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Academic Information - Grading System

Catalog and Student Handbook

The quality of performance in any academic course is reported by a letter grade, the assignment of which is the responsibility of the instructor. These grades denote the character of study and are assigned quality points as follows:

A 4 Excellent grade points per credit
B 3 Good grade points per credit
C 2 Average grade points per credit
D 1 Poor grade points per credit
F 0 Failure grade points per credit

I Incomplete: No credit. Used for verifiable unavoidable reasons. To be eligible to receive an “I” grade, the student must (1) have satisfactorily completed more than 50% of the course requirements and (2) must request the faculty member to assign the “I” grade and indicate why it is warranted. The faculty member has the discretion to decide whether the “I” grade will be awarded. Since the incomplete extends enrollment in the course, requirements for satisfactory completion will be established through student/faculty consultation. Courses for which the grade of “I” (incomplete) has been awarded must be completed by the end of the subsequent semester or another grade ( B,C,D,F,P, R, or U) must be awarded by the instructor based upon course work which has been completed. In the case of “I” grades earned at the end of the Spring semester, students will have through the end of the subsequent Summer term to complete the requirements. A “W” grade will be awarded only under mitigating circumstances which must be documented by the student and approved by the Dean of Instruction.

P Pass: No grade point credit. Applies only to selected non-developmental courses which have College approval for the pass/unsatisfactory grading option. Only seven credit hours of “P” grades may be applied toward graduation.

U Unsatisfactory: No credit. Applies to Developmental Studies, noncredit courses, and selected credit courses which have College approval for the pass/unsatisfactory grading option.

W Withdrawal: No credit or academic penalty. A grade of “W” is awarded to students who withdraw or are withdrawn from a course after the add/drop period but prior to the completion of 60% of the session. See “Withdrawing from a Course” under “Registration Information” earlier in this section.

R Re-enroll: No credit. Student must reenroll to satisfactorily meet course objectives. To be used only for Developmental Studies (numbered 01 through 09).

S Satisfactory: No grade point credit. Used only for satisfactory completion of a Developmental Studies course (numbered 01 through 09).

X Audit: No credit. Permission of the Dean of Instruction is required to audit a course. After the last day for students to withdraw from a class without penalty, students may not change from credit to audit.

Pass/Unsatisfactory Grading Option: Grades available under the Pass/Unsatisfactory option are “P” and “U”. A student enrolled in a class under this option receives one or the other of these two grades, except where an “R,” “I,” or “W” is appropriate. Permission of the Dean of Instruction is required for utilizing the Pass/Unsatisfactory option. The “P” grade is not included in GPA calculations. A maximum 7 semester credit hours from courses for which the “P” grade has been awarded may be applied toward completion of a degree or certificate.

Note: The grades of A, B, C, D, P, and S are passing grades. Grades F and U are failing grades. R and I are interim grades. Grades of W and X are final grades carrying no credit.