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Due to the extraordinary COVID-19 circumstances, UCF undergraduate and graduate students will have the opportunity to choose satisfactory / unsatisfactory (S/U) grading for eligible Spring 2020 courses.

Students will be able to choose this option from April 10 through April 27. After April 27, students may no longer choose a grading option and their choices are final. Transcripts will indicate that the S/U option was made available this semester because of the pandemic.

UNDERGRADUATES: It is very important that you contact the Office of Professional Development staff at opd@ucf.edu to see whether this choice makes sense for you. Choosing S/U may in some cases have an effect on financial aid, and this choice may not meet requirements in your major.

GRADUATES: It is very important that you contact your advisor and/or program director to see whether this choice makes sense for you. Choosing S/U may in some cases have an effect on financial aid, and this choice may not meet requirements for your degree.

 

The University uses an alphabetic system to identify student grades and other actions regarding student progress or class attendance. Learn more here.


Undergraduate Student FAQs

I am considering opting in for an S/U grade for a class. How should I proceed?
Read through these FAQs and if you need further guidance, email Office of Professional Development staff at opd@ucf.edu for guidance.

How does S/U grading work with Primary Core classes where I need a minimum overall GPA and at least a B in the core class of my intended major?
Students can opt for no more than two S/U grades in the primary core, and only in the Spring 2020 semester. The primary core classes are MAN 3025, MAR 3023, FIN 3403, QMB 3200, ACG 3173 and ACG 3131.

Entry into Accounting, Finance, Marketing, and Management majors requires a B or better in the corresponding core course (ACG 3131, ACG 3173, FIN 3403, MAR 3023 and MAN3025 respectively). Students intending to pursue one of these majors should not opt for S/U grading in the corresponding core course as this will not satisfy the program entry requirement.

Primary core GPA requirements are also still in effect. While an S/U grade does not count toward this GPA requirement, you must have an actual letter grade in at least 3 primary core courses. If your GPA does not meet the required minimum based on these letter grades, you will not be admitted into an Accounting, Finance, Marketing or Management major. Also understand that a C- or lower grade in a course counts as a U. If you get a U, you will have to repeat the course no matter what your major.

If you decide to switch majors in the future, you will need a B or better in the corresponding core course of your new major. Be very careful about which courses you select an S/U option in, as you may be limiting your future options to change your major.

Students seeking entry into Economics, Real Estate or Integrated Business majors have no restrictions on their option to select S/U grading in up to 2 any primary core courses (although this may affect their ability to switch majors in the future as noted above). Also understand that a C- or lower grade in a course counts as a U. In certain situations, not opting in and choosing the letter grade of a D may be a better option for certain students. If you get a U, you will have to repeat the course no matter what your major.

How does a student opt in? By what deadline?
The student will opt in by completing an online request form that is not yet available. When available, students will opt in using the self-service option in myUCF. Navigate to my.UCF.edu > Student Self Service > Student Center > Other Academic (dropdown menu) > COVID-19 S/U Option. The decision to opt in should be made in consultation with your Office of Professional Development advisor as soon as possible. The S/U Opt-In period will begin April 10; the last day to opt in is April 27. View S/U Opt-In Step-by-Step Instructions

Is the request form available yet?
The online form is available until April 27.

Are there any classes that are not eligible for the S/U Opt-In grade?
All College of Business undergraduate classes are eligible.

If I am taking a class that is a pre-requisite, how will an S/U impact my ability to register for the next class?
If your program requires a particular grade that is higher than a C in some class, then selecting the S/U option for that class will NOT satisfy the pre-requisite requirements.

How does a U grade impact my GPA or academic standing?
An unsatisfactory (U) grade will not impact your GPA nor does it impact academic standing.

How would choosing S/U grading impact me if I’m part of a special population or cohort such as Honors, international students, veterans, student athletes, etc?
Please contact the appropriate resource office to anticipate the impact:

  • Academic Services for Student Athletes (ASSA): 407.823.5895
  • Burnett Honors College: 407.823.2076
  • UCF Global (International Students): 407.823.2337
  • Veterans Academic Resource Center (VARC): 407.823.2707
  • Office of Student Financial Assistance: 407.823.2827
  • Pre-Health and Pre-Law Advising: 407.823.0101

How will my BHC University Honors status be determined based on Spring 2020 grades?

  • Good standing will be determined by using the UCF Cumulative GPA and UCF Honors Cumulative GPA as calculated by UCF after Spring 2020 grades are posted
  • Students currently in good standing who achieve less than a 3.2 UCF Cumulative GPA and/or a 3.0 Cumulative Honors GPA after Spring 2020 grades are posted will receive a Warning letter, instead of being placed on Probation
  • Students currently on honors probation who achieve less than a 3.2 UCF Term GPA and/or a 3.0 Cumulative Term GPA after Spring 2020 grades are posted will be placed on Extended Probation, instead of being removed from University Honors
  • Students graduating in Spring 2020 are expected to meet honors graduation requirements in order to graduate with University Honors:
    • 3.2 UCF Cumulative GPA AND 3.0 Honors Cumulative GPA
    • Satisfactory completion of a minimum of eight BHC Honors courses as outlined on the BHC website
    • BHC Honors courses with grades of S will count towards the eight course requirement

How will choosing S/U grading of my courses impact my application for graduate or professional school?
S/U grades may significantly harm your chances for admission to some graduate programs. Please contact the appropriate resource office to discuss the possible impact of an “S” or “U” grade on your graduate or professional school application:

  • Office of Professional Development staff: opd@ucf.edu
  • Pre-Health and Pre-Law Advising: 407.823.0101
  • College of Graduate Studies: 407.823.2766 (for referrals and advice from comparable programs at UCF)
  • Or contact the graduate or professional program to which you are applying.

Can I withdraw from a class instead of opting in for an S/U?
You can withdraw from a class until Monday, April 20.

Will students who withdrew be given the opportunity to reinstate in a course now that the opportunity to earn a ‘U’ exists?
Students who request a withdrawal reversal already have the ability to do so within 3 business days from the date you withdrew. However, the request to reverse the withdrawal in this case must occur no later than Wednesday, April 22. For further questions, please contact Academic Services at 407.823.2691 or email acadserv@ucf.edu.

What happens if I don’t opt in for an S/U?
You will receive the letter grade you earn for your class(es).

How does my decision to opt in for a S/U grading impact my Financial Aid and/or Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP)?
S, U and NC grades could help a student maintain their current GPA because they will not change the GPA. S grades may also help a student meet the earned hours requirement. However, a U or NC grade would not help a student meet the earned hours requirement nor the SAP Completion Percentage standard.

What is the implication of S/U grades if I am currently on Academic Probation?
For students on academic probation, S, U and NC grades will not improve their GPA and as a consequence may result in expulsion from a major.

If I am graduating this semester, how will S/U affect me in a class I need to pass to graduate? How will it affect my GPA?
It will be important to understand and review your degree audit and situation with the Office of Professional Development staff at opd@ucf.edu.

How will S/U grades this semester be explained when I have my transcript sent to professional and graduate schools?
The back of the transcripts contains a legend detailing grades. Transcripts will indicate that the S/U option was made available this semester because of the pandemic.

How will U grades be reviewed by Bright Futures or other scholarship that require a GPA and credit requirement?
U grades will not negatively impact the GPA. However, any U-graded courses are not receiving credit either. Conversely, if you are receiving a satisfactory grade, S grades also do NOT impact the GPA. They do render credit for completing the course, however.

Would I have to use grade forgiveness later if I choose to repeat a course in which I received a U grade?
No.

Would repeating a course in which I received a U be considered as a second attempt?
Yes.

Will a S grade meet Gordon Rule Writing and Math requirements? Civic Literacy? State Core?
Yes.

Can I complete my Gordon Rule classes with a C-?
Students are required to complete four courses (twelve credit hours) of writing and to complete two courses (six credit hours) of mathematics at the level of college algebra or higher. Each course must be completed with a minimum grade of “C-” (1.75). Courses eligible to satisfy the Gordon Rule requirement must be on the approved list at the time the course is completed. Choosing the S/U option and receiving an S will fulfill the requirement, as will keeping the letter grade option and getting a C- or better.

When making registration decisions for Summer 2020, Fall 2020, and Spring 2021, please continue to use the technologies available to you including Pegasus Path, myKnight Audit, and mySchedule Builder.

Can I appeal my decision to receive an S/U for a class?
Appeals to reverse your request for an S/U will NOT be allowed.

Finally, please consult with the Office of Professional Development staff at opd@ucf.edu before making any decision regarding your academic plan.

 

Specific Guidance for Each Major


 
 
Accounting

  • No more than 2 Primary Core courses are opted in for S/U grading
  • DO NOT opt in to S/U grading for ACG 3131
  • ACG 3131 grade will need to be a B or better
  • Ensure remaining Primary Core courses with a letter grade average to a GPA of a 3.0 or higher
  • Make selection in myUCF by April 27, if selecting S/U Opt-In grading


 
 
Economics

  • No more than 2 Primary Core courses are opted in for S/U grading
  • Do not opt in to S/U grading for a course if your letter grade will be a C-, D+, or a D
  • Ensure remaining Primary Core courses with a letter grade average to a GPA of a 2.0 or higher
  • Make selection in myUCF by April 27, if selecting S/U Opt-In grading


 
 
Finance

  • No more than 2 Primary Core courses are opted in for S/U grading
  • DO NOT opt in to S/U grading for FIN 3403, ACG 3173, or ACG 3131
  • FIN 3403, ACG 3173 or ACG 3131 grade will need to be a B or better
  • Ensure remaining Primary Core courses with a letter grade average to a GPA of a 3.0 or higher
  • Make selection in myUCF by April 27, if selecting S/U Opt-In grading


 
 
Integrated Business

  • No more than 2 Primary Core courses are opted in for S/U grading
  • Do not opt in to S/U grading for a course if your letter grade will be a C-, D+, or a D
  • Ensure remaining Primary Core courses with a letter grade average to a GPA of a 2.0 or higher
  • Make selection in myUCF by April 27, if selecting S/U Opt-In grading


 
 
Management

  • No more than 2 Primary Core courses are opted in for S/U grading
  • DO NOT opt in to S/U grading for MAN 3025
  • MAN 3025 grade will need to be a B or better
  • Ensure remaining Primary Core courses with a letter grade average to a GPA of a 3.0 or higher
  • Make selection in myUCF by April 27, if selecting S/U Opt-In grading


 
 
Marketing

  • No more than 2 Primary Core courses are opted in for S/U grading
  • DO NOT opt in to S/U grading for MAR 3023
  • MAR 3023 grade will need to be a B or better
  • Ensure remaining Primary Core courses with a letter grade average to a GPA of a 3.0 or higher
  • Make selection in myUCF by April 27, if selecting S/U Opt-In grading


 
 
Real Estate

  • No more than 2 Primary Core courses are opted in for S/U grading
  • Do not opt in to S/U grading for a course if your letter grade will be a C-, D+, or a D
  • Ensure remaining Primary Core courses with a letter grade average to a GPA of a 2.0 or higher
  • Make selection in myUCF by April 27, if selecting S/U Opt-In grading

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Graduate Student FAQs

I am in provisional admission status, on probation, or on a conditional retention plan. Can
I choose S/U grading?

Yes, but it is important to consider the implications of your choice. If you were admitted
provisionally or are currently on probation or a Conditional Retention Plan, you should contact
the student services team in Graduate Studies at gradrcrd@ucf.edu about your specific situation before opting in.

How does a student opt in? By what deadline?
Students will opt in by completing an online request form. When available, students will opt in
using the self-service option in myUCF. Navigate to my.UCF.edu > Student Self Service >
Student Center > Other Academic (dropdown menu) > COVID-19 S/U Option. The decision to
opt in should be made in consultation with your faculty advisor and/or graduate program director
as soon as possible. The S/U Opt-in period will begin April 10; the last day to opt in is April 27.

Is the request form available yet?
The online form is available until April 27.

Are there any classes that are not eligible for the S/U Opt-In grade?
Most classes are eligible for the Spring 2020 S/U Opt-In policy. There are only a few exemptions
that have been approved. Without a special exemption from the university, your faculty advisor
or graduate program director cannot prevent you from opting in for S/U grading. Instead, their
role is to advise you on what they think are the potential consequences of your choice. You are
encouraged to seek their advice, but the ultimate decision is yours.

If I am taking a class that is a pre-requisite, how will an S/U impact my ability to register
for the next class?

Some courses require a set letter grade in the pre-requisite for it to count.
An S/U grade could negatively impact your academic progress in that degree program. It is
important for you to consult with your faculty advisor and/or graduate program director to
understand the impact of the S/U election on required pre-requisites.

I am a graduate student who is enrolled in an undergraduate class as a pre-requisite for my
graduate program and I am expecting a C grade in this class. If I choose the S/U option,
will I receive an S or a U?

S/U grading is linked to your status as a graduate student. Thus, any grade of C that you earn,
regardless of the level of class you are taking, will be evaluated using the graduate S/U
conversion. Any C grade you earn will be converted to a U grade.

How does a U grade impact my GPA or academic standing?
An unsatisfactory (U) grade will not impact your GPA, but it may impact your academic
standing. In general, receiving more than 6 credits of U grades can result in dismissal. Some
programs have more strict standards, so you should refer to your graduate program handbook for
information about how a U grade may impact your academic standing.

How would choosing S/U grading impact me if I’m part of a special population or cohort
such as international students, veterans, student athletes, etc?

Please contact the appropriate resource office to anticipate the impact:

  • Academic Services for Student Athletes (ASSA): 407.823.5895 or assa@ucf.edu
  • UCF Global (International Students): 407.823.2337
  • Veterans Academic Resource Center (VARC): 407.823.2707 or varc@ucf.edu
  • Office of Student Financial Assistance: 407.823.2827 or finaid@ucf.edu

Can I withdraw from a class instead of opting-in for an S/U?
You can withdraw from a class until Monday, April 20.

I expect to earn a C (or C-/C+) in a class. How do I decide if I should 1) take the C grade;
2) choose the S/U Option; or 3) Withdraw from a class?

This may be a difficult decision to make depending on your circumstances, so we recommend
that you discuss this with your faculty advisor, graduate program director, college graduate
advising office and/or the College of Graduate Studies. Failure to discuss your options with a
knowledgeable advisor could result in making a choice that will negatively impact your
academic progress in your program.

Will students who withdrew be given the opportunity to reinstate in a course now that the
opportunity to earn a U exists?

Students who request a withdrawal reversal already have the ability to do so within 3 business
days from the date you withdrew. However, the request to reverse the withdrawal in this case
must occur no later than Wednesday, April 22.

What happens if I don’t opt in for an S/U?
You will receive the letter grade you earn for your class(es).

How does my decision to opt in for a S/U grading impact my Financial Aid and/or
Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP)?

Information about the impact of S/U grading on financial aid will be given prior to April 10.
Please pay attention to your knights.ucf.edu email for the information.

Will opting in for S/U grades affect my tuition reimbursement from my employer? What
about my scholarship?

It is important that you check with your employer or scholarship award PRIOR to opting in for
S/U grading. Some employers and scholarships will only pay if you earn letter grades in your
courses.

If I am graduating this semester, how will S/U affect me in a class I need to pass to
graduate? How will it affect my GPA?

Remember that S/U grades do not change your GPA. They only reflect credit earned or not
earned. For instance, if you are in your last semester and need specific letter grades to get or
keep your GPA above 3.0, then the S/U grade will not be a good choice for you. If your GPA is
already above 3.0 and you just need the credits to complete your degree, then the S/U grade
might be something to consider. It is important to understand and review your degree audit and
situation with your faculty advisor and/or graduate program director so that you can make an
informed choice.

How will S/U grades this semester be explained when I have my transcript sent to another
professional or graduate school?

The back of the transcripts contains a legend detailing grades. Transcripts will indicate that the S/U option was made available this semester because of the pandemic. Additional information will be available at registrar.ucf.edu. If you are a graduate certificate or master’s degree student wishing to apply to another graduate degree program, you should talk with your faculty advisor and/or graduate program director for information about how choosing S/U grades may impact your chances of being admitted in other graduate programs or how choosing S/U grades might impact the course transfers to those programs.

How will U grades impact my graduate assistantship?
Graduate assistantship students are expected to maintain good academic standing. Speak with your faculty advisor and/or graduate program director if you have questions about how receiving a U grade could impact your funding.

How will U grades impact my university fellowship?
Most university fellowships require students to receive satisfactory grades in all classes (unsatisfactory grades are C+, C, C-, D+, D, D-, F, NC, and U). If you have questions about how a U grade could impact your graduate fellowship, email gradfellowship@ucf.edu.

Would I have to use grade forgiveness later if I choose to repeat a course in which I
received a U grade?

No. Grade forgiveness is not available to graduate students.

Would repeating a course in which I received a U be considered as a second attempt?
Yes. U grades means that you did not earn credit for the course. If it is a required or core course in
your plan of study, it would have to be repeated. If it is an elective course, then you could choose to repeat the elective course or you could pick a different elective from those allowed as part of the degree. You would still need to meet the necessary elective credit hour requirement for your degree plan of study.

Can I appeal my decision to receive an S/U for a class?
Appeals to reverse your request for an S/U will not be allowed. Please consult with your faculty advisor and/or graduate program director before making any decisions regarding your academic plan.


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Office of Professional Development Virtual Advising FAQs

During this unprecedented time, the Office of Professional Development has transitioned to assist the 8,500+ College of Business students remotely. The office has received an influx of emails and the current response rate is now between 3 to 5 business days. To provide efficiency in responses to students, the office is limiting the schedule planning to one semester. Below are a few helpful tools to assist students in planning future semesters.

The office is asking that students’ questions and/or concerns are documented in the FIRST email submitted, and please be as thorough as possible. Please ensure that your UCF ID is provided in the initial email. Any missing information will result in a delayed response.

How will classes be conducted?
All classes have moved online through the summer A, C and D semesters. Currently, summer B is not included in the online remote learning. All summer courses in the College of Business will have a day and time assigned as many courses will still meet at this time, however they will be meeting remotely through web courses, Zoom, or some other modality. Based on this information, no time conflicts will be allowed.

How can I find my enrollment date?
You can access your enrollment date by logging into the myUCF portal and select “Student Self Service.” Once logged into your Student Center, scroll to the right side of the screen to the “Enrollment Date” box and click on “Details.” This will show the specific day and time you are assigned. Our office is not able to change or grant students any other enrollment time than what has been assigned from the Registrar office.

How do I access my degree audit?
The degree audit is an advising tool for students and advisors to track progress toward your program of study. You can access your degree audit by logging into the myUCF portal and select “Student Self Service”. Once logged into your Student Center, select “Degree Audit/myKnight Audit” from the drop-down menu under Academic Information.

How do I pull a “What-if Report”?
The “What-if Report” is a degree audit for students and advisors to see another program of study. This tool can be useful if a student were to change their major or if a student would like to see the full degree audit of a restricted major, such as one of the College of Business majors. You can access a What-if Report by logging into the myUCF portal and select “Student Self Service.” Once logged into your Student Center, select “What-if Report” from the drop-down menu under Academic Information.

  • Then click: Create New Report
  • Choose Academic Program: RCBA
  • Choose Area of Study: Selected Major
  • Then Submit Request

Where do I find my catalog year?
Located on the top, right of your degree audit under Cat Yr/Term.

Where can I find UCF catalogs?
Catalogs can be found here.


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College of Business Virtual Internships

For Employer Partners:

To help mitigate the spread of the 2019 Novel Coronavirus, UCF is taking preventative steps, including moving our courses online and having employees work remotely. As part of these precautionary measures, we are asking you to transition your UCF Intern to a remote working internship or co-op experience for the remainder of the Spring 2020 semester and for any Summer 2020 internships. Based on conversations with experiential leaders across the country, we identified potential remote internship or co-op learning alternates for your consideration.

  • Develop a plan to provide operational solutions for the organization
  • Write scripts or social media posts
  • Create a communications plan surrounding Coronavirus and prepare the documents for that plan to be implemented
  • Work with the organization to review and improve a specific policy
  • Translate the organization’s promotional and/or material into other languages to help community members who do not speak English
    Stress that you expect students to remain actively engaged in their work and to be professional in their communications and interactions with your organization. As you implement remote working alternatives, we suggest considering:

    • How will you communicate with students electronically (i.e., Skype or Zoom meetings, conference calls or telephone calls)?
    • How will students track their hours?
    • How will you check the quality of the students’ work (e.g., using cloud-based applications)?
    • Does the student have the required technology to complete off-site work (i.e., laptop, access to software and internet access)?
    • How often will you contact your intern?

The health and safety of our students and community is our top priority. For additional information about UCF’s approach to the Coronavirus outbreak, visit UCF’s Coronavirus website.


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