Southern Polytechnic State University

Graduate Academic Catalog 2012-2013

Grading System

Regular Grades

In all graduate programs, a minimum of a 3.0 G.P.A. is required. No grades below 'C' may be applied to a graduate program's requirements, and a maximum of 2 'C' grades at the level of 6000 or above may be applied to a graduate program's requirements.

The following letter grades are used to specify the level of performance in academic courses and are computed into the semester and cumulative grade point averages:

Grade

Definition

Comments

A

Excellent

 

B

Good

 

C

Satisfactory

Passing, but often must be repeated if needed for graduation

F

Failure

Course must be repeated if required for graduation

WF

Late Withdrawal

A grade of "WF" in a course is assigned upon official withdrawal after the midpoint of the term, and is counted in the student's scholastic average as a failing grade.

Lab Grades

For subjects including class and laboratory work, both portions are considered essential and the grades on each will be combined at the end of the semester and reported as one. Failure in either class or lab may result in failure of the entire course.

Other Grades

The following symbols are used in the cases indicated but are not included in the calculation of semester or cumulative grade point averages:

Grade

Definition

Comments

I

Incomplete

This symbol indicates that a student was doing satisfactory work but, for nonacademic reasons beyond his or her control, was unable to meet the full requirements of the course

An incomplete must be removed during the next term in which the student attends classes, otherwise the Registrar's Office shall convert the "I" into an "F".

Once an incomplete grade is issued, a student should not re-register for the course until the grade becomes permanent, or converts to a permanent grade.

IP

In Progress

This grade indicates that credit has not been given in courses that require a continuation of work beyond the term for which the student signed up for the course. The use of this symbol is approved for thesis and project courses. This symbol cannot be substituted for an I (incomplete).

V

Audit

The "V" grade is assigned when a course has been audited. No credit is given. This grade may not be used at any future date as a basis for receiving course credit.

W

Withdrawal

A grade of "W" is assigned when a student officially withdraws from a course before the midpoint of the term. Courses carrying the "W" grade will not be counted in the student's scholastic average.

S

Satisfactory

This symbol indicates that credit has been given for completion of degree requirements other than academic course work.

 

U

Unsatisfactory

This symbol indicates unsatisfactory performance in an attempt to complete degree requirements other than academic course work.