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.
UNLV has also extended its deadline to drop or completely withdraw from classes to Friday, April 10 to allow students as much flexibility as possible in making decisions about their spring courses.
Instructors will submit final course letter grades for Spring 2019 courses, as usual, no later than 4 p.m. on Tuesday, May 19. Once letter grades have posted in MyUNLV, students will be permitted to submit a petition to change the grading basis to S/U for any or all Spring 2020 courses, except for those modular courses that ended before March 16. Petitions may be submitted only after final grades are posted.
The Office of the Registrar (undergraduate students) and the Graduate College (graduate students) will provide electronic Request for Change of Grading Basis forms on their respective web pages. These forms will be accepted starting on Wednesday, May 20 (after Spring 2020 semester grades are posted), through 5 p.m. on Friday, June 5. Students who have applied for Spring 2020 graduation must submit their petitions no later than Friday, May 22, 2020, as grades cannot be changed once a degree is posted. Because the window for petitions is limited, it is important for students to consult with advisors as soon as possible (see below).
Once a student’s request has been approved, the grading basis cannot be changed back to a letter grade. Official transcripts requested after the petition is processed will reflect only the “S” or “U” grade, and not the original letter grade.
Information for Undergraduate Students
Undergraduate petitions for a change of grading basis must be initiated by students in consultation with their academic advisors, who will ensure that students are aware of the potential impact of S/U grading on Grade Point Average (GPA), eligibility for financial aid, prerequisites for future courses, and completion of degree requirements. Undergraduate students considering a change in grading basis should consult with an academic advisor as soon as possible to discuss their options.
Once submitted electronically, requests from undergraduate students will be 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.
Additional information regarding requests for a change in grading basis and the impacts on other grade-related processes, such as prerequisites and degree requirements, will be released in the coming days.
Thank you for your patience, understanding, and continued dedication to your academic pursuits during this challenging time. Please visit this site for regular updates, announcements, and resources available to students.
Information for Graduate Students
Graduate students petitioning for a change of grading basis should discuss the implications of S/U grading with their faculty advisor and Graduate Coordinator. 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.
Once submitted electronically, requests from graduate students will then be 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.