(Note:This message was emailed to faculty, staff and students on 3/30/20)
Dear MU Campus,
As we address the extraordinary conditions of the COVID-19 pandemic, we strive to respond quickly to the evolving needs of the students we serve. All of us have had to make adjustments that were unimaginable a month ago. In this message, I will address two important changes that are meant to give our students more support and flexibility in this time: the Satisfactory – Unsatisfactory (S/U) Grading option and a change in the date to withdraw from a course with a 25% refund.
Satisfactory – Unsatisfactory (S/U) Grading
I am truly grateful to the undergraduate associate deans, the Academic Advising Leadership Council, the graduate associate deans, the Graduate Faculty Senate, and the Graduate School, who came together to recommend to MU’s Faculty Council that the deadline for Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory (S/U) grading be changed. The recommendation was approved by Faculty Council on March 26.This option is made available for all undergraduate and graduate courses. Professional degrees (i.e., DPT, MOT, JD, DVM, MD) do not require approval from Faculty Council for grading and certain policy matters. Any changes within those professional degree programs will be made and communicated separately by their college/school leadership.
All undergraduate and graduate students enrolled in courses (including online and self-paced) in Spring 2020 will be able to choose the S/U grade option for all courses that have an A-F grade option. Students have the option to retain the letter grade earned or select S/U after final grades have been posted. (NOTE: Classes that ended prior to March 16, 2020 are not eligible to be changed to S/U grading.)
IMPORTANT: Students will be able to select the S/U option from Monday May 18, 2020 at 8 a.m. through Friday June 5, 2020 at 5 p.m. (CDT).
This change provides a student-centered response to the challenges now facing our students and their families. These actions are also in line with those taken by many of our peer institutions (AAU, SEC, and other 4-year public institutions), a growing list of which can be found here. We believe that now, more than ever, we need to support our learners with flexible options that uphold our high academic standards but also acknowledge the significant disruption to their lives as students at this time.
All students are encouraged to discuss implications of selecting the S/U option for any course with their academic advisor and other applicable units (e.g., Financial Aid, MU Student Veteran’s Center, International Center, Athletics, ROTC). Additionally, programs with competency-based outcomes and/or licensure/accreditation expectations related to S/U grading will need to take additional steps to ensure that students receive specific advising about this option.
This is a living document. We will be making necessary updates and additions as needed. For detailed FAQs about the S/U option, please see: https://registrar.missouri.edu/sp2020changes.php. These FAQs address specific situations and questions that students may have.
Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory (S/U) Basics
- S/U grades are NOT included in semester or cumulative GPA calculations
- Any grade C- or higher becomes an “S”
- Any grade D+ or lower becomes a “U”
- “S” receives course credit
- “U” does not receive course credit
- The course instructor does not know whether students have chosen the S/U option at the at the time of posting grades on myZou.
- The course instructor will enter the appropriate letter grade (A-/+; B-/+, etc.) in the grade roster on myZou at the end of the semester.
- Once the course letter grade is submitted and the student chooses the S/U option, the grade will be converted to S/U on myZou.
S/U Grading for Spring 2020
- All undergraduate and graduate students enrolled in courses (including online and self-paced) will be able to choose the S/U grade option for all courses that have an A-F grade option. (NOTE: Classes that ended prior to March 16, 2020, are not eligible to be changed to S/U grading.)
- IMPORTANT: Students will be able to select the S/U option from Monday May 18, 2020 at 8 a.m. through Friday June 5, 2020 at 5 p.m. (CDT).
- Students should consult with their academic advisor or program faculty to determine the impact of choosing the S/U option. There are a variety of situations where a letter grade is required for accreditation, licensure, clinical work, to be removed from probation, to move to the next level in a course sequence, etc.
- Students can choose the S/U grade in one or multiple courses. Because S and U grades do not factor into their GPA, students may be required to retake a course for a letter grade at a later date (e.g., if a B- or better is needed in research methods courses, and students opt for a S, they will need to retake the course, if they do not meet the requirements of a policy that requires a B range grade or higher).
- Students do not need to take any action if they choose to keep the A-F grading option if the course was originally designed with S/U grading.
Withdrawals with 25% Refund
The change in the withdrawal deadline to receive a 25% refund has been approved. Students who withdraw from a course on or before Friday, April 10, 2020 at 5 p.m. (CDT) will receive a 25% reassessment credit for required tuition and fees. The final withdrawal date of May 4, 2020 at 5 p.m. (CDT) has not changed. What has changed is that students who withdraw between March 17 and April 10, 2020 will receive a 25% reassessment credit for required tuition and fees related to the hours withdrawn. (The original date for the end of the 25% reassessment was March 16, 2020).
Latha Ramchand, PhD
Executive Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs