This document1 amends and supersedes the grading policies of the Peabody Conservatory as stated in the Academic Catalog: Academic Regulations › Grading System and Regulations. The amended policies apply to graduate students and undergraduates as noted below for the fall semester 2020.
All enrollments in the fall semester 2020 will be reconfigured to be graded as satisfactory (S) or unsatisfactory (U). Students may elect to have courses, lessons, and recitals graded for a letter grade instead of S/U by changing grading format for each individual course by 7 December 2020.2 After 7 December, the grading format for courses may not be changed. Detailed instructions for students to change the grading format will be made available early in the fall semester. Note that all ensembles may not be changed from the S/U grading format.
The grades S and U are new to Peabody and will be implemented for the first time in the fall semester. S/U grading is similar to P/F grading with one important difference: F is a failing grade that typically counts for 0 quality points in a student GPA, whereas U does not factor into the GPA. Courses that are graded S/U will not factor into a grade point average.
THE GRADE S indicates that the student has passed the course and satisfied the degree requirement. In a course sequence, a grade of S in a course indicates that a student may advance to the next course.
THE GRADE U indicates that the student did not pass the course and satisfy the degree requirement. The student will need to retake and pass the course before advancing to the next course.
Peabody has adopted S/U grading as a default specifying only that S is the minimum passing grade to satisfy the requirement and advance. The Homewood Academic Council has also recommended that, “S grades be mandated to satisfy all degree requirements that ordinarily require a letter grade including those that would require a grade of C or higher.”
This information amends and supersedes the section Academic Regulations › Academic Standing in the Academic Catalog for the fall semester 2020.