Frequently Asked Questions
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What if I already applied for a Q-drop in fall 2020? (December 10)
If you already applied for an academic Q-drop in the fall 2020 semester, changes will be applied retroactively, which means that the Q-drop would be changed to non-academic and would not count toward the six total Q-drops. You do not need to take action to make this change.
How will scholastic probation and dismissals be processed? (December 8)
Scholastic probation and dismissals will not occur until the end of the COVID-19 Pass/Fail Exceptions period of May 28, 2021. An undergraduate student whose GPA falls below 2.0 at the end of the fall 2020 semester will not be placed on scholastic probation nor will students subject to dismissal be dismissed from the university. After spring 2021 semester grades are posted, and at the end of the COVID-19 Pass/Fail Exception period of May 28, 2021, the normal process will occur and based on their grades, students will be placed on scholastic probation or be subject to dismissal. For both fall 2020 and spring 2021, if a student already on probation brings their GPA above a 2.0 they will be returned to good academic status.
For the COVID-19 Pass/Fail Exception, am I required to have 30 or more credit hours to change a class to Pass/Fail? (December 8)
The COVID-19 Pass/Fail Exception applies to all undergraduate students, regardless of credit hours.
Can I use all three COVID-19 Pass/Fail Exceptions in a single semester? (December 8)
Yes, you can use all 3 COVID-19 Pass/Fail Exceptions in a single semester.
Will the new policy apply if I am graduating this semester (fall 2020)? Can I choose to use all three COVID-19 Pass/Fail Exceptions this semester (fall 2020), and will the January 6 start date affect my graduation and transcripts? (December 8)
The new policy does apply to students who are graduating this semester. Check with your advisor to ensure that using a Pass/Fail or Q-drop is appropriate for the particular situation.
A student’s official graduation date will still be December 2020 and degrees will be conferred and final transcripts will be available in January.
Can I change my mind about a COVID-19 Pass/Fail Exception after I requested the exception? (December 8)
Once a student has made a COVID-19 Pass/Fail exception selection for a course, it cannot be reversed.
If I receive a passing grade (CR) for a COVID-19 Pass/Fail Exception elected course, will this count for prerequisites or major requirements? (December 8)
If you receive a passing grade, which is graded as a “CR”, you will be allowed to progress to the next course in the sequence, even if the earned grade is lower than the stated prerequisite grade. The only exceptions to this will be as it relates to certification or licensure requirements needed for employment.
Will I see a “P” on my transcript when graded a passing grade for a COVID-19 P/F Exception course? (December 8)
Students will see a grade of “CR” (credit) for a course that receives a passing grade.
Will my financial aid change if I choose Q-drop? (December 8)
If you do choose to Q-drop any course(s), please be sure to speak to a Texas One Stop coordinator about the impacts that a Q-drop or withdrawal would have on your financial aid.
I am an international student. How will taking a COVID-19 Pass/Fail Exception affect me? (December 1)
Students in F-1 and J-1 status may switch any number of courses to Pass/Fail without affecting their immigration status.
Students in F-1 and J-1 status must remain registered full-time to maintain their immigration status. There are exceptions for students who require fewer credits in their graduating semester and students with documented medical issues. Students should verify their plans with International Student and Scholar Services prior to dropping below full-time.
Will the COVID-19 Pass/Fail Exception be available for students to apply to grades received during the Summer 2020 semester? (November 30)
The policy does not apply to Summer 2020 or Summer 2021.
Why use “P” as opposed to “CR” on transcripts? Will this impact the way these exceptions are viewed by graduate schools and future employers? (November 30)
The “CR” notation on transcripts has been UT practice for a long time. Transcripts will look no different than they have previously for students applying to graduate school or employment.
I assume I still need 30 or more credit hours to use the regular Pass/Fail, correct? (November 30)
The 30 credit hour rule still applies to all standard P/F requests.