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Optional Pass/Fail FAQ

  • Why is Belmont making this change?
  • What is Pass/Fail? How does it work?
  • What does a grade of Pass mean?
  • What does a grade of Fail mean?
  • Why can I only select up to 7 credit hours?
  • When can students elect to make this change to courses for the Spring 2020 semester?
  • How will students be notified that they can make this change?
  • How will students be able to elect to change a course to “Pass/Fail”?
  • How long will students be allowed to make this change?
  • What impact does changing to “Pass/Fail” have?
  • Are there negative impacts of changing to “Pass/Fail”?
  • How is a passed or failed course determined?
  • What happens to my GPA if I change a course to “Pass/Fail”?
  • Will there be any notation on my transcript about the “Pass/Fail” option?
  • Does opting for “Pass/Fail” impact financial aid?
  • Does opting for “Pass/Fail” impact academic standing?
  • Will selecting the “Pass/Fail” option impact Academic Probation and Academic Suspension?
  • What happens if I want to change a Spring 2020 course to “Pass/Fail” later this summer?
  • Will changing to “Pass/Fail” impact my graduation?
  • What if I receive a grade of “I” (incomplete) or “IP” (in progress) at the end of the semester?
  • Is the intent of allowing students to take up to 7 hours of coursework as "Pass/Fail" to allow students to complete courses without completing the on-line portion of a course or other components of a course like projects or the final exam?
  • Will I still be eligible for the Dean’s List if I elect to have a course changed to the “Pass/Fail” grading option?