NSHE Regents Adjust Grading Policy to Support Students

LAS VEGAS –  In an effort to provide flexibility due to campus closures and changes in course delivery modes related to COVID-19 measures, all NSHE institutions will make the “S/U” grading option available to students through the end of the Spring 2020 semester and after issuance of final grades for all courses.

Institutions are setting deadlines for student grade petitions and will advertise the deadlines widely so that students are aware of the option to change grades to S/U.  As part of this process, students will be advised of the ramifications of petitioning for a change to “S/U” grading before submitting such a request. During an emergency meeting on Tuesday, the Board approved technical changes related to S/U grades such that institutions can determine the grade equivalency for S/U grades.

“This adjustment was needed to streamline grading for students and professors who are conducting remote instruction during this tumultuous and unprecedented time,” said Chancellor Thom Reilly.

Satisfactory and Unsatisfactory grades should be administered with prudence and in full consideration and consultation by the student with their academic advisor, as switching to “S/U” grading could impact scholarship eligibility.

“This adjustment during this turbulent time will allow flexibility for our students and professors while keeping them focused on our number one priority, student success,” Regents Chair Jason Geddes said.


The Nevada System of Higher Education, comprised of two doctoral-granting universities, a state college, four comprehensive community colleges and one environmental research institute, serves the educational and job training needs of Nevada. NSHE provides educational opportunities to more than 100,000 students and is governed by the Board of Regents.