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March 25 - P/N grading winter 2020

Dear Wayne State University Warrior:

I hope this email finds you well. I realize that the transition to online classes can be stressful for some of you, in addition to the worries and challenges the coronavirus pandemic is bringing to our families, friends, co-workers and fellow Warriors.

To help you complete the semester and maintain your progress toward your degree, Wayne State is adding a pass/no pass grading option for undergraduate classes taken during this winter 2020 semester. There are several details to this process, so you will want to review them carefully and work with your academic advisor to determine the best choice for you to make. The entire plan will be on by Monday, March 30.

Instructors will assign a letter grade for each course. Then, depending on the grade received, the letter grade may be translated into a pass/no pass format. Specifically, grades of D+, D, D- and F will be automatically translated into a grade of N, a grade that will not affect your GPA, although you will not receive credit. However, there may be a few cases where a D+, D, or even a D- may serve you better. If you think this might be the case, you should consult with your advisor. After doing so, you will have the option to change your N to the earned grade, whether D+, D or D-.

If your instructor assigns a grade of A, B or C (including C-), you will receive that letter grade. However, depending upon your academic program and goals, you may prefer a P. Again, you should consult with your academic advisor to discuss the options. If you and your advisor determine that a P is in your best interest, you will be able to file a request to change the letter grade to a P.

The decision to change your grade depends on many things, including your school/college policies, your current GPA and major, and your academic goals. Up until the time you graduate, you can make this change at any time. You can also change your grade back to the original grade. For example, if you change your program or major, you may decide that it's better to switch from a letter grade to a pass/no pass grade, or vice versa. However, once you graduate, your transcript cannot be changed and your grade will remain fixed on your transcript. A transcript notation will indicate that the pass/no pass grades in the winter 2020 semester resulted from the COVID-19 pandemic.

P grades elected during this semester will not count toward the maximum allowed. Also, P grades elected during this semester will be accepted for general education credit, but they might not count for some schools, colleges, programs or majors. Therefore, you should be careful to make sure the P grade will satisfy your school, college or program requirements.

This new policy doesn't change any of your school, college or program requirements. You should be aware that although individual schools, colleges or programs are permitted to make curricular changes in light of the coronavirus pandemic, they are not required to do so. In particular, many programs cannot accept grades of P or of C- due to accreditation requirements. Your advisors are learning about this new policy now, just as you are. They are working to review the policy and to understand the best approach for each program and major and they will need some time to discuss within each school and college.

Remember, unless you plan to graduate this semester, you have a great deal of time to make the decision that is best for you. The most important choice you can make now is the choice to commit deeply to your academic success during the remainder of this semester. We are here to help you, so be sure to visit our "Learn Anywhere" website at as well as to keep up-to-date on other important information at

Be well and remain Warrior Strong.


Keith E. Whitfield, Ph.D.
Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs