Temporary Undergraduate S/U Grade Policy for Spring 2020

Important message from the Records & Registration Office

Due to the ongoing public health situation, some changes have taken place to Fall registration, transcripts ordering, and office procedures:

  1. Registration for Fall 2020 will be closed for longer than normal so that departments can adjust their Fall schedules to fit into the new social distancing and health safety guidelines. Students will be able to adjust their schedules and continue registering starting July 27th. Non-degree seeking special students will be able to start registering August 10th.
  2. Most staff in the Records and Registration Office are working remotely during normal business hours. Please contact us using our email at records@uwlax.edu. If you do call our number and no one answers, please leave a message and your call will be returned either by email or phone as soon as possible.
  3. In addition, we cannot take transcript requests in person. Please order electronically. Current students may use the Official Transcript link in their WINGS Student Center. Former students may use the "Order a Transcript Now" link on our Transcript page. The link to the Transcript page is below this message. 
  4. There may be a delay in processing the transcript requests for students who attended UWL prior to 1991, transcript requests sent in the mail, or requests for transcripts to be sent through regular postal mail. If the health situation requires our minimal office staff to return to working from home, the delay could add 1-2 weeks of processing time.

Frequently asked questions (FAQs) about the temporary undergraduate S/U Grading Policy for Spring 2020

FAQs for the temporary Undergraduate S/U Grading Policy

I earned a grade of "C" or higher. Should I request to change my letter grade to "S"?

  • In most cases, the letter grade would be preferable to an "S."
  • Consider how a future employer or graduate program might view the S; an assumption could be made that you were earning a "C."
  • If you are concerned that your "BC" or "C" would "drop" your GPA, know that this is just one semester on your record and may have minimal effect. There will be a "COVID-19 Disruption" notation on all transcripts for the spring 2020 semester to inform readers of the extraordinary circumstances this semester.
  • The UWL transcript definition of "S" is a letter grade of "C or better" although there is no way to document the original letter grade.

If I request a grade change from "BC" to "S," for example, and my semester GPA improves to 3.5 or higher, will I be eligible for Dean’s List honors on my transcript?

  • The Dean’s List notation will be based on the original grades submitted by the faculty.

I earned a grade of "D." Should I request to change my grade to "U"?

  • A "U" grade does not earn credit for a course. This means you have not completed the course and will not satisfy any degree requirement or prerequisite with the "U".
  • "D" grades earn credit. In most cases, the "D" and subsequent credits earned will satisfy degree requirements, including General Education.
  • If you need a grade of "C or better" to satisfy major or prerequisite requirements, consider the "U" option. Consult with your Academic Services Office of your first major for advice, if needed.

I am repeating a "D" or "F" from a previous semester and did not improve the original grade. What does a "U" do to my record?

  • The grade of "U" would mean that the original grade will no longer count in your GPA.
  • If you originally failed the course, a "D" this semester would give you credit and positively impact your GPA.
  • If you originally earned a "D" in the course, you will lose credit for the course if you receive an "F" or "U" grade.

I earned a "D" or "F" in a course and want to request a change to "U." Can I take the course with the "U" at another campus and transfer the course back to UWL?

  • NO. "U" grades are considered "F" grades for the purpose of repeating courses; repeats must be taken at UWL.

I earned a "D" or "F" in a course and want to request a change to "U." Will the "U" affect my Financial Aid or scholarships?

Will my athletic eligibility change if I request a grade change to "S" or "U"?

Will my federal or state veteran’s benefits be affected if I request a grade change to "S" or "U"?

How do I request a change from a letter grade to "S" or "U"?

  • From May 22–June 12, 2020, the link is available in the "Global Announcements" section in Canvas.
  • The link to the "S/U" change request will be removed at 11:59 p.m. on June 12, 2020.

What if I change my mind after I have submitted my request?

  • If it is before June 12, 2020, contact your Academic Services Office. There will be no changes back to a letter grade after June 12, 2020.

When can I request a transcript?

  • Check your unofficial transcript to make sure the changes have been processed before you request the transcript. There may be delays in processing letter grade to "S/U" changes and subsequent delays in updating transcripts.