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Undergraduate Grading System

Student transcripts are updated at the conclusion of each semester, summer session, or special term. The symbols used to record achievement on the permanent record card of the student at the end of each semester are as follows:

A

Excellent

A-

 

B+

 

B

Very Good

B-

 

C+

 

C

Fair

C-

 

D+

 

D

Passing

D-

 

F

Failing

I

Incomplete, given when a student, because of illness or other cogent reasons, is unable to complete the requirements of the course. These requirements must be satisfied before the end of the next regular semester or an earlier date set by the instructor; otherwise the I becomes an F on the permanent record. A student wishing to be considered for an I grade in a course must contact the instructor before the end of the semester, and submit the Request for Incomplete form available on the Registrar's Web page. If the instructor determines that an I grade is appropriate, then the instructor will determine the deadline for completing the work for the course, and the grade the student would earn if the missing work is not completed. Once the work for the course has been received by the instructor, the instructor should submit the student’s revised grade for the course to the Registrar’s office within two weeks.

IP

In Progress. Assigned to the original thesis/capstone course and will remain on the student's transcript until (s)he completes the course.

P

Satisfactory completion of courses under the Pass-Fail Option. “P” does not count as part of the cumulative quality point average or total; it does, however, count toward completion of total credit hours earned.

NP

Unsatisfactory (Not Passing) completion of courses under the Pass-Fail Option. “NP” does negatively impact the cumulative quality point average.

E

Indicates course has been repeated, and will appear on a student's transcript to the right of the original grade earned. This symbol is also used to exclude grades not calculated due to an approved Academic Forgiveness Policy.

S

Satisfactory completion of requirements. The S does not count as part of the cumulative quality point average.

U

Unsatisfactory performance or failure. The U does not count as part of the cumulative quality point average.

 

Note: The letters S and U are used for student teaching and certain other courses, including some independent study and skill courses. In contrast to Pass/Fail, Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory grades are given as departmental options for certain courses, and require that the instructor prepare an appropriate supplemental evaluation of each student’s performance to be filed with the department.

W

Indicates withdrawal from the university.

WC

Withdrawal from a course.

X

Indicates continuing enrollment in a course that continues past the end of the semester. An X grade that has not been converted to a credit-bearing grade by the end of the second regular semester after the semester for which the X was given will change to an F grade.

Y

Indicates a course completed with a grade of C- or better during a semester accepted for “academic bankruptcy.” Credit is awarded for such courses but the grades are not included in the student's average. Prior to Fall 2009, the Y represents all passed courses during a bankruptcy semester.

Z

Indicates a course completed with a grade of D+ or lower during a semester accepted for “academic bankruptcy.” Credit is not awarded, and grades are not included in the student's average. Prior to Fall 2009, the Y represented failed courses during a bankruptcy semester.

Graduate Grading System

All courses taken for graduate credit are evaluated by the letter grades A, A-, B+, B, B-, C+, C, C-, D, F (failure), S (satisfactory), U (unsatisfactory), I (incomplete), IP (in progress - for capstone work only), and X (continuing enrollment). D and F grades do not carry credit toward a master's degree but are included in the cumulative average. The S grade (satisfactory) is reserved for courses that are not readily evaluated by the usual letter designations. Any course in which S or U (unsatisfactory) grades are used would be so designated by the department when offered. S grades carry no quality points and hours earned with an S grade are not included in figuring the semester or cumulative average. Hours failed with a U grade are added into the total hours for the grade point average.

A maximum of 6 credit hours with grades of S may apply to the requirements for the master's degree. Each semester hour of A carries four quality points; B, three quality points; C, two quality points; and D, one quality point. Incompletes must be removed before the end of the succeeding semester; otherwise the I automatically will become an F on the permanent record. An X grade that has not been converted to a credit-bearing grade by the end of the second regular semester after the semester for which the X was given will automatically change to an F grade. The responsibility for finishing incomplete work rests with the student. Students must fill out the "work completion contract" in the forms section of the Graduate Studies website.

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