken pass-fail in spring 2020 with prior approval from the major department.
Any course, except English composition 100-level courses and major/minor courses not approved for the pass-fail option in spring 2020, may be taken on a pass-fail basis.
Students must declare their intention to do so by May 8, 2020.
The Pass/Fail form is available on the Registrar’s Office website. After downloading and completing the form, the student should virtually consult with their academic adviser and send them the completed Pass/Fail form. Advisers who support the pass-fail request should then forward the form with their approval noted via Buffalo State email to the registrar’s Office by May 8, 2020.
Students may not use pass-fail to repeat a course for which a grade of C- or below was earned.
Note: Students are cautioned that the amount of pass-fail work permitted may jeopardize their chances for admission to graduate or professional school or for career placement. Dean’s Honors List requirements remain unchanged (please see the college catalog for details).
Further, students who are attempting to improve their GPA should be aware that a pass-fail grade will not be used in their grade point average calculations.
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