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Graduate Level Grades

The following system of grades, with their grade point equivalent in parenthesis, is used in all courses offered by the University:

A

(4.0)

distinguished; exceptional performance in all aspects of the course

A–

(3.7)

exceptional performance, but somewhat less than that rated as A

B+

(3.3)

very good; meritorious work; exceptional performance in several aspects of the course; notably above average expected of students

B

(3.0)

good; sound performance in all aspects of a course; completely fulfilling and satisfying the requirements of the course

C

(2.0)

passing; marginal work, acceptable, sound performance in some aspects of the course, but below the level of expected competence in other areas

F

(0.0)

failure; not evidencing significant grasp of subject matter or techniques; failure remains on record even if course is repeated and the original grade still affects the cumulative average

F

Failure

No grade points. No credit. Failure remains on record and as part of GPA even if course is repeated.

FA

Failure, Absence

Failure, absence; equivalent of F; given by the instructor when the student completed the course, but did not comply with the instructor’s stated attendance policy. This grade can not be changed by an administrative withdrawal.

P

Pass

No grade points. Credit. The grade P carries credit but is not included in the calculation of the grade point average.

NP

No Penalty

No grade points. No credit. The non-passing grade NP carries no credit and does not affect the calculation of the grade point average.

NA

Never Attended

equivalent of F; given by the instructor when the student never attended or did not attend after the add/drop period. This grade may be changed by an administrative withdrawal only within one calendar year from when it is issued.

VF

Unofficial Withdrawal

equivalent of F; given by the instructor when the student stopped attending after the add/drop period. This grade may be changed by an administrative withdrawal only within one calendar year from when it is issued.

NG

No Grade

a grade that is only used by the University Registrar to indicate that no grade has been submitted by the instructor. Just as with an I or incomplete grade, this grade will automatically turn to an F grade, if it is not resolved within four weeks from of the last day of the final examination period for the semester in question.

IP

In Progress

A temporary grade assigned to all students of a given course that extends meeting requirements beyond the grading period for a traditional semester. Other grades on the scale will be assigned by the appropriate faculty member at the conclusion of the given course or within 180 days from the initial issuance of the IP grade. At that point, the University Registrar is instructed to change all outstanding IP grades to F. Extensions may only be granted by the Dean of the college through which the course is offered.

WA

Administrative Withdrawal

equivalent to W; given by the Dean of the college to which the student belongs in consultation with the University Registrar or with the Vice-President/Associate Provost of Student Life in selected involuntary cases, or both, following consideration of exceptional situations where a standard withdrawal from all courses is or was not possible. Students who must withdraw from the university after the end of the last day to withdraw should consult with their academic advisors for appropriate procedures, justification, and documentation to request an administrative withdrawal. Further, Administrative withdrawals are approved only in circumstances with sufficient documentation of impacted academic performance because of medical illness, death or critical illness of an immediate family member, or military service, or when it is deemed that the University can no longer provide education services to a given student (involuntary withdrawal). Administrative withdrawal petitions based upon extraordinary circumstances are only considered for all courses in a semester (not selected courses) and are only considered for courses in the calendar year immediately preceding the date of the petition. Petitions for withdrawal from a second successive semester based on the same circumstances will not be approved.

I

Incomplete

A temporary grade which may be assigned when a student has permission of the instructor to complete requirements within a short time after the end of the course. (This grade is not used when a student’s work is qualitatively deficient.) The I grade must normally be resolved within four weeks of the last day of the final examination period for the semester in question. I grades may not appear on a final record. At the end of the stated period unresolved incomplete grades become Failures. Extensions may be granted only by the Dean of the appropriate college.

X

 

audit; see Audit Students