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Credit for the Semester


All credit earned will be granted, regardless of the grade point average for the semester. Credit may be granted for a specific course once only. Where a student repeats a course, the course(s) with the lower grade will be recorded on official records as a duplicate course. In the event that the same grade is earned for a repeated course, the course completed most recently is recorded on the official records as the duplicate. Repeated courses for which no grades have yet been assigned (i.e., courses in progress) will be recorded as duplicates until a final grade is awarded which is higher than the grade previously earned. Duplicate courses remain on the official record, and are included in the calculation of the semester grade point average. The cumulative grade point average computed for semesters completed prior to the fall semester 1979 includes duplicate courses. Duplicate courses are not included in the grade point average when it is computed for graduation purposes.

See "Duplicate Transfer Credit".

Reconsideration of Grades

Students who intend to appeal a course grade are cautioned that failing grades have been checked very carefully and appeals seldom result in higher grades except where a clerical error has occurred.

Students who feel there has been an error in arriving at or recording a grade should apply in writing for reconsideration to the instructor, who will advise the chair of the department, who will then notify the registrar of the final decision. The registrar will communicate this decision to the student. All course grade changes require the approval and initial of the department chair before being submitted to the registrar.

Course grade changes will be permitted up to, but not beyond, the fifth day of classes of the semester immediately following the one in which the grade is awarded. In special cases, an exception may be granted on petition to the chair of the department of the course concerned.

Statement of Grades

At the end of each semester grades for that semester are made available to registered students in good financial standing on the telephone registration system and on the registrar's information service telephone line. Official grades will not be released before they become available on the telephone systems. Notifications of grades and academic standing will be mailed to students not in good academic standing. Errors in grades will be corrected and notification provided to students as soon as possible.

Information concerning final grades is not released to unauthorized persons without written consent of the student.

Grade Point Averages

The semester grade point average (GPA) is a method of expressing the student's performance for the semester as a numerical average. Each letter grade (except grades/notations P, W, CC, AU, AE and CR) is assigned a numerical equivalent, which is then multiplied by the credit hour value assigned to the course to produce the grade point. Grades without a numerical equivalent are not included in the calculation of the grade point average.

Semester grade point average is computed by dividing the total number of grade points earned by the total number of credit hours taken in the semester (excepting those credit hours assigned to course with a final grade/notation of P, W, CC, AU, AE, or CR).

LetterGrade
Numeric Value
Semester Hours
Grade Point
Course 1
A
4.00
3
12.00
Course 2
A+
4.33
3
12.99
Course 3
B
2.67
3
8.01
Course 4
C
2.00
3
6.00
Course 5
F
0.00
4
0.00
Total
16
39.00
semester grade point average: 39/16 = 2.44

The cumulative grade point average (CGPA) expresses performance as a numerical average for all semesters completed and is closed in the semester in which a degree or diploma is awarded to a student by the senate. A new CGPA begins when a student returns for further studies following the awarding of a degree or diploma.

The CGPA is calculated by dividing the total number of grade points earned to date by the total number of credit hours undertaken to date, with the exception of those courses assigned a final grade/notation of P, W, CC, AU, AE or CR. The CGPA calculated for semesters completed prior to the fall semester 1979 includes duplicate courses.

Duplicate courses repeated in the fall 1979 or thereafter and which have been assigned a final grade equal to or lower than the grade previously assigned are excluded from the CGPA calculation for the semester in which the course was repeated as well as any subsequent semester completed. If, however, a higher grade is achieved in the course when repeated, the duplicate course(s) with the lower grade(s) will be excluded from the CGPA for the most recent semester and any subsequent semesters completed. However, the lower grade is reflected in the CGPA calculated for each semester up to the semester in which the higher grade was achieved.

The upper division grade point average is calculated by dividing the total number of grade points earned in upper division courses by the total number of semester credit hours assigned for those courses, counting only the higher grade in courses that have been duplicated.



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