Guidelines for Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory Grading
Guidelines for Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory Grading: This publication is available as a downloadable PDF.

On March 26, 2020, the University of Missouri’s faculty council approved expanded options for Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory (S/U) grading for all undergraduate and graduate courses for the spring 2020 semester.

Special considerations for undergraduate students in the School of Journalism:

Dean’s List:

In order to be eligible for the dean’s list, students must earn a minimum semester GPA of 3.25 on 12 graded (A-F) credits.

  • Courses taken on a satisfactory/unsatisfactory basis do not count toward these 12 credits.
    • Choosing S/U might drop a student below the required number of credit hours needed to be eligible for the dean’s list for the spring 2020 semester.

Probation:

For undergraduate students that are already on academic probation, the academic probation period has been extended to the end of the Fall 2020 semester.

  • Students who choose to keep a letter grade (A-F) will see that factored into their semester and cumulative GPA, which can improve their academic standing in the School of Journalism.
  • S/U grades are not factored into a student’s GPA. Students’ academic standing will be evaluated based on the semester and cumulative GPA after Fall 2020 grades are submitted.

Prerequisite courses:

  • Selecting an S grade will allow a student to matriculate to the next level class in the journalism major, so long as the student’s cumulative GPA is above a 2.8.
  • Selecting a U grade for a prerequisite or required course will mean that a student must repeat the course to matriculate to the next level course.