February 16, 2021

Dear Students,
I hope you are safe and healthy as we settle into this spring semester, and know that we are here to support you as we continue to navigate these challenging times and circumstances. I am writing to follow up on the earlier message that announced the university's grading policy for undergraduate courses for the Spring 2021 semester.
"Pass/Fail" Grading Method Policy (Spring 2021):
  • Students may select up to seven credits to be graded as "Pass/Fail" for any undergraduate class.
  • A mark of "Pass" will be recorded on the transcript for an earned grade of C- or better.
  • Students who earn a D+, D, D-, or F will have that grade recorded on their transcripts.
  • The normal requirements corresponding to "Pass/Fail" Grading (as listed in the academic catalog) are waived for Spring 2021.
The website for making changes to your grading methods is now ready. If you would like to change grading methods for your courses, please visit:
Testudo Web App
As a reminder, you can choose a grading method for each of your courses individually up to a total of seven credits. You can make modifications to grading methods as many times as you like until the last day to make a change for the course, which is listed on the website (generally, this is the last day of that class). Whichever grading method you select by the deadline will be your final selection for recording your grades on your transcript. The website is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Please be aware that if the last day of a particular course is the last day of classes for the semester (i.e. May 11, 2021), you have until 10:59 pm EST on that day to make and save your selection. Note that the deadline is NOT midnight, but rather 10:59 pm EST.
To understand the impact of your decision, please review pertinent details about Spring 2021 grading before you make your selection: Spring 2021 Grading Policies.
Questions or problems with the website should be directed to keeplearning@umd.edu. As always, if you have questions about grading methods, including which courses to select for the "Pass/Fail" option, please see your academic advisor.
I wish you all the best for a successful spring semester.
Ann G. Wylie
Senior Vice President and Provost
The Flagship Institution of the State of Maryland
College Park MD 20742-5035, USA
Phone: 301.405.1000