Section 4.4: Grades | Graduate Studies | Kent State University

Section 4.4: Grades

ACADEMIC GRADES

Student proficiency in coursework is recorded by the following letter grades:

A
(4.000) Denotes "superior scholarship" for graduate students.
A-
(3.700)
B+
(3.300)
B
(3.000) Denotes "average performance" for graduate students.
B-
(2.700)
C+
(2.300)
C
(2.000) Denotes "below average performance" for graduate students.
C-
(1.700)
D+
(1.300)
D
(1.000) Denotes "far below average performance" for graduate students.
F
(0.000) Denotes failure.
S
The grade S (Satisfactory) denotes passing performance and is used for courses where S/U grading, rather than letter grading, is permitted. The credit hours are awarded, but the grade is not counted in computing grade point averages. Work earning an S may be applied toward meeting degree requirements.
U
The grade U (Unsatisfactory) denotes failing performance and is used for courses where S/U grading, rather than letter grading, is permitted. This grade is earned and is not used for students who never attended or stopped attending the courses (see NF and SF marks).  Credit hours are recorded as attempted, and the grade is counted as an F. 

ADMINISTRATIVE MARKS

AU

The mark AU denotes that students have registered to audit a course. Students may audit without credit any course subject to space availability and department/school approval. To audit a course, students must go through registration procedures and be assessed registration fees. An audited course cannot be applied toward a student’s degree or certificate. An instructor may impose whatever attendance requirements deemed necessary upon the students registered for audit. The students must be informed of these requirements at the beginning of the semester. Failure to meet such attendance requirements subjects the students to being withdrawn from the course by the instructor. The AU mark is not counted in grade point averages.

CR

The mark CR (Credit) denotes credit hours, but not letter grade, earned through successful completion of an alternate credit program (e.g., exam credit, trade competency or other non-institutional credit). The CR mark is not counted in grade point averages.

IN

The mark IN (Incomplete) may be given to students who—due to extenuating circumstances—are unable to complete the required work between the course withdrawal deadline and the end of classes. The timeline shall be adjusted appropriately for summer sessions and flexibly scheduled courses. The IN mark is not counted in grade point averages.

IP

The mark IP (In Progress) may be given to students to indicate that work is in progress toward a thesis, dissertation, research, individual investigation or a similar effort that requires additional time beyond a semester. A grade will be given when the work is completed. The IP mark can be utilized only in designated courses. The IP mark remains a terminal mark if the student does not complete the requirements for the course. For courses required for a degree or certificate, a grade must be given before the credential may be granted. The IP mark is not counted in grade point averages.       

NF

The mark NF (Never Attended–Fail) denotes that the student neither attended one class session nor formally withdrew from the course. The NF mark counts as an F (zero quality points) in grade point averages.

NR

The mark NR (Not Reported) indicates the instructor did not submit a grade. For courses required for a degree or certificate, a grade must be given before a degree can be granted.The NR mark is not counted in grade point averages.

SF

The mark SF (Stopped Attending–Fail) denotes that the student stopped attending the course and did not formally withdraw. The SF mark counts as an F (zero quality points) in grade point averages and must be accompanied by a date of last attendance in the course. Faculty who cannot determine the exact date of last attendance may use the date of the last academic activity in which students participated.  

TR

The mark TR denotes accepted transfer coursework and is not counted in grade point averages.

W

The mark W denotes that the student has withdrawn from the University or from any individual course without evaluation. For students in the College of Podiatric Medicine, this mark is given to students who withdraw prior to midterm exams. Please refer to the College of Podiatric Medicine section in the University Catalog for procedures for withdrawal. The W mark is not counted in grade point averages.

WF

The mark WF is used by the College of Podiatric Medicine to denote that the student has withdrawn from the University or from any individual course/rotation with failing status after seven weeks of course instruction. The WF mark is not counted in grade point averages.

WP

The mark WP is used by the College of Podiatric Medicine to denote that the student has withdrawn from the University or from any individual course/rotation with passing status after seven weeks of course instruction. The WP mark is not counted in grade point averages.

GRADE CHANGES

With the exceptions of the IN, IP and NR marks, once grades are submitted, they are final and will not be changed except in cases of administrative error.  Grades will not be changed by allowing the students to do additional work (e.g., retaking exams; redoing papers; submitting extra credit papers, reports, etc.) or by using criteria other than those applied to all students in the class.

In the event of a possible administrative error, the students must contact the instructor as soon as possible following the awarding of the grade.  If the instructor is not available, the department chair/school director should be contacted.

For students in the College of Podiatric Medicine, requests for a grade change for posted scores (e.g., didactic exams, quizzes, lab practicals), course or rotation grades or other forms of evaluation must be submitted within seven calendar days of posting or receipt.  All grade change requests for reasons other than removal of an F grade or an IN (incomplete) mark must be submitted within the first two weeks of the succeeding academic term. No challenge will be considered or adjustment made after that period.

GRADE APPEALS

Grade appeals for reasons other than administrative error must follow established policy and procedures for student academic complaints, see policy 4-02.3 for Kent Campus in the University Policy Register.