Interim Undergraduate Grade Policy
(updated April 10, 2020 to include all 2020 summer sessions)
Due to the unique and unprecedented challenges associated with the COVID-19 pandemic, the University of Houston is implementing an interim policy for undergraduate grades.
- The Interim Undergraduate Grade Policy applies to all undergraduate students in courses offered during Spring 2020 Sessions 1, 4, 5, and 6 as well as the 2020 Summer Sessions. The policy will be reviewed for continuation through future terms if necessary.
- All undergraduate courses for the applicable sessions will be graded according to their current grading scheme.
a. If the current grading scheme is Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory (S/U):
i. Grades of Unsatisfactory (U) will automatically convert to No Credit Reported COVID-19 (NCR).
ii. Grades of Satisfactory (S) are awarded course credit while no course credit will be awarded for a grade of No Credit Reported COVID-19 (NCR).
b. If the current grading scheme is Letter Grade:
i. Students have the option to choose either a Letter Grade or a Satisfactory/No Credit Reported COVID-19 (S/NCR) grading scheme on a course-by-course basis.
ii. Under the Satisfactory/No Credit Reported COVID-19 (S/NCR) grading scheme, grades of D- and higher are considered Satisfactory (S) and are awarded course credit. No course credit will be awarded for a grade of No Credit Reported COVID-19 (NCR).
iii. Details regarding the process through which students choose their grading options will be communicated by the Office of the University Registrar by April 27, 2020.
- The deadline for students to choose their grading option is 5:00 pm on May 18, 2020.
- Satisfactory (S) and No Credit Reported COVID-19 (NCR) grades are not factored into term or cumulative GPA.
- Students are encouraged to contact their academic advisor to discuss questions regarding the impact of their grade option choice on academic matters. The Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid should be consulted to discuss the impact of their grade option choice on financial aid matters.
- The deadline for completing course requirements associated with Incomplete grades due in spring 2020 is extended to August 10, 2020. Students should contact their instructors to discuss plans for completing course requirements by that date. The incomplete deadline extension will be reviewed for continuation through future terms if necessary.
- Grades received as the result of academic honesty sanctions will be handled consistent with the University of Houston Undergraduate Academic Honesty Policy
- The Interim Undergraduate Grade Policy also applies to all undergraduate students in courses offered during Summer 2020 Sessions 1, 2 , 3 and 4. The policy will be reviewed for continuation through future terms if necessary.
Frequently Asked Questions
Which terms are covered under the Interim Undergraduate Grade Policy?
The policy has been extended and now covers the following terms:
- spring 2020 (sessions 1, 4, 5, and 6)
- summer 2020 (all sessions)
How do students select their grade option for Spring and Summer 2020 courses?
Please review step-by-step guidance provided by the Office of the University Registrar (OUR) issued April 27, 2020 https://uh.edu/about/offices/enrollment-services/registrar/interim-grading-policy/. If you have any questions, please contact OUR at 713-743-1010 (option 7) or firstname.lastname@example.org.
When is the deadline for students to choose their grading option?
The deadlines for students to choose their grading option are:
- spring 2020—May 18, 2020, 5:00pm
- summer mini—June 8, 2020, 5:00pm
- summer 1—August 17, 2020, 5:00pm
- summer 2—July 13, 2020, 5:00pm
- summer 3—August 3, 2020, 5:00pm
- summer 4—August 17, 2020, 5:00pm
I withdrew from one or more spring 2020 classes before the Interim Undergraduate Grade Policy was announced. Can I change my withdrawal to NCR under the policy?
Students who dropped from 3/16/2020 to the present and have a W will be offered an NCR grade option. Please send requests to select NCR in place of a withdrawal to the Office of the University Registrar at UHOUR@uh.edu.
If I withdraw from one or more spring 2020 classes, will it count against the 6 W limit?
No, withdrawals from spring 2020 courses will be excluded from the 6W count.
How do I determine whether to select a letter grade or S/NCR for each of my classes?
A number of issues should be considered when selecting your grade option. It is important to carefully read the grade policy, consult with your academic advisor and other experts as needed, and determine if/ how your earned letter grade or the S/NCR option will impact the following: particular student populations, degree progress, careers, graduate/professional school, and eligibility for programs and financial resources. Questions and answers in this FAQ will provide important contacts, policies, tools, and/or guidance for each of these factors.
How will choosing the S/NCR option affect international students?
Please send questions regarding the implications of S/NCR for international students to Jin Zhang, Director, International Students Services Office: jzhang20@Central.uh.edu.
How will choosing the S/NCR option affect students on the GI Bill?
Please send questions regarding the GI Bill and VA Certification/Eligibility to: UHGIBILL@uh.edu.
Does a grade of S fulfill degree requirements or meet prerequisites if my major or minor requires minimum letter grades in specific courses?
Some degree programs may require minimum letter grades due to accreditation, licensure, or to ensure adequate preparation for subsequent courses. Please consult with your academic advisor to discuss the implications of selecting S grades in courses for which minimum letter grade requirements exist.
Will S grades count toward meeting Latin Honors criteria?
For the purposes of Latin Honors, the credit earned from S grades will count toward the last 54 credit hours and will not be factored into GPA. In selecting grade options, consider the impact changing one, some or all course grades will have on the final GPA. A helpful grade calculator can be found at: https://www.bauer.uh.edu/UHGPACalculator/. It is important to be aware of the following GPA thresholds for Latin Honors:
|3.90 to 4.0||Summa Cum Laude (with highest honors)|
|3.70 to 3.89||Magna Cum Laude (with high honors)|
|3.50 to 3.69||Cum Laude (with honors)|
Additional information regarding Latin Honors criteria can be found at: http://publications.uh.edu/content.php?catoid=34&navoid=12515#Graduation_with_Honors
I repeated a course in Spring 2020 and planned to use it for Grade Exclusion of a prior course. If I choose an S grade will it still qualify?
An S grade for a course repeated in Spring 2020 will satisfy Grade Exclusion for requests eligible under the Grade Exclusion Policy. More information about the policy can be found at: https://uh.edu/provost/policies-resources/student/grade-exclusion/.
How will S/NCR affect eligibility for UHin4?
For grades of Satisfactory, course credit is awarded and counts toward the credit hour accumulation required to remain eligible for UHin4. Courses in which NCR is selected will not be given credit and will not count toward UHin4 requirements. More information regarding UHin4 requirements can be found at: https://uh.edu/provost/students/new-coogs/uhin4/index.
What is the impact of choosing S/NCR on academic standing?
Academic standing is based on GPA, and grade options should be selected carefully to maintain good academic standing, avoid being placed on academic probation, or avoid being placed on suspension. Grades of S or NCR do not impact GPA and grade points awarded for letter grades can be found at: http://publications.uh.edu/content.php?catoid=34&navoid=12493. Students are encouraged to use a grade calculator to determine the impact of letter grades earned on term and cumulative GPA. Grades of S or NCR should be considered when earned letter grades will result in probation or suspension. A helpful grade calculator can be found at: https://www.bauer.uh.edu/UHGPACalculator/. More information regarding the academic standing policy can be found at: http://publications.uh.edu/content.php?catoid=34&navoid=12452.
How will choosing the S/NCR option affect Satisfactory Academic Progress for financial aid? Are there any other financial aid implications?
Students who choose the S/NCR option will not have those courses counted in the qualitative (GPA) component of our satisfactory academic progress policy. Only the quantitative component (attempted hours) will be impacted for determining students’ satisfactory academic progress. Students who are already on an academic plan for financial aid purposes must maintain the requirements of that plan, which are earning a GPA of at least 2.25 for each semester on the plan and successfully completing each course attempted; therefore, any student on an academic plan, who chooses the NCR option will not be meeting the requirements of their plan and will lose financial aid eligibility.
How will S grades will affect prerequisites for medical school, nursing school, and other health professional programs?
Pre-Health students should carefully decide whether to keep the letter-grade they receive for courses based on information provided by the health professional programs in which they hope to apply. While some programs have decided to accept Pass/Satisfactory grades for pre-requisites completed during the pandemic, this policy has not been universally adopted and many are still indicating a preference for letter-grades. It is possible that applicants with letter-grades in pre-requisites courses will remain more competitive compared with those using Pass/Satisfactory. Students may strongly consider selecting Satisfactory if they receive a C or lower in the course. Students are strongly encouraged to contact our office and their major advisor with questions before making a final decision. Read the Pre Health Advising Center page for more information https://uh.edu/pre-health/covid-19-updates-phac/