Pass/Fail Policy

Policy Memorandum No. 204

Approved by the Commission on Undergraduate Studies & Policies:  April 24, 2000
Approved by University Council:  October 2, 2000
Approved by the President:  October 2, 2000
Effective:  Fall Semester 2000

The University Council, on recommendation of the Commission on Undergraduate Studies and Policies, approved a resolution concerning the pass/fail policy.

Following is the text of the resolution as adopted by University Council.

WHEREAS, the pass/fail policy at Virginia Tech is available to encourage students to enrich their academic programs and explore more challenging courses outside their majors, without the pressures and demands of the regular grading system, and

WHEREAS, the current pass/fail policy at Virginia Tech requires a cumulative GPA of 2.5, and

WHEREAS, the University defines the minimum standard for academic good standing as a cumulative GPA of 2.0,

THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the cumulative GPA required to be eligible to take a class pass/fail be changed to 2.0.  Other restrictions on taking classes pass/fail, and the definition of ‘pass’, remain unchanged:

the student must have completed a minimum of 30 credit hours at Virginia Tech (this restriction does not apply to courses that are only offered P/F);

no more than 10 percent of the requirements for graduation completed at Virginia

Tech may be taken under the P/F grading system option, including elective courses

and any course that may be required by a department and offered only on a P/F basis;

no required course or course used for the university core curriculum may be taken on a P/F basis;

no more than two courses per term may be taken P/F, excluding physical education activity courses and required courses offered on a P/F basis only;

a grade of “P” is granted for earning a “D” or better in the course.


President's Policy Memorandum