Undergraduate Catalog 2005- 2006

Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory Grading

  • S/U grading is an option of the student, not the instructor.
  • Students wishing to select the S/U grading option must do so before the end of the second week of classes of the semester.
  • Students cannot select S/U grading for any course that is required for, or is a prerequisite for, their major(s).
  • Students who are required to fulfill the general education requirements cannot select S/U grading in any course that is to be used toward satisfying these requirements. (This restriction does not apply to students who are required to fulfill the "knowledge area" general education requirements.)
  • No more than 25 percent of a student's UB credit can be graded S/U.
  • Students may recover the letter grade earned in a course graded S/U if (a) that course is required for, or is a prerequisite for, a major(s) to which they have changed; or (b) they can document that a graduate or professional school to which they have applied demands the letter grade earned. (Once recovered, the letter grade will stand; that is, the student will not be able to change back to S/U grading.)

S/U Grading Procedures:

  • Students select the S/U grading option by notifying the Student Response Center on a form available at 232 Capen Hall.
  • Instructors will not be informed that students have selected the S/U option and must submit the letter grades the students earn on the Web Grading Web site.
  • Those students selecting S/U grading will have the letter grade automatically converted to S/U via a computer operation at the end of the semester. The "S" or "U" will appear on the students' grade reports and transcripts.
  • Students wishing to recover letter grades will have to submit a Request to Recover Letter Grade Form to their advisor for approval.
  • The letter grades equivalent to "U" (unsatisfactory) are "F," "D," and "D+". Students opting for S/U grading who earn a "D" or "D+" may petition their advisor to recover the letter grade if they wish to use the course toward meeting their degree requirements.