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Grading Policy

Grade Reports

Student's may access term grades as part of the academic record on Self-Service. Student's who are not making satisfactory progress are informed periodically by the instructors.

Formal grade reports are available at the end of each grading period and are mailed to the student's home upon request. Please contact the Office of Records and Registration Services if you wish to have a formal grade report sent to your home.

The Grading System

The amount of work accomplished by a student is expressed in credit hours. In general, 1 credit hour represents one hour of class or two to four hours of laboratory work a week for a semester. Variations from this general plan of equivalence are typical in such instructional modes as seminars, independent study and credit-by-examination. The quality of work is indicated by grade points:

Grade Description Grade-Points
A Excellent 4
B Good 3
C Acceptable 2
D Poor 1
F Failure **Requires last date of attendance 0
I Incomplete 0
P Pass-D or better 0
R Repeat 0
W Withdrawal 0
X Student did not attend 0
CI Course In Progress 0

Incomplete Grades

A student may request an incomplete grade from an instructor if there is a legitimate reason acceptable to the instructor and the student is making satisfactory progress at the time. The student and instructor agree on requirements and time limit for completion of the course. The agreed upon date is then entered by the instructor during the grading process. 

Requirements must be completed no later than the 10th week of the following semester (fall or spring). Failure to meet the stated requirements will result in an automatic grade of F.  If a student carries more than one incomplete grade into the following semester, his/her course load should be reduced. Evaluation of academic standing is made from the grade reports at the end of each grading period and will not be deferred until work is completed on courses in which there was an incomplete.

Requirements for Master's Degree

In order to be eligible for a master's degree in any graduate program, a student must have completed all required coursework with at least a 3.0 cumulative grade-point average. A course in which a grade of D is earned will not meet degree requirements in any graduate program. Student's must fulfill all requirements for graduation as detailed by each school or department.

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