GRADING POLICIES

  1. Can students earn a "D" grade in their major courses?
  2. Can students earn a "D" grade in their General Education courses?
  3. What does it mean for a student to earn an "I" Grade?
  4. Who is responsible for ensuring that the requirements needing to be fulfilled are completed in order to change the "I" grade to a letter grade?
  5. How long does the student have to complete the "I" grade?
  6. What will happen to the "I" grade if it is not completed within one calendar year?
  7. What are the options for a student who is unable to make-up the "I" grade before the one calendar year limit?
  8. Should students repeat a course in which they received an "I" grade?
  9. Can students graduate if they have an "I" grade?
  10. What is a "RD" grade?
  11. Can students graduate if they have a "RD" grade?
  12. What is a "WU" grade?
  13. How many units can a student take for "CR/NC" grading per semester?
  14. How many units can a student  take for "CR/NC" grading?
  15. Can a student take major courses for "CR/NC" grading?

Can I earn a "D" grade in my major courses?
Some majors require a "C" or better in every class. You should consult with your major advisor for specific guidelines on grades for major courses. As a general rule, every student must earn a minimum C average (2.0 GPA) in major courses in order to graduate.

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Can I earn a "D" grade in my General Education courses?

  • In the current G.E. pattern (1999 to present), The FOUNDATION courses (A1, A2, A3, and B4) must be completed with a grade of "C" or better.
  • For the 1988-1989 through 1998-1999 G.E. pattern, English Composition is the only CORE class that must be completed with a grade of C or better. 
  • A s a general rule, in order to graduate a student must earn at least a 2.0 grade point average in major, campus, and cumulative units.

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What is an "I" grade and how do I receive one?
The symbol I (Incomplete Authorized) indicates that a portion of required coursework has not been completed in the academic term due to unforeseen but fully justified reasons, and that there is still a possibility of earning credit. In order to be eligible for an I grade, the student must have completed at least two-thirds of the required coursework with a passing grade.

The instructor of record retains the right to decide whether or not an I grade is appropriate. It is the responsibility of the student to speak to the instructor before the end of the semester about the possibility of receiving an incomplete, and to determine from the instructor the remaining course requirements that must be satisfied to remove the incomplete.

A final grade is assigned when the work agreed upon has been completed and evaluated.

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How long do I have to complete an "I" grade?
Normally it is expected that the student will make up an I grade during the next semester; however, it must be made up within one calendar year immediately following the last day of the semester during which it was assigned. This limitation prevails whether or not the student maintains continuous enrollment.

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What will happen to an "I" grade if it is not completed within one calendar year?
An incomplete not made up within one calendar year after the I grade has been recorded is changed to a grade of IC, which is calculated in the GPA the same as an F (or an NC if Credit/No Credit grading was approved).

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What are my options if I am unable to make up the "I" grade before the one calendar year limit?
A short-term extension of time may be granted with justification by completing a Request for Extension of Incomplete Grade Form located in the Office of the Registrar, Joyal Administration Building, Room 106. The Request for Extension of Incomplete Grade form must be signed by both the student and the instructor and submitted to the Office of the Registrar prior to the last day of the semester in which the grade must be made up.

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Should I repeat a course in which I received an "I" grade?
If an IC grade is assigned because an I was not completed within one calendar year, you may choose to repeat the course for grade substitution or grade averaging. However, if you are still within the one calendar year limit, you are only required to complete the missing work determined by your instructor. 

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Can I graduate if I have an "I" grade on my transcript?
Incomplete grades must be cleared before a degree is awarded. In the absence of the instructor who has assigned the incomplete, you should consult the department chair.

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What is a "RD" grade?
An RD grade means "report delayed" and no grade has been recorded for that particular course yet. An RD grade is not computed into the grade point calculation.

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Can I graduate if I have an "RD" grade on my transcript?
No. RD grades must be cleared before a degree is awarded.

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What is a "WU" grade?
A WU grade means "Withdrawal Unauthorized," and indicates that an enrolled student did not complete course requirements and did not properly withdraw from the course. The "WU" gives the student 0 grade points and is computed in the grade point average the same as an F grade. 
Note: It is the student's responsibility to drop courses by the appropriate deadlines.

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How many units can I take for Credit/No Credit (C/NC) grading?
You may enroll in a maximum of 6 units of CR/NC graded coursework per semester and a total of 24 units in your academic career. The decision to enroll for CR/NC grading must be made prior to the end of the fourth week of instruction and the decision must be recorded by the student at the Admissions and Records Office.

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Can a student take major courses for "CR/NC" grading?
A student may not elect "CR/NC" graded coursework to satisfy requirements for the major unless the courses have been designated "CR/NC" only.

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