Message to students - Aug. 11, 2020

Permanent pass/fail grade policy for undergraduates beginning fall 2020

Dear VCU undergraduate students,

We are excited to announce a new, permanent pass/fail grade option policy for undergraduate students effective fall 2020. Please note that the temporary pass/fail grading option made available for spring 2020 only is no longer valid.

The full policy is available in the VCU Bulletin. It is important that you read the policy thoroughly now, at the beginning of the semester, and recognize that it is an option that is available to you. Keep in mind that:

  • Depending on a students’ individual degree program, not every course is eligible for the pass/fail option: the pass/fail grade option may not be used to satisfy a prerequisite that requires a minimum grade of B nor for courses that may count toward the requirements of the student’s major.
  • Students may select the pass/fail grade option for eligible courses no later than the last day to withdraw from a course, which in fall 2020 is the last day of classes, Nov. 24. A form for requesting the pass/fail option will be available in September.
  • No more than 12 credit hours can be taken under the pass/fail grade option over the entirety of a students’ degree program.
  • Students should consult with an adviser to understand the implications of their decision. If you have questions, please refer to these frequently asked questions.

Best wishes for a successful fall semester.

Gail Hackett, Ph.D.
Provost and senior vice president for academic affairs