Q: Do S/U (Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory) grades calculate towards students’ GPA?
A: Upon a recommendation from the Faculty Senate Executive Committee and approved by President Young, the S/U grading will adhere to its current Definition in Student Rule 10 (Student Rule 10; “S: Satisfactory (C or above, hours not included in GPA, U: Unsatisfactory (D or F), no grade points, hours included in GPA). However, with this new policy for Spring 2020 only, all U and F grades will be excluded from gpa calculations (where ordinarily a U would count the same as an F grade in terms of gpa calculations).
Q: If a student has changed their mind about a course they already dropped prior to this announcement, can they reinstate back into a previously dropped course now that they can opt for S/U grading and U or F grades are being excluded from gpa calculations?
A: Yes, the advisor can submit an “add” request using the online Add/Drop request system to request a course be added back to the student’s schedule. The student would need to update their grade mode if desired.
Q: Does changing grade method (Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory) have any impact on students' full time enrollment status?
A: Student’s enrollment status will not change if they opt for S/U grading. Please visit financial aid for more information as to whether they have situations they may need to consider before opting for S/U grading.
Q: How do students change grade mode from letter grade to S/U?
A: Degree candidates will have until 6pm on Thursday, May 7 to make their selection in Howdy. As a result, degrees will not be conferred until Friday, May 8. All other students will have until Noon on Tuesday, May 12. See instructions from the Office of the Registrar on how students can change grading options.
Q: How will this affect prerequisites for courses that require C or better? Will an S grade meet that requirement?
A: Yes. An S is considered to be the equivalent of a C or better and pre-reqs set to require a C or better would be met with a grade of S.
Q: Does the S/U grade mode for Spring 2020 override the grade mode set for courses? For example, if a course was set for letter grading only.
A: The Office of the Registrar has already enabled grade mode options for all undergraduate and graduate courses. For courses that had been set for letter grade only, it will now permit students to opt for a S/U grade mode option per new policy for the spring.
Q: Can a student choose just 1 class to be S/U? Or is it all or nothing?
A: The student has the choice to select a grade mode of S/U for any course. It is NOT all or nothing. They will have to change the grade mode for each class on Howdy.
Q: What implications could courses taken S/U have on a student’s ability to be competitive for the various professional schools?
A: Refer students to OPSA website for updated information. Updates and notices will come from the OPSA listserv.
Q: How will taking the course S/U impact my change of major eligibility?
A: See department advisor. This is going to be different for every college/department. To be consistent across campus, I recommend using the S grade to meet the grade requirement for a course.
Q: How will changing a course S/U impact student athletes? Will it affect their eligibility?
A: Each student’s situation will be different. Always refer the student to consult with their athletics advisor.
Q: I’m in a writing/communication intensive course. Can I choose to take this course S/U and it still counts towards degree requirements?
Q: If the C or better requirement is on a course as a prerequisite will the student automatically be able to register for the course with an S, or will we have to do overrides for all courses with that prereq?
A: Keep in mind that prior to grades posting for the spring, the system permits spring ‘in-progress’ classes as meeting the prerequisite requirements (departments would monitor and remove students who ended up not meeting the pre-reqs after grades posted). However, if the student took the requisite course prior to spring and did not make a C or better, the student would need a prereq override to let them enroll in the needed class for summer or fall, even if they are retaking the requisite course in spring.
Prerequisite requiring C or better; S satisfies, U does not satisfy
Prerequisite requiring D or better; S satisfies, U does not satisfy