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A Message from UHD Provost Dr. Eric Link: University Approves Interim Grading Policy

Dear Gators,

These are unprecedented times, and UHD is working for you to help mitigate the new challenges we each face as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. We know that many UHD students suddenly find themselves taking online classes while balancing all of the difficulties associated with stay-at-home orders, financial pressures, and more. Even finding items at grocery stores can be an adventure right now.

In order to respond to some of these new challenges, UHD is implementing an Interim Grading Option for students. This grading option was developed jointly by the UHD Faculty Senate, the Student Government Association, UHD leadership, and was refined with feedback from across colleges and departments. It truly was a communal effort—and represents what we can accomplish when we pull together as a Gator family.

This interim alternative grading option will allow each student this semester to choose to switch from traditional letter grades to Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory grades on a course-by-course basis. This option applies to any grades earned in the spring 2020 full term or the spring part-of-term 2.

The University of Houston-Downtown has provided this alternative grading option in order to allow students the opportunity to focus on learning and to successfully complete the semester under the exceptional circumstances that we all find ourselves right now, without compromising academic rigor or integrity. Together, we can do this.

Go Gators!


Dr. Eric Carl Link
Senior Vice President for Academic & Student Affairs and Provost
University of Houston-Downtown


About the University of Houston-Downtown

The University of Houston-Downtown (UHD) – the second-largest university in Houston – has served the educational needs of the nation’s fourth-largest city since 1974.

As one of four distinct public universities in the University of Houston System, UHD is a comprehensive four-year university led by President Loren J. Blanchard. Annually, UHD educates more than 15,000 students; boasts more than 61,000 alumni and offers 45 bachelor’s, nine master’s degree programs and 16 fully online programs within five colleges (Marilyn Davies College of Business; Humanities & Social Sciences; Public Service; Sciences & Technology; and University College).

For the fourth consecutive year, U.S. News & World Report ranks UHD among universities across the nation for Best Online Criminal Justice Programs (No. 27 and No. 15 for Veterans) and Best Online Bachelor’s Programs.

UHD has the most affordable tuition among four-year universities in Houston and one of the lowest in Texas. U.S. News ranked the University among Top Performers on Social Mobility and awarded UHD a No. 1 ranking as the most diverse institution of higher education in the southern region of the U.S. The University is noted nationally as a Hispanic-Serving Institution, Minority-Serving Institution and Military Friendly School. For more on the University of Houston-Downtown, visit www.uhd.edu.