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Texas A&M University-Kingsville

Coronavirus Update

Spring 2020 Temporary Grade Policy


The extraordinary circumstances created by the COVID-19 pandemic have created a tremendous disruption to our Texas A&M University-Kingsville campus community. In response, within a very short time, we transitioned courses to be delivered in a virtual format. Given the overall changes and accompanying challenges, our students have requested a change in our grading policy. We asked the Faculty Senate President to work with the Executive Committee for a recommendation concerning this. The Faculty Senate Executive Committee recommended that a student be allowed to choose between the traditional letter grade or a Pass/Fail grade.

We accepted this recommendation, but decided to offer the grades of Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory because it had less negative impact on a student’s GPA. (With the Pass/Fail option, an F grade would negatively impact the GPA.) With this revised grading policy, students registered for courses in Spring 2020 will now have the opportunity to choose between the traditional letter grade or Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory (S/U) grade. This revised grading policy is effective only for Spring 2020.

The Satisfactory (S)/Unsatisfactory (U) Grade Policy

  • After faculty have entered the letter grade earned by the student in the course, the student will have the opportunity to keep the letter grade or select the Satisfactory (S)/Unsatisfactory (U) option.
  • The Satisfactory (S) grade will provide the course credit earned, while the Unsatisfactory grade (U), will not provide credit.
  • The S grade may replace a letter grade of A, B, C, or D. The U grade will replace an F letter grade.
  • Neither the S grade nor the U grade will be calculated in the GPA.
  • The S grade will count toward graduation requirements. • Students will still be required to meet the overall GPA requirements for a program.
  • The S/U option will not be available for courses in professional accredited programs that require a traditional letter grade.
  • Students will have until midnight of May 19, 2020, to make this decision. The option cannot be changed after the deadline.
  • Every student must determine what is best for their individual long term goals. Students must meet with their academic advisor to understand the implications of changing to a S/U grade.
  • Students interested in graduate or professional post graduate programs should contact the particular program they are interested in to determine if an S/U grade in a specific class will be accepted by the program.

Drop Deadline Extension

We have extended the Q drop date to April 30, 2020. Any drop requested after Spring Break 2020 will not count towards a student Q drop total.