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Grading

Letter grades may be used in evaluating a student’s performance on course assignments and examinations. The following description of these grades can be found in the University Regulations section of the University Calendar.

4.8.1 Letter Grades, Numeric Grades and Points Per Credit Hour
The academic standing of each student will be based upon the course(s) for which he or she was registered as of seven weeks following the first day of lectures in any semester. The final evaluation submitted to the Registrar shall consist of one of the following letter grades with the appropriate numeric grade and points awarded for each credit hour as follows:

Letter Grades

Numeric Grades

Points Per Credit Hour

A

80-100%

4

B

65-79%

3

C

55-64%

2

D

50-54%

1

F

below 50%

0

     

DR (drop) - drop without academic prejudice

no numeric grade

not applicable

DRF (drop fail) - drop with academic prejudice

0%

0

ABS (absent) - absent for acceptable cause

no numeric grade

not applicable

INC (incomplete) - incomplete pending final grade

no numeric grade

not applicable


4.8.2 Descriptions of Letter Grades

  • "A" indicates excellent performance with clear evidence of:
  • comprehensive knowledge of the subject matter and principles treated in the course,
  • a high degree of originality and independence of thought,
  • a superior ability to organize and analyze ideas, and
  • an outstanding ability to communicate.
  • "B" indicates good performance with evidence of:
  • substantial knowledge of the subject matter,
  • a moderate degree of originality and independence of thought,
  • a good ability to organize and analyze ideas, and
  • an ability to communicate clearly and fluently.
  • "C" indicates satisfactory performance with evidence of:
  • an acceptable grasp of the subject matter,
  • some ability to organize and analyze ideas, and
  • an ability to communicate adequately.
  • "D" indicates minimally acceptable performance with evidence of:
  • rudimentary knowledge of the subject matter,
  • some evidence that organizational and analytical skills have been developed, but with significant weaknesses in some areas, and
  • a significant weakness in the ability to communicate.
  • "F" indicates failing performance with evidence of:
  • an inadequate knowledge of the subject matter,
  • failure to complete required work,
  • an inability to organize and analyze ideas, and
  • an inability to communicate.

4.8.5 Incomplete Grades

  • A student who, for extenuating circumstances, is unable to complete the requirements of a course may, with the approval of the appropriate academic unit, be granted a letter grade of incomplete (INC) in the course. This grade shall be valid for only one week following the start of classes in the next academic semester or session as stated in the University Diary. In the event that a numeric grade has not been received by the Registrar by this deadline the INC shall be changed to the letter grade F with a numeric grade 0%.
  • Students unable to complete the requirements of a course by the end of one week following the start of classes in the next academic semester or session as stated in the University Diary, may be permitted an extension of time not exceeding the end of the semester following that in which the INC was given. Such an extension may be granted by the appropriate committee on undergraduate studies, on the recommendation of the academic unit.
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