4: University Regulations

Academic Regulations | Non-Academic Regulations | The Honor System
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Academic Grievance Procedure | Accomodations for Students with Disabilities | Attendance in Classes
Auditing Courses | Changes in Class Schedules | Cross-listed Courses | Diplomas
Division of Continuing Education Courses | Final Examinations | Grading System | Graduation
Honorary Degrees | Leaves of Absence and Withdrawals | Non-Resident Status | Petitions
Posthumous Degrees | Readmission | Registration | Repeated Courses | Student Status | Transcripts

Grading System

Records of academic achievement for graduate students are maintained by the University in terms of credits and grades.

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  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 and a satisfactory/unsatisfactory basis. See section on credit/no credit and satisfactory/unsatisfactory grades.)

Grades used by each of the schools are listed below:

Graduate Arts and Sciences   A+, A, A-, B+, B, B- C+, C, C-, D+, D, D-, F. Lowest grade accepted for degree credit: B-.

Graduate Architecture   A, A-, B+, B, B-, C, F. Lowest passing grade: B-. Studio grading: Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory.

Graduate Education  A+, A, A-, B+, B, B-, C+, C, C-, D+, D, D-, F. Lowest passing grade for degree credit: B-.

Graduate Engineering  A+, A, A-, B+, B, B-, C+, C, C-, D+, D, D-, F. Lowest passing grade: C.

Graduate Business Administration  A, B+, B, B-, C, F. Lowest passing grade: C.

Graduate Nursing  A, A-, B+, B, B-, C, F. Lowest passing grade: B-.

Law and Graduate Law   A+, A, A-, B+, B, B-, C+, C, D, F. Lowest passing grade: D.

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 time limits for the removal of incompletes. Students should consult with their dean's office concerning the length of time an incomplete may remain on their records.

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.

Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory Grades  In some courses, only the grades of S(satisfactory) and U (unsatisfactory) are used to evaluate students' performance. Students do not have the option of receiving a regular A-F grade in a course which is being graded on an S/U basis.

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.

The CR/NC option is not permitted in Graduate Business Administration, Graduate Education, or Graduate Nursing. The Graduate School of Architecture allows students to take undergraduate courses on a CR/NC basis; however, those credits may not be offered toward the graduate degree. Students in other graduate programs should check with their dean's offices before selecting the CR/NC option since additional restrictions may apply to the use of the option.

Symbols   Additional designations are used on a student's transcript to reflect a student's status in a particular course. These symbols are as follows:

W (withdrawal)
WP(withdrew passing)
WF (withdrew failing)
AU (audit)
IN(incomplete)
IV (invalid grade)
NG (no grade)
NR (non-resident)
YR (year long course)


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