Notification to Students: Temporary changes to the Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory course grading policy
Wednesday, November 11, 2020
Temporary changes have been made to the Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory (S/U) course grading policy for Fall 2020 courses. The temporary changes, effective November 10, were put in place to provide students with flexible grading options at a time when the pandemic has affected our students and their families. The full policy can be found here.
Understanding grade implications is important. As you consider your grading options, please talk with your advisors about any impact these decisions may have on your
- path to degree completion,
- military veteran benefits,
- financial aid and scholarship eligibility,
- graduate or professional program applications,
- international student status, or
- other academic standing requirements.
A passing grade will appear on your transcript as an “S” (satisfactory). A grade of “S” will meet prerequisite requirements and count toward major/minor requirements. A failing grade will appear as a “U” (unsatisfactory). Neither an “S” nor a “U” will calculate into your GPA. Please discuss this option with your advisor to determine if this choice would be appropriate for you.
Before electing this grading option, students should inquire if the S/U grade will, (1) negatively influence your transcript when applying to graduate or professional schools, or (2) be appropriate if you need to increase your GPA. All undergraduate and graduate courses will have the S/U option available, except for those courses where accreditation requirements limit that possibility. Your instructor will let you know if there are limitations based on accreditation requirements that will prevent the S/U option in their course.
The deadline for students to change their grading mode to satisfactory/unsatisfactory is the last day of classes, December 3, 2020. Students who wish to elect this option should submit this form.
Click here for frequently asked questions regarding the S/U option.
Before dropping any course, we strongly encourage you to discuss these options with your academic, program, financial aid, and athletic advisors. Links to those offices can be found below.
Student Success Help Desk | Tutoring Services | Office of Student Financial Aid | UTEP Academic Advising Center | Military Student Success Center | Office of International Programs | Miner Athlete Academic Center | Counseling and Psychological Services | More Student Resources