Coronavirus pandemic extends pass/fail opportunity for spring semester courses

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In one of their most recent e-mails, the University of Connecticut voted to give it’s students the option to declare any of their classes as pass/fail until the last day of classes. It will however, be up to the Universty’s schools and colleges to determine whether students will receive credit.  Photo via Conner Gilson/The Daily Campus.

In one of their most recent e-mails, the University of Connecticut voted to give it’s students the option to declare any of their classes as pass/fail until the last day of classes. It will however, be up to the Universty’s schools and colleges to determine whether students will receive credit. Photo via Conner Gilson/The Daily Campus.

In a vote upheld by the Provost’s Office, the University of Connecticut Senate voted on Thursday to amend current limitations to the pass/fail grading option for the spring 2020 semester.

According to an academic update on the school’s COVID-19 webpage, UConn undergraduate students can elect to have a course be graded on a pass/fail basis until the last day of classes in the spring semester. In past semesters, students electing to take a course on a pass/fail basis were required to make their decision within the first two weeks of classes. 

Additionally, courses that students elect to take on a pass/fail basis in the spring 2020 semester will not count toward their three-course limit, and students of any academic standing can select the pass/fail option. Students will also have the opportunity to drop courses until the last day of classes in the spring semester.

The university believes that the COVID-19 pandemic has created “extenuating circumstances beyond the students’ control” that serve as grounds for the exceptions to the policies to be made.

The university urged students to contact an academic advisor or their respective dean before taking advantage of the recent policy changes, as individual schools and colleges will determine which courses may count toward degree requirements if taken on a pass/fail basis.


Conner Caridad is a campus correspondent for The Daily Campus. He can be reached via email at conner.caridad@uconn.edu.

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