FAQ: Undergraduate Grading Options, Spring 2020
For Spring 2020, a student may elect to have their final grade in any West Campus course with A-F grading recorded on the official academic record as the letter grade assigned by the instructor or alternatively, may select the Pass/No Credit grading option. A letter grade refers to A through F. For students who elect the Pass/No Credit option, Pass (P/S) grades are assigned for corresponding letter grades of C or higher. No Credit (NC) grades are assigned for corresponding letter grades below a C. This grading option is not available for undergraduate courses within the School of Nursing, School of Health Technology and Management, and School of Social Welfare. The grading option can be selected through SOLAR.
The Spring 2020 Pass/No Credit grading option is not the same as G/P/NC. Unlike G/P/NC, there is no grade threshold that you can set. If you select the Pass/No Credit option, courses in which you earn a letter grade of a C or better will be assigned a P/S grade. Courses for which you earn below a C will be assigned a NC grade. Whereas G/P/NC can only be selected for one course, the Spring 2020 grading option can be selected for more than one course.
We are extending the Pass/No Credit (P/NC) deadline to Wednesday, June 3, 2020 at 11:59 pm ET. To select the P/NC option between now and May 20, continue following the existing protocol on SOLAR. An updated process will be shared at a later time should you choose this option after May 20.
No, after Wednesday, June 3 at 11:59 PM ET , the grade option you have selected cannot be changed. Once the deadline has passed, a letter grade cannot be converted to P/S grade, and a letter grade cannot be uncovered once a P/S grade is selected for a course. There are no exceptions.
If you previously elected G/P/NC for the Spring 2020 term, you will need to make a new selection under the new grading option. G/P/NC is no longer an option for Spring 2020 and all G/P/NC selections will be removed.
Yes. There is no maximum number of courses that you can designate for this grading option. However, some courses may not be designated as Pass/No Credit. For example, the Pass/No Credit option is not available for S/U graded courses.
The Pass/No Credit grading option can be selected for ABC/U graded courses. P/S grades will reflect grades of C or better. NC grades will reflect a grade of U. The Pass/No Credit grading option cannot be selected for S/U graded courses.
For Spring 2020 only, you can elect the Pass/No Credit option for course repeats/retakes.
You do not need to do anything if you want a letter grade for a letter-graded course. Your courses will be automatically recorded with the letter grades submitted by your instructors, UNLESS you select the Pass/No Credit option for that course. If you do not want to receive letter grades, you must select the Pass/No Credit option for each course.
No, the Registrar will not communicate to the instructor of a course the names of students who select the Pass/No Credit option. Instructors will continue to assign letter grades as they normally would have. When instructors submit their grades, if you have selected the Pass/No Credit option, the Registrar’s Office will convert the letter grade to either a P/S (for letter grades C or above) or a NC (for letter grades below a C).
The use of the Pass/No Credit option on your Spring 2020 courses will not have any effect on these awards.
Courses with Pass grades will count toward your total hours for the Cumulative Completion Rate for federal financial aid. However, Pass grades will not count in your G.P.A. calculation. If you had a requirement to improve your GPA for the Spring 2020 semester, you may want to consider how many Pass grades you take in order to maintain your eligibility. Courses that earn NC grades will count as attempted but not completed, and could impact your eligibility for federal aid. If you are on financial aid warning or probation and need to improve your GPA, we encourage you to reach out to the financial aid office with questions specific to your situation.
A grade of P/S can be used to satisfy prerequisites across West Campus undergraduate courses. But this only applies to P/S grades received in the Spring 2020 term.
A grade of P/S earned in Spring 2020 reflects a letter grade of C or better, and will be applied towards major/minor requirements for West Campus undergraduate majors/minors.
A grade of P/S earned in Spring 2020 reflects a letter grade of C or better, and will be applied towards SBC requirements for graduation. Please note that some SBC requirements can be satisfied with a grade of D. If you select the Pass/No Credit option for a course in which your corresponding letter grade is a D, you will receive a NC and will not earn the credits, nor satisfy the SBC requirement. If you believe you will earn a D grade in a course, you will need to decide if you want to allow the D to count on your record before selecting Pass/No Credit for that course.
Neither P/S nor NC grades will be calculated into the grade point average (GPA). Only letter grades will be factored into the GPA. Please note that in order to graduate, a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.00 is required for all academic work at Stony Brook. If you are expecting to graduate this semester and are working to increase your GPA, please contact an advisor to determine the minimum grades needed in your Spring 2020 classes in order to earn your degree.
Given the challenging circumstances, no academic standing notations will be placed on a student’s record at the conclusion of Spring 2020. Students who were not in good academic standing at the conclusion of Fall 2019 are encouraged to speak with an advisor if they have questions about their academic standing or progress.
To qualify for the Dean’s List, students must have at least 12 credits with letter grades for Spring 2020. Courses for which the grade of P/S or NC is recorded are not considered among the minimum 12 credits required for a student to be on the Dean’s List.
There is no change to existing policy regarding degrees with distinction. Degrees with distinction are conferred on candidates for the BA, BS, or BE degrees who have completed at least 55 credits at Stony Brook (excluding Challenge credit); have letter grades assigned to at least 80 percent of their coursework; and attain the requisite GPA in the class. In considering the Pass/No Credit option for Spring 2020, students who anticipate qualifying for a degree with distinction should verify that they have letter grades in 80 percent of their coursework.
For the Spring 2020 semester, undergraduate students enrolled in a West Campus graduate course will have the option of selecting Pass/No Credit grading. A student may elect to have the final grade in any course recorded on their official academic record as the grade assigned by the instructor, or they can opt to have the final grade recorded as a P/S or NC grade, where they will receive a P/S if their assigned letter grade is C or above and will receive an NC if their assigned letter grade is below a C. This grading option is not available for courses in East Campus programs and courses in the School of Professional Development.
There are no universal decisions from graduate, medical, or professional schools on these grading options at this time, and it is expected there may be variation in decisions among different schools. If you intend to apply to graduate, medical, or a professional school, you are encouraged to check with your intended institution(s) regarding their acceptance of Pass grades during the COVID-19-impacted semester. Because there are no universal decisions at this time, if possible, you should try to continue to do as well as possible in your prerequisite courses, and aim to earn a letter grade. However, if you are truly concerned about your performance in the course, then Pass/No Credit may be a reasonable option. You can make this decision in consultation with an advisor.
For transferring to another SUNY institution: Although SUNY does not have an official policy on the transferability of P/NC courses, SUNY institutions have discretion to accept other grades and may provide flexibility for courses completed with Pass grades during the COVID-19 disruption. SUNY has asked that any Spring 2020 grade accommodations made for students currently enrolled at a SUNY institution be extended to incoming transfer students at that institution as well. For transferring to non-SUNY institutions: you should consult with the receiving institution on their unique policy.