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Office of the University Registrar COVID-19 Spring and Summer 2020 Pass/Not Pass FAQ’s

Revised: 18 September 2020

The Academic Senate at UCI, which governs academic regulations at UC Irvine, has authorized adjustments to existing undergraduate regulations on Pass/Not Pass grades (P/NP) for the Spring and Summer 2020 quarters only as follows:
  • All undergraduate courses will offer P/NP grading as an option. It is the student’s choice as to whether they wish to take the course for letter grade or P/NP.
  • Academic deans and departments are encouraged, but not required, to allow courses taken P/NP to fulfill school and major requirements.
  • Students will be able to change their grade options, both letter grade to P/NP and P/NP to letter grade through the end of the 10th week for Spring 2020. For Summer 2020 they can change their grade options through the end of instruction for the session in which they are enrolled.
  • Courses taken P/NP will not count toward the 12-unit overall graduation cap on these courses.
  • Students on academic probation may enroll in courses with the P/NP option in the Spring and Summer 2020 terms.

Please note: The Senate recently extended these adjustments to allow students to take certain Writing courses—Writing 37, 39A, and 39AP—on a P/NP basis.

General FAQ's

  • Can I take a class P/NP during the Fall 2020 quarter?
    • No, the Academic Senate has authorized adjustments for the Spring and Summer 2020 quarters only.
  • How do P/NP courses affect my GPA?
    • Pass and Not Pass grade do not carry any grade points; they have no impact on your GPA.
  • How good does my work need to be to earn a Pass in a course?
    • Your work needs to be equivalent to “C” level work or better to earn a Pass.
  • Can I take any course I want P/NP?
    • Possibly. Academic deans and departments are encouraged, but not required, to allow courses taken P/NP to fulfill school and major requirements. Please check with your advisor before selecting the P/NP option for any course required for your major.
  • Can I take composition courses—Writing 37, 39A, and 39AP—P/NP?
    • For the Spring and Summer 2020 terms, you may take composition courses for a P/NP grade.
  • Can I take more than one course P/NP in Spring and Summer 2020?
    • Yes. Please note that students in the School of Information and Computer Sciences may not enroll in more than twenty units P/NP in a single term.
  • If I have already taken the maximum of twelve units P/NP, can I count P/NP courses taken in Spring or Summer 2020 toward the 180 units required for my degree?
    • Yes.
  • I am on academic contract in my school and my contract specifies I have to take all my courses for a letter grade. Do I still have to enroll in everything for a letter grade?
    • No, you are allowed to enroll in courses P/NP in Spring or Summer 2020.
  • What happens if I take a class P/NP now, then later want to change to a major that requires a minimum letter grade of “B” in the class? Do I have to retake the class for a letter grade?
    • No. Major changes will be assessed only on the basis of courses you took for a letter grade; P/NP courses taken Spring or Summer 2020 will satisfy course requirements for a change of major. Please note that the School of Information and Computer Sciences will allow only one course taken for P/NP to satisfy a change of major requirement. Contact the School for more information.
  • I plan to take a course in Fall 2020 or later that requires a “C” or better in a course I’m taking in Spring or Summer 2020. Will a Pass grade meet the prerequisite or do I need to take my course for a letter grade?
    • Pass grades earned in Spring or Summer 2020 will meet prerequisite requirements for courses that require a “C” or better grade in the class.
  • I need to repeat a class I earned a letter grade in. Can I repeat it on a Pass/Not Pass basis?
    • No, you must repeat it with a letter grade.
  • I took a course for P/NP in during the Spring or Summer 2020 terms. Can I repeat the course for a letter grade in the Fall 2020 term and later?
    • You may repeat a course if you earn an NP grade. You may not repeat a course if you earn a P grade.
  • How will I enroll for classes with the P/NP option?
    • To enroll in a course P/NP during the Spring 2020, submit a request through Enrollment Exceptions, which you can find in Student Access. See the Summer Sessions website for instructions on how to enroll in a Summer 2020 course P/NP: https://summer.uci.edu/services/enrollment/gradeOption.aspx.
  • When is the last day I can change my grading basis?
    • For the Spring term, you may change your grading basis up until the last day of Spring 2020 instruction: June 5, 2020. No changes can be made after instruction ends; i.e., you cannot change your grading basis after you take your final exam.
    • For the Summer term you may change your grading basis up until the last day of the relevant Summer Session: July 27 2020 for Session I; August 27, 2020 for 10 Week Session; and September 4, 2020 for Session II. No changes can be made after instruction ends; i.e., you cannot change your grading basis after you take your final exam.
  • I took a course P/NP but got a better grade in the class than I expected. Can I have it retroactively changed to a letter grade?
    • No.
  • I took a course letter grade but got a worse grade in the class than I expected. Can I have it retroactively changed to P/NP?
    • No.
  • I am an international student. Can I take courses P/NP?
    • You may enroll in P/NP courses so long as you are in full-time status (twelve units) and making normal progress toward your degree. Contact your academic advisor if you are unsure whether you are making normal progress.
  • I receive veterans’ benefits. If I get an NP in a class, will there be an impact to my benefits?
    • Your Monthly Housing Allowance (MHA) may be reduced if you receive a Not Pass (NP) grade. The VA will not pay for units that receive a NP grade (non-punitive), as the units do not count toward your degree progress and are not factored into your GPA. Units that are graded NP must be deducted from your certified unit load. If this drops you below 12 units, your MHA will be reduced accordingly and the VA will bill you for the balance. If you would like to get more information, please contact the Veteran Services Center (VSC) at veteran@uci.edu.
  • I am planning to go medical/health or law school and those schools count NP grades as “F” grades for purposes of admission. Will taking a class P/NP affect me?
    • While many law and medical schools have announced they will not penalize students for taking courses P/NP during Spring or Summer 2020; not all have done so. Contact the school(s) to which you plan to apply to see if their admissions criteria have changed. If you are planning to get a medical or health degree, please continue to work with your advisor in Biological Sciences—Pre Health.
  • I plan to go to graduate school. Will taking a class P/NP affect me?
    • Contact the school(s) to which you plan to apply to see how they will evaluate courses taken P/NP during the Spring and Summer 2020 terms.
  • Will I be charged the $3 enrollment exception charge if I request to change my grading option?
    • No.

Financial Aid

  • I receive federal aid/a Pell grant. If I get an NP in a class will there be an impact to my financial aid?
    • Possibly. The Department of Education considers an NP grade to be an “F” for the purposes of making Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP). SAP requirements are not the same as the requirements for normal progress at UCI. Additional information about SAP requirements can be found online at https://www.ofas.uci.edu/content/PoliciesAndConditions.aspx?nav=3.
  • I was awarded UCI distinguished scholarship category (Regents’ or Chancellor’s Excellence). If I get a P or NP in a class will there be an impact?
    • No. All Regents’ and Chancellor’s Excellence Scholarships will be automatically renewed in Fall 2020.
  • I have an external scholarship from an outside agency. If I get an NP in a class will there be an impact to my scholarship?
    • Possibly. Check the terms of your scholarship or contact the Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships at finaid@uci.edu with attention to “Fiscal Unit”.
  • I have a financial aid question that isn’t on this list. Whom do I contact for a response?