Pass/Fail Grading Option
Policy Number: 246
To encourage undergraduate students to explore subjects outside their major, they may enroll in elective courses outside their major and opt to be graded on a pass/fail (satisfactory-unsatisfactory) basis.
Effective Date: 2014-08-09
Responsible Party: Registrar
Administrative Category: Academic Affairs
Applies To: Students, Faculty
Keyword(s): Pass/Fail Grading
Full Policy Text:
Full Policy Text
Students may enroll in courses taught on a pass/fail (S-U) basis subject to the following conditions:
1. Course taken pass/fail (S-U) will appear on the official transcript with a grade of "S" or "U."These grades do not count in the computation of the grade point average.
2. Resident credit earned with a grade of S will count toward meeting the 120 hour semesterrequirement and/or 39 hour academic residence requirement (if not already met throughmajor/dept/college requirements). Transfer credit awarded with a grade of S counts towards alldegree requirements.
3. Courses taken pass/fail (S-U) will not count toward:
a. core curriculum requirements, Areas A-F
b. courses required for a major or minor, or
c. courses that satisfy college requirements.
Colleges may authorize exceptions to b. and c. but such exceptions must be specificallyauthorized by the college through the college´s curriculum approval process.
4. No more than 10 hours of courses taken pass/fail (S-U) at Georgia State may be counted towards an undergraduate degree. Courses taken on a pass/fail (S-U) basis beyond this limit will earn institutional credit but will not count toward graduation.
5. To take a course on a pass/fail (S-U) basis, the student must meet all prerequisites and all otherenrollment restrictions (e.g., GPA requirements, co-requisites, etc.).
6. The request to be graded pass/fail (S-U) in a course must be made before the end of late registration and cannot be changed in any way at any time.
7. It is the student´s responsibility to contact the instructor by the end of the first week of classes and obtain from the instructor the requirements necessary to earn a grade of S.
8. The normal withdraw policy will apply to courses taken pass/fail (S-U). Withdrawals in courses taken pass/fail (S-U) count against a student´s limit of withdrawals with a W just as courses graded A-F do.
9. Colleges/departments will decide which courses may be taken on a pass/fail (S-U) basis. Such decisions must be approved according to departmental/college curriculum change policies.
10. This motion applies only to undergraduates.
Rationale or Purpose
The pass/fail option is intended to encourage students to explore subjects outside their major without putting their GPA at risk.
Original University Senate motion to expand the Pass/Fail Grading Option was approved in Spring 2007. See: http://www2.gsu.edu/~wwwphl/adandst/PassFail.html
Motion to repeal Pass/Fail Grading Option was approved by University Senate in Spring 2008. See: http://www2.gsu.edu/~wwwphl/adandst/PassFail2.pdf
Most recent motion to Revise the Pass/Fail Grading Option approved in Spring 2009. See: http://www2.gsu.edu/~wwwphl/adandst/S-U.pdf
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