The Grading System
Grade points are allocated for each credit hour earned to provide numerical evaluation of a student’s scholastic record.
F Failure. Recorded if a student fails a course, or the student does not complete the course and does not officially withdraw.
S Satisfactory (non-punitive). Recorded in courses where conventional grades are not given and the work is satisfactory, or the student has elected to take a class under the satisfactory-no credit (S-NC) option, and the grade earned was “A” through “C." Not applicable to master’s or specialist degree programs and not counted in the minimum 12 hours for dean’s list decisions.
NC No Credit (non-punitive). Recorded in courses where conventional grades are not given and the work is unsatisfactory, or if work is “C-” through “F” under the satisfactory-no (S-NC) credit option.
I Incomplete. Computed in the GPA as “F” until removed. Incomplete is given only if the student cannot complete the course work because of clearly unavoidable circumstances. The instructor will submit a statement of the reasons for the Incomplete and the requirements for removing it to the Dean’s Office and to the Records and Registration Office. The work of the course must be completed and a grade reported to the Records and Registration Office before the end of the sixth week of the next regular semester following the semester or session in which the Incomplete was incurred, except for the semester of graduation when the grade must be submitted within two weeks after the graduation date. Unless a grade has been reported within the specified period or an extension of time submitted in writing to the Records and Registration Office by the faculty member of record or his/her Dean, the “I” grade will be changed to an “F.” That grade may not be changed to a passing grade at a future time.
IP In Progress (non-punitive). Normally used for graduate students and Honors courses (395 & 499). The instructor will submit a statement of the reasons for the In Progress and the requirements for removing it to the Dean’s Office and to the Records and Registration Office. The work in a course graded “IP” must be completed within six months of the end of the term in which the grade was initially awarded except for graduating students who must have all previous “IP’s” removed by the end of the sixth week of the semester of graduation. “IP’s” received in the semester of graduation must be removed within two weeks after the graduation date. Unless a new grade has been reported within the specified period or an extension of the time submitted in writing to the Records and Registration Office by the faculty member of record or his/her Dean, the “IP” grade will be changed to “NC”. That grade may not be changed to a passing grade at a future time.
W Withdrew. Recorded if a student officially withdrew.
AU Audit. No academic credit is earned (so it’s not a repeat). Elected by the student. See section on Auditing of Courses.
Final grades are accessed through WildcatsOnline. See instructions for viewing grades.
Final grades should be posted in WildcatsOnline approximately one week after the end of the semester.
If a student feels an error was made concerning a semester grade, the student should contact the instructor immediately.
- Initiation of a grade appeal must happen within the first six weeks of the academic semester following award of the grade under appeal, except for graduating students.
- Graduating students must have grade changes processed within two weeks following the graduation ceremony (contact the Records & Registration Office for instructions, if the instructor is unavailable). After that time, no grade changes can be made for graduates.
Grade changes requested by faculty members six months or more after the term in which the original grade was recorded must be submitted to the Vice President for Academic Affairs for approval before the change is made to the student’s permanent record by the Records and Registration Office. This does not apply to the removal of In Progress grades and Incomplete grades.