Students may utilize the Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory Grading Option for select courses during their undergraduate study; a number of important restrictions apply (listed below). Under the student-elected S/U option, the student's grade for a course will be recorded on his or her transcript as S* (student-elected Satisfactory) or U* (student-elected Unsatisfactory). Neither grade will affect the student's GPA.
Students elect the Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory option under Registration - S/U Grading Option in my.newpaltz.edu. The course instructor is not informed that a course is being taken S*/U* and will submit the letter grade earned by the student. Letter grades of A, A-, B+, B, B-, C+, C, C- will convert to S* (Satisfactory) while grades of D+, D, D- and F will convert to U* (Unsatisfactory). S* grades count toward graduation; U* grades do not.
A student may request that an S* or U* be changed back to a regular letter grade, which will then be counted in the cumulative average and appear on the College record. Such a request will be honored if made within one calendar year after the semester in which the student earned the S* or U*, or before the student graduates, whichever period is shorter. [Policy revision effective Fall 2012.]
The following restrictions apply to the use of the Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory Grading Option: