The following is the breakdown and definitions of grades distributed for courses completed:
4.0 A indicates the demonstration of a superior level of competency.
3.67 A- indicates the demonstration of a very good level of competency.
3.33 B+ indicates the demonstration of a good level of competency.
3.0 B indicates the demonstration of an average, satisfactory level of competency.
2.67 B- indicates the demonstration of a less than average level of competency.
2.0 C indicates a level of competence below that expected of graduate work.
0.0 F indicates failure to demonstrate even a marginal level of competency.
I indicates work not completed within the semester period.
M indicates a military leave of absence.
W indicates an authorized withdrawal from a course unit after the semester has commenced.
S indicates a satisfactory level of competence
U indicates an unsatisfactory level of competence
X indicates audit
Those faculty who do not want to assign +/- grades are not obligated to do so.
Academic censure may be specific to individual program requirements. A student who receives a grade of “C” in two or more courses or a grad of “F” in one course may be dismissed from the program. A student who receives a grade of “B-“ or below may be required to repeat the course, according to the specific program’s policy and with written approval of the director. If a course is repeated, the course with the higher grade is calculated in the GPA and the course with the lower grade is excluded from the GPA. All repeated courses are viewable on the transcript.
An Incomplete grade ("I") Is a provisional grade given by an instructor to a student who has otherwise maintained throughout the semester a passing grade in the course, but who has failed to take the semester examination or complete the final project for reasons beyond his or her control. "I" grades are not granted to students automatically. Rather, the submission of an "I" grade is at the discretion of the course instructor to whom the student must make the request for an "I" grade. A student who receives a grade of “I” for a course must complete the remaining work within the timeframe of the next semester immediately following that in which the "I" was submitted (regardless of whether the student is enrolled in course work or not during that subsequent semester). The instructor sets a time limit for completing the work no later than the last day of final examinations of the following semester. If the work is not completed successfully within that time, the “I” will remain on the transcript permanently. The student must re-register for the course, and complete the course with a satisfactory grade to receive credit for the course. When it is impossible for the student to remove this grade within the time limit, he or she must obtain a written extension of time from his or her program director, as well as the dean of his or her school.
The “W” grade is assigned when the student is approved by the program director for withdrawal from a course if the student requests the withdrawal by the stated deadline each semester. The course appears on the student's transcript. Note that a course assigned a "W" is different from a dropped course; courses may only be dropped during the drop/add period, and dropped courses do not appear on the transcript. More information concerning dropped courses appears in the "Registration for Courses" section, and more information concerning course withdrawal may be found under “Course Withdrawal/Withdrawal from the University” section of this catalog.
No grade will be changed after the graduate degree is awarded.