Office of the Registrar

Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory for Spring 2020

Xavier University faculty recognize that Spring 2020 is a challenging period that has created unusual stresses for students. As always, Xavier faculty and staff are here to help you navigate any challenges you are facing.

In the spirit of cura personalis, Xavier is therefore offering the possibility for students who are enrolled in Spring 2020 to request to convert some of their course grades to a Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory grading system (S/U), with certain restrictions aimed at helping to protect students from any negative consequences of choosing S/U.

  • Students may request to convert a class to S/U anytime starting April 14, 2020 and not later than May 31, 2020. Requests will need to be approved by the respective dean, listed below.
  • View the list of excluded courses.

Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory Request Forms

Once you have properly considered your options, you may request to convert some 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 Spring 2020

  • Undergraduate students may request up to six credits of S/U during spring 2020. Students interested in additional S/U credits are encouraged to reach out to their dean’s office (listed below) who will be ready to work with them to extend beyond the six S/U credits.
  • Graduate students may request up to half the eligible credit hours that they are enrolled in, but not more than six, of S/U during Spring 2020. If a graduate student is taking only one eligible course, they may request that course for S/U.
  • Any student found in violation of the University’s honesty policies forfeits the usage of the S/U grading option for the course(s) in question for the spring 2020 semester.
  • You must complete your S/U course(s) to earn academic credit. Make sure to meet all course expectations. Refer to your course syllabus or contact your professor, if you have questions.
  • 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.
    • For graduate courses numbered under 500, a U will replace a grade that otherwise would have been a B- or lower.
    • For graduate courses numbered 500 and higher, 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.
    • For graduate courses numbered under 500, an S will replace a grade that otherwise would have been a B or higher.
    • For graduate courses numbered 500 and higher, an S will replace a grade that otherwise would have been a C 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.
  • S/U is different from Incomplete (undergraduate) or Graduate Extension (graduate). Please see here for more information about Xavier University grading modes.

Certain courses and programs will not be eligible for S/U.

  • Programs have determined courses that are not eligible for S/U.  Note that just because a course is not on the list does not mean that the request will be automatically approved. 
  • Courses whose completion date are prior to March 16, 2020, are not eligible to switch from letter grade to S/U grading.

Timing

  • Students may request to convert a class to S/U anytime starting April 14, 2020 and not later than May 31, 2020.
  • If a student receives a grade of I (undergraduate students) or E (graduate 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 Spring 2020 will be extended to the final day of classes, May 8, 2020.
  • All final grades will be entered, even if your S/U request has been approved.  Grades will be converted to S/U during the summer term, and students will receive an email once the grade(s) have been updated. 

Questions and College Contacts

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. Further accommodations may be requested.