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Academic policies

All of Auburn’s academic policies can be found online in the Auburn Bulletin. We strongly encourage you to read and understand the official policies. When making decisions based on academic policies, please consult with an advisor in Engineering Student Services. Check with us if you have questions about what the policy means for your individual situation.

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Pass/Fail Grade Conversion

Due to Auburn University's transition to online course delivery during Spring 2020, grades may be converted to a pass/fail option.  We have included a grade conversion GPA calculator as well as a tutorial so students can test multiple options.

 Grade Conversion GPA Calculator

 ***Please use your cumulative GPA at the end of FALL 2019.

Please watch the tutorial if you have any questions about how to use this tool.

 

HOW TO REQUEST A GRADE CONVERSION


STEP 1: Review the policies and grade conversion tools

STEP 2: Confirm that your grades have posted to your AU Unofficial Transcript (not just in Canvas)

STEP 3: Complete the request form https://aub.ie/passfailgrade

NOTE: Only submit one request for all grades you want to convert. Only one request can be processed at a time and submitting multiple requests will DELAY the processing of your request.

IMPORTANT FACTS:

Graduating students need to request grade conversions as soon as grades post. Grades cannot be converted after degrees are conferred.  Degrees will be conferred AFTER June 1st.

Financial aid: Contact finaid7@auburn.edu with questions about how converting grades will impact satisfactory academic progression guidelines.

Understanding S/U Grading

Faculty will assign A-F letter grades as normal for Spring 2020 courses. After final grades are posted, students will have the opportunity to convert, on a course-by-course basis, each letter grade to an SP, SS, or UU:

  • SP – equivalent to a C or better for undergraduate and professional courses, B or better for graduate courses
    Grade does not calculate into GPA
    Student receives credit for the course
    Course will count towards core, major, minor and certificate requirements
  • SS – equivalent to a D for undergraduate and professional courses, C for graduate courses
    Grade does not calculate into GPA
    Student receives credit for the course
    Course will count towards core, major, minor and certificate requirements unless a grade of C or better is required in the course (B or better for graduate courses)
  • UU – equivalent to an F for undergraduate and professional courses, D and F for graduate courses
    Grade does not calculate into GPA
    Student receives no credit for the course
    A note will be added to transcripts defining SP and SS grades as “Satisfactory” and UU grades as “Unsatisfactory.”

    Students will have until June 1, 2020 to work with their advisor on converting grades, as desired. Further details of the conversion process will be available by April 15.

Who is eligible to convert final grades?

All students are eligible to convert final letter grades to SP, SS, or UU.

Student-athletes, international students, honors students, ROTC students, and students utilizing scholarship, financial aid, and/or VA benefits should take special care to consult with advisors in these areas to ensure they understand all implications prior to requesting a conversion.

 

What grades can be converted?

Any letter grade from any course taken in Spring 2020 can be converted to SP, SS, or UU with the exception of F grades earned for academic dishonesty.

 

How many grades can be converted?

There is no cap on the number of grades a student can convert to SP, SS, or UU for Spring 2020.

 

Do converted grades count in my GPA?

SP, SS, and UU grades do not calculate into your term or cumulative grade point average.

 

Do converted grades count towards core, major, minor, or certificate requirements?

Courses converted to SP will count towards core, major, minor and certificate requirements.

Courses converted to SS will count towards core, major, minor and certificate requirements unless a grade of C or better is required in the course (B or better for graduate courses).

UU grades will not count towards any academic requirements.

 

What is the deadline for requesting grade conversions?

All requests must be made by June 1, 2020.

 

Should I convert an F grade to UU or use one of my GAPs?

For Spring 2020 you should convert an F grade to UU instead of using a GAP.

Should I tell my professor that I am converting my grade?
Students are not required to inform faculty of their intention to convert a grade but may consult with faculty about any implications for future plans.

 

HONORS GUIDANCE FOR S/U

The Honors College will only accept honors courses and contracts converted to SP for Honors College credit.

This policy aligns with our existing policy of only accepting grades of a C or higher for honors credit.

The Honors College will not drop anyone for GPA (spring 2020 only).

The Honors College will still place students on academic warning whose spring 2020 grades fall below our required GPA minimums: 3.0 cumulative unadjusted AU GPA for first year students and 3.2 cumulative unadjusted AU GPA for second year students and above. Students who are currently on warning and do not raise their GPA to the required minimums will stay on warning through their next full term. Any GPA increases from courses converted using the Auburn University Spring 2020 S/U Grading policy will be taken into consideration for students’ honors academic standing. The Honors College will still suspend students at the end of spring 2020 for lack of progress, though we will practice leniency in making these decisions.