Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory Option

Course Load

Graduate Level

Course Overlap

Continuing Studies

S/U Option

ESL/FRSL

Outside ArtsSci

Grade Submission Deadlines

 

Please refer here for the S/U Option Policy - for Summer 2020 and Fall 2020. Please note that the application of this policy for Arts students is based on your degree and not your programs.

 

For the S/U Option Guide for Winter 2020 ONLY - please refer to the below:

The S/U (Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory) grading option is available to students (including Freshman, Visiting and Special) for all courses in the Winter 2020 term, including spanned (D1/D2) year-long courses that began in Fall 2019 and end in Winter 2020. Arts students can use this grading option on courses that have been taken toward programs delivered in Arts, Science, Management and Education. If a grade of S (Satisfactory) is earned, then these courses can be counted towards programs in the Faculty of Arts as required or complementary courses, or as electives but will not count toward the maximum number of credits that a student may designate as S/U (i.e., up to 10 per cent of total degree credits). Courses with final grades of U are not included in GPA calculations and do not count towards your major or minor requirements.

This document is meant to give Arts students broad guidelines. If you still have questions, please contact your OASIS advisor.

For more information, consult the Adjusted Academic Measures for Winter 2020.

IMPORTANT: Students are limited to one S/U Request form submission. Therefore, it is recommend that you wait to see all your grades before submitting your request.

First, some facts:

  1. S/U grades do not affect CGPA.
  2. To get a "S", a student must earn a C or better in the course. That is a minimum mark of 55%. If that is earned, then the credits are awarded. If a grade less than C is earned, a grade of "U" is posted, and no credits are given.
  3. Here is how grades are calculated for undergraduate students:
    Adapted from the Calendar:

     

Grades

Grade Points

Numerical Scale of Grades

S/U

A

4.0

85 – 100%

S

A-

3.7

80 – 84%

S

B+

3.3

75 – 79%

S

B

3.0

70 – 74%

S

B-

2.7

65 – 69%

S

C+

2.3

60 – 64%

S

C

2.0

55 – 59%

S

D

1.0

50 – 54%

U

F (Fail)

0

0 – 49%

U

How to select this option?

The S/U Request Form is now available, up until Friday, May 22 at 5 pm to:

  1. Flag any Winter 2020 course(s) deemed eligible by the Faculty as Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory (S/U)
  2. Unflag any course(s) already flagged as S/U during the Winter 2020 add/drop period.

IMPORTANT: Students are limited to one S/U Request form submission. Therefore, it is recommend that  you wait to see all your grades before submitting your request.

Please note that once the S/U Request form is submitted, you will receive a copy of your submission. You will also receive a confirmation email when your eligible course(s) has/have been flagged/unflagged.

When do you need to decide about using S/U?

  1. May 22 is the deadline. You will be able to see your grade before deciding.
  2. Decisions are final. We will not allow reversals of your decision. Think carefully and be sure of what you want. Talk to your advisor if you are not sure.
  3. We are allowing reversals for courses where you selected the S/U option in January. If you prefer a regular grade you can have it. Winter 2020 courses only, but it includes spanned courses from Fall 2019 that end in Winter 2020.

When should you consider using it?

  1. If your course grade is below your CGPA, then the S/U will prevent your CGPA from being lowered.
  2. If you earned a D grade on an elective, using the S/U will prevent you from getting any credit, but will also prevent your CGPA from being affected. If you need the credit more than you care about the CGPA change, do not use the S/U option. Note that this only applies to electives. You cannot count a grade of D for a program course.
  3. If the course is a prerequisite for a program or school that you are applying to, you should check with the admission people for that program or school to see how they view S/U grades. Normally we would caution against using S/U on a prerequisite for admission, but conditions have changed due to the pandemic. It may take a while for schools to make decisions about this, so you may have to delay your decision. This is one reason why the S/U declaration deadline is May 22.

When should you consider not using it?

  1. If your course grade is higher than your CGPA. Your CGPA will rise if you leave the grading as is. The S/U option will prevent your CGPA from being raised.
  2. If you earned a D grade and you feel that your CGPA is not as important as getting the credits. A D grade converts to a U and zero credits with the S/U option. You cannot count a grade of D for a program course, only for an elective. If this is a required course, you should talk to your program advisor.
  3. The course is a requirement for a school or program to which you are applying, and they insist on a regular grade. (If you failed, then S/U the course and try again.) Always verify the requirements for any school or program to which you plan to apply, as these may change in the coming weeks.

What is the procedure to follow if I do not have a final grade for a course by the May 22 deadline?

The S/U option is open to you, email your request to advisor.arts [at] mcgill.ca. Please note that these request will be reviewed in June.

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