Pass/No Pass options for Autumn 2020

From the Provost — September 17, 2020

Pass/No Pass options for Autumn 2020

Dear Students, Faculty and Staff:

This afternoon, University Senate voted to provide undergraduate students with additional flexibility to request Pass/No Pass grading for General Education and elective courses this semester.

Ohio State typically limits Pass/No Pass grading to elective courses, but these resolutions extend this grading choice to General Education courses and also provide a longer window in the semester for students to work with their advisors to request Pass/No Pass. This Senate action acknowledged the uncertainty that quarantine and isolation requirements might have on affected students' academic progress, with a particular focus on student mental health and well-being.

For undergraduate courses that are required as part of a major, minor or program, the Senate voted to permit colleges and schools to consider Pass/No Pass options.

The Office of Academic Affairs will work with academic leaders in the coming days to provide a clear process and timeline by which colleges and schools communicate any further decisions on these options. More information will be posted at

The discussion in Senate reflected an array of diverse considerations about how to balance the benefits of high academic standards and the importance of flexibility to support health and well-being.

Any student who is interested in utilizing the Pass/No Pass option should consult with their academic advisor. Pass/No Pass is not appropriate in all cases, and advisers will be able to provide guidance for students who may need to earn certain grades to maintain scholarships or to successfully apply for graduate or professional school.

Under the rules approved today, undergraduate students have until Nov. 20, 2020, to request Pass/No Pass grading for semester-long or second session courses. The deadline for first session is Oct. 2, 2020.


Bruce A. McPheron, PhD
Executive Vice President and Provost