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Special Grading Policies
Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory (S/U) Grading
Use the S/U tool (link will open in a new window) (UBITName and Password required) to recover letter grades for your courses.
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, visit the Undergraduate Catalog, search for 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.To recover letter grades for courses taken in spring 2020 or later, please us the S/U tool (UBIT Name and password required). For courses taken prior to spring 2020, use the Undergraduate S/U Grade Recovery Request form.
For spring 2020 due to COVID-19 pandemic, students may request an S/U in lieu of a letter grade by completing the Request for Undergraduate S/U Grade Form by the end of the final exam period of the semester. For spring 2020 only, S/U grades may be elected for any course including those that count toward UB Curriculum general education requirements and major requirements (with some limited exceptions). These grades will be noted by S* and U* in place of S and U, respectively. Pass (TP) and Satisfactory (TS) grades earned in transfer coursework completed in spring 2020 at domestic higher education institutions may similarly be applied towards UB Curriculum and major requirements.
Students in certain majors who select S/U grading for a course may not be able to count that course towards the major or major-prerequisites. The following majors are affected:
- Nursing (Major Prerequisites and Requirements)
- Occupational Therapy (Major Prerequisites and Requirements)
- Accounting (Major Requirements only. MGA 201 and 202 may be taken S/U.)
Additional information on S/U grading for undergraduate students can be found in the Undergraduate Catalog covering the academic year in which the course was taken:
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, consult the Graduate School S/U Grade Policy.
Incomplete (I) Grades
In recognition of challenges related to the COVID-19 pandemic, the deadline for completing incomplete grades that were assigned spring 2019 and summer 2019 has been extended to December 31, 2020.
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, search for the 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 Incomplete (I) Grade Policy.
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 and search for “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 N Grade Policy.
Last updated: March 20, 2023 2:35 pm EST