Academic Policies and Procedures » Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory (S*/U*) Grading Option
Expanded S/U Grading Option for fall 2020 and spring 2021,
with election deadline extended to December 1, 2020.
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:
- Students who began at New Paltz as freshmen or who entered New Paltz with fewer than 60 transfer credits may select the S*/U* grading option four times during their undergraduate work. A student may use the S*/U* option for no more than one course (up to four credits) per semester and for no more than four courses (up to 12 credits) of undergraduate work at New Paltz.
- Students with 60 or more transfer credits may use the S*/U* grading option two times. [Policy revision effective Fall 2014.]
- Courses that have been elected Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory will NOT be counted toward General Education, Writing Intensive or Diversity requirements; the Education curricula, or the student's major or minor requirements, unless the student requests that the S* or U* be changed to a regular letter grade.
- The S*/U* option is not available for the following courses: Composition I (ENG160) or Writing and Rhetoric (ENG170) or the equivalents; independent study courses; and any course listed in the Undergraduate Catalog with an S*/U* restriction ("Students cannot elect the Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory grade option for this course"). Graduate students may not elect S*/U* for courses in their plans of study.
- The deadline for choosing S*/U* is one week after the course withdrawal deadline. Refer to the Academic Calendar for the exact date each semester.