The Spring 2020 Pass/Fail Option FAQ page states:
WHAT ARE THE IMPLICATIONS OF THIS POLICY FOR PRESIDENT’S LIST, DEAN’S LIST, AND OTHER ACADEMIC HONORS?
Elon’s academic catalog describes the requirements of various academic honors. To be eligible for the dean’s list or the president’s list in any particular semester, students need to be taking 12 hours of traditionally graded coursework. To graduate with honors (such as summa cum laude) a student must have completed at least 66 credit hours at Elon at or above a specific grade point average; the vast majority of Elon undergraduates will complete far more than 66 credits at Elon so the pass/fail option should not influence their credit-level eligibility for these honors, although pass/fail might have implications for their overall GPA. Different honor societies (such as Phi Beta Kappa) will make their own determination about the implications of this policy; please contact the Elon-based leader of these groups for guidance if you have questions.
The Phi Beta Kappa Members-in-Course Committee has decided that choosing to take one or more courses as pass/fail in Spring 2020, in most cases, will not adversely affect a student’s candidacy for PBK membership.
- Courses that would originally count for PBK credit will continue to count even if taken as pass/fail in Spring 2020. This includes courses that fulfill the foreign language and math requirements.
- As a part of the policy and as considered for PBK membership, a “pass” this semester does NOT affect a student’s GPA. However, a “fail” will affect the GPA. Please note that for students choosing the special pass/fail option, a pass is considered to be a grade of “C” or higher. Thus, there are some scenarios in which it may be to a student’s benefit to retain the traditional grading scale. Students should review the policy carefully and consult with their advisor prior to deciding on the pass/fail option.