Grading Scale and Policies
The grading scale for CON undergraduate students is as follows:
93 -100= A
84 – 92= B
75 – 83= C
66 -74= D
< 65 = F
The grading scale for CON graduate and professional students is as follows:
90 - 100= A
80 – 89= B
70 - 79 = C
60 - 69 = D
< 60 = F
Most courses use the traditional grading system, providing grades of A through F.
However, grading may take other forms including:
Used as grades in thesis research courses and in specifically approved courses. No grade points are earned and the grade is not computed in the cumulative grade point average. In the case of thesis research courses, instructors should assign an S or U grade to the course each term until after the thesis defense is successfully completed.
An Unsatisfactory grade can be assigned at any time when the student is not making satisfactory progress in thesis research. If an unsatisfactory grade is assigned, the Graduate Admissions and Academic Standards Committee will review the status of the student and a warning letter will be sent to the student. A grade of U is the same as a grade of C or less. Continued lack of satisfactory progress will result in review by the Graduate College and/or College of Nursing for possible dismissal.
Deferred grades may be used for thesis courses, continuing seminar, sequential courses, and certain courses that require extensive independent work beyond the term. At the end of the continuing course, the deferred grade for all terms must be converted to either a specific letter grade (A-F), an “I” (Incomplete), or an S or U. No credit is earned until the DFR grade is converted to a permanent grade.
An incomplete grade may be given only if, for reasons beyond the student’s control, required work has not been completed by the end of the term. A grade of “I” may be assigned in lieu of a failing grade only when all of the following conditions are met:
1.The student has been making satisfactory progress in the course.
2.The student is unable to complete all course work
due to unusual circumstances that are beyond personal control.
3.The student presents these reasons prior to the time that the final grade is due.
4.The reasons are acceptable to the instructor.
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The instructor must submit an Incomplete Grade Assignment form for each “I” recorded. This form is a contract for the student to complete the course work with that instructor or one designated by the department executive officer in the way described and by the time indicated on the form. The student may not register for the course a second time to resolve the “I” but rather must follow the procedures detailed on the Incomplete Grade Assignment form.
•Resolution of “I” grade for undergraduate students.
An “I” must be removed by the end of the student’s first semester or summer session in residence subsequent to the incurrence of the “I” or, if not in residence, no later then one calendar year subsequent to the incurrence. When the student submits the course work, the instructor will grade it and change the “I” to the appropriate grade. If an undergraduate student fails to meet the stated conditions, the instructor will assign an “F” for the final grade.
•Resolution of “I” grade for graduate students. An “I” must be removed by the end of one calendar year after the term in which the “I” was received. When the student submits the course work, the instructor will grade it and change the “I” to the appropriate grade. Note: Course instructors may require an earlier deadline. An “I” that is not replaced by a letter grade by the deadline will remain on the student’s record as an I, with no credit earned. A course in which an “I” was received and not removed by the deadline may be repeated for credit only once.
The symbol is automatically generated when no grade is submitted by the instructor. If a student received an “NR” for a course grade, he/she should contact the course instructor to verify if the grade has been posted.
Students may withdraw from courses a maximum of four times throughout their entire graduate program. Students may withdraw from the same course only one time.