S/U Grade Change Interest Form

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SATISFACTORY/UNSATISFACTORY (S/U) GRADING OPTION FAQS
 

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

What is the S/U grading option? 

Effective spring 2020, all students can request to have one or more courses graded as Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory (S/U) instead of a letter grade.

The default option is for you to receive a letter grade. You only need to make a request if you want to change to S/U grading for a particular course. If you want S/U grading, you must submit the S/U grade change request form between Thursday, May 21, 2020 and Tuesday, June 15, 2020. No requests will be accepted after 5 p.m. on June 15, 2020.

If you are receiving financial aid, or if you are graduating in spring 2020, or if you are on academic warning, academic probation, or academic suspension, you must submit the S/U grading request form no later than 5 p.m. Wednesday, May 27, 2020.

NOTE: S/U grades are not acceptable in special program requirements, only in general education requirements. Also, some class prerequisites might not accept S/U grades. An S/U grade is not acceptable for substitution/waivers.

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” will not affect your overall GPA (see below for more information about how this S/U option relates to your GPA).

When should I decide to request the S/U grading option? 

You have from May 21, 2020 to June 15, 2020 to request S/U grading; however, if you are graduating in spring 2020, or receiving financial aid, or if you are on academic warning,   academic probation, or academic suspension, then you have until 5 p.m. May 27, 2020. You must submit the S/U grade change request form. In many cases it’s better to get a letter grade in a class. We want to ensure you understand all of the impacts of S/U grading.

Who can help me decide if I should choose the S/U option? 

Once you submit your S/U grade change request form, a CSN Counselor will contact you via telephone or through your CSN student email to discuss your S/U options. 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 and your academic situation.

You must submit the S/U grade change request form between Thursday, May 21, 2020 and Tuesday, June 15, 2020. No requests will be accepted after 5 p.m. June 15, 2020.

If you are receiving financial aid, or if you are graduating in spring 2020, or if you are on academic warning, academic probation, or academic suspension, you must submit a request for S/U grading no later than 5 p.m. Wednesday, May 27, 2020.

Will S/U grading affect my financial aid or scholarship?

It may. You shouldn’t choose S/U grading until you understand the consequences. If you choose to accept an S/U instead of a letter grade, it will not count toward your GPA. A Satisfactory will be considered successful completion toward your pace of completion. An Unsatisfactory will not be considered successful toward your pace of completion.

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 at: https://www.csn.edu/millennium-scholarship. You may also email for questions.

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

Yes, a student may use financial aid to retake any class one time for a better grade.

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 graded course. The “S” (Satisfactory) represents a minimum letter grade of D- and “U” (Unsatisfactory) is equivalent to a letter grade of F.

How do I notify CSN that I want to change to S/U grading? 

You must submit the S/U grade change request form between Thursday, May 21, 2020 and Tuesday, June 15, 2020. No requests will be accepted after 5 p.m. June 15, 2020.

Once you submit your S/U grade change request form, a counselor will contact you via telephone or through your CSN student email to discuss your S/U options. Choosing the S/U option may affect your academic future.

If you are receiving financial aid, or if you are graduating in spring 2020, or if you are on academic warning, academic probation, or academic suspension, you must submit a request for S/U grading no later than 5 p.m. Wednesday, May 27, 2020.

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

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

Will classes I take as S/U still count toward my major? 

S/U grades are not acceptable in special program requirements, only in general education requirements. Also, some class prerequisites might not accept S/U grades.  S/U grades are not acceptable for substitution/waivers.

Prerequisite Classes

In some classes, you must earn a C- or higher to move on to the next course. For example, to move from BIOL 189 to BIOL 223, or from ENG 101 to ENG 102, an “S” grade in a pre-requisite class won’t allow you to move to the next course. If you choose S/U grading in a pre-requisite course, you will have to retake the class for a letter grade (and earn a C- or higher depending on the course) to move to the next course in the series.  

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”, “TS”, and “U” grades will only be accepted for general education courses and NOT for lower-level, upper-level, or elective courses.
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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. You must submit the S/U grade change request form.  A counselor will contact you via telephone or through your CSN student email to discuss your S/U options.

Choosing the S/U option may affect your academic future.  For instance, some undergraduate transfer programs, graduate programs, and professional schools (i.e. medical, pharmacy schools, etc.) may not accept S/U grades in key courses. You need to think carefully about whether an S/U grade will create problems for your future educational or career plans. Additionally, student athletes may also negatively impact their eligibility to participate in sports if they choose to replace a letter grade with an S/U grade.

How does the S/U grade affect my GPA? 

A grade of “S” or “U” will not affect your GPA; only letter grades are used to calculate your GPA. An “S” grade will help maintain your GPA where it is, but will not raise it. Similarly, a “U” grade will not lower your GPA, so in some cases it may be a better option than receiving an F in a class. However, you need to be sure it will not affect your financial aid, scholarship, or program eligibility before requesting the change.

How does S/U grading affect my academic standing?

S/U grades will not impact your GPA and will not directly affect your academic standing or your status on academic warning or probation.

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 you credits for the class. You are still expected to be actively engaged in the class and to complete all your assignments. 

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 during the Spring 2020 semester, 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.

How does the S/U option impact the Dean’s List and President’s List?

For spring 2020, you must complete six letter-graded credits (instead of the usual 12) and meet the GPA requirement to be on the Dean’s or President’s List. Students who have only S/U graded courses (and no GPA for spring 2020) are not eligible for either list.

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