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Spring 2020 Pass/Fail Policy

This page outlines the temporary adjustments to the undergraduate pass/fail and withdrawal policies that were enacted in Spring 2020.

Undergraduate Students

In consideration of the extensive adjustments that faculty are making to deliver course content and the steps students are taking to equip themselves for new learning environments, we will institute the following temporary modifications to the undergraduate Pass/Fail (P/F) and Withdrawal policies for the Spring 2020 semester only:

Spring 2020 Undergraduate Pass/Fail Policy
  1. Pass/Fail grading will be available for all undergraduate courses, and any undergraduate student may select this grading option.
  2. Students may select P/F grading for one, some, or all their Spring 2020 courses, or students may choose not to change any courses to P/F grade mode.
  3. Courses with a "P" grade may be used to fulfill major, minor, proficiency, COLL, and other graduation requirements. 
  4. At the end of the finals period, faculty will submit standard grades for standard-graded courses.
  5. Grades of D- or higher will be converted to “P” for students who have chosen that option for that course.
  6. Students must exercise the P/F option by Friday, May 29, 2020.
    1. Students will elect P/F grading mode through Banner Self-Service through the last day of undergraduate classes, Friday, May 1.
    2. Once grading begins on Monday, May 4, students wishing to change grade modes may do so using a request tool that will be available on the University Registrar’s Office website through May 29.
  7. Dean’s List criteria remain unchanged; that is, students must have 12 standard-graded credits to be eligible for consideration.
Spring 2020 Undergraduate Withdrawal Policy

For undergraduates, course withdrawal to a grade of “W” will be extended to the last day of the semester, Friday, May 1. Requirements to maintain full-time enrollment remain in effect.

Spring 2020 Undergraduate Incomplete Grade Policy

For Spring 2020 grades of “I” (incomplete), students may elect to change passing grades (D- or higher) to “P” (or from “P” to the earned grade) within one week of receiving the final grade. Elections may be made before, but must be made no later than one week after, the final grade is assigned by the professor. Students must email their elections to from their W&M email address. Please include full name, ID#, course prefix, number, CRN. Please allow at least one business day for processing.

Spring 2020 Undergraduate Transcript Notation

A notation will be made on undergraduate transcripts for Spring 2020 explaining these temporary changes to academic policy. This should alleviate concerns about graduate admission, employment, or other future review.


Graduate Students

Graduate students received guidance from their schools and programs regarding adjustments, if any, to grading modes and withdrawal dates. Please contact the appropriate Graduate Registrar if you have questions regarding their policies.