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‘Most’ undergraduate classes can count as pass/fail this semester, officials say

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The move comes after a petition to change courses to an opt-in pass/fail basis for the semester garnered almost 5,000 signatures in about three days.

Two days after transitioning students to online classes for the remainder of the semester, officials have announced that undergraduates can now take “most” of their classes on a Pass/No Pass grading scale.

The policy applies to undergraduate classes in the public health, engineering, business and international affairs schools and colleges for professional studies and arts and sciences, according to an email Provost Brian Blake sent to students Wednesday afternoon. Blake said in the email that students should converse with academic, international and military and veteran services advisers to determine which grading scale is best for them, considering students’ future plans and visa or athletic statuses.

Graduate schools and professional programs, including undergraduate programs in the nursing and medical schools, are creating “tailored responses” that will include any academic policy adjustments, according to the email.

“We understand that this is a particularly stressful time for you, and with these adjustments we want to give you flexibility while maintaining the academic rigor you expect and deserve from GW,” Blake said.

Juniors and seniors in good standing previously could convert an elective into a pass/no pass grading scale through the eighth week of the semester, according to University websites.

A petition requesting the pass/fail option in the wake of changes officials have made to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 garnered nearly 5,000 signatures in less than three days.

Georgetown University announced that students can switch their courses to pass/fail status until the last day of classes, The Georgetown Voice reported last week.

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