Pass/Fail Policy and Procedures

General Information:

Students who have officially achieved Second Year status (30 or more semester hours of credit) and who are making satisfactory progress may enroll in courses taught on a pass/fail basis in accordance with these conditions:

  • Pass/Fail courses may be taken as general electives. Courses taken to satisfy core curriculum requirements, courses required for the major and/or minor, area of emphasis or certificate program, courses that satisfy college-wide or institutional requirements (e.g., the Diversity Requirement, the Environmental Literacy Requirement) and other required courses may not be taken as Pass/Fail.
  • During the semester they enroll in a Pass/Fail course, students must also take a minimum of 12 additional hours (6 semester hours during the summer) of graded (A - F) course work at UGA.
  • This policy applies only to courses that are normally graded on an A - F basis.
  • No more than three Pass/Fail courses may be counted towards an undergraduate degree. Courses taken on a Pass/Fail basis beyond this limit will earn institutional credit but will not count toward graduation.
  • Once the drop/add period is over, a student who has registered for a course on the Pass/Fail option may not for any reason change to A - F grading, or vice versa.
  • Students enrolled in Pass/Fail courses shall receive a "U" if withdrawn from the course after the midpoint of the academic term, except in those cases in which the student is doing satisfactory work and the withdrawal is recommended by the Associate Dean for Student Services because of emergency or health reasons.
  • Students enrolled in a course on a Pass/Fail basis must meet all normal course requirements (e.g., attendance, reports, papers, projects, examinations, labs, etc.) and will be graded in the usual way.
  • Pass/Fail courses will not be included in determining the course load required to avoid dismissal (the requirement that students carry a course load of 9 credit hours [6 in the summer] in courses numbered 1000 or above that are graded A - F exclusively).
  • A student who earns a "U" in a Pass/Fail course is not eligible for Presidential Scholar or Dean's List in the term in which the grade is assigned and also is not eligible to graduate with First Honor Graduate status.

Procedures:

  • The student should complete the Pass/Fail Option Request form on line, print and sign the form, and then take it to their academic advisor.
  • Once approved, the advisor will add an override to OASIS.
  • Students are still subject to the same prerequisites and requirements for a Pass/Fail course as students enrolled in the course under the standard grading system.
  • When the student has registered for the course as a Pass/Fail, the OASIS Student Schedule screen will display a "PF" in the grade field.
  • A student may change the grading option for a course approved as Pass/Fail through the end of the drop/add period. After the drop/add deadline, students may not change the grading option and the student may not receive a letter grade under any circumstances.
  • A grade of "WU" will be assigned if the student withdraws or is withdrawn from the course after the midpoint of the academic term, except in those cases in which the student is doing satisfactory work and the withdrawal is approved by the Associate Dean for Student Services because of an emergency or health reasons.