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March 26, 2020

Yesterday, UCF announced a satisfactory/unsatisfactory grading option that students can choose for their classes. This decision was made after consultation with deans and faculty members because we understand the added stress the COVID-19 pandemic has placed on our students.

To give students more time to consider their options, we are pushing back this semester’s withdrawal date to Monday, April 20.

Most students will be able to select the S/U option on a course-by-course basis.

Choosing this option may not be wise for students in all circumstances. For example, there may be issues associated with financial aid, meeting major requirements, etc. We are developing additional information to help students decide and to help advisors answer student questions before the opt-in period begins in April.

The S/U grades will not affect GPAs. The grade designation will appear on students’ transcripts with an annotation that the S/U option was offered this semester because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

We are continuing to work through the details of providing this option—including determining the period for students to opt-in. Students and faculty and staff members can expect to hear more in the coming weeks.

For now, we are happy to share that this will be an option for our students. UCF is committed to student success, and it is critical that UCF supports our students during this challenging time.

For the latest coronavirus developments at UCF, visit ucf.edu/safety/coronavirus.

Michael D. Johnson
Interim Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs