Frequently Asked Questions
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Can I change a standard Pass/Fail to a COVID-19 Pass/Fail Exception? (December 10)
Yes, you can change your standard Pass/Fail to a COVID-19 Pass/Fail Exception during the exception period of January 6 through May 28, 2021
How do I change my course or grade to the COVID-19 Pass/Fail Exception? (December 10)
Unless you are graduating in fall 2020 (see graduating FAQ), you can work with your academic advisor beginning January 6, 2021, through May 28, 2021, to elect up to three COVID-19 Pass/Fail Exceptions. You will want to consider your options before your elections and be advised if you have questions. Further details will be provided to students and staff when the process for electing COVID-19 Pass/Fail Exceptions has been developed.
Can I choose to change a UEX course to a COVID-19 Pass/Fail Exception? (December 10)
Yes, you can change to COVID Pass/Fail grading status for: a semester-based UEX course in fall 2020 or spring 2021; a self-paced UEX course where a grade was received between September 1, 2020 and May 28, 2021; and/or a self-paced UEX course that is not yet completed at the time of the request. Any UEX coursework changed to COVID Pass/Fail will count toward the 3 allowed COVID Pass/Fail Exceptions.
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.
Will my veterans’ benefits change if I Pass/Fail for my course(s)? (December 8)
There may be impact to your G.I. Bill® and/or Hazlewood education benefits. Please contact Veteran Certifications.
Is the fall 2020 withdrawal deadline being extended? (December 8)
Yes, the deadline for fall 2020 withdrawals is being extended to align with the new Q-drop deadline of December 9, 2020, at 5 p.m. Please visit the Withdrawing from the University webpage on the Texas One Stop website for support resources.
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.