Student FAQs - Pass/Fall Option

Updated December 23, 2020; 8:50 a.m. EST

Below is a set of frequently asked questions (FAQs) specific to the Pass/Fail Option available to Lindner College of Business students for spring and summer 2020 semesters.

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At the end of the term, the instructor will assign standard letter grades (e.g., A, A-, B+, etc.); these grades will be posted in Catalyst.

  • For undergraduate students: For each class in which the student received a C- or better, the student will be given the option to keep that grade or to convert to a P.
  • For graduate students: For each class in which the student received a C or better, the student will be given the option to keep that grade or to convert to a P.

Grades of D or F cannot be converted and will remain a D or F as recorded by the instructor.

According to the UC Office of the Registrar, this function in Catalyst becomes available at the end of the term, after faculty post grades. Given multiple spring sessions, the actual date may vary depending on the timing of the course.

The policy adopted by Lindner applies to both graduate and undergraduate classes. However, since graduate courses do not have a grade of C-, graduate students will only be offered the option to convert to a P for standard letter grades of C and above.

A student with a P grade earns credit for the course, but there is no impact to the student’s GPA. Students who are looking to raise their GPAs should utilize the GPA calculator or discuss options with an advisor before selecting a P.

Students who earn a GPA of 3.4 or higher while earning at least six credit hours will be eligible for Dean’s List.

Yes, Lindner’s policy is for Lindner students, regardless of what College offers the class they are taking.

Yes, a grade of P earned spring or summer semester of 2020 will fulfill pre-requisites for future courses that require a C- or higher.

Yes, a grade of P earned fall 2020 and spring 2021 will fulfill degree requirements for Lindner programs. Please keep in mind that Lindner undergraduate degrees require both a 2.0 cumulative GPA and a 2.0 major GPA.

Choosing to receive a P instead of a letter grade may impact scholarships, financial aid, entry into professional/graduate schools, and admission to or participation in other UC colleges that may not have adopted a pass option.  Students should consider pros and cons of their individual situations and ask questions of appropriate offices and resources.

The Registrar’s Office has also created resources to assist students in their decision making and with the process.