Title of Resolution

Pass / Fail Option

Resolution Number



Senate approval of recommendation by the Academic Policies Committee concerning a "Pass-Fail" option for course completion.

Originating Committee

Executive Committee

Type of Resolution


Academic Year


Date passed by Senate



Rationale for the proposal: 1) To encourage upperclass students to explore courses outside their major areas of specialization without jeopardizing their quality point index; and 2) To stimulate increased enrollment in upper division courses.

Proposal: It is moved that: 1) Students having junior or senior standing or above shall be permitted to take for credit one elective course each term for a "Pass" or "Fail" grade; 2) Courses taken for a "Pass" or "Fail" basis must be outside a student's major or minor areas of study; 3) A Maximun of four courses shall be permitted on a "Pass"-"Fail" basis; 4) Students shall indicated at the time of registration the courses they are electing on a "Pass"-"Fail" basis; 5) Grades earned under the "Pass"-"Fail" option shall not be used in computation of the quality point index, but credit earned in such courses shall count toward the total required for graduation; and 6) Courses taken on a "Pass"-"Fail" basis shall be counted in regular semester course loads.