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​Spring 2021 Student Interim Grading Option Information

As you may know, the University of Houston-Downtown has implemented an interim grading option for the Spring 2021 semester in light of the recent winter storm that further disrupted student learning beyond the ongoing pandemic.

The S/U (Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory) grading option allows you to choose the S or U grading option instead of a traditional letter grade (A, B, C, D, or F). Choosing the S/U option will not impact your GPA. You are allowed to choose this option on a course by course basis, and can select it for one or up to all of your Spring 2021 courses.

If you do not wish to pursue the S/U grade option for any of your Spring 2021 courses, no action is needed at this time. You will receive a traditional letter grade from the professor based on your academic performance in each course. Please know, your professors will still grade all coursework using the grading system that they have established for the class.

Requesting the S/U grading option:

  • Contact your professor directly requesting the S/U grading option via email or Blackboard (or other method specified by your professor). The request must be submitted in writing to each faculty member for each course. Please refer to the Academic Calendar​ for Timeline and Requirements for Grading.

  • With Spring 2021 grades expected to post in Blackboard by the designated session deadline, you will have an opportunity after viewing your letter grade to consider requesting the S/U option.

If you choose the S/U option for any of your courses, you will be graded as follows:
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
We encourage you to consult with your advisor about the possible implications of your decision with respect to making progress toward your degree and considering applications to graduate programs. You should also contact the Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid regarding impacts the S/U grading option could have on your aid.

Keep track of your S/U grading requests and monitor your final grades as they post. If there are any issues with the grade received, contact your instructor.






Last updated 4/16/2021 5:19 AM