Faculty FAQ for Pass/Fail Policy for Spring 2020

Here is information for faculty and staff regarding the Spring 2020 Pass/Fail policy. [Last updated on March 24, 2020]

  • What if a course is fundamental to the major/minor (for example, research methods coursework)? How do we ensure that students don’t earn a “pass” but proceed to the next course or set of courses underprepared? How do we maintain academic integrity?

    Professors should determine the minimum standards for passing a course, keeping in mind that Dean’s message to faculty indicated that our goal is to balance the needs of all our students while sustaining our academic integrity. So, the adjustments should reflect our recognition of the extraordinary times we are in, the flexibility such times require, and academic integrity.

    Challenges and concerns may include varying or insufficient levels of student effort, commitment, and performance, but now they will also inordinately include rapid adjustment to remote learning, access to and management of technology, remote advising and support programming, personal and family health and wellbeing challenges, and extenuating circumstances uncontemplated in the recent past.

    If, however, with all our flexible arrangements, students clearly shirk academic responsibilities, then the natural consequences may follow.

    These standards must be relayed to the students so they can make an informed decision. Consistency will be essential in multiple sections of a standard course.

  • What about courses that normally require a C- or better?

    In such cases, it would be a reasonable expectation that performance at the C- or better level would represent a “pass.”

    These standards must be relayed to the students so they can make an informed decision. Consistency will be essential in multiple sections of a standard course.

For additional information, click here for the Student FAQ.