SATISFACTORY/UNSATISFACTORY (S/U) GRADING OPTION AND FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS (FAQs)
The Nevada System of Higher Education Board of Regents recently reinstated the policy on Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory grading. Under the change, students may request the Office of the Registrar change their final letter grade to a Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory grade once the letter grade is posted in MyCSN the Spring 2021 semester.
Students who earn a passing letter grade (D- or above), may request to receive a satisfactory (S) grade instead of a traditional letter grade. Students who earn a letter grade of F, may request to receive an unsatisfactory (U) grade. This option is not available to students who have either withdrawn from or selected an audit or incomplete grade. Grade translations for S/U COVID-19 Request: S (Satisfactory) = D- or better; U (Unsatisfactory) = F.
For Spring 2021 classes, request forms will be available online and accepted Monday, May 17, 2021 through May 27, 2021 by 11:59 p.m. Once a request is made to change to S/U grading and approved, the grading option is final. Students may not request to change back to a traditional letter grade for any class.
Because this change may cause unintended consequences (academic preparedness, financial aid, etc.), students are advised to consult with a counselor to discuss the benefits and/or consequences of changing from a traditional letter grade to a satisfactory/unsatisfactory grade. It is important to know that S/U grades may not apply toward certain degree programs. Classes that require specific letter grades (e.g. C or higher) may not accept an S as meeting the prerequisite. Changing to S/U may also affect financial aid, athletics eligibility, Veteran’s benefits, and more, which is why it is important to review your individual situation with an Academic Counselor.
Our Academic Counselors are ready to assist you. If you have any questions about this policy, please email Counseling & Retention Services at SU.firstname.lastname@example.org
Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory (S/U) Grading Option FAQs
- What is the S/U grading option?
Students may request the Office of the Registrar change a final letter grade to Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory grade after final grades post in MyCSN for the Spring 2021 semester. Students are strongly encouraged to view their final grade in MyCSN before submitting a request.
- ‘S’ grade = D- or higher
- ‘U’ grade = F
NOTE: W (Withdrawal), AU (Audit) or I (Incomplete) grades are not eligible for S/U grade change.
- What does it mean to receive a Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory grade?
Instead of a traditional 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.
- Who can help me understand the benefits/consequences of the S/U option?
A CSN Academic Counselor will discuss the benefits and/or consequences of changing from a traditional letter grade to a satisfactory/unsatisfactory grade. It is important to know that S/U grades may not apply toward certain degree programs. Classes that require specific letter grades (e.g. C or higher) may not accept an S as meeting the prerequisite. Changing to S/U may also affect financial aid, athletics eligibility, Veteran’s benefits, and more, which is why it is important to review your individual situation with an academic counselor at SU.email@example.com
- S/U Grade Change Steps?
Once Spring 2021 grade(s) is posted in MyCSN, follow these steps:
- Read FAQs carefully
- Contact an Academic Counselor at SU.firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss if a S/U grade change may cause unintended consequences (academic preparedness, financial aid, etc.).
- Complete and submit the S/U Grade Change Request Form by 11:59 p.m. on Thursday, May 27, 2021.
- How soon may I submit an S/U Grade Change Interest Form?
S/U Grade Change Request Form may be submitted after final grades post in MyCSN for the Spring 2021 semester.
- Deadline to submit an S/U Grade Change Request Form?
S/U Grade Change Request Form must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. on Thursday, May 27, 2021.
- Do I have to change all classes to S/U grading, or can I choose one or two?
There are no limits on the number of Spring 2021 courses that can have the S/U grade option applied.
- How will I know if my S/U grade change has been processed?
You can check to see if your S/U grade change has been processed by following the Guide, View Enrollment Dates, Class Schedule, Weekly Schedule, Grades, and Course History. If you do not see the grade change in MyCSN after two weeks, contact the Office of the Registrar.
- Will S/U grades satisfy requirements for CSN degrees or certificates? It depends on your major!
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.
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
NOTE: The prerequisite requirements may change from one catalog year to the next, so please take this into consideration.
Health Sciences Prerequisite Classes
For limited entry COA, AAS, AS, BAS, and BS programs, “S” grades will not satisfy minimum
prerequisite grade requirements. However, “S” grades will count toward prerequisite course attempts. Please view the Limited Entry Policy for further information.
Health Sciences General Education Classes
For Limited Entry AAS, AS, and BAS programs, “S” grades will be eligible for selection points only if the program’s selection criteria do not specify a minimum required grade. Additionally, “S” grades will count toward general education course attempts. Please view the Limited Entry Policy for further
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.
- 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.
- An S grade in a prerequisite course requiring a minimum letter grade will have to be retaken for a letter grade.
- Will S/U grading affect my financial aid or scholarship?
It may and it depends. Financial Aid recipients must complete 67% of attempted credits with a 2.0 cumulative GPA or better.
- A “S” grade will not impact the GPA calculation, but will positively impact your completion rate and counted towards your attempted credits
- A “U” grade is not a passing grade and will negatively impact your completion rate
- If you have questions, contact email@example.com
The Promise Scholarship follow the same financial aid rules as mentioned above. If you have questions, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Millennium Scholarship recipients must complete 9 credits with a 2.75 semester GPA.
* A student must keep at least one letter grade that will equal to a 2.75 GPA or higher.
* More information can be found at the CSN Millennium webpage
* If you have questions, contact email@example.com
- 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 the course 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 retake the course as long as the course is required for the declared major.
- Will the Department of Veteran Affairs (VA) pay to retake an S/U grade for a letter grade in the future?
It may and will depend on your situation.
* The courses with a “S” and “U” grade will be counted as being paid by VA funds.
* A “S” grade cannot be repeated in future semesters and be paid by VA funds
* A “U” grade may be repeated and paid by VA funds if it remains a requirement that has not been satisfied.
* If you have any questions,
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.
- How will S/U grade impact my GPA?
S/U grades are not included in the grade point average (GPA). S/U grades carry no grade points and are neutral in the GPA calculation. If you choose the S/U option for all courses, you will have no semester GPA, and your cumulative GPA will not change. If you choose the S/U option for some of your courses, only those for which you keep letter grades will be included in your semester GPA.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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 future educational and career goals.
- How does the S/U option impact the Honor’s List, Dean’s List, and President’s List?
For Spring 2021, 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.
- If I choose the S/U option, can I switch back to a letter grade later?
No. Once a request is made to change to S/U grading and is approved, the grading option selected is final. Students may not request to change back to a traditional letter grade for any course.
All students are strongly advised to meet with a CSN Academic Counselor to discuss potential ramifications of changing from a traditional letter grade to a satisfactory/unsatisfactory gradeprior to submitting a S/U Grade Change Request Form. Contact the Academic Counseling Team.