Office of Graduate Studies
Phone: 509-527-2421


The following system of grades and grade-point values per quarter hour is used for evaluating graduate credit:      

A               4.0              B       3.0              C       2.0              D       1.0

A -             3.7              B -      2.7             C -     1.7              D -     0.7

B+             3.3              C+     2.3              D+     1.3             F        0

Other symbols used to describe the academic status of graduate credit are:

AU Audit

I          Incomplete

I*        Standing Incomplete

IP        In Progress

W       Withdrawal

S         Satisfactory (C or better)

NC      No Credit

X         Unofficial withdrawal

Audit. An AU is assigned for class attendance and participation generally excluding tests and outside-of-class assignments. Arrangements to audit a class are made with the Office of Graduate Studies. The cost for audited credit is one-half the regular tuition rate.

Incomplete.  In the case of incomplete work due to justifiable cause, the instructor may assign a grade of incomplete (I), allowing the student until three weeks before the close of the following quarter to complete the course requirements.   Along with the incomplete (I) grade, the instructor also submits a default grade for the class based on what the student has accomplished as compared with the overall class requirements. The student will be assigned the default grade if the incomplete work is not completed in the allotted time.  Default grades for courses with incomplete (I) grade(s) will be calculated into the cumulative GPA for the purpose of determining probationary status.

If, due to justifiably extenuating circumstances students are unable to complete the class requirements within this time period, they may request an extension from the Associate Vice President for Graduate Studies beyond the above mentioned next-quarter deadline.  If students do not complete the class requirements during this further extended time period, they are assigned either the default grade or another grade submitted by the instructor.

In Progress. An IP can be given by the instructor for independent work such as field work or practicum, research, and thesis which extend past the regular end of term. The IP designation is changed by the instructor to a letter grade upon completion of all course requirements.

Withdrawal. A grade of W is recorded when a student officially drops a course at least three weeks prior to the end of the quarter.

Satisfactory/No Credit. An S indicates that credit earned was satisfactory (A, B, or C) and an NC indicates that the credit was not earned because performance did not meet the minimum standards for a satisfactory grade. A grade of S will not be acceptable for graduate credit except for courses that require S/NC grading.

Unofficial Withdrawal. A grade of X indicates that a student discontinued class attendance prior to midterm but did not officially withdraw.

Grade Errors and Corrections.  Grades will be processed and posted to the Web at the close of each quarter.  Students should carefully check the accuracy of the course numbers, course grades, and credit hours.  Grades may be changed only if an error has been made in calculating or recording the grade.  Students should report any discrepancies to the Academic Records Office by the last day to drop classes during the next regular quarter following the quarter in which they enrolled in the class.

Graduate GPA. Grades of all courses on the approved graduate program and in the program area, excluding deficiencies, will be computed in the grade-point average.


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Last update on July 29, 2014