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.

Policy History


Cross References




Additional Information


Original University Senate motion to expand the Pass/Fail Grading Option was approved in Spring 2007. See:

Motion to repeal Pass/Fail Grading Option was approved by University Senate in Spring 2008. See:

Most recent motion to Revise the Pass/Fail Grading Option approved in Spring 2009. See:


Additional Helpful Resources


Faculty Handbook
Graduate Catalog
Undergraduate Catalog