NEW POLICIES: Pass/Fail Policy and Academic Calendar

The Provost has announced the following policy changes for the 2020-21 school year, as per the University Senate:

Spring Calendar

The University Senate approved modifications to the spring academic calendar that will keep the start date as previously planned, but move spring break later in the semester and add two reading days to the calendar.

  • Jan. 19, 2021 – First day of spring semester classes
  • April 11 – 17, 2021 – Spring break
  • April 19, 2021 – Spring classes resume
  • April 29 – May 2, 2021 – Reading days (no classes or assessments)
  • May 3 – 8, 2021 – Final Assessments

Now that the Senate has approved these changes, the Provost’s Office is evaluating the instructional modality for the start and end of the spring semester. We are having conversations with a wide range of constituencies including deans and leadership from Senate, USG, and several unions, and we will share those collaborative decisions by week’s end.


For the 2020-21 academic year only, the University Senate approved an extension of the deadlines to add or remove courses as pass/fail and also extended pass/fail availability to students with fewer than 26 credits and students on scholastic probation.

  • Nov. 20, 2020 – Deadline to add or remove fall 2020 courses as pass/fail
  • April 9, 2021 – Deadline to add or remove spring 2021 courses as pass/fail

Students may elect a maximum of 12 credits to be distributed over no more than three courses during their entire academic career (note: courses from spring 2020 do not count toward the 12-credit maximum). Changes to add pass/fail grading will require the approval of an advisor (with signature). It also applies only to elective courses, and schools and colleges retain the option to place further restrictions on pass/fail for their majors and minors. Students may refer to the University Catalog for existing school and college-level pass/fail restrictions.


To see the full decision-making process for these changes, go to

Please make sure to consult your academic advisor before making any changes to your curriculum.