Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory Grading Options

Late Course Withdrawal with "W"

To address some of the extraordinary challenges resulting from the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, Colorado State University will offer undergraduate students the option of Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory (S/U) grading instead of a traditional grade (A-F) for Fall 2020 courses. This is a temporary policy for Fall 2020 only. More information regarding the S/U grading option can be found on the Office of the Registrar website.

Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory Grading Options

Students may select an “S” for courses in which they have grades of C or higher. Grades of D and F can be converted to a “U,” but the student receives no credit for the course. Neither S nor U grades are used in calculating the CSU grade point average.

  • Undergraduate students must decide whether to opt for S/U grading and inform the University through RAMWeb by 11:59pm on Tuesday, Dec. 29, 2020, if they are opting to change from a traditional grade to an S or U.

Students using the GI Bill should email the Veterans Education Benefits Office to determine if there will be an associated financial impact before choosing the Unsatisfactory grade option. 

All students should consult with their academic advisor, academic success coordinator, and/or faculty advisor before deciding to request a change from traditional grading. By requesting S/U grading, students are indicating they understand the potential consequences. These may include impact on:

  • Courses that require a grade based on a professional standard/accreditation requirements (teaching, engineering, etc.)
  • Impact on GPA for students on academic probation.
  • Impact on graduate/professional school applications
  • Scholarship implications if a minimum of graded coursework is required.
  • Overall cost of education. Selecting a U instead of a D in a class means the D won’t be averaged into your GPA, but you will also lose the academic credit earned by a D. Close consultation with your advisor is recommended.

 Late Course Withdrawal with “W”

 In addition, CSU will offer the late course withdrawal option for all undergraduate and graduate students for Fall 2020. A withdrawal is indicated by a W on student transcripts and students receive no credit for the course.

  •  The course withdrawal option will be open until the last day of classes, Friday, Dec. 11, 2020 at 11:59pm MT, and must be requested through RAMweb. This option will not be available after Dec. 11, except through the conventional course withdrawal appeal process through the Office of the Registrar.

Note that students registered and enrolled in CSU Online courses will follow the deadlines established by that unit.

This decision has been made by Provost and Executive Vice President Mary Pedersen for the express benefit of students who faced extraordinary challenges through the pandemic, and in consultation with Faculty Council, the Pandemic Teaching Continuity and Recovery Team, and other members of the Colorado State University community.

The University urges students consult with the Office of Financial Aid and their academic advisors prior to withdrawing from or changing their grading option for Fall 2020 courses to fully understand how the choice will affect their individual situation.