Pass Grade Opt–In Frequently Asked Questions

Starting Monday, June 1, 2020, the Catalyst View My Grades page will display the Change Grade to Pass button for students in eligible programs when the class instructor has submitted final grades for that class.

First, check the excluded programs list. If you are not in an excluded program, your class instructor may not yet have submitted final grades for the class. The option will only be available if the grade is "C- (minus)" or better ("C" or better for graduate students). If you earned a D+, D, D-, or F, you will not be able to change the grade to "P." Also, you can only convert a grade by navigating to the View Grades page in Catalyst. You cannot do this through your grade reports in Canvas/Blackboard.

You do not have to select all classes. In fact, you will have to manually select each grade for each class that you wish to change to "P."

Each UC college’s decision to provide its students with the "P" grade option for Summer Semester 2020 classes follows you regardless of the course in which you are enrolled. You have the option to change your grade of "C-" or better ("C" or better for graduate students) to a "P" even though the course itself is in a different college.

If one of your programs is on the excluded programs list, you will not have the "P" grade selection option available to you for any of your enrolled classes for Summer Semester 2020.

The "P" grade is neutral with respect to GPA, since the "P" does not carry quality points (e.g., 3.0 for a "B" grade). Therefore, the "P" grade will not calculate into the GPA. This is how the "P" grade works under routine circumstances as well.

If you elect to change one or more assigned letter grades to "P," your grade point average will change, as the quality points for the previous grade(s) are factored out of the GPA calculation. However, the "P" itself will not impact your semester or cumulative grade point averages. The semester and cumulative grade point averages will recalculate so as not to consider the "P" graded classes whatsoever. 

Please use the GPA Calculator (also available within Catalyst from the View My Grades page) for you to try various "P" grade scenarios for your Summer Semester 2020 classes.

If you are at all uncertain whether or not to exercise the option to convert a grade for a particular course, please consult with your college office and/or academic adviser.

Yes. You will get full credit for the class. (e.g., If you enrolled in the class for three credit hours, you will earn three credit hours.)

In addition to some self–help tools like the GPA calculator, your faculty and college advisers will be ready to assist.

You will need to ask the Summer Semester 2020 class instructor to restore the original grade. 

Please make sure you talk with your adviser in advance regarding college degree requirements and the "P" grade. Additionally, students in licensing programs or programs that lead to certification should consult their adviser or a program representative to ensure that their decision will not negatively affect any future plans.

Please make sure you talk with your adviser in advance regarding college degree requirements and the "P" grade.

Yes. A grade of "P" will meet the requisite for courses that currently require a grade of C- or better. Please make sure you talk with your adviser if you have questions.

Yes. The Dean’s List will continue. The number of hours that must be completed for a letter grade ("P" grade is not included) is six semester hours earned. The minimum semester GPA for each college remains the same.

Yes. Certification of undergraduate degrees with Latin Honors requires

  • Baccalaureate degree candidates to have earned a minimum of 60 semester credits from University of Cincinnati
  • Associate degree candidates to have earned a minimum of 30 semester credits from University of Cincinnati.

The GPA requirements for graduation with honor are

  • Cum Laude: 3.6 to 3.7499
  • Magna Cum Laude: 3.75 to 3.8999
  • Summa Cum Laude: 3.9 to 4.0000

Only grades from Summer Semester 2020 classes are eligible to be changed to "P" (Pass). Therefore, you will not be able to change a grade for a class that was originally taught in a previous semester.