Petition for Late Pass/Fail (SBS)

This petition is for students who are requesting a change to elective P/F grading after the deadline has passed. Late P/F are approved at the discretion of an academic dean (see below for criteria). The deadline for an elective Pass/Fail is set by University regulations and exceptions are extremely rare.

1. Complete the form below.
2. Email any supporting documentation to sbsadvising@sbs.umass.edu. In the subject line, please write “Documentation for late P/F request.”
3. Call our office (413-577-1057) to schedule an appointment to discuss your petition with one of the SBS Academic Deans. If no one picks up, please be sure to leave a message that includes your name, phone number, and SPIRE ID number along with the reason you are calling.


  • The following do not constitute grounds for a late elective pass / fail:

    • Concern over academic performance in the class, effect on GPA, and prospects for acceptance to other institutions such as law school, medical school, etc.
    • The course is not being taken to fulfill any specific requirement(s)
    • Medical or family emergency (a late withdrawal may be possible)
    • Instructor support for the request
    • Change of major
    • Lack of awareness of the deadline
    • No previous history of utilizing the elective pass/fail option
  • Student Information

  • Date Format: MM slash DD slash YYYY
  • Course Information

  • The following may constitute grounds for a late pass / fail. Verification is required.

    • Registration error, such as mis-keying of class schedule number (verifiable by Dean through student enrollment history)
    • Rejection of attempt by SPIRE due to presence of mandatory P/F course on student schedule (verifiable by Dean through student enrollment history)
    • Departmental or instructor error if course was added to student schedule by department or instructor (department or instructor verification required)
    • Academic Mis-advising (verification required)
  • Please provide an explanation for requesting a late Pass / Fail.