SJFC moves to S-P-U grading policy in response to COVID-19 pandemic

Kelsey Braun ’22, Staff Writer

By Kelsey Braun ’22, Staff Writer

On November 19, St. John Fisher College announced it will again implement a change to the grading policy in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. With this policy students have the ability to select S-P-U (Satisfactory, Passing or Unsatisfactory) for any course they feel the need to.

The decision to move toward a S-P-U policy took a few weeks to get approval, and lots of help from the Academic Standing Committee and the Student Government Association (SGA). “It was a long and challenging process, but we are glad that we are able to represent the students because that is our job. Our job is to be the voice for the students, and we are really excited about that.” said SGA President, Michael Lilholt. 

According to a college wide email, there are exceptions to this policy. Some departments have omitted courses from the selection due to certain program requirements. In addition, the policy only applies to classes that have been ongoing since October 21, and will not apply to courses where an F has been issued as a result of Academic Honesty infractions. Both the education and nursing programs have different requirements regarding what courses will be permitted with this grading policy.

Important information to note regarding S-P-U (email to undergraduate students from Provost Kevin Railey):

S-P-U  Letter Designation:

  • S Satisfactory – Equivalent to an assigned A, A-, B+, B, B-, C+ ,or C . Earns credit, is not included in GPA calculations.
  • P Passing  – Equivalent to an assigned C-, D+, D, or D-.  Earns credit, is not included in the GPA calculations.
  • U Unsatisfactory – Equivalent to an assigned F.  Does not earn credit, is not included in GPA calculations.


Deadline dates for submission of S-P-U Form:

All December 2020 graduating students earning their Bachelor’s Degree:

Open Saturday, December 12th until Wednesday, December 16th at 11:59 p.m.

All other undergraduate students :

Open from Friday, December 18th until Friday, January 15th at 11:59 p.m.

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