Grades and Gradepoints
The number of gradepoints given for each grade earned by a student is determined as follows:
|Grade A:||4 times as many gradepoints as semester credit hours|
|Grade B:||3 times as many gradepoints as semester credit hours|
|Grade C:||2 times as many gradepoints as semester credit hours|
|Grade D:||1 time as many gradepoints as semester credit hours|
|Grade F:||No gradepoints. Semester credit hours are counted; thus the grade is punitive.|
|Grade W:||No gradepoints.|
|Grade WF:||No gradepoints. Semester credits hours are counted; thus the grade is punitive.|
|Grade I:||No gradepoints.|
|Grade CR:||Credit for semester credit hours earned, but no gradepoints.|
|Grade PR:||No semester credit hours or gradepoints.|
|Grade X:||No gradepoints, non-punitive.|
|Grade NG:||No gradepoints, non-punitive.|
Grades are interpreted as: A, Excellent; B, Good; C, Average; D, Inferior; F, Failure; CR, Credit; PR, In progress (normally used for dissertation, thesis, professional paper, practicums, or internships); I, Incomplete; W, Withdrew from the course without penalty; WF, Withdrew from the course while failing; X, No credit due to tuition deficiency; and NG, No grade awarded. The letters “REP” following the grade indicate repeated course work. The last grade is counted for repeated coursework.
Master’s students should consult the section of the catalog related to their specific degree to determine whether grades of C may be included in a degree plan. In no case may a grade below C be included on a master’s degree plan. Doctoral students may include no grade below B on a degree plan.
An Incomplete (I) grade is appropriate only when a student has passing grades in 2/3 of assigned work, but, because of extenuating circumstances, cannot complete all of the course work by the end of the semester/term. Extenuating circumstances include:
- Incapacitating illness which prevents a student from attending classes;
- A death in the immediate family;
- Change in work schedule as required by an employer; or
- Other emergencies deemed appropriate by the instructor.
A grade of Incomplete should not be requested nor given for lack of completion of work because of procrastination or dissatisfaction with the grade earned.
Under the conditions above, the student may petition the instructor for time beyond the end of the semester/term to finish the course work. The instructor, the student, and the department chair (or equivalent) of the academic department in which the course is offered must complete and sign the form “Application for Grade of Incomplete” which is available in the Office of the Registrar. If clinical or laboratory work remains to be completed, the department or program must certify that the student can successfully complete such work by the assigned completion date.
Specific arrangements to remove the grade of Incomplete must be made between the instructor and the student. The instructor will also specify that, if the work is not completed by the assigned time, a grade of B, C, D, or F will replace the Incomplete on the student’s transcript. If the student completes the required work by the assigned completion date, the instructor will submit the new grade to the Office of the Registrar.
In most instances, the work to be completed should be finished within the first several weeks following the end of the semester/term in which the Incomplete was given. The maximum time allowed to finish the course work is one calendar year. If no grade change is submitted by the designated completion date (or one calendar year) the default grade listed on the "Application for Grade Incomplete" form will be applied to the course and will be reflected in the student's academic standing at that time.
Incomplete work cannot be finished by attending or retaking the class. If such an option is preferred, the student should accept the grade earned and re-enroll in the course in the expectation of earning a better grade. The grade used to compute the student's GPA is best earned grade.
Any exceptions to these regulations which describe the use of the grade of Incomplete require the approval of the instructor, the department chair (or equivalent), and the dean or director of the academic unit in which the course was offered.