October 14: S/U Grading Policy Change

Dear Colleagues,

In response to COVID-19 and our transition to the block schedule with hybrid learning for AY2020-21, the faculty, upon recommendation by CCAPS and approval by the JFS on September 29, 2020, have agreed to modify the S/U policy for Academic Year 2020-2021. All students have the option to choose whether they take a course S/U at the end of each semester.  A student must inform you of this decision by the last class period of the semester (December 18th 2020 and May 14th 2021). Please consult with your students before they make this decision. There may be short and long-term ramifications as a result of this decision. For example,

  • First year nursing students must take their courses for a grade to be considered for the nursing program.
  • S/U courses may have an impact on graduate schools.
  • They still must take courses for a grade that are within their major.
  • Students may take a “maximum of one course per semester for which they will receive an S/U grade (this is in addition to those courses offered only on an S/U basis).”
  • If a student receives a D, they may want to take the D instead of a U as a U does not count towards graduation (and a D does).
  • Students on probation may want to demonstrate their progress with a grade.
  • Students with grades higher than a C, may want to take a grade rather than accept a S. 

Thank you for all that you are doing during these unprecedented times!

Community Always,

Barbara J May, PhD

Academic Dean

College of St. Benedict/St. John’s University