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Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory Grade Option

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 "Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory" System
Approved by the University Senate - May 6, 1983:

1.   The Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory option will be open to any undergraduate student who is in good academic standing and has more than thirty-one (31) earned semester hours.

2.   A student wishing to exercise the Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory option must do so during the registration period (specifically during the period for adding courses).  After opting for a Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory grade, a student may not then elect to receive a letter grade in the course.

3.   The student will receive a final letter grade of  "S" (satisfactory) for "C" or better work or "U" (unsatisfactory ) for "D" or below "D"-level work for a course taken under the Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory system where dual grading system exists.

4.   A satisfactory grade will count toward graduation, but will not affect the student's quality point average.  An unsatisfactory grade will not count towards graduation and will not affect the student's quality point average.

5.   Departments may, with the appropriate committee and University Senate approval, offer courses that are graded entirely according to the Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory standard. All other courses are optional Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory courses in which students will receive grades according to the standard for which they are registered.

6.   Student Teaching will be graded on a letter grade basis unless the student elects during the add period to receive the S/U grade.  Failure to request the S/U grade will result in letter grading.

7.   Students may take no more than four Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory courses totaling no more than 15 semester hours. Courses offered solely on the S/U basis are exempted from this limit, as is Student Teaching, if the student teacher selects the S/U option.  WITHIN THESE LIMITS, STUDENTS MAY TAKE A MAXIMUM OF ONE SATISFACTORY/UNSATISFACTORY COURSE EACH SEMESTER AND ONE EACH SUMMER.

8.   No student will be permitted to use the Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory option for any course that is required for their major, unless the course has been approved for grading on the Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory basis as established in item 5 above.  In this case, a required course graded on Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory basis will not be counted against the limits established in item 7 above.

9.   In courses with some students on the traditional grading system and others electing the course as Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory, the instructor will not know which students are taking the course Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory.  The traditional final grade for the course will be recorded and submitted by the instructor to the Office of Records and Registration.  It will be the duty of the Office of Records and Registration to convert the traditional grade to either "S" or "U" for the student's record.

10. Only those courses which are offered solely on a Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory basis may be repeated under the Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory option.

11. Students who elect a course or courses under the Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory option and who then transfer to a major for which the course is required, may be allowed to transfer Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory courses for credit.  Such transfer will be at the discretion of the dean having jurisdiction over the department into which they are transferring and after consultation with the appropriate department chairperson.