Overview
How does this work?
How do students opt-in?
Appeals
Who can see my original grade or opted-in?
Impacted Areas

Overview

Per the Provost website: 
https://provost.uiowa.edu/temporary-changes-academic-deadlines-and-policies-undergraduate-students-spring-2020

As of Monday, April 20, 2020, students interested in the P/N or S/U option are able to opt-in through MyUI. Students have until May 8, 2020 to make their choice for each of their courses.

  • Undergraduate programs: A temporary Pass/Nonpass (P/N) grading option has been adopted for all undergraduate courses taught during Spring 2020 semester.
  • Graduate programs: A temporary Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory (S/U) grading option has been adopted for graduate courses taught during Spring 2020 semester.
  • Professional programs: Colleges will communicate with their professional program students regarding grading option policies.

Items for all Students to Consider:

  • A grade of C- or greater will translate to a P or S grade. 
  • Any grade lower than a C- will translate to N or U, and no credit will be awarded.
  • Neither the P/S nor the N/U will affect a student’s GPA.
  • This option is available for full semester length courses and other courses ending April 24 or after.
  • Students may find it helpful to wait until they have completed more graded work and exams before making a decision.
  • Students should talk with their academic advisor to discuss their options and situation. 

Academic Advising Center's- Items to consider document: 
https://advisingcenter.uiowa.edu/sites/advisingcenter.uiowa.edu/files/PN%20Spring%202020%20Handout.pdf

How does this work?

  • Faculty will grade students as usual during the semester and submit grades following the standard submission process. If a request for P/N or S/U is submitted, letter grades will then be converted to P/N or S/U by the registrar and displayed on the transcript as such.
  • There will be a notation on the transcript noting the unique circumstance for the spring 2020 semester.
  • A grade of C- is needed to pass the class unless a program has asked for an exception due to accreditation or pre-licensing requirements.
  • Courses taken for P/N or S/U grades during spring 2020 will count towards curricular, major, academic progress, and graduation requirements.
  • Grades of P/S and N/U will not be factored into a student's grade point average and are considered grade neutral.
  • Off-cycle courses will be managed by appeal.  Students will not have the option in MyUI to opt-in to these courses. 
  • Courses with P/F, S/U, or P/N grading scheme will not be eligible for pass/fail override.

How do students opt-in?

Direct Link to Opt-in through MyUI for students

  • Use HawkID and Password to log-in to MyUI
  • Click on "Courses/Registration"
  • Select the Spring 2020 session in the session drop down menu. It will be set to Fall 2020 by default.
  • Click on "Spring 2020" Temporary Grading Options" near your Spring 2020 schedule on the right-hand side of the screen.
    Grading Option Opt-in
  • Select "Elect P/N" or "Elect S/U" for the appropriate course(s).
    • Off-cycle courses will be managed by appeal.  Students will not have the option in MyUI to opt-in to these courses. 
    • Courses with P/F, S/U, or P/N grading scheme will not be eligible for pass/fail override.
  • Click "Save Grading Options"

Appeals

Students should take careful consideration before selecting the P/N or S/U option in MyUI. However, if a student should need to change to P/N or S/U after final grades are published or in order to change to grades from P/N or S/U, they will need to file an appeal. Related decisions will be handled by the student’s college and should follow their appeal processes. 

Undergraduate

College of Liberal Arts and Sciences student can appeal by emailing the Office of Academic Programs and Student Development

College of Education students can appeal by sending an email to Judy Brewer. Appeals should include student's name, student ID, and a list of courses which you want to select the P/N grading option.

Graduate Students

After May 8th,  if you wish to appeal your initial selection, please contact the Graduate College Dean's Office.  Graduating graduate students will have until May 26th and non-graduating graduate students will have until June 5th to appeal the S/U grading option.

Who can see my original grade or opted-in?

Students- Students will be able to opt-in via MyUI from April 20 - May 8, 2020.  This can be done through MyUI, selecting "Spring 2020 Temporary Grading Options" under Courses/Registration for Spring 2020.  This is not available for any other session.  For the spring semester, students will not be able to see their Grades In Progress screen.  They will be able to view their ICON course to see the projected, calculated grade. Students may find it helpful to wait until they have completed more graded work and exams before making a decision.

Instructors-  Instructors will not be able to see if a student has opted-in to this option.

Impacted Areas

Academic Probation and Dismissal 

Students will continue on probation but will not be dismissed.

Dean’s and President’s List

Undergraduate colleges will drop hours to 9 s.h for the spring semester.  Nursing already uses 8 s.h., so nothing will change for Nursing. Required GPAs will remain the same: Dean’s List is 3.5 GPA and 4.0 GPA President's List.

President’s List: will look for a 4.0 GPA with 12 s.h. for last fall plus 4.0 GPA with 9 sh. (total 21 hours).

Distinction

No changes.  Distinction has already been determined for spring 2020.

Honors Contract Form

In accordance with the P/N designation by the Registrar due to COVID-19, Honors will accept contracts for P/N courses as well.  If your original contract agreement has been interrupted due to campus closing (e.g., No longer having access to Astronomy Observatory), try to renegotiate it with your professor if possible. If this is not possible, please contact the Assessment Manager to discuss. Honors is now permitting students to contract classes during the Summer session.

Prerequisites

A P (or S) will satisfy any course prerequisite regardless of minimum grade if the P was earned this semester only. 

Second Grade Option (SGO)

Courses that are being taken as SGO are not eligible for P/N grading.   If a student selects the P/N option, they will need to appear to their college to have it removed. 

Transcript/Grade Report

For Spring 2020, there will be a notation on the transcript and grade report explaining the unique circumstances of this semester.