No, in order to replace your former standard letter grade, the repeat will need to be taken on a standard letter (A-F graded) basis.
Student FAQ for Pass/Fail for Spring 2020
Here is information for students regarding the Spring 2020. Pass/Fail policy [last updated on April 23, 2020].
I am currently taking a course as a repeat of a course I previously took and made a C- or lower in. Can I elect to take this grade replacement repeat under the COVID- 19 pass/fail policy and have the "pass" replace my former grade?
I plan to apply to law school, and I worry about the impact of electing Pass/Fail courses on my applications. I also worry about missing internships and campus leadership opportunities that would strengthen my application. What should I do?
Patricia Poole, Prelaw Adviser for the Office of Academic Advising, recently sent a message to Pre-law students that indicated the following:
- Concentrate primarily on the two items that are most important to admissions- GPA and LSAT scores.
- Do not worry about missing internships and leadership opportunities right now.
- While none of us believe that law schools will penalize you this semester for taking Pass/Fail courses, do not make the decision lightly. Base it on your individual situation. Under normal circumstances, I have advised you to limit pass/fail courses, but law schools realize this semester will look very different. The pass/fail decision rests primarily on your current grades and whether you need to improve your GPA to be competitive for schools you want to apply to. Pass/Fail courses will not be calculated in any GPA the LSAC recalculates.
- I would highly recommend that if you do decide to take classes Pass/Fail (and even if your transcript will include a notation from the University) that you include an addendum that explains the pass fail marks so that the admissions are able to confirm it was due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Under normal circumstances, I advise our students not to take more than two Pass/Fail classes (other than in an abroad semester) but we all believe there will be no penalty this semester.
- I feel confident that you will not be penalized for Pass/Fail courses, however, I cannot ensure how every law school will handle this, since most have not issued a statement regarding this issue and many may not know yet. Their priority is on filling this fall’s class.
But, has any graduate or professional program suggested I shouldn’t take classes Pass/Fail?
We cannot provide a comprehensive list of the hundreds of statements that might be made by specific programs. You should check with the graduate and professional programs to which you wish to apply.
Does the P/F policy apply to business courses?
Yes, but we recommend you consult the Business School’s Undergraduate Program FAQ for further information.
I am a student hoping to make the Dean’s List this semester. If I take Pass/Fail courses, will I be eligible for the Dean’s List?
The Dean’s List has not been altered by the COVID-19 Spring 2020 policy. The Dean’s list includes all full-time, degree-seeking students in the College and the School of Business who have a grade point average of 3.4 or better for a full-time course load in the semester and who have earned no grade below C during the semester.
I am a student hoping to graduate with Latin Honors (e.g. summa cum laude). Will taking courses Pass/Fail affect my ability to achieve or maintain Latin Honors?
Pass/Fail courses taken under the COVID-19 Spring 2020 policy will neither disqualify you for Latin Honors nor affect your GPA. Any courses you take in graded mode will be calculated into your GPA. So, if you wish to attain a higher GPA to reach a Latin Honors threshold, you will need to take courses in graded mode.
I am on academic probation or worry that I might be placed on academic suspension because of a disastrous semester. How will the COVID-19 2020 Pass/Fail policy impact my academic standing?
If you are on academic probation, OAA will not assess your Spring 2020 grades for suspension, but OAA will do low grade outreach in the event of a problematic semester. OAA may require you to engage in regular advising check-ins or other academic maintenance processes. You will not be assessed for probation for a problematic semester in Spring 2020 classes. You will face suspension if you fail every class, Pass/Fail or graded.
How will I be able to choose the Pass/Fail option under this COVID-19 P/F Spring 2020 policy?
The Office of the University Registrar, the Office of Academic Advising, and the School of Business will be informing you of the required procedure by Monday, April 6.
I am a first-year student. Can I declare my Spring 2020 courses Pass/Fail under this COVID-19 Spring 2020 policy?
Yes, first-year students can declare courses Pass/Fail by April 17, as can sophomores, juniors, and seniors.
Can I declare basic and divisional and courses Pass/Fail under this COVID-19 Spring 2020 policy?
Yes, under this COVID-19 Spring 2020 policy, students can declare Pass/Fail for a Spring 2020 basic or divisional course by April 17.
Can I take each class as Pass/Fail on an individual basis, or do I have to decide to take all of my classes as P/F or none at all?
You will be able to select Pass/Fail as an option for each course.
Can I declare Spring 2020 courses in my major or minor Pass/Fail?
Yes, under this COVID-19 Spring 2020 policy, students can declare Pass/Fail for Spring 2020 courses in most majors and minors by April 17, but there are some exceptions – be sure to check with your advisor, OAA, or the Office of the University Registrar.
What majors and minors in the College are exceptions to this COVID-19 Spring 2020 Pass/Fall option?
The extension of the Pass/Fail option will not apply to some programs, majors or courses, which have special accreditation, statutory, or contractual requirements (e.g. Engineering and Military Science). The Office of the University Registrar and the Office of Academic Advising will work closely with these departments/programs to ensure that affected students are advised of any special requirements or limitations.
I am a business major. How will this Spring 2020 option affect my business courses?
For students enrolled in undergraduate business courses, the School of Business will send a separate announcement regarding the COVID-19 Spring 2020 Pass/Fall option for those courses.
I plan to apply to be a business major in the future. How will this Spring 2020 option affect my chance of getting into the Business School?
We understand that first-year students may be in prerequisites such as ECN 150, MST 111 or MST 112, and/or STA 212 (MBU majors) this spring. If a first-year student elects to take a prerequisite class pass/fail, the classes will be treated as if the student received AP credit for the course. If a pass is received in the class, this will meet the School of Business admissions requirement. However, the committee will only see that your final grade was either a pass or a fail. There is no GPA or grade associated with a class taken pass/fail. For admission purposes, we will look at your grades in the other prerequisites you took at Wake, for which you received a letter grade and your cumulative GPA. Clearly, a fail in ANY prerequisite courses would necessitate a retake of the class for business school admission purposes.
I was studying on a WFU-sponsored semester abroad/away program or in Copenhagen on the Global AWAKEnings program. Will my remote abroad courses be eligible for the COVID-19 Spring 2020 Pass/Fail?
Yes, but you must contact GPS so that professors and partner institutions abroad will be aware of your election and adjust their mode appropriately. NOTE: Students studying on Affiliate (i.e. non-WFU) programs must inquire directly with their program providers about a pass/fail option and follow the Affiliate’s policies for declaring pass/fail.
If I elect to take any of my Spring 2020 classes Pass/Fail under the COVID-19 Spring 2020 Pass/Fail policy, will that impact my GPA?
Courses taken Pass/Fail are not computed in students’ GPA, per the Academic Bulletin.
How would Pass/Fail grades appear on my transcript?
“P” (for Pass) and “FPF” (Failed a P/F course) in event of a failure. A notation of the uniqueness of this Spring 2020 semester will also appear on the undergraduate transcripts.
If I elect to take any of my Spring 2020 classes Pass/Fail under the COVID-19 Spring 2020 Pass/Fail policy, will it affect my financial aid?
Student Financial Aid anticipates formal guidance from both the US Department of Education and the North Carolina State Education Assistance Authority that neither Title IV Federal Student Aid nor NC State Aid program eligibility will be affected by your election to take spring 2020 semester courses as either pass/fail or graded. Institutional need-based grants and scholarships will not be impacted.
If you receive an academic or talent-based scholarship, your annual renewal or continuation will not be affected by your election to take spring 2020 semester courses as either pass/fail or graded.
If you are an Army ROTC Scholarship recipient, please contact the Wake Forest Department of Military Science for information. If you receive federal Veterans Education benefits, please know that we are awaiting guidance from the VA, and will notify students of any guidance that we receive. Please email to firstname.lastname@example.org if you have a more detailed question.
If I elect to take any of my Spring 2020 classes Pass/Fail under the COVID-19 Spring 2020 Pass/Fail policy, will this impact my eligibility for departmental honors, Latin honors (e.g. summa cum laude) or for the Dean’s List?
Only courses you took for letter grades will factor into your GPA and be used to assess your eligibility for departmental honors, Latin honors, and/or the Dean’s List. See the policy list in the Undergraduate Bulletin at https://bulletin.wfu.edu/procedures/exams-grading/
I plan to apply to graduate school, law school, or a health professions program in the future. How will this Spring 2020 option affect my chance of getting into these postgraduate programs?
Universities and colleges across the country have adopted some form of P/F grading to support students in this extraordinary moment. Graduate programs, the American Bar Association, and the Association of American Medical Colleges are all working on recommendations for how to handle this special P/F grading option (as well as delayed LSAT, MCAT and GRE exams).
If I decide to go with the P/F option under the COVID-19 Spring 2020 Pass/Fail policy, and I fail the course, what grade will I receive?
Faculty will be asked to assign either a “P” or a “FPF” final grade, if you have selected this option. The grade of “FPF” will not provide you with credit for the course, but it will not count negatively toward your GPA.
What letter grades will qualify for a grade of “P” if I elect P/F option for a class?
Instructors will determine the minimum requirements for passing a course. These may not correspond directly to letter grades on the A-F scale. For courses where there is a minimum grade for continuation (e.g. greater than C-), performance at least reaching the C- level will constitute a pass.
What if my instructor tells our class that we cannot elect the P/F option for his/her course this Spring 2020?
This may only be the case in Engineering or Military Science. If it occurs outside these courses, please contact the Office of Academic Advising.
I am in a course that was already designated for P/F grading. Will this be affected in any way?
No. You will follow the existing rules and deadlines for your regular (traditional) P/F. The Office of the University Registrar will be communicating with you by email concerning the regular P/F selection you have made.
Will any courses that I choose the P/F mode under this COVID-19 option for Spring 2020 be included in the maximum total number of P/F hours that I am eligible to count towards graduation?
No. Courses for which you select P/F, under this COVID-19 Spring 2020 Pass/Fail policy, will not be counted toward the total number of P/F hours that can be counted towards graduation.
Will any courses that I choose P/F mode for in Spring 2020 under the COVID-19 Spring 2020 Pass/Fail policy be included in the maximum total number of P/F hours that I am eligible to take in one semester?
No. Courses for which you select P/F, under this COVID-19 Spring 2020 Pass/Fail policy, will not be counted toward the total number of P/F hours that you are eligible to take in one semester.
If I choose P/F mode for a Spring 2020 course and end up with a grade of “FPF,” can I retake that course to replace the grade and earn credit for that course in a future semester?
Required courses for a major or minor may be repeated for a letter grade. Also, prerequisite courses for major or minor courses may be retaken for a letter grade. Basic requirements may also be repeated for a letter grade: e.g. FYS, WRI 111, HES 100/101, and 200 Level Foreign Language courses. No other COVID-19 Spring Pass/Fail courses for which your final grade is “FPF” may be retaken for a letter grade.
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