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Willamette University

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Grading Policies

Grading

The following symbols are used for grades included in the calculation of the grade point average (g.p.a.):


A (4.0)

A- (3.7)

B+ (3.3)

B (3.0)

B- (2.7)

C+ (2.3

C (2.0)

C- (1.7)

D+ (1.3)

D (1.0)

F (0.0)





where the following terms are used:

A = Excellent; B = Good; C = Satisfactory; D = Below Standard; and F = Failing.

The grade of AUD (audit) is used when a student chooses to take a course for no credit. The grade of CR (credit), used in those courses designated by the faculty or those courses selected by students on the Credit/No Credit option, will be granted credit toward the degree but will not be computed in the g.p.a. The grade of NC (no credit) will not be granted credit and will not be computed in the g.p.a. In those cases where students select this option, reported final grades of C-minus or better will be converted to CR and grades of D-plus or lower will be converted to NC.

The grade of I will stand for Medical Incomplete. This grade can be given only in cases of illness or for certain other exigencies verified by a health professional and the Academic Status Committee and must be made up during the next 30 days of residence or within three years of the date on which the I is recorded, whichever comes first. These deadlines may be extended only if the student successfully petitions the Academic Status Committee. All grades of I will be accompanied by a contingency grade, in the computation of which the instructor has considered work not completed as a zero or an F. The contingency grade will not be recorded on the permanent record (transcript) and will not be used in g.p.a. computation or in determinations of academic status unless the Registrar does not receive a new final grade from the instructor by the I grade deadline. At that time the contingency grade will be retained as the final grade.

The grade of NGR (No Grade Received) is used on a temporary basis if an instructor’s grade has not been received by the grade deadline.

The grade of Q will denote those rare cases (usually in advanced seminars and independent study) when a continuing project for legitimate reasons must be extended beyond the end of the semester and perhaps through the following semester. Prior to the assignment of the Q grade, the instructor must submit written notification to the Dean of the College indicating the reason for use of this grade.

The grade of T will stand for Incomplete in those cases where the instructor determines there are legitimate reasons, other than health, to grant the student an extension of time. Like the grade of I, the grade of T must be made up during the next 30 days of residence, or within three years of the date on which the T is recorded, whichever comes first. These deadlines may be extended only if the student successfully petitions the Academic Status Committee. All grades of T will be accompanied by a contingency grade, in the computation of which the instructor has considered work not completed as a zero or an F. The contingency grade will not be recorded on the permanent record (transcript) and will not be used in g.p.a. computation or in determinations of academic status unless the Registrar does not receive a new final grade from the instructor by the T-grade deadline. At that time the contingency grade will be retained as the final grade.

The grade of W will stand for Withdrawal and is given at the request of the student concerned within the stated deadlines. No credit will be granted toward a degree and the W grade will not be computed in the g.p.a. The final date to drop a class in order to receive a grade of W, at the instigation of the student, will be the tenth Friday of the semester for full-semester courses. Withdrawal after these dates will be possible only if the student successfully petitions the Academic Status Committee. A student is required to attend class until he/she is officially dropped. Forms for withdrawal may be secured from the Registrar’s Office. If a student fails to withdraw officially, the grade in any course which he or she discontinues becomes an F.

Grade Changes

Once recorded, a grade of A through F can be changed only in the case of clerical or computational error. Written notification must be submitted to the Dean of the College explaining the reason(s) for the change. No changes will be permitted one year after the grade has been recorded. Exceptions to this procedure must be appealed to the Academic Status Committee. The instructor who assigned the grade must be involved in any appeal procedure concerning grade changes.

Credit/No Credit

To be eligible to take courses on a Credit/No Credit basis, a student must be a full-time student in good academic standing and must have successfully completed three credits at Willamette during the previous semester. An eligible student may declare a total of three credits to be recorded on a Credit/No Credit basis. Under no circumstances may a letter grade that has been recorded Credit/No Credit be revealed, even by petition. (Courses which have been designated exclusively for Credit/No Credit grading are not included among those courses a student may elect to declare.) Credit (CR) is equivalent to grades of A through C-minus. No Credit (NC) is equivalent to grades of D-plus and below. CR grades will count as part of the 31 satisfactory credits required for graduation, but CR grades are not computed in the grade point average.

After signing up for courses in the regular manner, students desiring to take a course on a Credit/No Credit basis will file the appropriate form in the Registrar’s Office before the following deadlines: (1) for full-semester courses, 30 class days after the first day of classes; (2) for first-half semester courses, 15 class days after the first day of classes; (3) for second-half semester courses, 15 class days after the first day of second-half courses. Once filed, this form may not be withdrawn or amended.

After the Credit/No Credit forms are filed and for the remainder of the semester, they shall be considered as privileged information. The Registrar may not reveal their existence to the instructor concerned or to anyone else. At the end of the semester, instructors will turn in letter grades in the usual fashion. The Registrar will then change the grade to CR or NC in the appropriate cases.