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 can be given only in cases of illness or for certain other exigencies verified by a health professional and the Academic Status Committee, or in those cases where the instructor determines there are legitimate reasons to grant the student an extension of time. The grade of I 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 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.

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