Coronavirus (COVID-19) Updates for CLAS Undergraduate Students

In light of the COVID-19 (coronavirus) outbreak, the University and the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences have amended certain policies related to pass/fail graded courses and the deadline to drop courses. Below we outline these changes and provide answers to frequently asked questions.

For questions, concerns, or more information about CLAS undergraduate studies during the COVID-19 outbreak, please contact clasasc@uconn.edu.

 

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University Policies

Dropping Courses

Due to the COVID-19 situation, certain university academic rules have been suspended and students may be permitted to drop courses any time up until Friday, May 1, for spring 2020. For information on how to drop classes remotely in CLAS for this semester, please review our FAQ section (below).

Pass/Fail Grading & General Education Requirements

The University Senate has voted to suspend the limitations placed on courses taken on Pass/Fail grading basis this semester. 

  • Courses taken Pass/Fail will count toward all types of general education requirements in CLAS.
  • The 26-credit and scholastic probation restrictions are suspended. Pass/Fail courses from the spring 2020 Semester will not count toward the three-course limit.
  • Students may elect Pass/Fail grading at any time up until Friday, May 15, 2020.
  • In the event that students select Pass/Fail grading, the instructor grades the course in the usual way.  That is, the instructor submits a letter grade, and this letter grade is translated into a ‘@P’ (‘D-‘ or above) or remains an ‘@F.’
    • Course(s) taken under the Pass/Fail option will not be included in the computation of the semester or cumulative grade point average.
    • A grade below ‘C’ makes the student ineligible for Dean’s List.
    • Although not required, students should consult with their advisors before electing to place courses on a P/F basis.

College Policies

Pass/Fail Grading & Minor/Major Requirements

In recognition of the challenges associated COVID-19 and moving all classes to an online format in the middle of the spring 2020 semester, CLAS has altered its restrictions on pass/fail courses to provide flexibility for students who want to use this option for some of the courses in their majors/minors.

For courses taken in the spring 2020 semester, CLAS students can count:

  • maximum of 3 courses (up to 4 credits each) taken as Pass/Fail toward their majors including related courses
  • A maximum of 3 courses (up to 4 credits each) toward their minors
  • Over the full period in which degrees are completed, minimums of 5 courses (15 credits) within each major and 3 courses (9 credits) within each minor must be taken for a grade

Departments determine whether key/core courses within each of their degree programs may be included within the 3 allowable pass/fail classes. A list of these courses, if any, can be found below. See "What classes are restricted from being placed on Pass/Fail option in my major/minor?".

Although not required by University policy, students should consult with their advisors before electing to complete courses on a pass/fail basis.

Frequently Asked Questions

I am struggling with issues related to my personal situation during the COVID-19 outbreak. Where can I get help?

Students can set up an appointment to speak with an academic advisor in the CLAS Academic Services Center by emailing  clasasc@uconn.edu or by using the chat function on this page. Students can also consider scheduling an appointment with the Dean of Students Office, where staff members may provide additional information and resources. In particular, students may be eligible for financial assistance from the Students First Fund, which is run by UConn's Division of Student Affairs. Find out more about the Students First Fund and submit an application here.

I have already taken or am already pursuing 3 classes on pass/fail per the University policy. Can I place more coursework on pass/fail this spring 2020?

Yes. Per the University Senate amendment, Pass/Fail courses from the spring 2020 semester will not count toward the three-course limit. Please be aware that if the courses you wish to place on Pass/Fail are meeting major/minor requirements restrictions could apply. Please contact your advisor or the CLAS Academic Services Center for additional information.

I am a student on academic probation/warning/continued scholastic probation. Can I place a class on Pass/Fail?

Yes. Per the University Senate amendment, scholastic probation restrictions are suspended for the spring 2020 semester only.

I have less than 26 earned credits. Can I place a class on Pass/Fail?

Yes. Per the University Senate amendment, the 26-credit restriction is suspended. Students who have less than 26 earned credits can place coursework on Pass/Fail option.

I am taking classes to meet University and CLAS general education requirements. Can these courses be taken on Pass/Fail?

Yes. Per the University Senate amendment general education courses which are taken Pass/Fail will count toward the general education requirements.

Can I place coursework taken to meet requirements in my CLAS major on Pass/Fail this spring 2020?

A maximum of 3 courses in the student’s major including related requirements may be placed on Pass/Fail. Departments determine whether key/core courses within each of their degree programs may be included within the 3 allowable pass/fail classes. Please consult with your advisor before placing classes on Pass/Fail. Please be aware, for students completing an academic major in CLAS, a minimum of 5 courses (15 credits) within each major must be taken for a grade over the full period in which degrees are completed.

What classes are restricted from being placed on Pass/Fail option in my major/minor?

Please consult with your advisor to determine if there is a restriction on what classes can be placed on Pass/Fail for the spring 2020 semester. Keep in mind that students have until May 15, 2020 to place a course on Pass/Fail for the spring semester. Please check back for additional restrictions. 

For the majority of majors and minors in the college there are no restrictions on which classes a student may place on Pass/Fail option this spring. However, the following restrictions are in place for the following majors/minors:

Cognitive Science Majors- COGS 2201 placed on Pass/Fail will not meet the requirement for the major.

Mathematics- Math 2710/w and Math 2142 may not be placed on Pass/Fail if the student plans to or must take a course for which a C grade in either of these two classes is a pre-requisite requirement for a future course.

Statistics Minors- a maximum of 7 credits of coursework placed on Pass/Fail option may be used to complete minor requirements in Statistics. Please keep in mind students must have at least 3 classes (9 credits) or graded coursework contributing to the minor.

The above reflects the ONLY restrictions for specific courses/programs in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

This information was updated on April 2, 2020.  

I am using coursework taken in transfer towards my major, can I place additional major courses on Pass/Fail this spring 2020?

For students completing an academic major(s) in CLAS, a minimum of 5 courses (15 credits) within each major must be taken for a grade. Coursework taken in transfer and applied to the major is not considered taken for a grade. These credits appear on your transcript with a T and are not calculated in a student’s major GPA. Before placing courses on Pass/Fail, students should consult with their advisor.

I am using coursework taken in transfer towards my minor, can I place additional minor courses on Pass/Fail this spring 2020?

For students completing a minor in CLAS, minimum of 3 courses (9 credits) within each minor must be taken for a grade. Coursework taken in transfer and applied to the minor is not considered taken for a grade. These credits appear on your transcript with a T. Please consult your minor advisor before placing coursework in the minor on Pass/Fail.

Can I place coursework taken to meet requirements in my CLAS minor on Pass/Fail this spring 2020?

Students can count a maximum of 3 courses (up to 4 credits each) taken as pass/fail towards each of their minors. Please note: A minimum of 3 courses (9 credits) within each minor must be taken for a grade. Please consult your minor advisor before placing coursework in the minor on Pass/Fail.

When is the last day I can place a class on Pass/Fail?

The last day a student can place a course on Pass/Fail grading is Friday, May 15, 2020.

If I decide to put my class(es) on Pass/Fail, can I still make Dean’s List in CLAS?

In order to qualify for Dean’s List, students must meet the following criteria:

  • Twelve or more calculable credits taken in the semester. (Courses taken on pass/fail or S/U graded courses are not calculable credit courses).
  • Ranked in upper 25th percentile in School or College and a minimum semester Grade Point Average of 3.000.
  • No grade below a C, including the actual letter grade awarded in any pass/fail course taken, in the semester.

For additional information please refer to the Office of the Registrar.

I have taken courses on Pass/Fail prior to spring 2020. Can these courses meet general education or major/minor requirements?

No. Changes to the Pass/Fail grading policy are limited to courses taken in spring 2020.

When is the last day I can remove a class from Pass/Fail?

The last day a student can remove a class from Pass/Fail grading is Friday, May 15, 2020.

I would like to drop a class but am not on campus to get an advisor’s signature and my advisor is working remotely. How can I drop a class?

Please email your advisor if you wish to drop a class. If you are able, please complete the Schedule Revision Form.pdf and include it in your email as an attachment. If you are unable to complete the Schedule Revision Form, please email your advisor with your name, seven digit PeopleSoft ID number, and specific information about the class you would like to drop.

Please email your advisor from your uconn.edu email account. We will use your email from your uconn.edu email account as your signature. If you do not have access to email, please call the CLAS Academic Services Center at 860-486-2822 for assistance.

I need to make a meeting with a CLAS ASC advisor to drop more than one class. How do I make a meeting?

Please call the CLAS Academic Services Center at 860-486-2822 for assistance. Please leave your name, seven digit PeopleSoft ID number, and a phone number we can call to schedule an appointment.

Prior to the meeting, if you are able, please complete the Schedule Revision Form.pdf and email it as an attachment to the CLAS ASC at clasasc@uconn.edu . If you are unable to email a completed Schedule Revision Form, please let the CLAS ASC advisor know at the time of the appointment and we will be able to assist you.

Prior to the University Senate’s amendment to the usual limitations electing to take a class on Pass/Fail I withdrew from a class. I would like to re-enroll in the class and place it on Pass/Fail. Is this possible?

No. Students cannot re-enroll in coursework they previously withdrew from.

I would like to withdraw from a class(es) this spring. Can I withdraw without a W?

Students who withdraw from classes beyond the 10th day of the semester are assessed a W mark for the class per University Bylaws.

Please keep in mind that withdrawing from classes could have an impact on Financial Aid. If you are considering withdrawing from classes please consult the Office of Student Financial Aid Services.

I would like to withdraw from the semester. Can you help?

Students who would like to withdraw from all of their spring 2020 courses should work with the Dean of Students Office.

When is the last day I can withdraw from a class?

Friday, May 1, 2020 is the last day a student can withdraw from a spring 2020 class.

How do I place a class on Pass/Fail option for the spring 2020 semester?

If you wish to place a class(es) on Pass/Fail option for the spring 2020 semester, please visit the Registrar’s Office page for Pass/Fail. Please speak with your advisor before placing courses on pass/fail as some restrictions apply.

I am an honors student, how will placing classes on Pass/Fail impact my honors status?

Honors students should check with the Honors Office to determine how classes on Pass/Fail impact their honors status.

I plan to apply to medical school or dental school, will placing classes on Pass/Fail impact my admission?

Students who are considering applying for medical or dental school should subscribe to the Pre-Med and Pre-Dental ListSERV and watch for updates on how Pass/Fail courses might affect their applications.

I am repeating a class this semester. Can I put the class on Pass/Fail?

Yes. Please speak with your advisor before placing courses on Pass/Fail as some restrictions apply if you are taking the class to complete a major/minor requirement.

If you place a class on Pass/Fail that you have previously taken, the credits will be counted towards the spring 2020 credit total, but grade points will not be included in the GPA calculation. The registered credit and grade for the prior completion of the course shall remain on the transcript, but shall be removed from the GPA and credit calculation.

I am an undergraduate student taking a graduate-level class. Can I place the class on Pass/Fail?

If you are an undergraduate student enrolled in a graduate-level class you may place the class on Pass/Fail. Please speak with your advisor before placing courses on Pass/Fail as some restrictions apply if you are taking the class to complete a major/minor requirement.

If you are in an integrated or dual bachelor’s/master’s program, or plan to use the class toward a graduate degree, you should be mindful that courses placed on Pass/Fail cannot be used to meet Graduate School requirements. For more information please review the Graduate School’s FAQ.