Spring 2020 Enhanced Satisfactory/ Unsatisfactory Grading Option

An enhanced Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory (S/U) grading option is now available to students for Spring 2020 for all undergraduate and graduate courses. The College of Veterinary Medicine has a plan appropriate for DVM courses. We advise you to continue with your current grading basis until you have time to assess your comfort with the new online course delivery.

Here are some important, key points to keep in mind about the new S/U grading option for students:

  • The grading option can be applied to all graduate and undergraduate courses
  • The S/U grade will not carry grade points and will not impact your cumulative GPA
  • A grade of S will be assigned by the course instructor when the work is judged to be of C- quality or better
  • A grade of S will fulfill degree requirements, C-wall requirements, CODA requirements, prerequisites for future courses at NC State, and will not count toward the allowable limit of S/U course completions
  • A grade of U will not earn credit and will not affect a student’s GPA, though it will be used in Satisfactory Academic Progress calculations at the end of the term
  • Students will have the option of switching to this S/U grading basis until June 8th, which is after the Spring 2020 semester has ended and most grades have been submitted. We suggest that students consult with their academic advisor(s) and/or instructor(s) before making this change, as it cannot be reversed.

Questions and Answers About S/U Grading for Spring 2020

  • When will I be able to request a S/U grading basis change for my Spring 2020 course(s)?
    The grading basis change request is now available in MyPack Portal as of April 6, 2020.
  • How do I submit a request to change the grading basis for my class(es)?

    To perform a request for a grading basis change to Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory for a Spring 2020 class, follow these steps:

    1. Log into your MyPack Portal
    2. Navigate to your Student Homepage
    3. Select the ‘Planning & Enrollment’ tile
    4. From the left-hand navigation menu, select ‘COVID-19 Schedule Revision’
    5. In the ‘Change to Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory’ column for the selected class(es), toggle the button to select ‘Yes.’
    6. Select the ‘Submit’ button above your class list. (Justification not needed for S/U requests, and is only required if submitting a request for a Late Drop.)

  • Am I only allowed to submit a grading basis change request for courses that were originally delivered in-person?
    No, a grading basis change request can be submitted for any classes in which you are currently enrolled for the Spring 2020 semester, regardless of their original delivery method.
  • Can I change the grading basis for my class back to Graded after I submit a request to change it to S/U if it is before the deadline?
    No, once you have submitted a request to change the grading basis to S/U for a course, you cannot later change the grading basis back to a letter grade. We encourage you to wait to submit a request until after you have consulted with your advisor.
  • If I receive a favorable final grade in a course that I have designated as S/U, may I later ask to substitute that grade for a letter grade?
    No, once you have submitted a request to change the grading basis to S/U for a course, you cannot later change the grading basis back to a letter grade.
  • Is there a deadline to submit a request to change the grading basis for my class to S/U?
    Yes. All requests must be submitted by June 8, 2020. This is 30 days after the end of the Spring 2020 term.
  • Can I submit a grading basis change request for one class now, and then submit a request for another class at a later time?
    Yes, you have the option of submitting a request for a class now and then subsequently submitting a request for another class or classes.
  • Is permission required for me to change the grading basis for my class(es) to S/U?
    Permission is not required. Once you submit a request, the grading basis for the course will be changed to the new S/U grading basis. However, it is strongly recommended that you consult with your academic advisor(s) prior to submitting the request.
  • If I change the grading basis for a class to the new S/U basis, will this count against any limits on S/U classes?
    No. Classes for which you opt to change the grading basis to S/U for the Spring 2020 term will not count toward the limits that degree programs have on S/U credits. These courses will not count against the 12 semester hour S/U maximum for undergraduate students.
  • Does this opportunity have any effect on classes that are already only available for S/U grading?
    No. Courses already being offered for only S/U grading will not change and will continue to only fulfill requirements which typically allow this grading basis.
  • Does this opportunity have any effect on classes that changed to S/U grading prior to April 6?
    Yes, all Spring 2020 courses changed to S/U grading will be updated and permitted to count toward degree requirements.
  • If I change the grading basis of a course required for my degree program, will the credit still apply toward my degree?
    Yes. If you request to change the grading basis of a course to S/U and receive an S, and this course fulfills requirements for a degree (major, minor, or certificate), the course credit will apply toward all appropriate degree requirements as if you had completed it on a graded basis. However, there are some courses or degree programs at NC State that require a grade of a B or better in order to receive credit toward a degree program; if you are enrolled in a course or active in a degree program that falls under this category, please consult with your academic advisor and the instructor for the course before submitting a request to change the grading basis to S/U, as a grade of an S is only awarded if the coursework is determined to be of a C- quality or better.
  • What if students require letter grades for professional programs, employment or graduate studies?
    These are unprecedented circumstances and we are unable to predict how institutions outside of NC State will view courses completed as S/U for the Spring 2020 term. We do know that there are several academic institutions across the country that are utilizing this or a similar strategy, but cannot speak definitively for any of those outside of NC State. We encourage you to take careful consideration before requesting a change in grading basis to S/U for this reason. Additionally, if you have professional programs, employment, or graduate studies in your pipeline, you may want to reach out to contacts from those organizations if you have questions about any impacts that this change in grading basis may have.
  • How will this change in grading basis affect my GPA, should I choose to opt-in?
    Should your instructor determine that your coursework meets C- criteria or better, an S grade will not be calculated in your Grade Point Average, nor will it be used in the determination of academic honors. The grade of U will not be calculated in the Grade Point Average, however it will be considered a non-passing grade for Satisfactory Academic Progress purposes.
  • Are these changes to the S/U rules permanent?
    No. These changes are for the Spring and Summer 2020 semesters only due to the impacts of COVID-19.
  • Are Non-Degree Studies students also eligible to utilize this option?
    Yes, Non-Degree Studies (NDS) students may also elect to change the grading basis to S/U for any classes in which they are enrolled for Spring 2020.
  • I am an International Student. Will changing classes to the enhanced S/U grading basis for the Spring 2020 impact my visa status?
    As long as you remain enrolled as a full-time student, changing your enrollments to the enhanced S/U grading basis for the Spring 2020 semester will not impact your status. If you have questions, you should consult with the Office of International Services (OIS) before submitting a request. More information is available on the OIS website and their Coronavirus (COVID-19) FAQ page.
  • I am enrolled at NC State as a Cooperating Raleigh College, Inter-Institutional or visiting student. How will the S/U option impact my course of study at my home institution?
    We encourage you to contact your home institution to determine if and/or how courses graded on a S/U basis can be applied toward your course of study.