The Office of the Registrar provides valuable services and information to the Skidmore community: student registration; class scheduling and room assignments; maintenance of student academic records; processing of data for new students, returning students and alumni; and the administration of unofficial and official transcript services.
As part of the college’s effort to help make the shift to remote learning less challenging for you, the Committee on Academic Standing (CAS) and the Dean of Faculty and Vice President of Academic Affairs have approved the following changes to grading policies, effective for this semester only:
S/U; Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory Grades: Students will be permitted to choose the S/U grading option for any spring semester course. Limits on the number of courses and the total credit hours taken for S/U grades will be suspended for this semester only. Students will have until April 15 to elect the S/U grade option for any course. To make this change, simply email firstname.lastname@example.org. In your email, please provide both the CRN (or subj, course, section) and your Skidmore ID number. Please also review the current description of the S/U policy in the College Catalog (link below) and note that the college’s criterion for a Satisfactory grade is the equivalent of a C or better (not C-).
Courses taken S/U will count toward major, minor, and all college requirements as long as you receive a grade of “S” Satisfactory. This is true even for majors and minors that normally restrict S/U courses from counting.
Please note: You will not be able to revoke the S/U option after you select it. You should thus think carefully about this decision.
Dean’s List and Graduation Honors: Students should be aware that criteria for Dean’s List and Graduation Honors (found in the link below) will not be adjusted because they depend solely on GPA calculations. Therefore, students will need to complete at least one course for a letter grade during the spring semester in order to be eligible for Dean’s List. The required 14 credits of satisfactory course work can be a combination of letter and S grades.
W; Withdrawals: For courses taught this semester only, the limit of a maximum of two withdrawals on a student’s transcript is being suspended, which will allow students to withdraw from an unlimited number of spring semester courses. For each withdrawal request, you will need to secure the permission of the instructor and your advisor. CAS approval will not be required for you to withdraw from a course. My office will accept emails in lieu of physical signatures but will also ask that students acknowledge that they have read the withdrawal without grade penalty form completely and understand the financial and academic implications of withdrawing from a course.
The deadline for requesting a withdrawal without penalty from a course has also been extended to April 22, which is a modification of the current withdrawal policy (found in the link below).
I; Incompletes: The deadline for faculty to submit incompletes has been extended to July 24.
Here is the section of the College Catalog that describes the grade options and policies mentioned above: http://catalog.skidmore.edu/content.php?catoid=23&navoid=1622
As you contemplate making changes to your courses, you should feel free to reach out to your faculty advisor for help with these decisions. Also, staff in the Office of Academic Advising are available for consultation at email@example.com.