Spring 2020 Course Grading
Following similar actions by colleges and universities across the U.S., NSHE Chancellor Thom Reilly announced on March 25 that all NSHE institutions shall make the "S/U" grading option available to all students for the Spring 2020 semester. This will provide flexibility to students and faculty in light of campus closures and changes in course content delivery related to COVID-19 emergency measures.
Chancellor Reilly said he will recommend the Board of Regents temporarily suspend the provision of Title 4, Chapter 16, Section 37 of the Board of Regents Handbook, which dictates the letter grade that is necessary for an "S" (Satisfactory) grade to be applied ("C" or better for undergraduate students; "B" or better for graduate students). This will allow UNLV to apply a "Satisfactory" grade for students to earn credit for degree requirements with a “D-" or better, or as otherwise appropriate.
The Office of the Executive Vice President and Provost has consulted with Faculty Senate leadership, the Graduate College, and Enrollment and Student Services to develop an implementation plan consistent with the spirit of Chancellor Reilly’s directive. This plan will allow students flexibility during a time when they may be struggling with non-academic issues related to the COVID-19 pandemic.
UNLV will implement the S/U grading option for Spring 2020 as follows:
UNLV faculty will submit final grades for their courses at the end of the Spring 2020 term, according to the grading basis assigned to each course in MyUNLV. If a course was originally scheduled for letter grading, the instructor should submit letter grades. If a course was originally scheduled for S/U grading, the instructor should enter “S” or “U”, according to the revised guidelines that “D-” or better performance is considered “Satisfactory” for undergraduates, and “B-” or better is considered “Satisfactory” for graduate students. Instructors must submit final grades in MyUNLV no later than 4 p.m. on Tuesday, May 19. This semester, it is more important than ever for grades to be submitted on time, as students will have a short window in which to submit their petitions to change to S/U grading.
Students will be permitted to submit a petition to change the grading basis to S/U for any Spring 2020 course that has an end date after March 16. Petitions may be submitted only after final grades are posted and will require students to consult with an academic advisor (undergraduate) or faculty advisor and Graduate Coordinator (graduate). Graduate students also may discuss the change in grading basis with their Graduate College RPC coordinator, to understand the impact on GPA and degree requirements, and with Financial Aid to understand the impact on loans and awards.
Requests from undergraduate students will be submitted electronically through the Registrar’s web page, processed by the Faculty Senate Office and the Office of the Registrar, and the appropriate “S” (“D-” or better) or “U” (“F”) grade will be applied in MyUNLV to each course for which a student requested the change in grading basis.
Requests from graduate students will be submitted electronically via the Graduate College web page, then processed by the Graduate College and the Office of the Registrar, and the appropriate “S” (“B-” or better) or “U” (“C+” or lower) grade will be applied in MyUNLV to each course for which a student requested the change in grading basis. Graduate students will be permitted to count up to six credits of “Satisfactory”-graded coursework from Spring 2020 toward Master’s or doctoral degree requirements.
Additional information for faculty regarding requests for a change in grading basis and the impacts on downstream processes, such as prerequisites and degree requirements, will be released in the coming days.
Thank you for your patience, understanding, and continued support of our students during these challenging times.