To Ease Online Transition, Embry-Riddle to Begin Offering Pass/Fail Grading Option

Students working on laptops
Students have until April 23 to decide whether they want to accept a traditional letter grade or a pass/fail assessment.

The current global health crisis continues to challenge all of us. While many learners thrive in online environments, we recognize that others may be facing or distractions as they try to keep up with their studies from home.

To ease the transition of students from face-to-face instruction to an online format, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University will temporarily offer more flexible grading options to residential campus undergraduates during the spring 2020 semester. These students may decide, up until April 23, to accept a traditional letter grade or a pass/fail assessment. Those choosing the pass/fail option will carry forward their existing GPA.

Key aspects of this optional grading approach are as follows:

  • Students may opt-into pass/fail grading on a course-by-course basis.
  • Courses will count toward applicable program requirements if a passing grade is earned.
  • A “passing” grade will require earning a letter grade of A, B, C or D.
  • Students must communicate their decision to opt-into pass/fail grading to their academic advisors.
  • Students can withdraw from spring courses by April 6. (First, evaluate financial aid implications, should a withdrawal affect your “full-time” status.)
  • Some undergraduate students (e.g., students using VA education benefits, student-athletes, Honors students, students taking courses this semester to replace a grade from a previous semester, etc.) may not be allowed to opt-in for a pass-fail grade.
  • There will be no change in the current grading policies for graduate students.

We know you will have questions about this plan. Additional information will be posted to, under the “Prepare to Learn Online” tab, in the next few weeks.

Retrieving Your Belongings

UPDATE: The dates below have changed. Find the latest information on how and when to retrieve your belongings from residence halls.

Assuming that summer activities such as camps, conferences and courses continue as planned, students currently on residential campuses will have until May 5 to vacate their rooms. All students who have not yet retrieved their belongings from residence halls will have from April 6 to May 5 to do so.

For students who have already retrieved their belongings, there is no need to return to campus. Students who have already moved out had their campus access removed as of March 24. Staff will remove all perishable food items from residence hall rooms.

Are you planning to retrieve your belongings after April 6? Follow health protocols.

  • If you are sick, have been on a cruise ship, or traveled to any international region over the past 14 days, do not come onto Embry-Riddle’s campuses.
  • All visitors must stop by one of our many wellness check stations before entering the residence halls.
  • Family members can help — no more than three visitors allowed.
  • Retrieve your belongings and depart on a same-day basis.
  • Always practice social distancing by standing at least six feet away from others.

    Need help retrieving an essential item?

  • If you left an essential item on campus, first consider if anyone in the local area might pick it up for you.
  • Embry-Riddle personnel have been trying to help students who may have left critically important items on campus, such as medications or textbooks.
  • All shipping and storage requests will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis, with a goal to be as helpful as possible.

Short term storage is available for residents. Visit the pages for Housing & Residence Life in ERNIE after April 1 for more information.

Prorated refunds for housing and meal plans are being evaluated.