College Rolls Out Expanded S/U Grading Option for Spring 2020 Semester

(Photo Allyson Frantz/The Gettysburgian)

(Photo Allyson Frantz/The Gettysburgian)

By Phoebe Doscher, News Editor

Provost Chris Zappe officially announced a temporary policy change on Wednesday evening that would allow students to convert their courses to S/U grading for the spring 2020 semester. The modification, effective immediately, allows all students, including those in affiliated  study abroad programs, to elect for any of their courses to be graded on a Satisfactory or Unsatisfactory scale, where a Satisfactory is a D- or above. Students may view their grades (A-F) before electing for S/U grading on a course-by-course basis between Monday, May 11 and Friday, May 15 at 5 p.m. EDT.

Prerequisite courses and major/minor requirements that earn an S grade will be waived and override Departmental and College policies to satisfy the requirements respectively. Students have no limit to the number of courses they choose to convert to S/U. Students who receive a grade of a U will not receive course credit for the course, nor will it satisfy a prerequisite.

As The Gettysburgian reported earlier this week, the temporary policy modification received approval from the Faculty Council, Academic Policy and Program Committee, and President’s Council. Students should direct questions to the Office of the Registrar.

This accommodation was made due to the unusual circumstances presented with remote learning for the remainder of the semester. Students are still expected to maintain academic integrity as they resume their online learning.

“We expect our remote courses to maintain the highest quality of instruction possible,” Provost Zappe said in an email to students, faculty, and staff. “Furthermore, we expect students to continue to seek the most from their courses and instructors.”

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Author: Phoebe Doscher

Phoebe Doscher ’22 is the News Editor for The Gettysburgian. She previously served as a staff writer, features section copy editor, and Assistant News Editor. Originally from Sandy Hook, CT, she is an English with a Writing Concentration and Theatre Arts double major. Aside from writing and editing, she studies voice at the Sunderman Conservatory of Music and can often be seen working on and offstage in the theatre department.

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