UHD Approves Interim Grading Option for Spring 2020 Semester
As students move to new online learning environments and continue to cope with the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, the University of Houston-Downtown is implementing an interim grading option for its spring 2020 semester.
The Office of the Provost in consultation with UHD Faculty Senate, Student Government Association, Advising Council, college deans and department chairs developed a grading procedure that will support the success of students during an otherwise challenging semester.
Approved by UHD President, Dr. Juan Sánchez Muñoz, this option will provide students with the option of selecting a grade of Satisfactory or Unsatisfactory instead a traditional letter grade (A - F).
For Undergraduate courses, the S/U grading will be applied in this manner:
S: Satisfactory = C or above, no effect on GPA, hours count toward graduation.
U: Unsatisfactory = D or F, no effect on GPA, hours do not count toward graduation. Some degree programs may count a D as acceptable for the purpose of degree completion or graduation - students should consult with advisors to determine this before making a decision.
For Graduate courses, the S/U grading will be applied in this manner:
S: Satisfactory = B or above, no effect on GPA, hours count toward graduation
U: Unsatisfactory = C, D, or F, no effect on GPA, hours do not count toward graduation. Grades of "U" cannot by themselves be used as a basis to dismiss students from graduate programs.
According to this procedure, students will have the opportunity to review their respective final course grades through Blackboard between May 13 and 18, 2020. Students can then opt for the S/U grading method in place of the letter grade. Students will have until 5 p.m., May 18, 2020 to request a change to the S/U option. Faculty can then begin submitting final grades starting 8 a.m., May 19, 2020 and must complete them no later than noon, May 24, 2020.
Students are strongly encouraged to consult with their academic advisors when requesting a switch from a letter grade to the S/U option, as pertinent to requirements professional school admissions. These respective advisors may also offer guidance on how the S/U option may affect financial aid.
This option was driven by the challenges faced by UHD and its students this semester. With classes being moved online and a lack of campus access, the grading option and procedure was developed to support the University's learning community in a way that is both fair and equitable considering disruptions caused by the Coronavirus pandemic and recent Stay at Home orders issued by Harris County and others throughout the Houston Metropolitan area. Additional details on UHD's responses to the pandemic can be found on the University's
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