Spring 2020 S/U Grading Policy

College of Public Health and Human Sciences

OSU adjustments

OSU has adjusted the S/U grading policy for Spring 2020 in the following ways

  • The university extended the deadline for students to select S/U grading options for spring term to the Friday of week 10, June 5, at 5 p.m..
  • S grades (the equivalent of earning a C- or higher) in Spring ’20 courses will be accepted in all colleges and in all majors to meet degree requirements, even if a letter grade is usually required.
  • “S” and “P” grades earned at other institutions during Spring ’20 will be accepted in all colleges and in all majors to meet degree requirements, even if a letter grade is usually required.
  • The maximum number of S/U credits that can be applied in an undergraduate degree program (normally 36 total credits) can be exceeded by Spring ’20 credits. For example, students who have reached the 36-credit maximum before Spring ’20 can still use S/U grading in some or all of their Spring ’20 courses.  
  • Academic Regulation 20 (which prevents S/U grading in a repeated course) will not apply in Spring ’20. During Spring ’20, students who previously completed a course with a letter grade will be allowed to S/U the repeat take. The grade from the first take will still be excluded from the GPA, but the second take (S/U) will have no quality points so neither take will count in the GPA.
  • If a student chooses to S/U all of their Spring ’20 courses, they will have no GPA for the spring term. Their academic standing from Winter ’20 will carry forward and become their Spring ’20 academic standing (see AR 22: Satisfactory Academic Standing).

 

CPHHS adjustments

Additional adjustment for CPHHS Undergrads

  • CPHHS will follow the university’s policy and additionally accept S/U grades for spring 2020 courses taken in any major, minor and pre-requisite courses.

 

How Does S/U Grading Work?

Students may elect to change a course that is graded on an A-F basis to a Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory (S/U) basis. A grade of S or U has no grade point equivalent and is not used in the GPA calculation. Instructors do not know which students have changed their grading basis, and submit A-F grades for everyone at the end of the term. Students earning a C- or higher in the class will get an S grade on their transcript and receive full credit for the course. Students earning a D+ or lower in the class will get a U grade on their transcript and receive no credit for the course.

While major/minor courses typically require a C- or above, Baccalaureate Core and elective courses only require a D- or above. For a course using the S/U grading basis, students receive a U if their grade is below a C. So, if a student earning a D+, D, or D- in a Baccalaureate Core or elective course and chose to S/U the course, the course would not apply to the degree and the course would need to be repeated or the student would need to take a different course to fulfill their degree requirement.

More information in Academic Regulation 18: Alternative Grading Systems.

 

How to Request a Change of Grading Basis (S/U)

The Office of the Registrar is launching a new online Change of Grading Basis form to better serve students when changing their grading basis (A-F to S/U or S/U to A-F).

This new process provides students and advisors with a seamless experience. Students are now able to:

  • Choose the desired grading basis from their online schedule of classes.
  • Digitally sign and submit the form, which is routed to their advisors, from email.
  • Receive email confirmation that the request was approved, denied or processed

For details on the step-by-step process to change your grading basis, visit the Office of the Registrar's Change of Grading Basis page.

If you have questions or need assistance with the changing of grading basis process, please contact the Office of the Registrar at registrars@oregonstate.edu or (541) 737-4331.

Talk to your advisor

Before submitting a Change of Grading Basis request talk to your advisor to make sure that electing for S/U grading is the right choice for you*. Once approved, you will receive an email confirmation that the request was approved. The university will notify students as soon as this new process is ready for use.

 

*Should you change the Grading Basis of your course(s) to S/U?

  • Are you currently working to increase your cumulative GPA or increase earned credits for Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) to regain or to continue receiving financial aid?
  • Are you currently working to increase your cumulative GPA or increase earned credits for Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) to regain athletic eligibility?
  • Are you currently working to increase your term and cumulative GPA to be removed from Academic Warning/Probation?
  • Are you retaking a course you previously failed?
  • Do you need to improve your GPA to maintain a scholarship?
  • Do you need to maintain a certain number of credit hours with regularly graded courses for a scholarship or grant?
  • Are you planning to transfer (we hope not) to another college/university?
  • Are any of the courses you are taking this term required prerequisites for a professional or graduate school? If yes, does the institution you plan to apply to require traditional grading (A-F) for prerequisite courses?

If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, we recommend you research the potential impacts of choosing S/U grading with your advisor, as there may be ramifications associated with your choice that would impede progress to your goal.