S/F Grading Policy

College Spring 2020 grading policies + procedures

Due to the disruption caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, the College of Arts and Sciences has updated our grading policies and procedures for the Spring 2020 semester. Please note: courses in other schools (Kelley, O’Neill, Public Health, Luddy, Education, etc.) may have different grading policies or procedures for this semester. Please contact those schools directly to learn more.

A-F grading

Most courses in the College of Arts and Sciences will continue to use regular (A-F) grading.

Requesting a Satisfactory (S) instead of a letter grade (A-F)

Any student enrolled in College of Arts and Sciences courses graded on an letter (A-F) scale may request a Satisfactory grade in place of a letter grade if the student’s work in the course is deemed to be of satisfactory quality (D- or higher for undergraduate courses; C or higher for graduate courses). If you choose the Satisfactory/Fail grading option, you must inform your instructor on or before Friday, May 8, 2020.

Your instructors may opt for Satisfactory/Fail (S/F) grading for the entire course

If a course has moved to a grading basis of Satisfactory/Fail, the instructor will inform you of the change and will explain the criteria for earning a Satisfactory (S) grade in the class. If you require a letter grade (A-F) due to scholarship eligibility, academic standing, or other reason, you must inform your instructor on or before Friday, May 8, 2020.

Satisfactory (S) grades count toward requirements

For Spring 2020, Satisfactory (S) grades will count toward requirements. For undergraduate students, this includes General Education, CASE (for College of Arts and Sciences majors), major, minor, and certificate requirements.

For graduate students who select Satisfactory (S) for this semester, this grade will count towards your requirements.