In Spring 2020, in response to the learning disruptions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, the following colleges/schools of Fordham University adopted an optional pass/fail grading system, allowing students to declare any (or all) of their standard letter grade courses pass/fail (provided the course had not already been graded). Except where noted below, this policy applied both to students enrolled in each college/school, and to courses offered by that college/school (study abroad
- Fordham College at Rose Hill
- Fordham College at Lincoln Center
- Gabelli School of Business (Undergraduate)
- School of Professional and Continuing Studies (Undergraduate)
- Graduate School of Arts & Sciences
- This school also uses the grade of "High Pass" (HP), which is awarded at the instructor's discretion.
- Graduate School of Education
- Graduate School of Social Service
- Gabelli School of Business (Graduate)
- Students in this school were only permitted to designate graduate courses in the Gabelli School of Business as pass/fail.
Two schools did not offer an optional pass/fail grading system for its students: (1) Graduate School of Religion and Religious Education; (2) School of Professional and Continuing Studies (Graduate). Students in these schools were not permitted to declare any of their standard letter grade courses as pass/fail, regardless of the college/school in which their course(s) were taken.
Students earning a passing grade on the pass/fail scale receive full credit for the course, with no impact on the grade point average; students earning a failing grade in a pass/fail course receive no credit, with no impact on the grade point average.
The minimum passing grade equivalent for each college/school can be found on Fordham University's Explanation of Transcripts.
Not all colleges/schools have the same minimum passing grade equivalent.
Courses taken pass/fail pursuant to the above policy were accepted in fulfillment of all major, minor, concentration, undergraduate Core Curriculum, and graduate program requirements. They were also accepted as fulfilling the pre-requisites for higher-level courses, where applicable. Ordinarily, courses taken pass/fail could not be used for such purposes.
The deadline for making the pass/fail election was Friday, 4/24/2020 at 11:59 pm.
Once elected, the pass/fail choice was irrevokable. As indicated earlier, students could not declare any course that had already been graded as pass/fail.
For information on the Fordham University School of Law's Spring 2020 grading policies, contact the School of Law's Office of the Registrar at firstname.lastname@example.org.