Office of the Registrar

Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory for Fall 2020

Xavier University faculty recognize that Fall 2020 has been a challenging period for the Xavier community, including for our students. 

In the spirit of cura personalis, Xavier is therefore offering the possibility for undergraduate students who are enrolled in Fall 2020 to request to convert one of their course grades to a Satisfactory/ Unsatisfactory grading system (S/U), with certain restrictions aimed at helping to protect students from any negative ramifications of choosing S/U. It is highly recommended that students consult their advisors, chair/program director/school director or dean to determine eligibility. Implications for licensure or advancement in a program may be affected by a S/U grade.

  • Students may request to convert a class to S/U anytime starting Nov. 6, 2020 and not later than Dec. 4, 2020. Requests will need to be approved by the respective dean, listed below.

Update on Thursday, Nov. 19:

Effectively immediately, the new deadline for the original one S/U course is moved to Dec. 4, 2020. In addition, students may elect to request one additional course as S/U, with the caveat that the appropriate Dean’s approval is required, as stated in the proposed addendum. This course will also have a due date of Dec. 4, 2020. These credits are reserved for extenuating circumstances and emergencies such as mental and physical health conditions. Students are encouraged to reach out to their Dean’s office (contacts are listed at the bottom of this page), who will be ready to work with them for this additional request. Dean’s will review each request on a case-by case-basis. Implications for licensure or advancement in a program may be affected by a S/U grade. All the same parameters approved in the last proposal will still hold.

Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory Request Forms

Once you have properly considered your options, you may request to convert one of your course grades to a Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory grading system (S/U). Please submit the form based on the college of your major. If you have majors in different colleges, please choose only one college form, and the Deans' offices will coordinate.

The request period has passed and the forms are no longer available.

Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory Grade Options for Fall 2020 

  • Undergraduate students may request a maximum of one course (including lecture/lab)for S/U during Fall 2020.
  • A U will replace a grade that otherwise would have been a failing grade.
    • For undergraduate courses, a U will replace a grade that otherwise would have been an F.
    • No course credits will be awarded for a U.
    • A U will count as a grade of F in the cumulative GPA, and so the GPA will be lowered.
  • An S will replace passing grades.
    • An S will not count toward the semester, program or cumulative GPA.
    • For undergraduate courses, an S will replace a grade that otherwise would have been a D or higher.
    • Course credits for courses with an S will count toward the earned credit hours needed for graduation and toward any other requirement that does not have a grade minimum.
    • Students can see how an S or U may impact their GPA by using the GPA calculator.
  • Viewing Grading Scale details.
  • In Fall 2020, S/U is not an option for any courses that are taken by graduate students.

Certain courses will not be eligible for S/U.

  • Programs will develop a list of courses or programs that are not eligible for S/U due to program requirements, accreditation, licensure or other requirements. These courses will be approved by the respective dean and communicated via the Office of the Registrar website.
    View the List of Excluded Courses


  • Students may request to convert a class to S/U anytime starting November 6, 2020 and not later than Dec. 4, 2020
  • If a student receives a grade of I (undergraduate students), then the student should contact their dean’s office by the last day of the subsequent semester if they wish to convert the class to S/U at a later date.
  • The Undergraduate Withdraw date for Fall 2020 will be extended to the final day of classes, November 24, 2020.
  • All final grades will be entered, even if your S/U request has been approved.  Grades will be converted to S/U in mid-December. 


Please contact your dean’s office with any questions about this policy or in cases of extenuating circumstances. Deans have the discretion to assess S/U requests.