Updated for Spring 2021
The decision about whether to allow voluntary S/U courses to count toward major-minor-certificate requirements and associated prerequisites is still reserved to the departments.
The current dates for submitting requests for voluntary S/U grading (end of the third week of classes; also known as the correction week deadline) or changing back to letter grading (four weeks from the last day of classes; also known as the withdrawal deadline) will be maintained.
For Fall 2020 Only: Any department may convert any or all of its 199 and below level courses to a S/U grading basis while retaining existing curriculum codes for those courses, but no department is obligated to do so.
There are several things you should know about the Executive Committee of the Arts & Sciences Council’s decision:
Here is the list of courses that have adopted the S/U mandatory grading for the Fall 2020 semester (there may be other courses that have S/U grading but are not listed because they are always offered as S/U during any academic semester).
Standard Policy for applying to take a course S/U is below
With the consent of the instructor and your academic dean, you may register for grading on a satisfactory/unsatisfactory (S/U) basis in one course credit per semester or summer session. This policy only pertains to courses that are offered on a graded basis; courses that are only taught on an S/U basis are separate and are not included here.
There are some restrictions you should be aware of:
To enroll in a course on an S/U basis, you should add the course normally through DukeHub and then submit a Declaration of S/U Grading Basis Form (see link below) to your instructor and then to your academic dean. Both must sign and approve. Your dean will then transmit the form to the Office of the University Registrar. The deadline for requesting S/U grading and submitting it to your academic dean is 5 p.m. on the last day of the schedule correction period in a fall or spring semester. The schedule correction period ends one week after the last day of drop/add and is listed on the Academic Calendar. We note that this time period gives you the first three weeks of a fall/spring semester to determine if you would like to take a course on an S/U basis and to seek approval. As a result, the S/U deadline is strictly enforced. In a summer term, the deadline for submitting the form to your academic dean is 5 p.m. on the last day of the drop/add period.
ONLINE FORM: Declaration of the S/U Grading Basis
If you enroll in a course on an S/U basis and subsequently wish to convert it to a letter grade basis, you can do so by submitting a form directly to the Office of the University Registrar. The deadline for submitting the form is 5 p.m. 4 weeks before the last day of classes in the fall or spring semester, or the equivalent time in a summer term. For specific dates for a given term, see the Academic Calendar.
The form is available on the Registrar's Website (look under Student Records and then Forms ).
Spring 2020 Policy below (this policy changes ONLY applies to Spring 2020)
S/U Grading Policy for Spring 2020 (ONLY)
Spring 2020 courses will transition to a default S/U grading option. If students choose to receive a letter grade for any class, they can do so by submitting a form to the registrar's office no later than April 27th at 12:00 pm EDT.