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Interim grading policy for undergraduate students

office of the provost email header

April 1, 2020

Dear Undergraduate Students:

These last few weeks haven’t been easy, and as your provost, I know many of you have concerns about your grades. In response to those concerns, UHCL has implemented an interim Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory Grade Policy. This policy allows you to choose between a traditional letter grading scheme or a satisfactory/unsatisfactory (S/U) grading scheme.

Important Policy Highlights

  • The Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory Grade Policy applies to all undergraduate students in courses offered during the Spring 2020 semester. While this policy only applies to the spring semester, it will be reviewed for continuation in future terms, only if necessary. 
  • You will have the opportunity to review your spring semester grades before choosing your grading option. 
  • It is strongly recommended that you speak with the Student Financial Aid Office as well as your academic advisor, instructor and/or faculty program chair before switching any course to S/U grading. 
  • You may make different grade choices for different classes, choosing to keep some letter grades, to receive a grade of Satisfactory (S) for letter grades C- or above, and a grade of Unsatisfactory (U) for grades of D or F. 
  • Satisfactory grades will have no effect on GPA, and hours will count toward graduation. Unsatisfactory grades will also have no effect on GPA, but hours will not count toward graduation. 
  • The deadline for instructors to post grades is May 21, 2020. You will then have until 5 p.m. on May 29, 2020, to select the grading option you prefer for each class. 

Details about this policy can be found on the Interim Grading Option webpage. If you have additional questions, email provostoffice@uhcl.edu. We are committed to ensuring your academic life continues as seamlessly as possible, because your success at University of Houston-Clear Lake is and will always be one of our top priorities.

Warm regards,

Steven J. Berberich, Ph.D.
Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost


  • Office of the Provost

    Phone: 281-283-3000
    Fax: 281-283-3009
    Email: provostoffice@uhcl.edu

    Bayou Building, 2525
    2700 Bay Area Blvd, Box 74
    Houston, TX 77058-1002

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