Pass/Fail Message to Students 4.6.20
Dear Paul College Students,
I hope everyone is doing well in this topsy turvy Covid-19 infected world! We care about your wellbeing and understand how confusing this all can be. In response, the faculty at UNH have elected to give you some options. I thought I would take a few moments to explain them to you.
Let me start off by saying that the faculty continues to evaluate the quality of your work and will be assigning a letter grade that we hope accurately reflects the effort you have invested in your courses. That being said, you now have the option (until April 28) to go into Webcat and change your grading preference to pass/fail for one, two or all of your courses. This option will become available after April 10 and you can change your mind as often as you would like up until April 28. Whatever has been selected by the end of the day on the 28th is what will appear on your official transcript.
We would encourage you to work hard, learn as much as you can, and earn a letter grade for all of your Paul courses. However, if you feel that you just cannot do your best, then go ahead and consider changing the grade to pass/fail. These changes to grading policy are for this semester only. The University will accept the grade of pass to satisfy discovery and writing intensive requirements. Paul College will use a grade of pass to satisfy major and minor requirements. If you have a second major or minor outside of Paul, you should contact the coordinator within that college.
It is important to note that all other rules remain in place. The most important rule that is not changing is the repeat course rule. What this means is that if you are repeating a course to earn a higher grade or hoping to replace an F with a pass – you may not do that. A letter grade can only be replaced by another letter grade (not a pass).
It is important to note that in Paul College, we do not allow a student to repeat a course more than twice. However, given the extraordinary circumstances we are all are working under, if you are not successful your second time thru, we will allow you to take the course a third time (for this semester and this semester only).
Other rules such as minimum GPA requirements to graduate or retain a scholarship also remain in place. Hence if you are below a 2.3 major GPA and elect to take all of your courses pass/fail, you will not have earned a high enough GPA to graduate. The same is true with a scholarship or earning honors.
Because making the decision to go pass/fail can have a number of unanticipated affects, we strongly recommend that you speak to your advisor before making any changes through Webcat.
Finally, the new rules offer you an opportunity to drop a single course without penalty before April 28. Please consider how this will impact your academic and graduation plans. A course must be dropped with a PDF add/drop form and will require your advisor’s signature.
More information is available at: https://www.unh.edu/main/coronavirus#student. If after reading the FAQ you have questions about making the best decision for your situation, I strongly encourage you to reach out to your advisor.
I know this has been stressful for everyone and has created a whole new set of challenges that no one had foreseen even a month ago. Thanks for your patience and determination to see this through as best as you can. We are all here to help.
Neil B. Niman, Associate Dean of Academic Programs