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Grading Policy

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 signed up for a course as an auditor. Auditors are required to attend a minimum of 75% of the class sessions. If this requirement is not met the registrar may, solely upon notice that the student has insufficient attendance, delete the course from the student's record.

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 Incomplete. This grade may be given only in cases where the instructor determines there are legitimate reasons to grant the student an extension of time. The deadline for students to submit work to be graded to replace grades of I will be the fifth Friday of the subsequent semester. This deadline 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 be recorded on the permanent record (transcript) until that time when the Registrar receives the final grade. The contingency grade will not be used in g.p.a. computation 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 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. 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 deadline for Instructors to submit final grades to replace grades of Q will be the day that all final grades are due for the subsequent semester. Any unresolved Q grades after that date will be converted to NGR (No Grade Received).

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. The withdrawal date for half-semester classes is listed in the Academic Calendar. 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 or withdrawn. Enrollment Change forms are available on the Registrar's Office website. If a student fails to withdraw officially, the grade in any course which he or she discontinues becomes an F.

Computing the Grade Point Average (G.P.A.)

The quality points for a course are computed by multiplying the points for the grade equivalent by the number of credits for that course. To compute the grade point average, divide the total number of quality points earned by the total number of credits attempted (Credit/No Credit and Audit grades not included). The grade point average is computed only for courses registered through Willamette University.