Grading Policies

The following grading system is used in computing the grade point average:

Grade Grade Points
A 4.0
A– 3.7
B+ 3.3
B 3.0
B– 2.7
C+ 2.3
C 2.0
C– 1.7
D 1.0
F 0
X Failed to earn credit: missed final examination 0
Y Failed to earn credit: work incomplete 0

The following notations are ignored in computing the grade point average:

Grade Notation
P Pass with credit
N No grade, no credit
K In progress
S Satisfactory: noncredit course
U Unsatisfactory: noncredit course
W Withdrawn by permission
NR No grade reported by instructor

Pass/No Credit (P/N)

Many undergraduate courses are open to the P (pass) or N (no credit) option, which allows students to explore fields beyond their areas of specialization without concern about grade point average. Students may exercise the P/N option in classes designated with “Student Option” grading in CAESAR. For information about a particular school’s P/N policy, see that school’s chapter in this catalog.

Incomplete Coursework

At the end of a quarter a grade of X (missed final exam) or Y (work incomplete) will be given only if the instructor believes the student has a reasonable chance of passing the course by taking an examination or turning in the required work, or both. Some undergraduate schools prohibit the posting of X or Y grades without the approval of the dean’s office. Students should contact their school for its regulations concerning X and Y grades.

For credit to be awarded, the student must complete the course and the grade must be changed no later than the end of the following like term, or the incomplete will be changed to a final grade of F (failure). The University deadline to change an incomplete grade is the maximum amount of time allowed: Instructors are free to establish an earlier deadline, and students are bound by that agreement. Students planning to graduate within that time frame must complete courses and receive grades before graduating. Incomplete grades remaining at the time of degree conferral will be changed to final grades of F (failure). No academic record changes, including grade changes, are allowed after a degree has been conferred.

Grade Reports

Quarterly grades are not mailed but are delivered online through CAESAR. Students may print a copy of their grades from CAESAR for verification purposes.