Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory Option

The Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory (S/U) option aims to encourage students to focus on exploring courses beyond their core disciplinary studies without undue concern that their GPA would be adversely affected.

(a)  The S/U option allows a student to take a course on an ‘ungraded’ basis i.e. no letter grade such as A, B, etc will be awarded.  A course will be indicated as 'S’ (Satisfactory) if the final letter grade obtained is a 'D' or better.  Conversely, it will be indicated as 'U’ (Unsatisfactory) if the grade obtained is ‘F’. The 'S' or 'U' notations for ‘Satisfactory’ or ‘Unsatisfactory’ respectively will appear in the results slip and the transcript issued by the University. 

(b)  A student will receive AU towards his degree only if he attains an ‘S’ (Satisfactory) grade. He earns no AU for courses with a 'U' grade.
(c)  The 'S' or 'U' notations carry no grade point and hence have no effect on the GPA and the classification of degrees.
(d)  A student is to select the courses that he would like to be graded S/U online.  Students will be informed each semester on the period to declare S/U for the courses that they have registered in that semester and may seek advice from the Schools on the courses that are available on S/U option.
(e)  The S/U option does not apply to:  
•      Core, Major PE, GER Core courses*
•      Pass/Fail courses
•      courses that count towards the requirements for second major or minor programme
•      graduate courses
•      part-time, incoming exchange and non-graduating students
*unless specified otherwise
(f)  Unless otherwise advised by his School, the maximum number of AU that a student can choose for S/U grading during his candidature is as follows:
Programme S/U quota
3-year 12 AU

4-year (except for Biomedical Science programme)

- For students admitted to Year 1

- For students admitted directly to Year 2

12 AU

9 AU

Biomedical Sciences programme 9 AU


(g) Once opted for S/U grading, the course AU will count towards the S/U quota regardless of the final results i.e. S, U or absent with valid reasons such as on medical or compassionate grounds etc.
(h) The S/U option that students have exercised for a course is irrevocable.  Hence, students who have invoked S/U cannot appeal for the course(s) to be reversed
to letter grade(s) after the exercise for S/U option is over.  The S/U option cannot be applied retrospectively after the declaration period or to courses that students have already completed for letter grades.
(i)  A student who obtains a 'U' can repeat the course.  However, the 'U' grade that he gets for his first attempt will remain in his academic record and will be printed in the transcript issued by the University.
(j) The repeat attempt(s) of a course will retain the grading option chosen for the first attempt i.e. S/U or letter-graded.  In other words, the S/U option only applies to the first attempt of a course. As such, if S/U grading has not been opted for a course, a student will also not be able to opt for S/U grading for its repeat attempt(s). Similarly, if S/U grading has been opted for a course, its repeat attempt(s) will also be graded S/U. The repeat course includes replacement courses, i.e. a course that replaces another course which is no longer offered.  The AU of a course that has been opted for S/U grading will be counted against the S/U quota only once.  Its repeat will not be counted against the quota again.
(k) Students who exercise the S/U option must comply with the graduation requirement of minimum AU of graded courses as stated in the AUS Handbook.

(l) Typically, students have up to two working days after the last day of the University examination period for the semester/special term, to make this declaration. In any case, students will be notified before the recess week of the exact period for declaration for the semester. Only those courses that are allowed an S/U option will be listed for declaration. Students who do not wish to exercise the S/U option are not required to declare this intention online.


 Declaration Periods for AY2020-2021

Semester 1Mon 28 September 2020 (9.30 a.m.)Tue 8 December 2020 (10.00 p.m.)
Semester 2Mon 1 March 2021 (9.30 a.m.)Tue 11 May 2021 (10.00 p.m.)
Special Term lMon 24 May 2021 (9.30 a.m.)Tue 22 Jun 2021 (10.00 p.m.)
Special Term llMon 5 July 2021 (9.30 a.m.)Tue 3 August 2021 (10.00 p.m.)


(m)  Please click on Declaration of Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory Option if a student would like to exercise the S/U Option.


(n)  You are advised to check the confirmation slip and degree audit after you have submitted your declaration each time, and raise any queries immediately. A confirmation email will be sent after the declaration period ends for each semester and special term to indicate the courses opted for S/U.


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