FAQs for S/U Election - Spring 2020

FAQs for S/U Election - Spring 2020

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Undergraduate students this semester have the option of designating as many of their spring 2020 undergraduate courses as “satisfactory/unsatisfactory” as they choose, including courses in the major, minor or electives. Consultation with the advisor is strongly encouraged. 

 

Question

Has the definition of the S/U changed?

Answer

No. An S still indicates a grade of C- or higher (for Honors and Graduate courses, a grade of B or higher).  A U indicates a grade of D+ or lower (for Honors, B-).  Credit is not given for courses in which a U is earned.  
Note: check out new grading policy for the spring 2020 semester.

Question

Will these count towards my five allowed?

Answer

No. Even if you had already applied the S/U on a course, none of the S/Us you choose on courses this semester will count towards your five. (Note: courses that ended before the University went to online instruction have been graded and are not included in this option.)

 

Question

Will my GPA be impacted?

Answer

No. A satisfactory/unsatisfactory grade, recorded as S or U, will not be counted in computing your GPA; however, credit will only be given for courses for which an S grade is earned. 

 

Question

Will my Financial Aid be impacted? What about scholarships such as LIFE or Palmetto Fellows?

Answer

Financial Aid looks at Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP). If you earn the “S”, then you’ve completed the class and that increases your percentage of hours earned. LIFE and Palmetto Fellows look at hours earned and a 3.0 GPA. An “S” gives you the credit for the class without the impact on the GPA. Please remember, if you need to improve your GPA, you should not select the S/U option on all classes. For more information on the renewal of these scholarships, visit Winthrop’s Financial Aid SC Scholarship website at https://www.winthrop.edu/finaid/sc-scholarships.aspx#SC%20Life%20Scholarship.

 

Question

Will electing the S/U affect Dean's or President's List?

Answer

Criteria for Dean’s and President’s List remains unchanged. Only course credit earned and graded with standard letter grades may be used to qualify. 

Question

I am receiving VA Benefts and if I make a "U" the VA requires me to pay back tuition. What should I do?

Answer

We are making accommodations for students in this situation. Please contact the VA Coordinator, Adrienne Bryson, for further information.

 

Question

I’m an undergraduate taking a graduate class. Can I S/U the graduate class?

Answer

No, only undergraduate courses may be S/U’d.

 

Question

How long do I have to decide whether to S/U a class?

Answer

Tuesday, April 28 by 5 P.M.

 

Question

What if I change my mind after I've selected the S/U?

Answer 

 You still have until Tuesday, April 28 to let us know.

Question

How do I let Records and Registration know which class/classes I want to S/U?

Answer

Email SU@winthrop.edu from your Winthrop email account with the following information:

full name, student ID, and subject/course number (ex. PHIL 101) for each course you want to SU. 

 

 

Last Updated: 4/17/20