Category: Messages to the Community

Title: Fall Academic Policies Update

Date Published: July 20, 2021

Dear Georgetown University Students,

As the University prepares to return to campus and predominantly in-person operations for Fall 2021 semester, please note the following academic policies returning to pre-COVID-19 status, effective as of the first day of classes for the academic programs for Fall semester 2021. Academic policies can be found in the Undergraduate and Graduate Bulletins.

Grading Policy

Quality Grades for Undergraduate and Graduate Students

Students will only receive quality grades (letter grades of A, B, C, etc.) for their credit bearing courses. The flexible grading option of S/NC/NR introduced during the beginning of the pandemic will no longer be in use during the upcoming academic year.

Undergraduate Students and the Pass/Fail Option

Undergraduate students who would like to select the Pass/Fail option will have until the last day of classes during the semester to select this option. The Pass/Fail option is only available for one elective course each semester for sophomore, junior and senior students for a maximum of six courses.

Graduate Students and Designated Pass/Fail Option Courses

Only courses that have been designated by the department or program to be taken only on a Pass/Fail basis can be applied toward the graduate degree program. Additional courses where a student may choose to register for pass/fail grading cannot be applied toward a degree program.

Graduate students who have received permission from an instructor to take a course on a pass/fail basis should first register for the course on a letter grade basis, then change to pass/fail basis during the Add/Drop period. Changes of grade status (letter grade or pass/fail) are not allowed beyond the Add/Drop period.

Withdrawal Policy

The last day to withdraw/drop from a course during Fall semester without a W grade appearing on the transcript is Friday, September 3. For undergraduate and graduate students, Thursday, November 18, is the final day to withdraw from a course.

Probation, Suspension and Dismissal Policy

The academic standards for probationary status will resume during the Fall 2021 semester for undergraduate and graduate students. Undergraduate students who fail a course or earn a semester or cumulative grade point average (GPA) below 2.00 will be placed on academic probation. While on probation, students will be required to register for a minimum of 12 credits and must earn a 2.00 semester GPA. Graduate students will be held to the probation policies set forth in their school’s respective bulletins. Academic Suspension and Dismissal Policies will once again apply, as set forth in the relevant student bulletins and handbooks.

For additional information and guidance, please contact your advising dean.


Rohan Williamson
Vice Provost for Education

Elliott Crooke
Senior Associate Dean of Faculty and Academic Affairs