Last updated on August 5th, 2020

The grading system, unless otherwise indicated, follows the grading policies of the School of Graduate Studies. The system, which documents the academic progress of students, is designed to recognize superior work, as well as provide indications of serious academic problems. Faculty  members  assign  a  letter  grade  to  all  students  reflecting their performance in a course according to the grading  policy defined  for  that  course by the course instructor and distributed to the students on the first day  of  classes. Grade points are assigned to each letter grade based on a 4.00-point system and the number of credits for each course. Cumulative grade point averages are calculated each term.

Letter Grade Points Grade Points Meaning
A 4.00 Excellent
B 3.00 Good
C 2.00 Satisfactory
F 0.00 Fail

Some courses are designated to be graded Pass/Fail (“P” or “F”). Students must receive a grade of “A,” “B,” “C,” or “P” in all courses as designated by the grading scheme for that course.

W – Withdrawal

Students withdraw from a course after registration, but before 50% of the course points are obtained; there is no academic impact upon grade point average (GPA), although progress may be affected. Students will repeat the course in its entirety. Students may withdraw from individual courses during the first 67% of the course. After that time, students cannot drop a course.

WP – Withdrawal—Passing

Students withdraw from a course after 50% of the course points were obtained (but before 66.6%). Students are passing at the time of withdrawal; there is no academic impact upon GPA, although progress may be affected. Students may withdraw from individual courses during the first 67% of the course. After that time, students cannot drop a course.

WF – Withdrawal—Failing

Students withdraw from a course after 50% of the course points were obtained (but before 66.6%). Students are failing at the time of withdrawal; there is no academic impact upon GPA, although progress may be affected. Students may withdraw from individual courses during the first 67% of the course. After that time, students cannot drop a course.

I – Incomplete

The School of Graduate Studies no longer uses Incomplete (“I”) on students’ transcripts.

CC – Continued Course

A Continuing Credit (CC) is given when course requirements are not completed due    to noncompletion of the course. The Chair of the Supervisory Committee will provide a reason for all CCs for the students that he/she mentors. Students will have a “CC” on

their transcript until that course is completed and until the time that a grade is assigned    by the Course Director.

NG – No Grade

No grade reported to the Office of the Registrar by the instructor for a registered course.

Neither the Committee for Satisfactory Academic Progress and Professional Standards nor the Appeals Panel hears individual course or examination grade disputes. Students who wish to contest an examination or course grade should consult the course director. If the matter remains unresolved after discussion with the course director, students may raise the issue with the Dean of the Graduate Studies Program.