In light of the extraordinary circumstances facing our community, the following temporary policy will apply to Spring 2020 grading options for undergraduate students.
We are introducing a new grade option: P (Pass)/ MP (Minimal Pass) / U (Unsatisfactory). For students who choose this option, the student will receive P for work at the C‐ level or better; MP for work between D+ to D‐; and U for work at the F level. A student electing this option earns academic credit for the course with P or MP, but not if they receive a U. The grade for a course taken P MP/U will not be included into the GPA whether it is P, MP or U. In cases in which a course must be passed with a letter grade of C‐ or better to satisfy a prerequisite or graduation requirement, the course will satisfy the requirement with a grade of P. There is no cap on the number of courses and credit hours that can be taken P/MP/U during this spring semester and applied to degree requirements. Undergraduate students may choose the P/MP/U grading option for any course, including core curriculum requirements and courses in the major and minor.
Note that the S/U option also remains in place, with the standard restrictions (Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory Option).
Students are also free to continue taking any or all of their courses for letter grades. If no further action is taken, they will receive the grading type they have currently designated.
The deadline for changing grading options among the three possibilities ‐‐ letter grade, S/U, P/MP/U ‐‐ will be May 11, 2020 for graduating students, and May 21, 2020 for non‐graduating students.
Note that your instructor will not be informed of who has chosen the P/MP/U option and will report a letter grade for each such student, which will be replaced on the transcript by the Registrar with P/MP/U for students choosing that options. Graduating students will not be allowed to change the transcripted grade type after May 11, 2020 and non-graduating students will not be allowed to change the transcripted grade type after May 21, 2020. However, upon request the Registrar will provide official documentation providing letter grades earned for specific courses in this term if they become necessary for application to graduate programs or other academic or professional opportunities. Courses taken for a standard letter grade this semester will be included in the calculation of the GPA, but we will not use any Spring 2020 term course data in Quality of Work or SOPA Academic Progress calculations, or for any GPA-related eligibility requirements for Tulane programs (such as the honors program or study abroad eligibility) or any Tulane merit or need-based financial aid.