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Potsdam Prepared: Fall 2021 Updates

April 8: Spring 2020 Academic Policy Updates


Given the current situation, we wanted to be sure you were all aware of the options available to you.  Realizing that your situations are as unique as you all are, we have tried to give you maximum control over your own academic decisions.  Please know that we are here to support you as you make the decisions needed to protect your health and that of your family, as well as to meet your own educational and career goals.  With these things in mind, some policies have been flexibly adjusted this semester.

S/U Grading Option & Withdrawal from Classes

Important notes for all students:

  • For the remainder of this semester, we are allowing students to elect the Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory (S/U) grading option or withdraw from courses, even if you have an account hold and/or balance due.
  • Before electing the S/U grading option, we strongly encourage you to speak with your advisor to consider the impact on your time to degree completion.
  • Before seeking course withdrawals, we strongly encourage you to speak with One Stop to consider any financial aid implications.

Graduate students should contact the Office of Graduate & Continuing Education for either of these processes.

Undergraduate students seeking to elect S/U grading or withdraw from a course, as a result of either the pandemic or issues related to it (e.g. changes to classes as a result of the shift online), should contact the Student Success Center from your SUNY Potsdam email account.  You may submit these requests for consideration up until the last day of classes, Friday, May 15, at 11:59 p.m.  Please see the One Stop Information page for details about this process.

Undergraduate students - Additional important notes:

  • Courses taken S/U in the Spring 2020 semester do not count toward the 14-credit hour maximum for undergraduate students.
  • Undergraduate students who need to withdraw from a course due to issues relating to the pandemic or other emergency may be eligible for an emergency withdrawal (W*), which does not count towards the 14-credit hour maximum. 
  • Undergraduate students in need of advising help can chat with a Student Success Center advisor between 1 and 4 p.m. every weekday, from now until the end of the semester. 

Academic Standards

At the close of the semester, grades will be posted, and academic standards applied. Undergraduate students dismissed at the end of the Spring 2020 term will be granted automatic waivers of their dismissal. They will be eligible to return for Fall 2020 on academic probation and required to participate in the Academic Mentoring Program (AMP) to support their speedy academic recovery.

Please contact the offices listed above if you have additional questions. If you are unsure who to contact, One Stop is the place to begin.