Pass/Fail Option Spring 2020
Merrimack College understands that the COVID-19 pandemic has fundamentally altered the learning environment and experience for all of our students. We recognize that this unprecedented situation has required unplanned changes in curriculum and often a significant increase in stress for students and faculty alike.
In an effort to alleviate that stress and the negative impacts on students’ GPAs, the College has developed a new policy for allowing students to take Spring 2020 courses pass/fail. Please continue to consult your academic advisors and coaches to make the best decision for you as it relates to the pass/fail option.
The following outlines the new pass/fail policy:
1. With the exception of students majoring in Nursing (See #2), all undergraduate students:
- May take all spring 2020 courses pass/fail. (See exceptions below in #2)
- If a student chooses the pass/fail option, any grade of D- and above would convert to pass (P).
- A grade of “P” will be listed on the transcript and will not affect a student’s GPA.
- A grade of “P” will count for the LS Core, majors, and minors.
- The deadline for students to choose pass/fail grading is Thursday, May 28—eight days after final grades are due from faculty—which allows you to make this change after seeing what grade you would have otherwise received.
2. Because of accreditation requirements, Nursing majors may take all spring 2020 courses pass/fail except for: NUR1500, NUR1550, HSC3320, MTH1111.
3. To change any course to pass/fail, you can fill out this electronic form: Pass/Fail form
All graduate students taking courses that shifted to remote learning in March can convert up to two courses pass/fail and all graduate courses are eligible for conversion to pass/fail.
- Courses in which a student has received a grade of Pass (P) in spring 2020 shall count toward program requirements.
- The deadline for students to elect pass/fail will be Thursday, May 28—eight days after final grades are due from faculty—which allows you to make this change after seeing what grade you would have otherwise received.
- To change any course to pass/fail, you can fill out this electronic form: Pass/Fail form