Spring 2020 Guidance from School of Business

Important Note

The University returned to normal pass/fail and course withdrawal policies upon the conclusion of the spring 2020 semester. The information on this webpage is no longer applicable to students.

The University pass/fail policy can be viewed in the University Catalog.

The deadlines to elect pass/fail and to drop a course during future fall and spring terms are available in the Academic Calendar.

The deadlines to elect pass/fail and to drop a course during any of the 2020 summer sessions are available on the Summer Session webpage.

During these unprecedented times, faculty and staff are working to make for a smooth transition from in-class to online courses. This transition may be easy for some and difficult for others, and we know that there are many, many factors at play. To help ease student uncertainty and concerns, the university has adjusted the policies and extended the deadline for withdrawing and converting courses to Pass/Fail for Spring 2020.  

What does it mean to put courses on pass/fail?

If a course is placed on pass/fail, you still complete the course and it is graded in the usual way by the instructor, and the instructor submits a letter grade. On your transcript, this letter grade is translated into a “P” (“D-” or above) or remains an “F.” A course taken on Pass/Fail is not included in the computation of the semester or cumulative GPA.

View the UConn Registrar's policy regarding pass/fail and Dean's List.

The deadline to elect pass/fail was Friday, May 15, 2020. Students also had until May 15 to remove courses from pass/fail and change them back to letter grade.

What does it mean to withdraw from a course?

If you withdraw from a course, you do not complete the course and a “W” is recorded as the grade on your transcript. You earn no grade and no credits for the course, and the course has no impact on your semester or cumulative GPA.

The deadline for these requests was Friday, May 1, 2020.

Please carefully consider the outcomes of withdrawing from courses and/or putting courses on pass/fail.


We encourage all students to consider the following before making any decisions on their Spring 2020 schedule:

  • You are able to withdraw from one or more courses through Friday, May 1, 2020.
  • The deadline to elect pass/fail is now May 15, 2020. You still have time to decide. Students may now elect pass/fail grading at any time through May 15, 2020. Students who chose the pass/fail option prior to the adoption of these changes have the option of reverting to a letter grade by notifying the Registrar by May 15, 2020.
  • If you are thinking about using pass/fail for more than one course, consider how you will balance multiple courses on pass/fail. How will you ensure you give the needed time to each course to accomplish the necessary learning for your major? How will you know you have achieved it? What can you do to best be prepared for this?
  • Students interested in an accounting major or career should review the information provided by the Accounting Department BEFORE withdrawing from a business or accounting course and/or putting courses on pass/fail, and should also familiarize themselves with state-specific pass/fail guidance.
  • Graduate programs and employers of business students may use student's grades in business courses to evaluate applications.
  • Students taking graduate courses with the intention of applying into a graduate program should consult with their intended program in regards to pass/fail graduate courses fulfilling program requirements, if not otherwise clarified here.
  • For students in the 4+1 Analytics (MSBAPM) program, MSBAPM will accept a grade of ‘P’ for spring 2020 graduate courses required in the 4+1 Analytics Track that normally require a grade of ‘B’ or higher for guaranteed admission.
  • Some professional certifications may require courses to be graded, as may some third party scholarships.
  • Students who had planned to be abroad this Spring 2020 term should work with the Education Abroad Office on these requests (more pass/fail information here).
  • Honors students should review guidance on the Honors website.
  • NCAA student athletes may have restrictions regarding withdrawals and pass/fail designations and should consult with their Athletic Advisors.
  • International students may have restrictions regarding withdrawals and pass/fail designations and should consult with ISSS.
Prospective School of Business Students

Current Applicants 

  • All students conditionally admitted for Fall 2020 will receive email communication regarding important considerations for Spring 2020.

Future Applicants

Business Courses, Major and Business Core (Course Subjects: ACCT, BADM, BLAW, BUSN, FNCE, HCMI, MGMT, MKTG, and OPIM)
  • All business courses, whether required or elective, will be permitted to be taken as Pass/Fail during Spring 2020.
  • Passed courses will count towards business requirements and prerequisites.
  • You do not need to seek approval from the School of Business to place these courses on Pass/Fail.
  • While there is no limit to the number of courses you can place on Pass/Fail, you are strongly encouraged to reach out to an advisor through undergrad.business@uconn.edu if you are considering placing 3 or more business courses on Pass/Fail. This step is not to seek approval but to consider impact.
University General Education, Including Business General Education Required Courses 
  • The School of Business will accept during Spring 2020 all general education completed as Pass/Fail.
  • Passed courses will count towards these requirements.
Business Critical Required Courses
  • The School of Business will accept during Spring 2020 all criticals completed as Pass/Fail.
  • Passed courses will count towards these requirements and prerequisites.