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COVID-19 Pass/Fail Exceptions

COVID-19 Pass/Fail Exceptions

Beginning today — January 6, 2021, and continuing through May 28, 2021, undergraduate students may choose to have a total of three (3) classes graded on a Pass/Fail basis without penalty.

  • These exceptions are new and in addition to the standard Pass/Fail option.
  • The total of three (3) COVID-19 Pass/Fail exceptions apply only to the fall 2020 and spring 2021 semesters.
  • You will be able to view your final grades prior to making a decision to take these exceptions. Although you can submit a request for the COVID-19 Pass/Fail Exception prior to viewing your final grades, it may be advisable you wait until after the spring 2021 semester and before May 28, 2021, so that you can make the best decision to optimize your three conversions over both semesters.
  • Selecting to convert a course to a COVID-19 Pass/Fail is not a requirement; it is a choice and an opportunity for you to use if it is helpful.
  • Using a COVID-19 Pass/Fail Exception on courses that already count toward degree requirements will allow your class to continue to count toward degree and course requirements, where a standard Pass/Fail may not.
  • Standard Pass/Fail options remain available to you.
  • FAQs are available with more detailed information.

It is important to keep in mind how classes taken Pass/Fail will be treated by graduate and professional school admissions, licensure requirements, and others. Changing a letter grade to Pass/Fail may have unintended consequences. Please do your research and if you are unsure, check with your advisor before making a COVID-19 Pass/Fail Exception request. Additional information can be found in the General Information 2020-2021 Academic Catalog.

Instructions on How to Request a COVID-19 Pass/Fail Exception

Instructions vary by college/school:  If you have a major in Liberal Arts and another College of School, follow the instructions for the other College or School, not for Liberal Arts.

Communication, Engineering, Fine Arts, Liberal Arts, Natural Sciences, Social Work
You may submit a COVID-19 Pass/Fail Exception online. Your request will be updated on your student record immediately.

Architecture, Business, Geosciences, Nursing
You may submit a COVID-19 Pass/Fail Exception online. Your request will then be routed to an advisor for review. Someone from your college or school may follow-up with you to discuss your COVID-19 Pass/Fail Exception request and its impact on your degree progress. Once you submit your request you will receive a tracking number that allows you to track the status of your request.

Education, Pharmacy, Undergraduate Studies
Your college/school requires you to contact your advisor who will discuss the COVID-19 Pass/Fail Exception request with you, and if necessary, submit a request on your behalf. Please work with your advisor to track the status of your request.

Extended Spring 2021 Q-Drop Deadlines

The deadline for the undergraduate Q-drop for spring 2021 has been extended to Tuesday, May 11. For both fall 2020 and spring 2021 semesters, all Q-drops are considered “non-academic,” which allows you to drop a class without it counting toward the six-class limit. If you are considering a Q-drop for any of your classes for spring 2021, contact your advisor after the 12th class day (February 3). Please note, there may be some conditions when a Q-drop is not available. Additionally, note that Q-drops may have an impact on scholastic status, financial aid, veteran’s education benefits, athletic eligibility, as well as other implications.

Student Resources

As a reminder, the university continues to offer a wide range of resources. We encourage you to review and take advantage of the support available to you as a student at UT.


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