Grade Reporting System

The grade scale for graduate students is as follows:

Grade Comments
A Excellent
A-
B+ Good
B
B- Will not satisfy requirements that require a 3.0 or better)
C+ Satisfactory
C
C- Will not be accepted on a program of study)
D Passing
F Failure
WF This designation indicates that the student was permitted to withdraw from a course while doing unsatisfactory work or withdrew after the midpoint of the grading period. The withdrawing of a course under these circumstances is equivalent to a failure. The symbol W will be assigned for withdrawals after the midpoint of a grading period in cases of a hardship. A determination that a hardship exists must be made by the Office of the Vice President for Student Affairs and communicated to the Graduate School.
S This symbol indicates that credit has been given for completion of degree requirements other than academic course work. The grade of S must be assigned in thesis and dissertation courses (7300, 9300), where student performance or progress is satisfactory. The use of this symbol is approved for seminars, applied projects, problems, internships, practicums, and research courses. Credit earned with an S grade will become part of cumulative hours earned, but the grade will not be included in the calculation of academic averages.
U This symbol indicates unsatisfactory performance or progress in an attempt to complete degree requirements other than academic course work. The grade of U must be assigned in thesis and dissertation courses (7300, 9300), where student performance or progress is unsatisfactory. The use of this symbol has been approved for seminars, applied projects, problems, internships, practicums, and research courses. No credit is earned by a U grade. The grade is not included in the calculation of academic averages.

Once earned and recorded, a U grade cannot be changed to another grade. The grade of U is not acceptable as a terminal grade for thesis, problem, and dissertation courses.

A/S This symbol indicates that both A-F and S/U grading systems are permitted in a course. Such courses are identified in their course description and are limited in number. The instructor should explain the conditions for the use of both grading systems at the beginning of the course.
If a student does not receive a grade in a course for which he/she enrolled, one of the following designations must be placed on the student’s record:
I This letter indicates that a student was doing satisfactory work, but for nonacademic reasons beyond his/her control, was unable to meet full requirements of the course. When an incomplete grade in a graduate course (courses numbered 6000 and above) is not removed within three semesters (including summer), the I automatically becomes an F. Once a grade of Incomplete (I) converts to an F, it remains an F.
WP Withdrew, passing. This grade indicates that a student was permitted to withdraw from a course and was passing the course at the time of the withdrawal. Withdrawals with a passing grade will not be permitted after the withdrawal deadline of the semester (date to be specified in theSchedule of Classes) except in cases of hardship as determined by the appropriate official.
V This designation indicates an audit. No credit is given for an audit. Students may not transfer from audit to credit status or vice versa after the closing of the drop/add period of each semester.
ER This symbol indicates an error in reporting. If not removed after one semester, the ER becomes a grade of WF. Upon receiving a grade of ER, the student should consult with the course instructor.

All grade appeals must be initiated within one calendar year from the end of the term in which the grade was recorded.

For purposes of computing semester, yearly, and cumulative grade point averages, letter grades must be converted into numerical equivalents. The equivalents are:

Grade Equivalent
A 4.0
A- 3.7
B+ 3.3
B 3.0
B- 2.7
C+ 2.3
C 2.0
C- 1.7
D 1.0
F 0.0
WF 0.0
S Not computed
U Not computed
I Not computed
V Not computed