Once upon a time there was a student we’ll call “Floyd.” Floyd elected to take a class S/D/F, which he thought meant the same thing as “Pass/Fail.” Floyd did just enough work to barely pass the class. To his dismay, he got a “D” in the class, which lowered his GPA. Don’t be like Floyd!
Many students refer to the S/D/F option as “Pass/Fail,” but as Floyd learned the hard way, there are important distinctions. It’s called “S/D/F” because there are three possible grades: an “S”, a “D”, or an “F.”
There is nothing to indicate to your instructor that you have elected the S/D/F option for your class; they still submit a letter grade at the end of the term. Grades of “A” through “C-” are automatically converted to an “S” and are not counted towards your GPA, while grades of “D” through “F” remain as such and are calculated into your GPA.
For more details:
See the online course catalog under Academic Information >> Credit and Grade Information >> “Satisfactory/D/Fail (S/D/F) Option”
How to request or revoke the S/D/F option:
Registrar web page >> Student Forms
How to check if your S/D/F request has been processed:
Registrar web page >> Documents >> HomerConnect Documentation (Students) >> “Has my SDF or Audit Form been processed” document