To encourage a wider choice of courses by lessening the student’s concern for the grade point average (GPA), selected courses may be taken using the S-D-R grading option, where “S” represents a satisfactory grade (the student would have received a letter grade of A, B, or C); “D” is the same as the letter grade of D; “R” represents unsatisfactory (failing) performance. The following rules apply to courses taken on this basis:
- The S-D-R grading option is not available for courses taken to fulfill a requirement in the core curriculum.
- No more than one-eighth of the credits taken through the undergraduate program may be taken on the S-D-R grading option.
- A student must complete a form at the Office of the University Registrar for any course to be taken on this basis. The published deadline date is in the academic calendar for each term.
- If the course is part of the major or minor program (including allied requirements), the signature of the department chair is required.
- If a student receives a letter grade of C- or above, the mark of S (satisfactory) and credit will be given. If the grade of D, D+, or D- is received, the student has the option of:
- accepting a mark of R with no effect on the GPA and no credit earned, or
- earning the credit with the grade of D, D+, or D- becoming the grade of record and used in computing the GPA.