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Pass/No Pass Grading

Can I take a class for Pass/No Pass Grading?

Students may elect a Pass/No Pass grading option with a faculty signature (instructor of record, department chairperson, or academic counselor). A completed Pass / No Pass form must be submitted to Admissions & Records no later than Friday of the 5th week of the semester (Fall & Spring) and Friday of the 2nd week during summer session. (30% length of courses that are not full semester length) After that time, neither the student nor the instructor may change the decision.

A pass grade is granted for performance that is equivalent to the letter grade of “C” or better, which equates to satisfactory completion. A student who fails to perform satisfactory will be assigned a “no pass” grade. 

Some courses are designated as "letter grade ONLY". These courses may NOT be taken for Pass/No Pass, even if you get a signature from a faculty member.

Transfer institutions may not accept all course with Pass/No Pass grading.  You are encouraged to consult with an academic counselor about your decision to take a course Pass/No Pass and the ramifications it may have towards meeting degree and/or transfer requirements. See a counselor in the Transfer Center or Academic Counseling Center for clarification or contact the transfer institution directly.

It is the student’s responsibility to submit PASS / NO PASS forms to Admissions & Records prior to the stated deadline. Forms that do not have a signature from course instructor or academic counselor will not be accepted. 

Pass can usually be used for IGETC (even in English and Math). Keep in mind that some campuses require international students to obtain a letter grade in English. 

The UC system will allow 14 units of the 60 transferable units to be graded Pass. Some colleges/universities and departments require letter grades for prerequisite courses. The CSU campuses have no uniform limitations on Community College transfer courses graded Pass. Check the specific catalog for additional answers.

How does taking classes for Pass/No Pass work?

Taking classes for Pass/No Pass means that you are requesting to receive credit for a course without receiving a letter grade (A, B, C, D, F). As long as you earn the equivalent of an A, B, or C, you will earn a "Pass" for a grade of record. If you earn a D or F, you will earn a "No Pass" on your official transcript.

Units earned on a Pass basis will not be calculated into your GPA.

Some courses at SBCC are designated as "Pass/No Pass ONLY" courses in both the catalog and schedule. Earning a letter grade is not an option for these courses. In other courses, where Pass/No Pass is an option, you must turn in the Pass/No Pass request form to Admissions & Records office by the published deadline (DATE and TIME) in the schedule of classes. After that time, neither the student nor the instructor may change the decision. Credit will be granted only when the work is of a quality equivalent to a grade of "C" or better.

Some courses are designated as "letter grade ONLY". These courses may NOT be taken for Pass/No Pass, even if you get a signature from a faculty member.

How do I request Pass/No Pass?

Complete the Pass/No Pass Petition available at www.sbcc.edu/forms or from the Admissions & Records Office.

You can submit it online, and the request will go to your instructor. If you fill out the hard copy form, take the completed petition to your instructor or counselor for approval. After your instructor or counselor signs and dates your Pass/No Pass Petition, you must submit it to Admissions & Records for processing. Be sure to submit it by the deadline. Check the Student Calendar for that date at www.sbcc.edu/calendar. (It is often due by 1:00pm on the final day).

Requests for Pass/No Pass that are received or submitted after the deadline will not be processed.

 

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