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S/U Grading FAQ

Frequently asked questions and answers about Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory (S/U) grades.

What is S/U grading?

Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory (S/U) grades may be elected by completing the Request for Undergraduate S/U form by the end of the drop/add period for the semester. Students cannot select S/U grading for courses that count towards UB Curriculum general education requirements or major requirements. S/U grades do not factor into your GPA. More information on S/U grading can be found in the Undergraduate Catalog.

Your course instructors will submit a letter grade for you at the end of the semester, then the letter grade is converted to the appropriate S or U grade. A grade of C or better is converted to an S. A grade of C- and below is converted to a U. Students may opt to recover their letter grade at any point.

How did S/U grading change for spring 2020?

For spring 2020 only, S/U grading was permitted for any course, including those that count toward UB Curriculum general education requirements and major requirements. Some degree programs may require you to choose or recover letter grades in major courses and pre-requisites in the future. To date, these programs include Nursing, Accounting (with the exception of MGA 201 and 202) and Occupational Therapy.

I’m trying to decide if I should take a course S/U. What should I know to make an informed decision?

I am repeating a course this semester. Am I still able to elect this course for S/U grading?

No. When a course is repeated, S/U grading is not an option. In recognition of the challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic, S/U grading was permitted for repeated courses in spring 2020 only. If you have questions about your particular situation, please contact your academic advisor.

What is the difference between S/U and P/F grading?

P/F grading is designated at the course-level, and all students enrolled in the course will receive either a P or an F grade at the end of the term. Students may not elect this option. The P does not correspond to any specific letter grade; rather, it is an indication that the student has passed the course. There are no grade points associated with a P, but the credit hours are earned. However, the F grade (failure) is included in the GPA.

S/U grading is a student-selected option for a course that is normally designated with A-F or P/F grading. The course instructor does not know if a student selects a course for S/U grading. The course instructor submits the appropriate letter or P/F grade at the end of the term. Grades of P or A through C are converted to a grade of S. Grades of C- and below are converted to a grade of U. S/U grades do not factor into the GPA. Once grades have been assigned for the term, a student can reclaim the letter grade that the instructor assigned. When a student reclaims a letter grade, the letter grade replaces the S/U on the student’s record, and the letter grade is factored into the GPA.

How do I change a course to S/U grading?

Students can submit the Request for Undergraduate S/U Grade Form by the end of the drop/add period.

I requested S/U grading for a course. Can I also request and be granted an Incomplete for that course?

Yes, as long as the circumstances follow the parameters for you to request an incomplete grade from the faculty member. You may only be granted approval for an ‘I’ grade by your instructor if you have a passing average in the coursework that has been completed, and have well-defined parameters to complete the course requirements that could result in a grade better than the default grade.

Last updated: July 16, 2020 1:33 pm EST