Message from the Dean: Grade mode information

March 22, 2020

Dear SEAS Faculty and Staff,

Recently, 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. 

In SEAS, at the graduate level, we have adjusted the option for most on-campus graduate courses to be taken as credit/no credit. This means that all SEAS on-campus graduate students will have the option to take each of their graduate courses as credit/no credit for this semester only. By Monday we will send all students an email explaining this change.

This decision was made in consultation with department chairs and the GW Educational Policy committee. As you are likely aware, many universities are making this choice, and it is something that students have been asking for. The messaging to students has emphasized the need for students to consult with their advisors and has reminded them of the need to think through whether getting a grade in a specific course will be important for their future plans. The SEAS advising team is ready to talk through these considerations with students. Students may also want to discuss these considerations with individual faculty advisors or their departmental curriculum chair for undergraduate studies.

Attached here is additional information about this policy. If you have any questions, contact Jonathan Ragone ([email protected]) regarding undergraduate courses/students and Matthew Kuder ([email protected]) regarding graduate courses/students.

Thank you!


Spring 2020 Pass/No Pass Request for Undergraduate Students

Spring 2020 Credit/No Credit Request for On-Campus Graduate Students