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Undergraduate Grading Policies

The following is a brief explanation of the letter grades that may be further delineated by a plus sign (+ ), which is not used for A grades, or a minus sign (-). The numerical equivalent of letter grades is determined by the instructor and is approved by the dean of the School that offers the course. Undergraduate students permitted to enroll in graduate courses (500-level and above) should consult the University’s Graduate Catalog for graduate student grading policies.

A Superior, outstanding scholarship and intellectual initiative.

B High attainment and a notable degree of scholastic performance.

C Satisfactory performance at an average level of college achievement. Indicates an understanding of the essential elements of a course. C is the minimum passing grade for courses in the major field in several Schools of the University. Students should refer to School requirements in the relevant sections of this catalog.

D Deficient but passing. A grade of D indicates a bare minimum performance. A degree program determines whether its courses graded D count as prerequisites for advanced courses. A grade of D ordinarily is not transferable.

P Passing grade. This grade carries no quality points and is not calculated in the grade point average.

F Failure to meet minimal standards. Course must be repeated to obtain credit.

I Incomplete work. An Incomplete is given at the discretion of the instructor and approval by the School dean when circumstances beyond the control of the student prevent the completion of some course requirements. A majority of coursework must be completed in order for an I to be given. A student who receives a grade of I must complete the work in the time designated by the instructor. This time may be no longer than one semester. Students carrying a grade of I in the semester in which they petition to graduate must complete the outstanding work within the time designated by the instructor, but no later than 30 days prior to the degree conferral date. The Incomplete must be removed by the end of the semester immediately following, including the summer semester. Failure to remove an Incomplete by the time specified will result in a failing grade. A student must then re-enroll and matriculate successfully in the course to obtain credit.

W Authorized Withdrawal. A grade of W is given to a student who withdraws from a course up until the last date to withdraw from a course with a grade of W or separates from the University after the last date to withdraw without academic record. The grade of W carries no credit or academic penalty. It is recorded on the permanent transcript.
AU Indicates that the course was audited and no credit or grade was received. An audit course is considered as a regular course for tuition payment and is entered on the transcript. A student must indicate that a course is to be audited at registration, and it may not be changed to a course for credit once it has been registered as an audited class. A student may not change from credit to audit after the last day to add or register as published in the Academic Calendar. Audited courses do not count toward degree or graduation requirements.

No grade reported.

The pass/fail option may not be chosen for Liberal Arts Core requirements or requirements in the major field other than the internship. The pass/fail option must be approved by the student’s advisor and dean. A student must indicate that a course is to be taken pass/fail at the time of registration and may not change this status after the last day to add a class.