Updated for Spring 2021
The policy adopted by the Arts & Sciences Council for Fall 2020 allowing individual departments to declare 0–199 level courses mandatory S/U - in which courses carry all curriculum codes and count toward major-minor-certificate requirements and associated prerequisites - will continue for the Spring 2021 semester.
Here is the list of courses that have adopted the S/U mandatory grading for the Spring 2021 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.
Please note that these decisions apply only to courses that orginate in Trinity. It does not apply to courses that originate in Pratt or Nicholas or Sanford. However, as noted above, the S/U grading basis will apply to courses that originate in Trinity and are cross-listed in other departments or schools.
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.
Policy details for the Spring 2021 semester:
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.
Traditional Restrictions of this Policy
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 ).