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Special Grading Policies
Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory (S/U) Grading
Undergraduate students may opt to have a course graded as Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory (S/U) in lieu of traditional letter grades, where “S” indicates credit earned and “U” indicates no credit earned.
For further policy and procedure information on S/U grading, consult the Undergraduate Catalog’s Explanation of Grades and scroll down to the pertinent section called Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory Grading. If opting to take a course S/U, be sure and also complete the Request for Undergraduate S/U Grade Form (PDF).
Courses requested S/U will temporarily appear as the letter grade assigned by the instructor. Letter grades will be changed to S/U as soon as possible after grades are posted.
At the graduate level, an “S” indicates credit earned and a “U” indicates no credit earned. The “S” grade should be awarded only in those instances where a student’s weighted grade would have been equivalent to a “B” or better. No more than 25 percent of required course credits in a student’s graduate program (not including courses taken as research, thesis, project, portfolio, or dissertation guidance) shall be graded on an S/U basis. Satisfactory (Written) “SW” grades shall not be construed as “S” grades for this purpose. An academic unit may establish a lower percentage limit.
For further information on graduate S/U grading, consult the Graduate School’s Policies and Procedures.
Incomplete (I) Grades
Undergraduate students may receive a grade of Incomplete (I). It is assigned by an instructor and indicates that additional course work is required to fulfill the requirements of a given course. For further policy and procedure information on Incomplete grades, consult the Undergraduate Catalog’s Explanation of Grades and scroll down to the pertinent section called Incomplete Grades.
For all graduate-level courses, an interim grade of Incomplete “I” may be assigned if the student has not completed all requirements for the course. An interim grade of “I” shall not be assigned to a student who did not attend the course. For all graduate courses the default grade accompanying an interim grade of “I” shall be “U” and will be displayed on the UB record as “I/U.” For more information, consult the Graduate School’s Policies and Procedures.
Audit (N) Grades
Auditing a class is an undergraduate student option for recording attendance in a course when no grade is desired. At the semester’s end, an “N” grade is assigned. For further policy and procedure information on Audit grades, consult the Undergraduate Catalog’s Explanation of Grades and scroll down to the pertinent section called “N” Audit. If opting to audit a course, be sure and also complete the Audit Form (PDF).
An audited course carries no weight and does not count as attempted or accumulated hours. A graduate student wishing an “Audit” grade in a course must officially register for the course. The student must also submit a written request to the instructor by the fourth week of class. The instructor’s decision is final and needs to be communicated to the student in writing. A student may repeat a previously audited course and receive a weighted grade and academic credit. For more information, consult the Graduate School’s Policies and Procedures.
Last updated: April 21, 2017 8:34 am EST