Due to Covid-19, Illinois State University has adjusted the Pass/No Pass policy for the spring 2020 semester. After the spring 2020 semester, the Pass/No Pass policy will revert back to the catalog policy provided at the bottom of this page.
Last updated: 4/9/2020
The grading scale for a course would switch from A-F to a Pass/No Pass. An undergraduate student will receive a P (Pass) if they earn a grade of C or better in the course and a NP (No Pass) if they earn a grade of D or F. A graduate student will receive a P (Pass) if they earn a grade of B or better in the course and a NP (No Pass) if they earn a grade of C, D, or F.
Students may elect to have their course graded as P/NP rather than a letter grade. CR/NC is assigned to an entire course and students do not have the option of selecting/changing this grading scale.
Contact your academic advisor to help you through the process.
Starting Monday, April 6 through May 4 at 8 am, students will be able to put a course(s) on the P/NP grading option by clicking on "Register for Classes" under the Academics tab in MY.illinoisstate.edu. The option can be found under the Update Classes section. To learn how to put a course on the Pass/No Pass grading option, review the How To Put a Course on Pass/No Pass document.
Possibly. You will receive credit for the course if you earn a P grade, but it will not lower or raise your semester or cumulative GPAs. However, if you are repeating a course and place it on P/NP, there may be an impact to your cumulative GPA calculation.
Dean’s List eligibility is based on a student’s semester GPA. P/NP courses have no impact on a student’s GPA, and therefore, cannot count toward eligibility requirements. A student who takes all courses as P/NP will have a 0.0 semester GPA and is not eligible for the Dean’s List. In addition, students must also complete 12 or more graded semester hours in order to be eligible for the Dean’s List. P/NP and CR/NR courses do not count towards Dean's List hours.
Merit based Illinois State scholarships require a minimum GPA be maintained in order to remain eligible. A student who has earned above the minimum GPA for a scholarship will not be impacted by electing the P/NP grading option. A student who is currently on scholarship warning due to being below the minimum GPA, should consider how best to increase their GPA to meet the scholarship minimum. Academic advisors can help students to calculate GPA’s including repeat courses. If the minimum GPA is not earned a second semester, the scholarship may be revoked.
If you are receiving other private or University-related scholarships, you will need to refer to the specific scholarship’s GPA requirements to determine the impact of selecting the P/NP grading option on your semester and cumulative GPA.
Earning a P grade in a required teacher education licensure course will count as a completed course. At Illinois State, a P is equal to a grade of C or better. Teacher education majors must have a C or better for their major courses. Earning a NP grade is a failure to meet the licensure requirement, therefore, the student will need to repeat the course.
Students who receive federal, state, athletic and institutional financial aid must meet federal and institutional standards for satisfactory academic progress (SAP) in order to establish and retain aid eligibility.
For satisfactory academic progress, students must meet three criteria:
Students that do not meet all of these requirements will receive an email notification from the Financial Aid Office and may be required to submit a Satisfactory Academic Progress Appeal in order to be considered for financial aid for subsequent terms. If you have questions regarding your financial aid status, please contact the Financial Aid Office at FinancialAid@IllinoisState.edu.
Pass/No Pass classes are counted the same way as graded classes when calculating student status. To be a full-time student, undergraduate students must be registered for 12 or more credit hours and graduate students must be registered for 9 or more credit hours in the spring 2020 semester.
Yes. Instructors are able to see the grading basis for each student in the class. At the time of final grade submission, instructors submit letter grades. For students who selected the PNP grading basis, the letter grade will be converted to the appropriate P/NP designation by Campus Solutions before grades are released to students.
A student on probation should consult with their advisor to discuss the impact of a P/NP grade on their current GPA and the ability to move to academic good standing in the upcoming semester. Each student's situation is unique and needs to be carefully considered to determine what would be best. If you anticipate you are going to earn an F in a course, you may want to consider changing that course to P/NP. Other grades could impact your record in various ways, which is why you should consult your advisor before making a final decision.
Taking a course as P/NP will remove the grade and hours of the previous attempt from the GPA calculation. So, upon earning a grade of P or NP this semester, the prior grade will no longer count in the cumulative GPA calculation. Likewise, if a student earned a grade of NP this semester and earned a passing grade in the previous attempt, the NP would replace the passing grade.
If you elect to take a course P/NP and earn a D, you will receive a NP grade for the course and you will have to repeat it to fulfill your major’s requirements. Had you taken the course for a letter grade and earned a D, you would have passed the course for your major.
Contact your athletic advisor to address your unique NCAA eligibility situation prior to electing P/NP for any of your spring 2020 courses. As of today’s date, the NCAA has not specified what, if any, situations might be provided relief for minimum GPA and progress toward degree requirements.
All accredited universities will have policies to accept transfer credit of P/NP courses, just as we do.
With the exception of first eight-week courses that ended prior to spring break, students may select which, if any, courses they want to be assigned as P/NP for the spring 2020 semester. Letter grades will be awarded for first eight-week courses.
Please consult with your advisor before selecting the P/NP option. While several medical schools are indicating they will accept P/NP for this semester only, many are recommending students not opt for P/NP grading for pre-requisite courses. The Pre-Health and Pre-Veterinary advisors will advise all Pre-Health and Pre-Veterinary students to keep all pre-requisite courses, at a minimum, on a graded basis. At this time, direction is not available for Pre-Law students. Several law schools have moved to mandatory P/NP for the semester themselves.
Yes. Graduate students may take any course but must earn a letter grade of B or better to receive a P grade. For more information on the impact to Graduate Studies, please review the Graduate School Coronavirus (Covid-19) FAQ.
Please consult with your academic advisor. P/NP courses may not have the desired impact on GPA.
Yes. However, the GPA calculator currently does not take into account any course(s) you may be/may have repeated. If you are unsure of your calculation, please contact your academic advisor.
Yes, it will.
The initial deadline to put a course(s) on the P/NP grading option will be Monday, May 4 at 8:00 a.m. After spring 2020 grades post, students will be allowed to select this option again from May 14 through May 18 at 8:00 a.m.
Once spring 2020 grades post, students will be allowed to change the decision from a letter grade to a Pass/No Pass or from Pass/No Pass to a letter grade from May 14 through May 18 with your final decisions to the Registrar by Monday, May 18, at 8 a.m. Final academic standing will be communicated after all grading selections have been processed.
Yes, please contact your study abroad advisor for more information.
Yes. International pathway students associated with INTO ISU should meet with their INTO academic advisor before doing so.
Yes. The deadline to drop a class(es) will be extended to Monday, May 4, 8:00 a.m. Students will receive a withdrawal grade of WX which has no impact on GPA. There will be no reduction in charges for the course.
If an undergraduate student's cumulative GPA falls below a 2.0 for the first time, the student will be placed on academic probation for the Summer and/or Fall 2020 semester. If an undergraduate student's cumulative GPA falls below a 2.0 for a second or subsequent time, the student will show an academic status of "dismissed" for Spring 2020. All undergraduate students who are academically dismissed at the end of the Spring 2020 semester will be automatically reinstated with their major plans of student retained for Summer and/or Fall 2020 returning with a status of academic probation. Students will not need to petition for reinstatement if dismissed at the end of the Spring 2020 semester. Students are expected to utilize the P/NP and WX grading options available for Spring 2020 to maximize progress to good academic standing by the end of the Fall 2020 semester. Speaking with your academic advisor about your situation is strongly encouraged.
Undergraduate students who are not on academic probation can register for select courses under the Pass/No Pass option. First-semester freshmen are not eligible for this grading basis.
You can take a maximum of six semester hours under Pass/No Pass. You can have a maximum of 25 Pass/No Pass hours for graduation.Enrollment Deadline
View the academic calendar for adding or dropping the Pass/No Pass option to courses.
Pass/No Pass is not an option for courses that fulfill a major or minor requirement, are for professional education, or are classified in Group 1 of General Education.
You cannot repeat a course using the Pass/No Pass option.