Grading Policy

Grading System

Issuance of grades and formulation of individual attendance policies are the prerogative of the instructor. Faculty must provide feedback to students about their progress prior to the last published day to withdraw without academic penalty. Grades are expected to conform to those listed below. Any deviations must be approved by the Faculty Senate and the Office of the Registrar.

The following are the final grades included in the determination of the scholastic grade point average:

Final Grades  
Quality Points per Credit Hour *
A Excellent
4
B Good
3
C Satisfactory
2
D Failing
1
WF Late Withdrawl, Failing
0

* Quality points are not awarded in learning support courses. These courses give institutional credit only, not graduation credit.

The following symbols will be used in the cases indicated:

    I
    Indicates an incomplete grade for the course, and will be awarded only when the student has done satisfactory work up to the last two weeks of the semester, but for nonacademic reasons beyond his/her control is unable to meet the full requirements of the course.

    The specified time limits to have an “I” grade removed are as follows:
    The course requirements must be completed, as agreed upon between the student and the faculty member, by the end of the next semester or term student is enrolled.
    If the student fails to enroll within one calendar year from the end of the semester or summer term in which the “I” was originally assigned and does not complete the course requirements, then the “I” will be changed to an “F”.
    The “F” grade is assigned for a course which awards letter grades of “A”, “B”, “C”, “D”, or “F”) and the cumulative and adjusted grade point average will be recalculated accordingly or, the “I” will be changed to a “U” (for a pass/fail course which awards a grade of “S” or “U”).
    Upon completion of the course requirements within the specified time limits, a final grade will be assigned on the basis of the student’s total performance. An “I” cannot be removed by re-enrolling in the course.
    W
    Indicates that the student was permitted to withdraw from the course without academic penalty. A course in which a grade of “W” has been assigned will not be included in the calculation of the student’s grade point average.
    WF
    Indicates that the student was permitted to withdraw from a course with the approval of the registrar after the withdrawal date listed in the Semester Schedule of Classes. The grade of “WF” is counted as an F in the calculation of the student’s grade point average.
    S
    Indicates satisfactory completion of a credit course and is not included in the calculation of the grade point average. It also indicates satisfactory completion of certain credit laboratory-type internships, or co-op courses.
    U
    Indicates unsatisfactory completion of a credit course and is not included in the calculation of the grade point average. It also indicates unsatisfactory completion of certain credit laboratory-type courses.
    IP
    Indicates progress in a learning support credit course, but not sufficient to meet the prerequisite requirements for the succeeding course. It is not included in the calculation of the grade point average.
    V
    Indicates that the student was given permission to audit the course. It is not included in the calculation of the grade point average. Students may not transfer from audit to credit status or vice versa.
    NR
    Indicates that no grade was reported.

Grade Changes

Errors in grades must be reported to the Office of the Registrar immediately. In general, no grade changes will be made after the end of the next semester after the grade was assigned, except with the approval of the Academic Standing Committee. In general, the Academic Standing Committee will not consider requests for grade changes beyond one year from the end of the semester in which the grade was assigned. A petition for a grade change will not be accepted after the date of graduation.