Grading System

Records of academic achievement are maintained by the University in terms of credits, grades, and grade points.

Credit   The unit of credit at the University is the semester hour. Each semester hour represents one class period of a minimum of 50 minutes per week for each week in the semester. Lecture-recitation courses require a minimum of one 50-minute class period each week in the semester for every one hour of credit earned. Laboratories and field work require a minimum of two 50-minute class periods (or the equivalent amount of time) for each week in the semester for every one hour of credit earned.

Grades   Grades and symbols used to record academic progress are listed in the Grading System Table which follows. Each school determines its own grading system. Students will be graded according to the grading system of the school in which they are registered, not according to the grading system of the school through which the course is taught. (Additional regulations apply to courses taught on a credit/no credit basis. See section on credit/no credit grades.)

Grades and Grade Point Averages   Grade points are assigned to all grades and some symbols listed in the Grading System Table which follows. Grade point averages are calculated by taking the number of grade points earned and dividing by the number of credits carried toward the GPA.

GradeGrade PointsIncluded
in GPA
Credits
Earned
A+ [1]4.000YY
A4.000YY
A-3.700YY
B+3.300YY
B3.000YY
B-2.700YY
C+2.300YY
C2.000YY
C-1.700YY
D+1.300YY
D1.000YY
D-0.700YY
F0.000YN
GradeDefinitionIncluded
in GPA
Credits
Earned
CR [2]CreditNY
NC [2]No creditNN
WWithdrawalNN
WP [2]Withdraw passingNN
WF [2]Withdraw failingNN
S [2]SatisfactoryNY
U [2]UnsatisfactoryNN
AU [3]AuditNN
INIncompleteNN
IVInvalid gradeNN
NG [4]No gradeNN
NRNon-ResidentN N
YR [1], [2], [3] Year long courseNN

[1] Not valid in School of Nursing.
[2] Not valid in School of Commerce; Commerce School courses (COMM) may not be taken on CR/NC basis.
[3] Not valid in School of Architecture.
[4] NG is included in GPA in the College of Arts and Sciences.

Incompletes   The symbol IN (Incomplete) is used when additional course work is required or examinations need to be taken in order to fulfill the requirements of the course. Some schools have policies governing the use of the incomplete symbol.

Architecture   IN represents incomplete and indicates the grade is being withheld until additional work is performed and approved. The deadline for resolution of IN grades is the first Friday in January for courses taken in the fall semester and the last Friday in May for courses taken in the spring semester. Grades which remain IN after those times will be administratively changed to F.

Arts and Sciences   Ten days after final exams an IN becomes F. If the dean has approved an extension of time to complete the course, the IN will not convert to F until four weeks after the end of the examination period.

Commerce   Ten days after final exams an IN becomes F, unless work in the course is completed satisfactorily in that time or arrangements have been made with the Assistant Dean for Student Affairs and the faculty member for work to be made up later.

Education   Ten day after final exams an IN becomes F, even if the work in question has been completed before that deadline, unless a grade delay petition has been approved by the instructor, advisor and the dean's office. At the discretion of the dean's office, grade delays for longer periods may be granted for up to one semester.

Grade Changes   No grade may be changed after it has been submitted to the University Registrar without the approval of the dean. The dean is not authorized by the faculty to change a grade submitted to the University Registrar except when an instructor certifies that, because of an error in calculation or in transcription, an incorrect grade has been submitted. The College and the Curry School of Education limit the time in which any grade changes are approved to the following semester. McIntire School of Commerce faculty may establish limits to the time allowed for a student to appeal a semester's grade and request that it be changed. Time limits can vary from course to course but in no instance may extend beyond the following semester, and may be any length of time less than one semester if so specified by the instructor in the course syllabi.

Credit/No Credit Grades   Students have the option of receiving the grades CR   (credit) or NC (no credit) in place of the regular grades A through F. The option is taken at the time the students register for the course. Instructors have the right to refuse to permit students to take courses on a CR/NC basis. In these cases, students may either change back to the regular grading option or they may drop the courses entirely. Courses taken for CR/NC may not be used for any major or basic area requirements. In addition, CR/NC courses are subject to the following restrictions in the following schools:

Architecture   Only one three credit course of open elective credit may be taken each semester on a CR/NC basis.

Arts and Sciences   No more than two courses may be taken on a CR/NC basis in any semester or in Summer Session exclusive of physical education courses. A maximum of 24 credits of CR/NC courses may be used toward a degree. Second year transfer students are permitted to submit up to 18 credits of CR/NC work toward a degree; for third year transfer students, 12 credits of CR/NC work is the maximum allowed. Courses in interdisciplinary programs cannot be taken on a CR/NC basis. Students may not use a CR/NC course to repeat a course in which a grade has already been given. If such a case should occur, the credits in the CR/NC course would not count toward graduation. The deadline for selecting the CR/NC option is the same as the add deadline, and requests for exceptions to the deadline are seldom granted.

Commerce   Courses taken for CR/NC prior to admission to the Commerce School may count toward the degree. Once students are enrolled in the Commerce School, courses taken on a CR/NC basis may not be counted toward the degree, and may only be taken on an overload basis (i.e., above the minimum 15 credits graded course load). No Commerce course (COMM) may be taken on a CR/NC basis either by students enrolled in the Commerce School or in any other school.

Education   No more than two courses may be taken on a CR/NC basis in any semester or in Summer Session. A maximum of 24 credits of CR/NC courses can be used toward the degree. Students may not use a CR/NC course to repeat a course in which a grade has already been given. If such a case should occur, the credits in the CR/NC course would not count toward graduation. The last day to change a CR/NC option is the same as the last day to drop a course. The CR/NC option may not be used in the following instances: to meet the specific requirements under general education; to meet requirements for specialization in a teaching field; and to meet requirements for professional education with the exception in some teaching areas of field experiences and accompanying seminars which are offered only on a CR/NC basis.

Engineering   Only courses that are not part of the degree program may be taken CR/NC. The deadline for selecting the CR/NC option is the same as the drop deadline.

Nursing   Students may take six credits of CR/NC courses. These credits include the synthesis practicum, nursing electives and the general education electives. The last day to change the CR/NC option is the same as the last day to add a course. Students may not use a CR/NC course to repeat a course in which a grade has already been given.