Should I Change My Spring 2020 Course to Pass/Fail?

Announcement from Provost & Vice President for Academic Affairs Tim Todd: In light of recent events, Murray State students will have the option to choose between receiving traditional letter grades or taking classes as PASS/FAIL this semester, with some exceptions.  The deadline to submit your request is Friday, April 24, 2020, and you may decide and/or change your mind based on your progress up until that date.  After this deadline, requests to change the grade option will not be granted.  View the approved course list.

This page details important information that you must consider before deciding whether to apply to change any of your Spring 2020 course(s) from letter graded to pass/fail.  This policy is only in effect for the Spring 2020 semester. All Racer Academy (high school dual credit) courses will remain with traditional letter grading. Only courses listed on the approved list may be changed from letter graded to pass/fail.

Considerations

Course Prerequisites/Program Requirements: Some courses require a minimum letter grade in a prior course before being allowed to enroll in the advanced course or continue in the program.  A “P” (pass) grade may NOT meet minimum grade requirements. You may be required to repeat any course for which you receive a grade of “P” to satisfy prerequisites,  requirements for advanced courses, or continuation in your program.

Definition of  Pass/Fail Grades: Pass grades will appear as a "P" on the academic record. Fail grades will appear as an "E" on the academic record. (See Grade Point Average section below.)

  • Undergraduate Courses: Letter grades of A, B, C, or D are equivalent to a Passing grade.
  • Graduate Courses: Letter grades of A, B, or C are equivalent to a Passing grade.

Scholarships/Financial Aid: If you are receiving scholarships, financial aid, and/or loans, contact Student Financial Services Office at msu.sfa@murraystate.edu to verify how changing to pass/fail will impact your scholarships, aid or loans.

Regarding Scholarship Renewal

Pass/fail courses in which a student earns a “P” grade count as credits earned toward the degree, but do NOT affect the GPA if the course is passed. If a student is borderline or below on renewal GPA the pass will not count in the GPA to increase the GPA.

Pass/fail courses in which a student earns an “E” grade will not count in credits earned, but will count in GPA Hours Attempted and DOES negatively impact the GPA. This could have a negative effect on a student’s scholarship renewal.

Regarding Financial Aid Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP)

For completion rate, pass/fail courses in which a student earns a pass will count as attempted and earned credit hours (just as a letter grade of A, B, C, or D would), whereas a fail will count as attempted credit hours, but not as earned credit hours (just as a letter grade of E would).

For minimum GPA requirements, pass/fail courses in which a student earns a pass will not impact a student’s GPA, whereas a fail will negatively impact the GPA.

SAP Completion Rate and GPA Policy

Completion Rate

 You must earn a minimum of 67% of the total number of hours you have attempted during your respective undergraduate and/or graduate career. To determine if you are meeting this requirement, multiply the total cumulative hours you have attempted times .67.

Example: 95 cumulative hours x .67 = requirement of 64 hours earned.

Actions impacting course completion when calculating attempted and earned hours:

Action Counts Toward Attempted Counts Toward Earned
Audited, Withdrawn or Incomplete course Yes No
Transfer, or Remedial course Yes Yes

Minimum GPA

The minimum GPA requirements for Murray State University are determined by the number of credit hours the student has attempted. Once the Academic probationary period leads to Academic suspension, you will also be suspended for Financial Aid.

GPA Hours Attempted Cumulative GPA required
1 - 32 1.5
33 - 64 1.7
65 - 79 1.9
80+ 2.0

 

Teacher Education Majors: Minimum grade point average requirements for the admission and exit of teacher education students are impacted by pass/fail grades. Students in teaching majors should consult with their advisor to discuss implications for their teaching certificate. Students in teaching majors may further consult with Teacher Education Services at msu.teachereducationservices@murraystate.edu.

Grade Point Average: Pass/fail courses in which a student earns a “P” grade count as credits earned toward the degree, but do NOT affect the GPA if the course is passed.  Pass/fail courses in which a student earns an “E” grade will not count in credits earned, but will count in GPA Hours Attempted and DOES negatively impact the GPA.

Dean’s List Honors:  Undergraduate students may be eligible for Dean’s List honors if the student earns at least 12 hours of letter-graded courses and a term GPA of 3.50 or higher.  Pass/fail courses DO NOT count as letter-graded courses and will not count towards the minimum 12 hours to qualify.  

Undergraduate Academic Standing: Academic standing is based on GPA Hours Attempted and GPA.  Courses in which you earn a “P” grade are not included in this calculation.  Refer to page 37 of the 2019-20 Bulletin for details.

Audit, Course Drop, and Withdrawal Deadlines: All current registration deadlines remain in effect.  Refer to the Academic Calendar for deadlines and to the 2019-20 Bulletin for details.

Undergraduate Course Repeat Policy: The repeat policy remains the same – the most recent attempt of the course will count in the student’s GPA and all prior attempts will be removed from the GPA, but remain on the student’s academic record.  Example: If you initially earn a grade of D in course and then retake the same course and earn a grade of P, the P grade will count towards degree requirements and the D grade will be removed from the GPA.

Graduate Course Repeat Policy: The repeat policy remains the same – all attempts of a course are used in calculating the student’s GPA.

Graduation Implications:

  • Undergraduate Degree honors: Since P grades do not factor into the GPA, courses changed to pass/fail will not be used in calculating degree honors if the course is passed.  Failing grades earned in pass/fail courses will negatively impact degree honors.  
  • Degree GPA: All degrees require at least a 2.00GPA in the following (some programs have higher minimums):
    • Cumulative GPA
    • Institution GPA
    • Area/Major GPA
    • Minor GPA
      If you are currently below the required minimum GPA in one or more of these areas, changing courses to pass/fail may not allow you to meet the required minimum GPA for graduation.  

Special Student Populations: If you are a student-athlete, members of the Honor’s College, or other special student population, you should consult that advisor or program coordinator for possible implications.  NCAA athletes are required to obtain approval from the Department of Athletics.  

Graduate, Professional, or Transfer School Admissions: If you are considering admission to another school, talk to your academic advisor or transfer school about possible implications.

Internship or Employment Opportunities:  Discuss your future internship and/or employment plans with your advisor for possible implications.