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Advising Handbook

Pass/Fail Grading System

While the satisfactory/fail (S/F) option is referred to by most as the pass/fail (P/F) option, these two systems are not the same. See the S/F option page 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: 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.