Spring 2020 Grade Policy

Rogers State University is committed to your academic success and is offering an option for pass/no-pass (P/NP) grading for spring 2020 courses to provide flexibility, while upholding academic integrity.

Key Dates to Remember:

After the May 13, 2020 final grade submission deadline, you will have one week to view your assigned grades and elect pass/no-pass grading on a course-by-course basis via MyRSU. Your deadline to elect pass/no-pass grading is Wednesday, May 20, 2020 at 5 p.m. Central Standard Time.

How P/NP Works:

At the undergraduate level, letter grades of D or better convert to a P (pass) and F grades convert to a NP (no pass) if pass/no-pass grading is selected. At the graduate level, grades of C or better convert to a P, while grades of D and F convert to an NP. All spring 2020 courses receiving passing (P) grades will count toward degree requirements, including requirements where a minimum grade of C is required. This policy exception is in accordance with guidance received from the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education and will be documented in the University Bulletin.

Eligible Classes for P/NP:

The pass/no-pass (P/NP) grading option will be available for all classes in the main 16-week semester and second eight week courses of the spring semester (i.e., end date after March 9, 2020) that are graded on either a standard letter grade or pass/fail basis. First eight-week courses of the semester, before the COVID-19 pandemic impacted RSU classes, are not eligible for optional pass/no-pass grading. 

Student FAQs

The P/NP grading option converts assigned letter grades to either a P (passing) or NP (not passing) grade, both of which are GPA-neutral and ignored by GPA calculations. P grades are considered passing, and courses with P grades will count in earned hours and toward degree requirements. An NP grade indicates “no pass” and indicates unsatisfactory work in courses on the pass/no-pass grading system. No credit is earned for courses with NP grades, and they will not meet degree requirements. Courses with NP grades are ignored in GPA calculations.

The letter grade equivalency is as follows:

Graduate Students

  • Grades of A, B, C may be changed to a P
  • Grades of D and F may be changed to a NP

Undergraduate Students

  • Grades of A, B, C, and D may be changed to a P
  • Grades of F may be changed to an NP

Students will be able to elect P/NP grading on a course-by-course basis for classes impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic that are graded on either a standard letter grade or pass/fail basis. Classes in the main 16-week semester and second eight weeks of the spring semester (i.e., end date after March 9, 2020) are eligible for the P/NP option.

Courses that ended in the first eight weeks of the semester, before the pandemic impacted RSU classes, are not eligible for pass/no-pass grading.

 While the decision to request P/NP grading rests solely with each student, we strongly encourage students to begin consulting with their academic advisors for guidance. Careful consideration should be given if select classes will be required for application to graduate programs, professional licensure or certifications, etc. In addition, retaining letter grades for some classes may be helpful for some students for minimum GPA requirements that could impact eligibility for scholarships, continuing enrollment, honor rolls, etc.

Students will have one week after the May 13 grade submission deadline to view their assigned grades and elect pass/no-pass grading on a course-by-course basis via a form in MyRSU. A communication will be sent to all enrolled students during finals week with information on how to access and submit the request.

Spring 2020 courses that are graded on either a standard letter grade or pass/fail basis, and have an end date after March 9, 2020, will be eligible for P/NP grading. Performance/activity/leisure courses, and classes with other GPA-neutral grades that are not eligible for meeting degree requirements according to State Regents’ policy are not eligible for pass/no-pass grading. At the graduate level, NP grades will be considered like failing grades in determining satisfactory academic progress.

At the undergraduate level, letter grades of D or better convert to a P (pass) and F grades convert to an NP (no pass). At the graduate levels, grades of C or better convert to a P, while grades of D and F convert to an NP. GPA-neutral grades such as W are not eligible for earned hours or to meet degree requirements and will not be eligible for P/NP grades.

Students receiving incomplete (I) grades for courses with standard letter or pass/fail grades can request P/NP grading, and the P/NP grade conversion will not take place until a final grade is assigned by the instructor or the one-year time limit expires, whichever comes first. The final grade assigned, which could be the final default incomplete grade, would be converted to P/NP grades as outlined above. Until the final grade is assigned, only the incomplete (I) grade will display on the transcript. For more information about incomplete grades, please refer to RSU Incomplete Grade Policy.

Grades of P and NP are ignored in GPA calculations and electing a P or NP grade will not lower your GPA. Some students may benefit by retaining letter grades to meet GPA requirements or for other considerations. Undergraduates can consult with their academic advisor. Graduate students should also seek guidance from their faculty research mentors, advisory committee members, and/or graduate program coordinators. GPA estimator tools will be available in the secure P/NP request system to help determine how P or NP grades can impact your GPA.

Grades of P and NP are ignored in GPA calculations for scholarship/fellowship eligibility and electing a P or NP grade will not lower your GPA. Some students may benefit by retaining letter grades in some classes to meet scholarship/fellowship GPA requirements, or for other considerations.

Financial aid eligibility requires meeting a minimum GPA requirement (which varies by student classification) and successfully completing 67% of the total cumulative hours attempted. P/NP grades have no impact on the GPA requirement, but an NP grade will count as an unsuccessfully completed course for the purpose of meeting the required 67%. However, an appeal process exists for extenuating circumstances.

Students will have one week after the May 13 final grade submission deadline to view their assigned grades and elect pass/no-pass grading on a course-by-course basis. The deadline for students to request P/NP grading is Wednesday, May 20 at 5:00 PM Central Standard Time (CST). This deadline was determined to allow students adequate time to consult about and weigh their options after grades have been submitted, while also balancing the need to provide students with official transcripts reflecting spring grades in a timely manner.

The option for students to elect P/NP grades must be made within the one-week deadline (no later than 5:00 PM CST on Wednesday, May 20, 2020). Students will be able to change a previous selection within the time frame but will not be able to make changes after the May 20 deadline.

Students who learn after May 20 that a choice of P/NP grades has resulted in an unintended negative consequence can petition to the Registrar for reverting to the originally assigned grade. There will not be an option to request P/NP grades after the May 20 deadline.

Official transcripts with spring 2020 grades will be available beginning on Friday, May 22, after the deadline for students to elect P/NP grades. For classes where P/NP grades have been elected, only the P or NP grade will display on the transcript. It will not be possible to obtain a transcript with original letter grades for classes where students have elected the P/NP grade option.

Spring grades will not be rolled to transcripts until after the May 20 deadline for students to elect P/NP grades. It will not be possible to obtain transcripts (official or unofficial) with initial letter grades for classes in which students have elected the P/NP grade option.

However, students will be able to view originally assigned letter grades during the one-week period when students can elect P/NP grades (from 5:00 PM CST May 13 until 5:00 PM CST on May 20) and before spring grades are rolled to transcripts. Students will be able to view originally assigned letter grades from My Grade Report in MyRSU/Student Tab/Advising & Registration, and from the secure form where students will request P/NP grades.

Faculty and advisors can find additional guidance on P/NP grades on the Faculty tab of MyRSU. While it is difficult to predict how individual graduate and professional schools, or program licensure or certification may handle P grades for spring 2020 classes, many higher education institutions across the globe are using a variety of pass/no-pass or pass/fail grades for spring 2020 classes due to the unprecedented COVID-19 situation, and offering flexibility to students who are caught in difficult circumstances beyond their control. Professional organizations are fully aware of this situation and will determine their policies.

Students who learn after May 20 that a choice of P/NP grades has resulted in an unintended negative consequence can petition to the Registrar for reverting to the originally assigned grade. There will not be an option to request P/NP grades after the May 20 deadline.

Courses with P grades in spring 2020 will meet RSU degree requirements, including courses which specify minimum grades of C (undergraduate) or B (graduate). Courses with P or NP grades are ignored in GPA calculations and will not lower a student’s GPA for meeting degree requirements.

Some students may benefit by retaining letter grades to meet GPA requirements or for other considerations. Undergraduates can consult with their academic advisor. Graduate students should also seek guidance from their faculty mentors and/or graduate program coordinators. 

Courses with P grades are equivalent to a grade of C or better when meeting prerequisites for future enrollment. Students should consider their academic preparation before enrolling in more advanced courses and take advantage of academic support resources.

Courses with NP grades are automatically excluded from the GPA and have an inherent “forgiveness” like courses with an original grade of D or F that are subsequently repeated and qualify to be excluded from the GPA according to the repeat policy. Courses with NP grades will not count toward the maximum four course, 18 hours repeat limit. Repeated courses with a P grade will be treated like repeated courses with a grade of C or better, except that P grades are ignored in GPA calculations. Refer to the RSU Bulletin for more information on the undergraduate repeat policy

It is difficult to predict how licensure or certification may handle P grades earned in spring 2020 classes. Many higher education institutions across the globe are using a variety of pass/no-pass or pass/fail grades for spring 2020 classes due to the unprecedented COVID-19 situation and offering flexibility to students who are caught in difficult circumstances beyond their control. Students should consult their academic advisor with questions about how P/NP grades impact licensure or certifications, as well as employment prospects for their career path. Professional organizations are fully aware of this situation and will determine their policies.

Students who learn after May 20 that a choice of P/NP grades has resulted in an unintended negative consequence can petition to the Registrar for reverting to the originally assigned grade. There will not be an option to request P/NP grades after the May 20 deadline.

It is difficult to predict how graduate and professional programs outside RSU will handle P/NP grades earned in spring 2020 classes. Many higher education institutions across the globe are using a variety of pass/no-pass or pass/fail grades for spring 2020 classes due to the unprecedented COVID-19 situation and offering flexibility to students who are caught in difficult circumstances beyond their control. Students should consult their academic advisor with questions about now P/NP grades may impact future admissions to graduate or professional programs. Professional organizations are fully aware of this situation and will determine their policies.

Courses with P grades are equivalent to a grade of C or better when meeting prerequisites for future enrollment.

Students who learn after May 20 that a choice of P/NP grades has resulted in an unintended negative consequence can petition to the Registrar for reverting to the originally assigned grade. There will not be an option to request P/NP grades after the May 20 deadline.

Undergraduate students: Grades of P and NP are ignored in GPA calculations and electing a P or NP grade will not lower your GPA. Undergraduates with at least 31 earned hours must maintain a minimum overall 2.00 GPA to remain in good academic standing (for students with 30 hours or less, a minimum overall 1.70 GPA is required). Students who receive all GPA-neutral grades will maintain the academic standing from their most recent previous term of enrollment.

It may be advantageous for undergraduates who are not in good academic standing to keep assigned letter grades of C or higher to raise their overall GPA to a minimum 2.00. Please consult with your academic advisor.

Graduate students: Grades of P and NP are ignored in GPA calculations and electing a P or NP grade will not lower your GPA. P grades will not impact academic standing or probationary status. Analogous to failing grades, NP grades will impact academic standing. Students must maintain good academic standing.  No more than one grade of ‘C’ will be accepted to complete the program.

It may be advantageous for graduate students who are not in good academic standing to keep assigned letter grades of B or higher to raise their overall GPA to good standing.

Undergraduate students on academic probation (including those admitted on probation) must earn a minimum semester GPA to be eligible for continued enrollment at RSU (generally a minimum 2.00 GPA for undergraduates with 31 or more earned hours, or a minimum 1.70 GPA for undergraduates with 30 or less earned hours). It may be advantageous for undergraduates on probation to keep assigned letter grades of C or higher to raise their overall GPA to a minimum 2.00. Please consult with your academic advisor. 

Graduate students: Students must maintain good academic standing.  No more than one grade of ‘C’ will be accepted to complete the program.

Given that honor roll calculations are based on a minimum semester GPA, students would need at least one spring class with a standard letter grade of A to be eligible for the President’s Honor Roll or one spring class with a standard letter of B for the Dean’s Honor Roll, plus meet all other honor roll requirements. Some P grades for spring classes will not necessarily prevent students from being eligible for honor rolls, as P grades are considered equivalent to a C grade for these purposes. However, an NP (no pass) grade will prevent honor roll eligibility. See RSU Bulletin for honor roll qualification policies.

Faculty FAQs

Graduate Courses and Programs

No. Aligning with OSRHE’s grading guidance during this unprecedented situation, RSU’s spring 2020 grade policy allows students to see the original letter grades and choose a P/NP grade for each spring 2020 course. Given these extraordinary circumstances, the original letter grades will not necessarily be an accurate reflection of student learning this semester, and students should not be disadvantaged by electing P/NP grades.

No. Given these extraordinary circumstances, the original letter grades will not necessarily be an accurate reflection of student learning this semester, and students should not be disadvantaged by electing P/NP grades.

Grades of P and NP are ignored in GPA calculations. When P/NP grading is elected for spring 2020 graduate courses, grades of C or better convert to a P (pass), while grades of D and F convert go an NP (no pass). Given these extraordinary circumstances, the original letter grades will not necessarily be an accurate reflection of student learning this semester, and students should not be disadvantaged by electing P/NP grades.

It is acknowledged that the spring 2020 grading policy is imperfect, reflecting this unprecedented situation, and it creates difficult situations. The Dean of the School of Professional Studies is available to provide guidance; do not hesitate to reach out.

Grades of P and NP are ignored in GPA calculations. When P/NP grading is elected for spring 2020 graduate courses, grades of C or better convert to a P (pass), while grades of D and F convert go an NP (no pass). Given these extraordinary circumstances, the original letter grades will not necessarily be an accurate reflection of student learning this semester, and students should not be disadvantaged by electing P/NP grades.

It is acknowledged that the spring 2020 grading policy is imperfect, reflecting this unprecedented situation, and it creates difficult situations. The Graduate College leadership team is available to provide guidance; do not hesitate to reach out.

When P/NP grading is elected for spring 2020 graduate courses, grades of C or better convert to a P (pass), while grades of D and F convert go an NP (no pass).  Given the extraordinary circumstances, the original letter grades will not necessarily be an accurate reflection of student learning this semester, and students should not be disadvantaged by electing P/NP grades. Students receiving P grades in a spring 2020 courses will not be required to retake the course.

Yes, instructors may assign I grades as appropriate. Students receiving incomplete (I) grades for courses with standard letter or pass/fail grades can request P/NP grading, and the P/NP grade conversion will not take place until a final grade is assigned by the instructor or the one-year time limit expires, whichever comes first. The final grade assigned, which could be the final default incomplete grade, would be converted to P/NP grades as outlined above. Until the final grade is assigned, only the incomplete (I) grade will display on the transcript. For more information about incomplete grades, please refer to our Incomplete Grade Policy in the University Bulletin.

Electing P/NP grades should not be viewed negatively in assessing as student’s academic performance for letters of recommendation, competitive awards, fellowships, etc.

Undergraduate Courses and Programs

No. Aligning with OSRHE’s grading guidance during this unprecedented situation, RSU’s spring 2020 grade policy allows students to see the original letter grades and choose a P/NP grade for each spring 2020 course. Given these extraordinary circumstances, the original letter grades will not necessarily be an accurate reflection of student learning this semester, and students should not be disadvantaged by electing P/NP grades.

No. Given these extraordinary circumstances, the original letter grades will not necessarily be an accurate reflection of student learning this semester, and students should not be disadvantaged by electing P/NP grades.

Grades of P and NP are ignored in GPA calculations and will not lower a student's GPA for meeting degree requirements. When P/NP grading is elected for spring 2020 undergraduate courses, grades of D or better convert to a P (pass), and F grades convert go an NP (no pass).

RSU’s spring 2020 grade policy requires any P grade chosen by an undergraduate student be considered a D or better and an NP is considered a F for undergraduate courses. Courses with P grades in spring 2020 will meet RSU degree requirements, including courses which specify minimum grades of C.

Given these extraordinary circumstances, the original letter grades will not necessarily be an accurate reflection of student learning this semester, and students should not be disadvantaged by electing P/NP grades.

In cases where there is a course sequence or prerequisite “foundational” course, faculty instructors of these courses will need to be in close communication about how the expected course content may have been adjusted for online delivery in spring 2020. Programs or faculty teaching the “next” course may want to develop (or have available) an ungraded, assessment instrument that may be given at the beginning of the next course to determine how to adjust initial course material to address knowledge gaps.

It is acknowledged that the spring 2020 grading policy is imperfect, reflecting this unprecedented situation, and it creates difficult situations. Both School Deans and the VP and AVP of Academic Affairs are available to provide guidance; do not hesitate to reach out.

Given these extraordinary circumstances, the original letter grades will not necessarily be an accurate reflection of student learning this semester, and students should not be disadvantaged by electing P/NP grades. Students receiving P grades in a spring 2020 foundational prerequisite courses will not be required to retake the course.

In cases where there is a course sequence or prerequisite “foundational” course, faculty instructors of these courses will need to be in close communication about how the expected course content may have been adjusted for online delivery in spring 2020. Programs or faculty teaching the “next” course may want to develop (or have available) an ungraded, assessment instrument that may be given at the beginning of the next course to determine how to adjust initial course material to address knowledge gaps.

It is acknowledged that the spring 2020 grading policy is imperfect, reflecting this unprecedented situation, and it creates difficult situations. Both School Deans and the VP and AVP of Academic Affairs are available to provide guidance; do not hesitate to reach out.

Given these extraordinary circumstances, the original letter grades will not necessarily be an accurate reflection of student learning this semester, and students should not be disadvantaged by electing P/NP grades. Students receiving P grades in a spring 2020 course requiring a minimum grade of C will not be required to retake the course.

In cases where there is a course sequence or prerequisite “foundational” course, faculty instructors of these courses will need to be in close communication about how the expected course content may have been adjusted for online delivery in spring 2020. Programs or faculty teaching the “next” course may want to develop (or have available) an ungraded, assessment instrument that may be given at the beginning of the next course to determine how to adjust initial course material to address knowledge gaps.

Students will be able to elect P/NP grading on a course-by-course basis for all classes impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic that are graded on either a standard letter grade or P/F basis.

Yes, instructors may assign I grades as appropriate, in consultation with each student – not as universal or blanket grades for a course. Incomplete grades can be problematic for graduating seniors and students receiving federal financial aid. Students receiving incomplete (I) grades for courses with standard letter or pass/fail grades can request P/NP grading, and the P/NP grade conversion will not take place until a final grade is assigned by the instructor or the one-year time limit expires, whichever comes first. The final grade assigned, which could be the final default incomplete grade, would be converted to P/NP grades as outlined above. Until the final grade is assigned, only the incomplete (I) grade will display on the transcript. For more information about incomplete grades, please refer to our Incomplete Grade Policy in the University Bulletin.

Grades of P and NP are ignored in GPA calculations, and electing P or NP grades will not lower a student’s GPA. Students who receive all GPA-neutral grades will maintain the academic standing from their most recent term of enrollment. This means that students currently on academic probation who elect all P/NP grades would remain on academic probation for another semester. Students on academic probation who retain at least one letter grade that results in an “earned” semester GPA will require a minimum 2.00 semester GPA to avoid being placed on academic suspension.

Electing P/NP grades should not be viewed negatively in assessing a student’s performance for reference letters, competitive awards, scholarships, etc.