Pass/No Credit Grading Policy Information

Due to unprecedented disruptions arising from the COVID-19 pandemic, Florida Tech has instituted a temporary grading policy. For questions or concerns not addressed in the information below, please contact the Office of the Registrar.

Student Grading FAQ

I heard that I could take my course for a Pass/No Credit (P/NC) grade this term. Is that true?

Yes. Due to the unprecedented impact of COVID-19, a temporary policy was created to allow students to request their courses be graded as P/NC.

Can all students request the P/NC grading option?

All Melbourne Campus and Education Center students can request the P/NC grading option. Courses not available for the P/NC grading option are AVF courses, courses that receive an I grade, and courses that already have a P/F or S/U grade mode.

Can I take just one course for P/NC, or do I have to take all my courses for a P/NC grade?

You will be able to request the P/NC grading option on a course-by-course basis for all eligible courses.

How do I request the P/NC grading option?

You will need to submit your request through the portal (link will be forth-coming).

Why was the P/NC policy put in place?

We made this policy for you as a result of the unprecedented disruptions arising from the COVID-19 pandemic. The goal of creating this policy is to reduce your uncertainty and stress while encouraging you to focus on the achievement of student learning outcomes.

Will my instructor know that I am taking my course for a P/NC grade?

Not unless you tell your Instructor. Your Instructor will continue grading your work, as specified in the syllabus. The Instructor will submit your letter grade at the end of the semester through PAWS, and, if requested by the student, the Office of the Registrar completes the change to your recorded grade (from letter grade to P/NC).

How will letter grades be converted to P/N grades?

  • Undergraduate courses: Letter grades of B, C and D are equivalent to a grade of P and the letter grade of F is equivalent to a grade of NC.
  • Graduate courses: A P grade is equivalent to a letter grade of a C or better, and an NC grade is equivalent to a grade of D or less.

Will I have to retake courses with a grade of NC?

Yes. Courses that have a grade of NC will need to be retaken to earn the credit required to graduate.

If I earn a NC grade, will I receive a tuition refund?

No. The tuition refund policy still applies for all courses, regardless of grade earned.

Will I be able to select a P/NC grading option from now on?

No. The P/NC grading option is only available on a semester basis, pending a decision from the Provost’s Office.

Can I change back to a letter grade after I apply for the P/NC grading option?

No. One goal of creating the P/NC grading option is to reduce your uncertainty. We believe requiring a well-informed decision that cannot change back and forth is a way to accomplish this goal.

How will the P/NC impact my GPA?

P/NC graded courses are not calculated into your GPA. If you have Bright Futures or other scholarships that require you to maintain a certain GPA, it will be vital for you to make sure you understand any implications of the P/NC option on your GPA. If you have any questions, it is essential you speak to a Financial Aid advisor before requesting a P/NC grade. Remember, once you request the P/NC grading option, it can’t be reversed.

Can I still ask my instructor for an incomplete (I) grade?

Yes. The current plan is to manage incomplete (I) grades as usual. Faculty have been encouraged to make every effort possible to support you, as long as you have been making satisfactory progress and have completed the majority of the work for the course. Discuss the Incomplete option with your Instructor as soon as possible. Consider the increased burden that multiple Incompletes will place on you in future semesters. Do remember that grades of I are not available to request the P/NC grading mode.

Would it be better for me to request a P/NC grade or an Incomplete (I) grade?

Each option has potential benefits and potential limitations. For example, the P/NC grade will not help you to increase your GPA, nor will it decrease your GPA. Sometimes it is important to earn a letter grade in a course because of plans for applying to graduate or professional programs, and, in that case, the Incomplete (I) grade with the opportunity to earn a letter grade in the future might be a better choice. An Incomplete (I) grade, however, may prevent continued eligibility for certain financial aid awards. The decision can be complicated. It will be important for you to talk to Financial Aid /or your Department Head/Program Chair if you have any questions.

Will my transcript have any special notations?

All students’ academic records will denote “Extraordinary circumstances encountered (COVID-19)” after the end of term processing is completed.

Will the P/NC grade type affect the Dean’s List and Latin Honors (graduation)?

Criteria for Dean’s List and Latin Honors remain unchanged; that is, only course credit earned at the college and graded with standard letter grades may be used to qualify. 

Can I use a Forgiveness Policy for a course graded P?

Yes, a Forgiveness Policy will be applied to previously taken courses; the letter grade will be replaced with the P grade if earned.

How will selecting the P/NC grade type affect my Academic Warning or Academic Probation?

The Academic Standing policy is suspended for the term. Students’ current academic standing will be recalculated at the end of the next semester when the Academic Standing Policy resumes. Students who choose letter grades and raise their cumulative grade point average enough to remove themselves from Academic Warning or Academic Probation will be considered on a case-by-case basis and may be able to improve their academic standing before the next semester.

What if I intend to transfer or need letter grades to appear on my transcript for review by a graduate school?

If students anticipate needing their transcript to show a standard letter grade for transferability or future graduate school applications, the P/NC grade type should not be selected.

Faculty Grading FAQ

I heard that students can take courses for a Pass/No Credit (P/NC) grade this spring. Is that true?

Yes. Due to the unprecedented impact of COVID-19, a temporary policy was created to allow students the ability to request their courses be graded as P/NC.

Can all students request the P/NC grading option?

All Melbourne Campus and Education Center students can request the P/NC grading option. Courses not available for the P/NC grading option are AVF courses, courses that receive an I grade, and courses that already have a P/F or S/U grade mode.

Do students have to request the P/NC grading option in order for it to be applied?

Yes. Students will be required to submit their request through the portal (link will be forth-coming).

Why are students being allowed to request the P/NC grading option?

We made this policy for students as a result of the unprecedented disruptions arising from the COVID-19 pandemic. The goal of creating this policy is to reduce students’ uncertainty and stress while encouraging them to focus on the achievement of student learning outcomes.

How will instructors know which students are taking courses for P/NC grades?

Unless a student self-discloses, Instructors will not be notified. Instructors should continue with their grading policies, as stated in their syllabi. They will submit each student’s letter grade as they would typically through PAWS.

How will letter grades be converted to P/NC grades?

  • Undergraduate courses: The letter grades of B, C and D will be equivalent to a grade of P and the letter grade of F is equivalent to a grade of NC.
  • Graduate courses: The P grade is equivalent to letter grades of a C or better, and an NC grade is equivalent to a grade of D or less.

Will students have to retake courses with a grade of NC?

Yes. Courses that have a grade of NC will need to be retaken to earn the credit required to graduate.

How was the decision made to allow students to utilize the P/NC grading option?

Guidance from Florida Tech’s regional accrediting agency (SACSCOC) and consultation with key stakeholder groups led to this temporary action. The P/NC grading option was thoroughly discussed and endorsed unanimously by College Deans, the Provost and President.

Will students be able to select a P/NC grading option going forward?

No. The P/NC grading option is only available on a semester basis, pending a decision from the Provost’s Office.

Can students change back to a letter grade after they request a P/NC grading option?

No. One goal of creating the P/NC grading option is to decrease students’ uncertainty in the short term and not to prolong their anxiety. We believe requiring a well-informed decision that cannot change back and forth is a way to accomplish this goal.

Can students still ask for an incomplete (I) grade?

Yes. The current plan is to manage incomplete (I) grades as usual. We strongly encourage Instructors to carefully consider the extraordinary circumstances of the COVID-19 pandemic and make every effort possible to support students requesting (I) grades. Students should consider the increased burden that multiple Incompletes will place on their future semesters. Do remember that grades of I are not available to request the P/NC grading mode.

Will there be any special notations on transcripts?

All students’ academic records will denote “Extraordinary circumstances encountered (COVID-19)” after the end of term processing is completed.

Will the P/NC grade type affect the Dean’s List and Latin Honors (graduation)?

Criteria for Dean’s List and Latin Honors remain unchanged; that is, only course credit earned at the college and graded with standard letter grades may be used to qualify. 

Can students use a Forgiveness Policy for a course graded P?

Yes, a Forgiveness Policy will be applied to previously taken courses; the letter grade will be replaced with the P grade if earned.

How will selecting the P/NC grade type affect students’ Academic Warning or Academic Probation?

The Academic Standing policy is suspended for the current term. Students’ current academic standing will be recalculated at the end of the next semester when the Academic Standing Policy resumes. The one exception is that students who choose letter grades and raise their cumulative grade point average enough to remove themselves from Academic Warning or Academic Probation will be considered on a case-by-case basis and may be able to improve their academic standing before the next  semester.

What if students intend to transfer or need letter grades to appear on their transcript for review by a graduate school?

If students anticipate needing their transcript to show a standard letter grade for transferability or future graduate school applications, the P/NC grade type should not be selected.