In light of the extraordinary circumstances surrounding the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, Ohio State undergraduate and graduate students will have a special grading system in place for Spring 2021. This grading system was approved by University Senate on Jan. 28 and by the Board of Trustees on Feb. 25. (The expanded use of Pass/No Pass grading system in Spring 2020 and Autumn 2020 are no longer in effect; those were effective only for those semesters.)
- Undergraduate Students
Faculty teaching undergraduates in courses that are graded A-E will enter their grades normally. Undergraduate students assigned grades of A through C- will have those posted to their transcripts. D+ and D grades will convert to a mark of “PE” (emergency pass), E grades will convert to a mark of “NP” (no pass), and EN grades will convert to a mark of "NEN" (no pass, non-attendance).
- Graduate courses
Faculty teaching graduate students in courses that are graded A-E will enter their grades normally. Graduate students assigned grades of A through B- will have those posted to their transcripts. Grades of C+ through D will convert to a mark of “PE” (emergency pass), E grades will convert to a mark of "NP" (no pass), and EN grades will convert to a mark of "NEN" (no pass, non-attendance).
Other important notes
Courses that are graded other than A-E will have no changes to their grading scheme.
This Emergency Pass system applies to all undergraduate and graduate courses for Spring 2021. (University Senate passed a measure creating the Emergency Pass grading system on Jan. 28, 2021, and another measure to declare exceptional circumstances for Spring 2021.) Unlike Spring 2020 and Autumn 2020, students do not need to opt in and there is therefore no deadline.
PE, NP, and NEN grades do not count in the calculation of GPA. Students assigned a PE will receive academic credit that counts toward graduation.
These changes will not apply to subsequent terms unless the university decides to invoke the Emergency Pass measure again for a future term.
Upon request by the student, the Registrar will convert PE, NP, and NEN grades back to the underlying letter grade. Requests must be made before the end of the Autumn 2021 semester, but prior to graduation. Such a reversion is irrevocable.