Explanation of Grades
Grades are used to indicate the quality of work or level of proficiency achieved by individual students. A student’s grade point average (GPA) is determined by dividing the total number of earned points by the total number of semester hour credits for which the student has been enrolled. Each faculty member is responsible for informing students of the policies and standards upon which course grades will be based.
Grades for all students are reported to the Office of the Registrar at the close of each semester. Letter grades are used as follows:
- “A”—Indicates excellent work and carries a weight of four credit points for every credit hour in the course.
- “B”—Indicates good work and carries a weight of three credit points for every credit hour in the course.
- “C”—Indicates average work and carries a weight of two credit points for every credit hour in the course.
- “D”—Indicates poor work and carries a weight of one credit point for every credit hour in the course.
- “F”—Indicates failing work and carries no credit points.
- “I”— A grade of Incomplete (I) may be given only when the following criteria are met:
- The student’s absence from class has been the primary reason for failure to complete a. the requirements of the course.
- The student’s absence has been due to a bonafide cause such as illness. The instructor must determine whether an absence is excusable and may require verification by a physician.
- The student has completed at least two-thirds of the work for the course. c.
- The work completed by the student has been with a passing grade. d.
- The instructor agrees to assist the student in completing the work within the specified e. timeline. An Incomplete is not granted automatically. In many cases withdrawal from the course is a more appropriate course of action for the student.
- A student has six weeks into the next term to make up an Incomplete or the grade automatically becomes an “F”.
- “W”—Withdrawal will be given when a student withdraws from a class prior to the posted deadline, or from a class after the posted deadline but has a grade of “C” or above.
- “WF”—Will be given when a student withdraws from the class after the posted deadline for withdrawal and is doing “D” or “F” work.
- “AU”—Audit (AU) is given when the student enrolls with the purpose of attending the class but not receiving credit. Permission of the instructor and the academic advisor must be obtained before registering on an audit basis.
- “TR”—Transfer Credit
- “*”—Denotes Repeated Course
- “R”—Repeated courses. Computes only the grade of the last repetition on the student’s grade point average.