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Expanded P/NP Grading Option for SPH Students, Spring 2020

OHSU and PSU recently provided an expanded Pass/No Pass (P/NP) grading option for Spring 2020 courses. The OHSU deadline has passed, but we have left the background information below for students to consult. For students at PSU, you will need to consider if the P/NP option is right for you, and make your decision no later than Monday, June 1st .

Please read the guidance below very carefully so that you understand the implications of whatever decision you make.  We strongly encourage you to reach out to your advisor if you have any questions.  You can also reach out directly to SPH Associate Deans Rick Johnson (johnsori@ohsu.edu) or Liana Winett (lwinett@pdx.edu) if you have questions.



It is your choice as to whether you will utilize it the P/NP or not. To be sure that this choice will not impede your academic progress:

All Pass grades earned during Spring 2020:

  • Will be used to fulfill major, minor or certificate requirements that would otherwise require an A-F grade
  • May be used to fulfill prerequisites for future courses
  • Will not be counted against the Pass credit limits for a bachelor’s degree

Additionally, the deadline to change your grading option has been extended to Monday of the 10th week, June 1, 2020.

Important things to consider and be aware of:

  • These policy modifications will apply only to Pass grades earned during Spring 2020.
  • Not all courses will have the P/NP option. Academic departments will determine whether the P/NP option is available for individual courses. You will be able to see what grading options are available on a course and make changes to your grading option via Banweb registration. If you have any questions about whether your course offers the P/NP grading option you may check with your instructor.
  • If you have questions about how taking a class with the P/NP grading option may affect your degree progress or future educational plans, you should contact your academic advisor.
  • P/NP grades have a neutral impact on the GPA. If you are relying on spring term grades to improve your GPA for Academic Standing or other reasons, you should consult your academic advisor to help you make the best decision.
  • If you have questions about how a P/NP grading option may impact any special program benefits you are eligible for, you should contact the program directly.