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Pass/Not Pass - Spring 2020

The Covid-19 pandemic has necessitated many changes in how the university performs its work. Recognizing the many challenges to students and instructors as they rapidly transition to unfamiliar modalities of instruction and assessment, Purdue is relaxing a number of deadlines and regulations. Purdue is providing a one-time exception in order to create a broad safety net for students. These exceptions are available for your review at this link:

One notable exception offered to students is the option to change to the P/NP grading mode.


Considerations for P/NP – Department of Computer Science

Below are factors to consider before changing the grade mode of a class to P/NP. This is applicable to Spring 2020 courses only.


Undergraduate students
  • Normally all CS core courses, all track requirements, and their prerequisites, regardless of department, must be completed with a grade of C or better.  For Spring 2020 only, a grade of P will also be accepted.
  • If on academic probation from a previous semester, a grade of “P” will not affect GPA and therefore will not help return to good standing.   For Spring 2020 only, students who do not have the GPA to return to good academic standing will have their status carry over to the Fall 2020 term.
  • Courses receiving a grade of “P” will not be used in computing minimum requirements for admission to the BS/MS program.
As the ramifications of selecting the P/NP option are not always obvious, students are strongly encouraged to consult their advisor.


Graduate students

The Graduate School has approved the use of "P" grades on the plan of study for Spring 2020 only. The CS department will follow this guidance. Please note that a "P" grade does not affect the gpa, and therefore students needing to bring their gpa up should change grade mode with caution.

The deadline for students to change their grade to P/NP is May 1. 

The PhD core qualifying course requirement is satisfied by passing one theory core course and one systems core course with an average grade of at least 3.5. This requirement is not changed. Both courses must be graded to satisfy the requirement.
CS PhD students who have not yet passed the core are encouraged to complete their Spring 2020 core courses with a letter grade. However, those who choose to switch a core course to P/NP, or who retain a letter grade but do not achieve the needed grade in Spring 2020 will be given one additional semester in which to complete the core qualifying process.
  • If on university probation, a grade of “P” will not affect GPA and therefore will not help you to return to good standing.
  • Students on departmental probation due to a low GPA will be granted a one-semester extension to raise the GPA. A grade of “P” will not affect GPA.

If you have questions, you are encouraged to consult Lacey Siefers (PhD students) or Belinda Morrow (MS students).

Last Updated: Apr 23, 2020 4:54 PM

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