Pass/No Pass Policy for Graduate Students

April 14, 2020

Dear UNL Colleagues,

Last week, the university's Pass/No Pass policy was expanded for undergraduates and law students affected by the unexpected and difficult circumstances due to the COVID-19 pandemic. We are continuing our support of graduate students with a similar Pass/No Pass option for graduate courses taken in the Spring 2020 semester.

Students whose area of study is within the Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, Doctor of Plant Health, Master of Architecture or Juris Doctor programs will need to contact their program director or dean for more information about their grading policies.

Otherwise, the expansion of existing Pass/No Pass policies for grading for graduate courses for Spring 2020 is as follows:

  • Graduate students will have until Friday, May 29, 2020 to switch any Spring 2020 graduate course from a letter grade to Pass/No Pass.
  • P may be used on a master's program Memorandum of Courses or a doctoral Program of Studies. NP grades will not count toward degree requirements.
  • In keeping with established university policy, courses taken on a Pass/No Pass basis in the Spring 2020 semester will not be factored into a student's grade point average.
  • To make this switch, students are required to consult with their major advisor about any possible consequences for employment, certification, licensure, admission to graduate or professional schools, or other circumstances that might be affected by choosing the Pass/No Pass option. Major advisors will then notify the Office of Graduate Studies of any changes from a letter grade to Pass/No Pass by contacting the master's or doctoral program coordinator.

These changes, along with reminders about existing university policy for graduate course grading, are posted on the Graduate Studies COVID-19 website.

This expansion of the current Pass/No Pass policy for graduate students reflects a recommendation from the UNL Graduate Council, UNL Graduate Student Assembly executive leadership, and support by the Graduate College at the University of Nebraska. This modification will fully align the campus internally and with our Big 10 and national peers. Like other policies that have been relaxed, it appropriately responds to the disruption and stresses that this unpreceded situation has had on our students, while ensuring that we also maintain academic integrity and are attentive to student success. We are announcing the policy change to students today.

All best,

Elizabeth Spiller
Professor and Executive Vice Chancellor

Timothy Carr
Associate Vice Chancellor and Dean of Graduate Education