March 16, 2021 at 2:01 pm

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

Eileen Schulz, portrait

By Eileen Schulz
College of Arts & Sciences Academic Advisor

On Feb. 25 the Provost announced that Ohio University is extending the alternate grade policy for one final time this spring semester, with a more robust exempt course list.

Ohio University understands there may have been disruption for some of you and the grades assigned this semester may not reflect your actual abilities.  If, after grades are posted, you find that you did not complete a class as successfully as you were striving for, you can elect to opt in for an “S” grade.

  • The deadline to drop an individual course from your spring schedule is Friday, March 26.
  • The deadline to opt in for the (S) grade is Friday, May 7, at 5:00 p.m. Eastern.

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

An alternate grading system was approved for Spring 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 Friday, May 7, at 5 p.m. Eastern.  Satisfactory grade screencapture
  • 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.  It is important that you complete your course through final exams to avoid an FN or FS grade, which negatively impacts 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.

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