Grade Explanation Quality Points
P Pass —
W Withdrew without penalty (student initiated) —
WA Administrative withdrawal (college initiated) —
FIN/FAB F due to incomplete or absence from a final exam 0.00
WU/WF Withdrew without approval 0.00
ABS Absent from Final
PEN Grade Pending Resolution
AUD Auditing-no credit
Y Year or longer courses of study must continue to
completion-restricted to clinical/practicum courses
in certain Health/Science programs and independent
After the tenth week of the term, students who withdraw will automatically be assigned a grade of “WF.” A grade of “W” can only be assigned for documented, compelling reasons such as serious illness. Such exceptions will be considered by the Committee on Course and Standing.
Students who are withdrawn by their instructors will be assigned the grade of “WU” unless the student completes the normal drop procedure; instructors cannot assign the grade of “W.”
Note: A student who withdraws from 12credits or more within two academic years will be placed on academic warning; a student who drops 18 or more credits will be subject to dismissal. Dropping courses may cause a student to become ineligible for financial aid.
ABS and INC Grades
The grades of ABS and INC are given only when the student has been doing passing work and the instructor believes that the student has given an acceptable and documented reason for not finishing the course on time. The instructor may insist that the student obtain the permission of the Committee on Course and Standing (of the School offering the course) to complete the course.
The Registrar will change the temporary grades of INC and ABS to failures by the tenth week of the following semester unless the instructor has submitted a passing grade. Students must pay the make-up exam fee to the Bursar before taking the make-up exam. Extensions may be granted only by the Committee on Course and Standing of the School offering the course.
Students in the professional schools,except for the School of Education, may not take courses on a pass/fail basis,even if the courses are being taken as free electives. Students in the College of Liberal Arts and Science and in the School of Education may take certain courses on a pass/fail basis, subject to the following restrictions:
1. The student must have completed at least 28 credits.
2. A student may take only one course per semester on a pass/fail basis.
3. No core courses may be taken pass/fail.
4. No courses required for the major may be taken pass/fail.
5. Students must choose this option during registration. (Students are not permitted to change to or from pass/fail after the end of late registration.)
6. No more than 18 credits may be taken pass/fail.
Students wishing to audit a course must select audit status at the time of registration. Auditors must register in the normal manner and pay required tuition and fees. No credit or grade will be given for audited classes. Auditor status cannot be changed to credit status after the closing date for late registration. Likewise, credit status cannot be changed to auditor status after late registration.
Grade Point Average (GPA)
A student’s overall academic performance is measured by calculating the grade point average (G.P.A.). This average is found by using grades from each course on the student’s record except those that have one of the following grades assigned: P, R, INC/ABS, W, PEN.
Each grade received is assigned a numerical value called Quality Points, as seen in the Grading System chart. The number of Quality Points multiplied by the number of credits the course carries is the total for the course. The G.P.A. is found by adding these totals and dividing this amount by the total number of credits attempted.