UTRGV offering pass/no pass option for spring semester

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RIO GRANDE VALLEY, TEXAS – In an effort to help students maintain their academic goals through the COVID-19 pandemic, UTRGV is implementing a pass/no pass grading option for the 2020 Spring semester.

“What this means is, students now have the option of accepting a letter grade or a pass/no pass for courses they complete this semester,” said UTRGV President Guy Bailey in a release.

According to the release, students will have until May 13 to either accept their letter grades or choose the pass/no pass option. 

  • Grades of A, B and C will equal a passing grade of P. 
  • Grades of D and F will equal a no-passing grade of NP.  

Additionally, UTRGV has extended the drop/withdrawal deadline until April 30. 

“I think the pass/no pass system is an awesome option for students,” said Sarah Wesley, a UTRGV environmental science major from Edinburg. “Things are so hectic for everyone right now. I personally know students that have worked extremely hard all semester who have lost resources and time to continue working. 

To assist students, the university developed FAQs to further guide them on the pass/no pass option. 

UTRGV is also offering other services to help keep students on track in their academic goals, including: 

  • Increasing the UTRGV Tuition Advantage program to cover costs of tuition for qualifying students with a family income of $95,000 or less. That’s is a $20,000 increase from the current plan. 
  • Waiving the GRE and GMAT testing requirements for students pursuing graduate or doctoral degrees.
  • Implementing the Student Emergency Fund for students who need immediate assistance due to these unforeseen circumstances. 

For more information on the pass/no pass option, visit here. For the latest news on the COVID-19 pandemic and UTRGV’s procedures, including student information and services, visit here

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