April 22, 2020 – In order to encourage student persistence and success during the COVID-19 pandemic, Santa Fe College is giving students the option of selecting S/U (satisfactory or unsatisfactory) grades instead of letter grades for eligible courses they complete during the B, C and D terms of the Spring 2020 semester. Students still must complete their coursework; stopping coursework early is likely to result in a poor grade.
Faculty will assign letter grades to students as normal, according to their course grading policy, and assignment of letter grades will be the default option. However, students may choose the S/U option instead of letter grades on a course-by-course basis. Students will be able to choose the S/U grading option until Friday, April 24.
Students will not be able to switch back to the traditional grading option after the deadlines, and they will not be able to appeal their decision. Courses assigned an S or U will have a transcript notation indicating these grades were awarded during the special circumstances of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The grade of S will indicate that students have completed the essential requirements of a course, resulting in the award of credit for the course. Additionally, if the course satisfies a graduation requirement, general education requirement, prerequisite requirement for another course, or preprofessional requirement, that requirement is considered fulfilled. However, the grade of S will have no impact on overall GPA. Conversely, a grade of U will indicate that the course was not completed and no credit was awarded, but there will be no impact on GPA. In the vast majority of cases, grades of C or better will be equivalent to an S, and grades of D+ or worse will translate into a U.
More details about opting for a Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory grade can be found at sfcollege.edu/registrar/grading-policy/index. Students should also carefully review the Special Considerations and consult with an advisor before making their choice.