Additional Information about Pass/No Pass Policy from SEAS

March 22, 2020

Dear SEAS undergraduate student,

I hope you are doing well despite the challenges and disruptions related to COVID-19. We will get through this difficult period together – our SEAS community, even when physically separated, is strong. Please continue to check the university’s COVID-19 page to stay healthy and informed: http://go.gwu.edu/covid19.

On Wednesday, you received an email from Provost Brian Blake stating that the university has adjusted the option for most undergraduate courses to be taken pass/no pass. What this means is that all SEAS undergraduate students will have the option to take each of their undergraduate courses pass/no pass for this semester only. The pass/no pass grade does not impact your GPA.

For SEAS undergraduate students considering the pass/no pass option, please visit https://www.seas.gwu.edu/passno-pass-request-form, which has more information and general guidelines, including the process and form for changing your grade mode. However, students who still wish to complete these courses for a letter grade may continue to do so and need not take any grade mode actions. 

For many students, receiving a grade is important for future plans, including graduate school, medical or dental school, law school, athletic or visa status, veteran’s benefits, or other career opportunities. Please consult with the appropriate offices or contact your advising office to discuss such issues.

Additionally, students are encouraged to finish courses in a timely fashion in order to stay on schedule to graduate.

We encourage you to consult with your faculty advisor or professional advisor if you wish to use the pass/no pass option in any of your classes. This decision should be made after consultation and consideration of your options. Please note that this decision does not need to be made immediately. All SEAS students may request a switch in their pass/no pass status in a course up until the last day of classes (Monday, April 27 at 5:00 pm EST).

The SEAS professional advisors and faculty advisors (https://www.seas.gwu.edu/meet-your-academic-advisor) will be available throughout the semester to meet with students virtually by scheduled appointment: https://www.seas.gwu.edu/advising-hours-appointments. We will be utilizing such tools as Zoom, Google Hangouts or WebEx to meet with students for the rest of the semester, and students can connect with us by using either their computers or phones.

We wish you the best with your academic studies over the course of the next few weeks and the rest of the semester. Please let us know if you have any questions or support you may need by emailing us at [email protected].

Thank you for your patience, flexibility, and understanding in these challenging and rapidly changing times. And thank you again for being a part of our SEAS community.


Best regards,

John Lach, Dean
Bhagi Narahari, Associate Dean for Undergraduate Programs
School of Engineering and Applied Science