Published: April 10, 2020 By

Related Communication to Students

On March 26, CU Boulder announced the lifting of pass/fail restrictions for students in most undergraduate and graduate classes this semester. On March 27, the Colorado Department of Higher Education (CDHE) distributed guidance to campuses on several academic and student affairs-related matters. To comply with a new CDHE requirement to identify any pass grade awarded in Spring 2020 representing a grade of C- or higher, CU Boulder added a new P+ grade to the student option grading basis (law students excluded). 

  • For student option classes taken pass/fail (P/F), final grades of C- or above as input by faculty will be systematically converted to a P+, whereas grades of D+, D and D- will convert to the standard P grade. 
  • Classes that are only graded on a P/F basis remain unchanged, and will not include the P+ option. 
  • Transcript notations are being developed to explain these Spring 2020 academic record changes. The P+ grade was developed for Spring 2020 only.

All P+ and P grades earned by students in Spring 2020 will count in credit totals, but neither will calculate in the term or cumulative GPA. Both grades will apply toward the requirements for degree programs (as well as to minors and certificates), and will not be counted in the P grade limits as set by colleges, schools and programs.

A new grade basis analysis report has been developed to assist colleges, schools and programs in monitoring student pass/fail activity and for advising purposes. For the purpose of course requisite checking only, this report will also include the original course grade entered by instructors after final grading for Spring 2020. Advisor FAQs have also been updated accordingly.

Thank you for your patience as we continue to address key issues and processes that affect our students' academic success and wellbeing. For the more information, check the CU Boulder coronavirus updates and resources page.