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S/U Grading, Credit/No Credit Policy (Spring 2020 Only)

Updated for Spring 2020

(Updated 4/24/20)

S/U Grading for all School of Architecture & Design Courses (Spring 2020 Only)


All courses in the School of Architecture & Design will be graded by default on a "Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory" (S/U) basis for the spring 2020 semester. This means that students enrolled in those courses will recieve a grade of "S" on their transcript if they earn a passing grade in a class and a grade of "U" on their transcript if they fail to earn a passing grade in a class.

Students enrolled in those courses can recieve an exemption from the "S/U" grading system on a per-course basis, in which case they would recieve a grade on the traditional "A-F" grading scale (A, B, C, D, F). In order to request an exemption from the "S/U" grading system for a given course, students must email the instructor of that course to request the exemption by May 4, 2020. Such exemptions are only granted on a course-by-course basis for each student. Courses already graded on an "S/U" basis prior to 3/31/20 will continue to be graded on that basis regardless.

Students in the Illustration & Animation, Industrial Design, Photography, and Visual Communication programs must earn a grade of "S" in each of their sequenced course(s) in the spring 2020 semester in order to continue into the next course in their program's course sequence. Students who request exemptions from the "S/U" grading system must earn the listed minimum required grades for their sequence course(s) in spring 2020 in order to continue into the next course in their program's course sequence.

This policy applies to all courses in the following subjects: ADS, ARCH, IAD, ILLU, INDD, PHTO, VISC

 

Credit/No Credit Policy Update (Spring 2020 Only)


Courses not affected by the "S/U" grading policy outlined above will continue to be graded on the traditional A-F grading scale (A, B, C, D, F). 

Students admitted to programs in the School of Architecture & Design can request to take any courses not affected by the "S/U" grading policy outlined above on a "Credit/No Credit" basis.

 

WHAT IS CREDIT/NO CREDIT?

If a student takes a course as Credit/No Credit, they'll need to earn a semester grade of “C-“ or higher in order for that course to count toward the requirements of their degree. If the student earn a semester grade of “D+” or below in that course, it won’t count toward the requirements of their degree. Courses that aren’t taken as Credit/No Credit require a minimum semester grade of “D-“ or higher in order to count toward the requirements of a student's degree.

This means that taking a course as Credit/No Credit raises the minimum required grade for that course to count toward a student's degree from “D-“ to “C-.”

If a grade of NC is earned for a class, the credit hours associated with that class do not apply toward credit hours required for the degree, and they do not apply toward credit hours required for financial aid. Instructors are not informed that any of their students have elected Credit/No Credit. They will issue grades as they would otherwise, and the Registrar’s Office converts the grade as appropriate.

 

WHY MIGHT A STUDENT CONSIDER CREDIT/NO CREDIT?

Courses taken as "Credit/No Credit" don't factor into a student's GPA regardless of the semester grade that they earn in the course. If a student is trying hard to do well in a qualifying course, but it’s unclear whether the final grade will hurt their GPA, they might want to consider Credit/No Credit as an option!

 

WHAT COURSES CAN A STUDENT TAKE AS CREDIT/NO CREDIT?

For the spring 2020 semester only, students admitted solely to programs in the School of Architecture & Design may take any courses not affected by the "S/U" grading policy outlined above as Credit/No Credit.

Students should carefully read the information on this page and consult with an academic advisor for their major(s) and/or minor(s) before electing to take a course as Credit/No Credit.

Students who have a major(s) and/or minor(s) beyond the School of Architecture & Design should consult the spring 2020 Credit/No Credit policy for the school in which their major(s) and/or minor(s) are housed. These policies (effective only for spring 2020) are listed below:

  • College of Liberal Arts & Sciences Undergraduates: Students may take any course as Credit/No Credit. Student may take an unlimited number of courses as Credit/No Credit. Students may count courses taken as Credit/No Credit toward the requirements of any major and any minor.
  • School of Business Undergraduates: As of 4/24/20, students may take any course as Credit/No Credit toward majors and/or minors in the School of Business. Students may count courses taken as Credit/No Credit toward the requirements of any major and any minor in the School of Business.
  • School of Journalism Undergraduates: Students may take any course as Credit/No Credit. Student may take an unlimited number of courses as Credit/No Credit. Students may count courses taken as Credit/No Credit toward the requirements of any major and any minor in the School of Journalism.
  • School of Education Undergraduates: Students may not take courses required for licensure as Credit/No Credit. Students with a major(s) and/or minor(s) should consult soeadvising@ku.edu before electing to take a course as Credit/No Credit.
  • School of Engineering Undergraduates: Students with a major(s) and/or minor(s) in the School of Engineering should consult kuengr@ku.edu before elective to take a course as Credit/No Credit.
  • School of Social Welfare Undergraduates: Students may take any course as Credit/No Credit. Student may take an unlimited number of courses as Credit/No Credit. Students may count courses taken as Credit/No Credit toward the requirements of any major and any minor in the School of Social Welfare.
  • School of Pharmacy: Students admitted to or with an intent to pursue admission to the KU School of Pharmacy should consult Chris Claussen at claussen@ku.edu before electing to take a course as Credit/No Credit.
  • Graduate Students: Please contact an advisor with your program if you're considering Credit/No Credit!

 

HOW MANY COURSES CAN A STUDENT TAKE AS CREDIT/NO CREDIT?

For the spring 2020 semester only, students admitted to programs in the School of Architecture & Design may take an unlimited number of courses not affected by the "S/U" grading policy outlined above as Credit/No Credit.

Students admitted to or pursuing a major(s) and/or minor(s) in any school beyond the School of Architecture & Design should note the policy for the appropriate school(s) listed under the previous question and should consult an academic advisor affiliated with that major(s) and/or minor(s).

 

WOULD ELECTING CREDIT/NO CREDIT AFFECT A STUDENT'S ELIGIBILITY FOR FINANCIAL AID?

Only courses for which credit is earned can count toward the total credit hours required for certain kinds of financial aid. If a course is taken as Credit/No Credit and a semester grade of "D+" or lower is earned, the student would not earn credit for the class, so the credit hours associated with that class would not count toward the credit hours required for certain kinds of financial aid.

For example, some scholarships require that recipients complete 30 credit hours per academic year. The recipient of such a scholarship could successfully complete 15 credit hours in the fall semester, then enroll in 15 credit hours in the spring semester to keep in line with the requirements of their scholarship. If that recipient then takes one of their courses in the spring semester as Credit/No Credit and earns a semester grade of "D+" or lower, the credit hours associated with that class would not count toward the 30 credit hours that they would need to complete in that academic year. Because KU's Office of Financial Aid considers an academic year to include a fall semester, spring semester, and the following summer semester, a student in such a situation may be able to take a class at KU during the summer in order to round out the total credit hours required for their financial aid.

Conversely, a course that is not taken as Credit/No Credit can count toward the total hours required for most financial aid with a semester grade of "D-" or higher. However, the impact of such a grade on a student's GPA - also an important factor in determining eligibility for most financial aid - is important to consider.

In addition to speaking with our department's academic advisor, students should consult with their financial aid counselor before electing Credit/No Credit for a course to consider the costs and benefits associated with that option.

 

WOULD ELECTING CREDIT/NO CREDIT AFFECT A STUDENT'S ELIGIBILITY FOR HONOR ROLL/DEAN'S LIST?

The School of Architecture & Design requires that students complete 15 credit hours of classes graded A-F and have a semester GPA in the top 10% of their department in order to be eligible for Honor Roll in a given semester. Because any class for which Credit/No Credit is elected is graded on a Pass/Fail basis, the credit hours attached to that class would not count toward the required hours for Honor Roll eligibility.

For example, if a student is enrolled in 15 credit hours of classes graded A-F and elects Credit/No Credit for an eligible 3-credit hour class, they would then be enrolled in 12 credit hours of classes graded A-F. They would still be enrolled in 15 credit hours total, but they would no longer be eligible for Honor Roll in that semester.

 

WHAT IS THE PROCESS TO ELECT CREDIT/NO CREDIT FOR A COURSE?

  1. Students should speak with their acadmic advisor (Design advisor contact information here) about the course(s) in question to discuss the possible ramifications of electing Credit/No Credit and make a plan for passing the class. Email works in a pinch, but a phone or videoconference meeting is ideal!
  2. If the student recieves any financial aid, they should consult with their financial aid counselor to discuss how taking a course as Credit/No Credit might affect their financial aid.
  3. Sign into sa.ku.edu, click the "Spring 2020 Credit/No Credit" tile, then submit the webform there once for each course that they would like to take as Credit/No Credit.

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