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Explanation of Semester Hours, Grades of Scholarship, and Grade Points

Grade

 

Grade Points per Semester Hour

A

(Excellent)

4.00

A-

(Excellent)

3.70

B+

(Above Average)

3.30

B

(Above Average)

3.00

B-

(Above Average)

2.70

C+

(Average)

2.30

C

(Average)

2.00

C-

(Below Average, Passing)

1.70

D+

(Below Average, Passing)

1.30

D

(Below Average, Passing)

1.00

D-

(Below Average, Passing)

0.70

F

(Failure)

0.00

I

(Incomplete)

0.00

MI

(Medical Incomplete)

0.00

MW

(Medical Withdrawal)

0.00

W

(Withdrew)

0.00

WF

(Withdrew Failing)

0.00

WP

(Withdrew Passing)

0.00

NG

(No Grade)

0.00

P

(Passing)

0.00

AU

(Audit)

0.00

TR

(Transfer)

0.00

These grades and definitions are established as the institutional standard. Specific programs may require grades and grade point averages above a C (2.00) for admission and progression.

Semester Hours — A semester hour is defined as one class hour a week throughout a semester; two or three hours of laboratory or clinical work a week may be required for one semester hour of credit. As a rule, a student should expect to spend two hours in preparation for each meeting of a class.

Incomplete — The mark, I, is given if the work of the course is satisfactory but not completed, and may be removed by completing the unfinished work. Under no consideration, however, is the mark, I, given to a student whose work has been below the passing grade D. Such student is given the grade F. Incompletes are not given except in the case of extenuating circumstances (such as serious illness or death in the family). The student is responsible for filing a Request for Incomplete Grade form available through the Office of the Registrar. An incomplete must be made up in the first six weeks of the semester following the one in which the work reported incomplete is taken. An incomplete not so made up will be changed to F automatically, unless an extension is approved by the respective faculty members and notification provided to the Registrar.

Medical Incomplete — Students receiving a Medical Leave of Absence (MLOA) will receive an “MI” (Medical Incomplete) grade for all credit-bearing courses for the semester the MLOA is approved. A grade of MI will not count as credit hours attempted in determining a student’s program length and pace of completion (see Satisfactory Academic Progress Policy, page 35, 2017-2018 Academic Catalog).

It is the responsibility of the student to address the completion of each course with individual instructors and encouraged, when possible, to do so prior to being granted the MLOA. Courses grade MI must be complete by the conclusion of the semester in which the student returns from the leave. If the coursework is not so made up within the approved time frame, the grade will be changed to a “MW” (Medical Withdrawal) automatically, unless an extension is submitted to the Office of the Registrar by the respective faculty member(s).

Grade Point Average — The grade point average is computed by dividing the student’s total grade points by the total semester hours attempted in graded courses. If a course is repeated, only the highest grade is used in calculating the grade point average. A sample computation follows:

 

Grade Earned

Semester Hours Attempted

Grade Points Earned

English

A

3

12.0

History

B+

3

9.9

Psychology

C-

3

5.1

Mathematics

D

3

3.0

Science

F

4

0.0

 

 

16

30.0

Semester Average is 1.88 (30.0/16)

Courses Repeated — A student may take any course for credit if he or she has met the prerequisites for the course and has not already taken the course and received a grade of C or better. When a course is repeated, both the first grade received and the grade earned in the repeated course remain a part of the permanent record; however, only the highest grade is used in computing the grade point average. In those cases where a student repeats a course in which he or she has previously earned a passing grade, the semester hours in the repeated course will not be applicable toward the total hours required for the degree. A student who wishes to repeat a course must have the permission of the Registrar. No transfer credit will be given for a course taken elsewhere which the student has taken previously at Waynesburg University and received a grade of C- or lower.

Pass-Fail Grades — A student may elect to take twelve semester hours on a pass-fail basis in areas other than his or her major, correlated field, or distributive requirements. Courses graded as pass-fail that are required for major or distributive requirements (e.g., student teaching, internships, etc.), are not included in the twelve hour maximum. The student must inform the Registrar of his or her decision to elect pass/fail credit no later than the last day to add courses in each semester. All grades will be submitted as letter grades to the Registrar who will convert those grades which are to be recorded as pass-fail. A pass grade will be given for work receiving a D- or better grade. Pass-fail hours are not included in the minimum 12 hours of grade point degree credit required each semester in order to be eligible for the academic dean’s list nor any other honors computations.