Student Update: Pass/Fail System for Spring 2020 (4-23-20)

Dear Student,

In collaboration with SGA, Faculty Senate, the academic deans, and the President’s Cabinet, and in order to ease potential anxiety around COVID-19 grade impacts, APU will move to a student choice Pass/Fail system for all Spring 2020 undergraduate students and some Spring 2020 graduate students. I have provided APU Summer Session information at the bottom of this message, to help with your ongoing course planning here at APU.

Undergraduate Pass/Fail Program Stipulations

Under this plan, faculty will submit undergraduate grades using traditional grading scales. After submission, all undergraduate students will be given a two-week window to complete a Pass/Fail grade conversion petition for each course completed during Spring 2020.

Pass or Fail will be based upon program-specific guidelines (e.g., a D would be considered a failing grade for classes in programs where a C- is a minimum passing grade).

Students should not make these decisions lightly. We encourage you to follow up with your major and minor departments for questions related to internships, graduate programs, and/or transferability of Pass/Fail grades in major-specific coursework.

Graduate Pass/Fail Program Stipulations

The eligibility of graduate programs will be determined departmentally. Please follow-up with your department of record with any questions you may have regarding Pass/Fail options.

Summer Session Announcement

All Summer lecture-based courses will move to a Canvas-based learning environment. All internship, clinical, and lab-based courses will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis. Please consult with your department chair or program director on new course options for your schedule.

Thank you for your attention to these important matters. We hope these modifications may ease strain during this difficult time. Know that APU faculty, staff, and administration stand ready to assist you and look forward to welcoming you back to campus this fall.


Rukshan Fernando, Ph.D., Interim Provost