December 9, 2020 at 9:46 am

Advising Tip | What You Need to Know about the Alternate (S) Grade Policy

Eileen Schulz, portrait

By Eileen Schulz
College of Arts & Sciences Academic Advisor

  • The Deadline to Opt in for the (S) grade is Dec. 18 at 5:00 p.m. 

You made it! You finished, or are about to finish, OHIO’s first full semester of remote learning due to the COVID19 pandemic. This semester is truly one for the record books. We understand that you have persevered through challenges this semester that were outside of your control, and your record this semester may not accurately represent your actual abilities.  If, after grades are posted, you find that you did not complete a class as successfully as you hoped, you can protect your academic record by opting for an “S” grade.

See below for full details on the Alternate Grade Policy shared earlier by the Registrar.

An alternate grading system was approved for Fall Semester 2020-21.  If the course in which you are enrolled is not on the exempted course  list, the following apply:

You may opt in (on a class-by-class basis) to have an earned A through C- grade convert to the Satisfactory (S) grade. S grades will not affect your GPA and will meet all requisite, major, minor, certificate, and degree requirements.

 You may opt in once your grade posts to your MyOHIOStudent Center.  The Deadline to Opt in for the (S) grade is Dec. 18 at 5:00 pm. Eastern.  

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Any D+, D, and D- grade will convert automatically to S, if the course is not on the exempted course list. (You do not need to opt in for this to happen.)

Any earned F grade will automatically convert to No Credit (NC), if the course is not on the exempted course list.  NC grades have no impact on your GPA. (You do not need to opt in for this to happen.)

FN and FS grades will remain unchanged and continue to impact your GPA.

Please visit the FAQ for additional information.

* NOTE: If you have plans to go onto a professional program such as medical school or a highly competitive graduate program you should look into the institutions admissions requirement addressing (S) grades to be aware of any adverse implications before opting in.

How to Get Advising Help

The College of Arts & Sciences Office of Undergraduate Student Affairs can help answer questions by appointment or during our drop-in advising hours.

Use this form to sign in during drop-in hours for a 15 to 20-minute Microsoft Teams advising session.

Drop-in Hours

  • Wednesdays, 9 to 11 a.m. and 1 to 4 p.m.
  • Thursdays, 1 to 4 p.m.

Extended Drop-in Hours—Nov. 17 through Dec. 18

  • Tuesdays, 1 to 4 p.m.
  • Fridays, 1 to 4 p.m.
  • Evening DARS/Advising sessions on Dec. 1, 9, and 17 from 5 to 6 p.m.

Students can also book an appointment with a professional adviser.

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