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Advising Handbook

Pass/Fail Grading System

While the Satisfactory/Fail option is referred to by most as the “Pass/Fail option,” there is a real difference between the two. See S/F option for a complete description of that policy. The Curriculum Committee permits the use of the P/F grading scheme when requested by instructors who can demonstrate the impossibility of assigning a regular letter grade. The P/F system is mandatory for all students in the course. Students must be aware of the grading system before they register for the course. 

Note also that in some cases, internships (but no other kind of independent study) are taken with P/F grades as long as the student, the faculty sponsor and the department chair agree. Neither the P nor the F is calculated into the grade point average.