S/U Grade Change Interest Form

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SATISFACTORY/UNSATISFACTORY (S/U) GRADING OPTION FAQS

SUMMER 2020

(Please read this entire document before deciding to request the S/U grading option.)

  1. What is the S/U grading option? 

Faculty are required to enter letter grades (A-F) in MyCSN at the end of each summer session. Students may request a grade change to an S (Satisfactory) or a U (Unsatisfactory) for one or more summer 2020 courses AS SOON AS grade(s) are recorded in MyCSN.

  • For D- and higher grades, a change to an S (Satisfactory) may be requested.
  • For F grades, a change to a U (Unsatisfactory) may be requested.

NOTE: W (Withdraw) and AU (Audit) are NOT eligible for a grade change. The S/U grade change request applies only to sum20 courses for all session lengths (i.e., 4wk, 6wk, 8wk, 10wk).

  1. How is an S/U grade different from a letter grade?

Instead of a letter grade (A, B, C, etc.), you receive a grade of either “S”, indicating you performed at a Satisfactory level in the course, or “U”, for Unsatisfactory work. To receive an “S” grade, you must earn a D- or higher in a class; a grade of “U” (Unsatisfactory) is assigned instead of an F.

A grade of “S” or “U” is not used to calculate your GPA (see below for more information about how this S/U option relates to your GPA).

  1. Who can help me understand the benefits/disadvantages of the S/U option?

A CSN Counselor will discuss the pros and cons of an S/U grade, as well as other things to take into consideration. Choosing the S/U option may affect your academic future, so we want you to have all the necessary information to help you make the best decision for you.

NOTE: It is required to discuss the S/U grade change with a CSN Counselor in order to submit an official grade change request form. (see #4 Steps of the S/U Grade Change Process below)

  1. What are the steps of the S/U Grade Change Process?

AS SOON AS your sum20 grade(s) is posted in MyCSN, follow these steps:

  1. Read FAQs carefully
  2. Acknowledge FAQs
  3. Complete and submit S/U Grade Change INTEREST Form
  4. A counselor will contact you at your CSN student email or by phone
  5. Respond promptly to the counselor to discuss S/U pros and cons
  6. A counselor will send the S/U Grade Change REQUEST Form to your CSN student email AFTER you have communicated with the counselor.
  7. You MUST complete and submit the S/U Grade Change REQUEST Form by the deadline in order for the Office of the Registrar to process your grade change(s).

ALL steps must be completed by the deadline for your session end date. See #6 below for respective deadline dates.

  1. How soon may I submit an S/U Grade Change INTEREST Form?

You may submit an S/U Grade Change Interest Form AS SOON AS your summer 2020 letter grade(s) have been entered in your MyCSN student center.

  1. What are the DEADLINES to submit an S/U Grade Change REQUEST Form? 

 

  • Friday, August 7, 2020 by 11:59 p.m. – Sum20 sessions ending July 26, 2020 and earlier
  • Monday, August 17, 2020 by 11:59 p.m. – Sum20 session ending August 9, 2020

No requests will be accepted after the deadlines listed above.

  1. Do I have to change all of my classes to S/U grading, or can I choose one or two? 

You could change all of them, none of them, or any number in between. We encourage you to consider each class individually.

  1. How will I know if my S/U grade change has been processed?

You can check your transcript in your MyCSN student account. Click here for assistance accessing your transcript.

If you do not see the grade change to S/U reflected after two weeks from the date you submitted the S/U Grade Change REQUEST Form, you may contact

  1. Will S/U grades satisfy requirements for CSN degrees or certificates?

It depends on your major!

  • For AA/AB/AS degrees, S grades will count toward general education and special program requirements. (aka “major” courses)
  • For AAS/BAS/Certificate of Achievement, S grades will count toward general education requirements.
  • For AAS/BAS/Certificate of Achievement, S grades will NOT count toward special program requirements. (aka “major” courses)
  • S grades are acceptable for course substitution/waivers for AA/AB/AS general education and special program requirements.
  • S grades are acceptable for course substitution/waivers for AAS/BAS/COA general education requirements, but cannot be used for special program requirements.
  • U grades will NOT count toward any requirement for any degree or certificate.
  • Some prerequisite courses will not count toward advancement toward the next higher course if a specific minimum grade is required.

Prerequisite Classes

Some courses require prerequisites with or without a minimum letter grade.

  • An S grade in a prerequisite course requiring a minimum letter grade will have to be retaken for a letter grade.
  • For example, to move from BIOL 189 to BIOL 223, or from ENG 101 to ENG 102, an “S” grade in a prerequisite class will NOT allow you to move to the next course. 
  • An S grade in a prerequisite course NOT requiring a minimum letter grade will not have to be retaken.

NOTE: The prerequisite requirements may change from one catalog year to the next, so please take this into consideration.

Major Requirements

For courses taken in spring 2020 or later, "S" grades will not fulfill major requirements if your program has special licensing or accreditation requirements that make letter grades essential. Also, all AAS and BAS major courses must have a letter grade of C- or better.

Health Sciences Prerequisite Classes

  • For limited entry COA, AAS, AS, BAS, and BS programs, “S” and “TS” (transferred credit class) grades will not satisfy minimum prerequisite grade requirements. However, “S” and “TS” grades will count toward prerequisite course attempts. Note: “S” and “TS” grades received prior to spring 2020 will be accepted as equivalent to a “C” unless an official transcript submitted with a limited entry program application shows a higher grade.

Health Sciences General Education Classes

  • For limited entry COA, AAS, AS, BAS, and BS programs, “S” and “TS” grades received spring 2020 or later will be eligible for selection points only if the program’s selection criteria do not specify a minimum required grade. Additionally, “S” and “TS” grades will count toward general education course attempts. Note: “S” and “TS” grades received prior to spring 2020 will be accepted as equivalent to a “C” unless an official transcript submitted with a limited entry program application shows a higher grade.

Bachelor of Applied Science – Project Management Program Classes

  • “S” and “TS” will only be accepted for general education courses and NOT for lower-division (100 & 200), upper-division (300 & 400), or elective courses.
  1. Will S/U grading affect my financial aid or scholarship?

It may. If you choose to change your grade to an S/U instead of a letter grade, it will not be calculated into your GPA. A Satisfactory will be considered successful completion toward your pace of completionAn Unsatisfactory will not be considered successful toward your pace of completion.

You shouldn’t choose S/U grading until you understand the consequences.

If you have a Millennium Scholarship, you must complete 9 semester credits with a 2.6 (freshmen) or 2.75 (sophomore) GPA (grade point average) at the end of every semester to avoid losing eligibility for millennium. A Satisfactory would be considered successfully completed. An Unsatisfactory would not be successfully completed. It is important to note that you may only lose eligibility once during the lifetime of the Millennium Scholarship. Please read our Millennium Scholarship webpage for more information here.

  1. Will financial aid pay to retake an S/U grade for a letter grade in the future?

Yes, after earning a grade of D- or higher or an S, a student may use financial aid to retake a class one time for a better grade as long the course is required for the declared major.

For U grades, a student may use financial aid to repeat the course as long as it is required for the declared major.

  1. Will the VA pay to retake an S/U grade for a letter grade in the future?

For students receiving VA education benefits:

  • The VA cannot certify (pay for) repeats of S grades.
  • The VA will pay for repeats of U grades provided it is required for declared major.
  1. Will a course with an S/U grade count as attempted credits toward receiving the excess credit fee?

Yes. These are credits attempted for a course.

  1. How does the S/U grade affect my GPA? 

S/U grades are not computed in your GPA; only letter grades (A-F) are used to calculate your GPA.

  1. How does S/U grading affect my academic standing?

Academic Standing is determined by attempted credits with letter grades (A-F) and GPA. S/U grades are not computed in your GPA; only letter grades (A-F) will be used to determine your academic standing.

  1. Is S/U grading like an audit, where I can take a relaxed approach to classwork? 

No. An audit does not award any credits for the course while a Satisfactory (S) grade will earn credits for the class. You are still expected to be actively engaged in the class and to complete all your assignments. 

  1. If I choose the S/U option for my class, will this hurt my application for undergraduate, graduate, or professional schools? 

Due to the unprecedented COVID-19 situation, we are not sure how employers, internships, undergraduate, graduate, and professional schools will view S/U grades in courses that are normally letter graded. Ultimately, you will need to make a decision that you feel is best for you given your current situation and your future educational and career goals.

  1. How does the S/U option impact the Honor’s List, Dean’s List, and President’s List?

For summer 2020, you must complete six credits of coursework 100-level or above with letter grades (A-F) and meet the GPA requirement to be on the Honor’s, Dean’s or President’s List.

  1. If I choose the S/U option, can I switch back to a letter grade later? 

No. If you choose S/U grading, you cannot change back to a letter grade.  

By clicking “YES” I have read and understand the FAQ guidelines. I would like to be contacted by a counselor to discuss my S/U grade change options. 

I understand that if I choose to change a course grade (s) to an S or U, I must complete and submit an S/U Grade Change REQUEST Form AFTER I speak with a counselor by the respective deadline.

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