Purdue gives students 'Pass/No Pass' option for Spring 2020 classes

Any grade higher than a C- can be switched and not counted toward a student's GPA.

Posted: Mar 24, 2020 3:27 PM
Updated: Mar 24, 2020 3:32 PM

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) — In an effort to help with "challenges to undergraduate students and instructors," Purdue University is relaxing several deadlines and regulations in regards to class grades.

According to a message sent out by Dean of Students Katie Sermersheim, Purdue will allow Spring 2020 letter grades to be switched to "Pass/No Pass." That means any grade higher than a C- can be switched and not counted toward a student's GPA. However, passing grades will count toward a degree. 

The option is a one-time exception "in order to create a broad safety net for students," and must be switched by May 1.

Students also have the option to withdraw from a course as late as May 1. They can also take an "incomplete" in a class, and will have the full 2020-21 academic year to clear it. 

A student will also not be put on academic probation or dropped from Purdue due to this semester.

The decision is the latest move to help students amid the coronavirus pandemic. As we reported, Purdue moved all classes online for the rest of the semester. Students were asked to move out of residence halls if possible, and the university canceled commencement. 

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