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acknowledge its receipt.  Students and
faculty are encouraged to keep copies of
this form as well as copies of all the work
required to complete the course until
students receive written verification of
their final course grade.
Grading Policies, Credits,
Grade Points, and Grade Point
Average
Academic credit is expressed in semester
hours.  Grade points are assigned to the
students' grades and used to determine the
academic standing of the students.
  Each credit hour of A:  4 grade points
  Each credit hour of B:   3 grade points
  Each credit hour of C:   2 grade points
  Each credit hour of F:   0 grade points
The symbols I (incomplete), W (withdraw),  
Z (audited), and P (pass) do not carry grade
point values.
For graduate courses, the grade point
average is the total of all grade points
divided by the total of all graduate credit
hours attempted, with the exception of
credit hours passed with a grade of P.
Grade point averages are recorded on
official transcripts to the nearest 0.01 of a
point.  All decisions affecting students'
academic progress that make use of a grade
point criterion (e.g. academic probation,
academic suspension, and graduation) are
made with reference to the nearest 0.01 of a
point of the students' GPA.
Academic Progression
Students are required to enroll in all
coursework scheduled for the cohort in a
given term.  Students may not enroll in
partial coursework and are expected to
progress with the cohort.
Students must maintain a 3.0 GPA and may
not accumulate more than 2 “C” course
grades toward graduation.  Students with a
cumulative GPA below 3.0 will be placed
on probation and may be dismissed from
the program by the Council of Graduate
Studies.
Grade Change
After an instructor reports a grade at the
end of a semester or term, it may be
changed only under one of the following
circumstances:
1. An error has been made in computing or
reporting the grade.  If an error has been
made, the student should contact the course
instructor immediately.  The instructor
completes and signs a change of grade form
and sends it to the Registrar.  Upon receipt
of the completed form, the Registrar will
change the student's permanent record.
2.  An unusual set of circumstances
necessitates such an action.  In these
situations, the instructor must provide a
written justification with appropriate
documentation and receive the approval of
the graduate dean.  Upon receipt of the
completed grade change form, the Registrar
will change the student's permanent record.
It is the student's responsibility to initiate
the procedure for a grade change.  Grade
change forms are available at the Registrar's
Office.  Students should verify grade
changes by checking online, or requesting a
copy of, their official University transcript.
Pass/Fail Option
The pass/fail option stipulates that no grade
will be given other than P (passing) or F
(failing).  Credit will be awarded only for
work equivalent to a C grade or better;
work equivalent to an F grade will receive
an F grade.  The pass/fail option is not
available for required courses in the CORE
or track for graduate students. 
Final Grade Reports
Following the end of each term, final grade
reports are available on the University
computer system.  Students who need an
official copy may request it online or in the
Office of the Registrar.
Prerequisites
Many course descriptions provide a list of
prerequisites that provide essential
background for successful completion of a
class.  Prerequisites may include specific
courses or may also refer to acceptable class
standing, prior academic standing,
permission of instructor, departmentally
determined competencies or other
departmental requirements.  Prerequisites
must be completed prior to the beginning
of the term in which the course with
prerequisites is scheduled.  It is the
responsibility of the student to comply with
the prerequisites for a course that they plan
to take.  Failure to meet the prerequisites
can result in cancellation of registration for
a course.
Repeating Failed Courses
Students may repeat any credit course in
which a failing grade (F) was received.  A
grade earned in a repeated course shall
replace the earlier grade with an indication
on the transcript that the course was
retaken.  If the earlier course or the new
course is taken at another institution, it is
the student's responsibility to request that
the registrar replace the earlier grade with
the new grade.  The grade received for each
course retaken will appear on the
transcript, replacing the original grade and
will be used for computing the cumulative
grade point average.  All course titles,
credits attempted, and grades earned will
be listed on the transcript.
Repeating Passed Courses
If students decide that their mastery of a
previously passed course will be improved
by retaking the course, they may do so
subject to the following conditions:
1. The grade received for each course
retaken will appear on the transcript,
replacing the original grade and will be
used for computing the cumulative grade
point average.  However, all course titles,
credits attempted, and grades earned will
be listed on the transcript, along with a
notation that a course was retaken.
2. No additional credit toward graduation
may be received for retaking a previously
passed course.
3. Fees must be paid for all courses retaken.
4. Students must properly register to retake
a course during registration or pre-
registration.
5. If the earlier course or the retaken course
is taken at another institution, it is the
student's responsibility to request that the
registrar replace the earlier grade with the
new grade.
Previously passed courses are those for
which any of the following grades have
been received:  A, B, C, or P.
Repeatable Courses
Courses may be repeated for credit if the
catalog course description specifies that the
course is repeatable.
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