Important Grading Information

March 30, 2020

Dear Students,

The California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office has allowed us to extend the deadline for requesting a Pass/No Pass grading option. This option would change your current grading option of A-F to the option of earning a Pass or No Pass for the course.

A Pass/No Pass grading option earned in spring 2020 will not affect your progress/academic probation or dismissal status. If you choose the P/NP option and earn an NP in a course, you will be able to repeat the course in a future term without having to provide documentation for the reason to repeat.

The P/NP grading option may affect the following items:

  • Most institutions do not compute a GPA for a P/NP course. However, in some instances a passing grade is computed at a 2.0 level, potentially adversely affecting a student’s overall GPA score.
  • Most transfer institutions, including those in the California State University and University of California systems, require courses for the major to be completed with a letter grade. Therefore, an NP grade may result in the student needing to retake the course.
  • Many transfer institutions restrict the allowable transfer units that may be taken as a P/NP.
  • Eligibility for certain benefits such as veterans, sponsorships or scholarships. Please make sure to reach out to any programs you may be part of to determine if there is an adverse effect to your benefits. 

The Pass/No Pass petition is available on the Student Services website. To turn in the petition, please email the petition to A counselor will review the petition with you to ensure this is the right option for your educational pathway. If you decide this is the option you would like, the petition will be approved and your grading option for your class(es) will change. If you are unsure if this is the right option for you, please reach out to the counseling office at to discuss with a counselor.

Once you select this grading option, you cannot change the grading option back to a letter grade. This petition must be received no later than June 4, 2020 and is valid only for the spring 2020 term.

Distributed March 28, 2020