3.18 Grades

A. General Information
B. Types of Grading Systems
C. Regular Grading Scale and Grade Points
D. Grade Point Average
E. Requirements for Graduate Credit
F. Incompletes
G. Grades from Transfer Credit
H. Repeating Courses
I. Grade Changes

A. General Information

  1. Evaluation of a student's performance in a particular course or section is the prerogative of the faculty member responsible for that course or section. No grade assigned to a student in a particular course or section may be changed without the consent of the faculty member responsible for that course or section.
  2. Each faculty member who assigns grades has the responsibility to implement grading procedures that are fair and equitable, and to provide a reasonable evaluation of the student's performance in the course.
  3. At the beginning of the semester, faculty should inform their students of the means to be used to determine grades in each course.

B. Types of Grading Systems
Performance in lecture courses is evaluated as "A+" through "F", with a plus/minus designation if elected by the instructor. Performance in research, seminar and independent study types of courses is evaluated as either "S" (Satisfactory) or "U" (Unsatisfactory), and these grades are not used in computing the grade point average. However, a student who receives a "U" on any course will not receive credit and may be required to repeat it.

The "Master Listing of Approved Graduate Courses" identifies the approved grading for each 500- through 800- level course. Courses numbered in the 500 series and the 700 series will receive "letter" grades, i.e., "A+" through "F," grades, while courses in the 600 series and the 800 series will receive "S" or "U" grades. Students are not allowed to take 500- and 700-level courses for "credit only".

C. Regular Grading Scale and Grade Points
The following grade points are used to calculate of grade point averages:

GRADE GRADE POINTS
A+ 4 1/3
A 4
A- 3 2/3
B+ 3 1/3
B 3
B- 2 2/3
C+ 2 1/3
C 2
C- 1 2/3
D+ 1 1/3
D 1
D- 2/3
F 0

A grade of C- satisfies all "grade of C or better" prerequisites and other "C-wall" requirements. A+ grades will contribute to the Grade Point Average up to a maximum of 4.000. (See Grade Point Average.)

D. Grade Point Average
In order to determine a student's Grade Point Average (GPA), the number of credit hours at the 400 level or higher that are attempted in a semester or summer session (for which regular grades are received) is divided into the total number of grade points earned. The cumulative and semester GPAs will include the effect of any A+ grades awarded (at 4 1/3 grade points) up to a grade point average of 4.000. The grade point average will be calculated to three decimal points. (See GPA Calculator.)

Post-Baccalaureate Studies (PBS). Credits earned in PBS classification that become part of the Plan of Graduate Work are also included in the GPA calculations and the determination of academic standing.

E. Requirements for Graduate Credit
To receive graduate degree credit, a grade of "C-" or higher is required in the courses taken after admission. Grades on courses taken for graduate credit as an undergraduate at NC State, in PBS classification, or transferred from other universities must have a grade of "B" or better to be transferred. All grades on courses numbered 400 and above taken in a graduate classification or for graduate credit as an undergraduate are included in the graduate GPA. Courses at the 300 level and below are not eligible for graduate credit and subsequently do not affect the graduate GPA.

Graduate students who take 400-level courses that are letter graded do not have the option of taking the courses for "credit only" if they intend for the course to be part of their Plan of Graduate Work. Four-hundred level letter-graded courses that are required by the program but will not be included in the Plan of Graduate Work may be taken for S/U credit (i.e. 400-level courses in the student's major and FLE courses).

To graduate, a student must have a minimum 3.000 average on all graduate course work as well as all courses on his or her Plan of Graduate Work. This policy is strictly enforced.

F. Incompletes
The grade of Incomplete ("IN") may be given in any course at the discretion of the instructor for work not completed because of a serious interruption in the student's work not caused by their own negligence. An "IN" must not be used, however, as a substitute for an "F" when the student's performance in the course is not passing. An "IN" is only appropriate when the student's record in the course is such that the successful completion of particular assignments, projects, or tests missed as a result of a documented serious event would enable that student to pass the course. Only work missed may be averaged into the grades already recorded for that student.

A student who receives an "IN" must complete the unfinished work to have the "IN" converted to a final grade by the end of the next semester in which the student is enrolled, provided that this period is not longer than 12 months from the end of the semester or summer session in which the "IN" was received. Otherwise, the "IN" will be automatically converted to "F" or "U," in accord with the grading approved for the particular course. All grades of "IN" must be cleared prior to graduation. Students must not register again for any courses in which they have "IN" grades. Such registration does not remove "IN" grades, and the completion of the course on the second occasion will automatically result in an "F" for the incomplete course.

In special cases the Graduate School grants an extension of a student's incomplete grade. An Extension of Incomplete Grade form, generated by Registration and Records. The Graduate School will respond to a request for an extension of an incomplete grade within five working days of the receipt of the request in the Graduate School.

To discourage excessive and unwarranted use of incomplete grades and extensions for an individual student, an extension of an incomplete grade will not be granted by the Graduate School in the future if the student holds incomplete (or late) grades in other courses at the time of the request. [Recommended by the Administrative Board of the Graduate School and approved by the Dean of the Graduate School on 9/7/89.]

G. Grades from Transfer Credit
Except in the case of interinstitutional registration, grades on courses transferred from another institution will not be included in computing the GPA. See Section 3.1 for more information about transferring graduate credits.

H. Repeating Courses
Students who repeat a course, regardless of the grade previously made, will have both grades counted in their cumulative GPA. The semester hours will be counted only once toward the number of hours required for graduation even though the student has passed the course twice. A graduate student may repeat a course in which a grade of "C-" or higher has been earned only upon the specific recommendation of the advisory committee and with the approval of the Graduate Dean.

I. Grade Changes
When submitted to the Department of Registration and Records, end-of-course grades are final and not subject to change by reason of a revision of the instructor's judgment; nor are submitted grades to be revised on the basis of a second trial (e.g., a new examination or additional work undertaken or completed). Changes may only be made within one calendar year after the date final grades were submitted in order to correct an error of computation or transcribing or where part of the student's work has been unintentionally overlooked.

The Grade Change Report, which can be obtained from Registration and Records, requires the instructor's signed statement as to the reason for the change, the approval of the Department Head in which the course is taught, and the approval of the Dean of the Graduate School. Approval of the Dean is not necessary when changing from IN or late ("LA").