GRADE Point Average
To compute a student’s grade point average (GPA), the total number of credit units is divided into the total number of grade points. “I”, “CR”, “NC”, “W” and “WF” carry no grade points and are not used in the grade point average calculations. If a course is repeated, the original grade is excluded from the GPA calculations.
- Incomplete – I
A grade of “I” may only be issued when a student has attended at least two-thirds of the course sessions and is unable to complete the requirements due to non-academic extraordinary circumstances. The student must communicate these circumstances in writing to the instructor prior to the final week of courses. An incomplete grade petition submitted after the course term end date will not be accepted. When the instructor decides that a student’s “incomplete” request is warranted, a grade of “I” is issued. The instructor defines the conditions for the removal of the “I” grade in the student’s record. Conditions include a time completion of no later than one term after the official end-date of the course; a shorter period of time is advised. The Registrar’s Office receives notification from the instructor as part of the course grades submission. The Registrar’s Office will send a courtesy e-mail reminding the student that the date of completion is pending. The Incomplete Grade policy applies to all the students across the institution including students with approved accommodations
Incomplete courses will not be considered complete until official grades are posted by the Registrar’s Office. Incomplete grades are not included in the calculation of grade point average and are not counted as passed/completed in the completion rate. Incomplete grades change to F grades if not completed within the required timeframe. The course(s) must be retaken. The maximum number of incompletes students are allowed to take during the course of the Academic Year is three (3).
- Credit – CR
A “CR” signifies that a student has demonstrated at least a B level in meeting the course outcomes. The course is not used in grade point average calculations.
- No Credit – NC
An “NC” signifies the student has not demonstrated minimally satisfactory competence in meeting course outcomes. Credit is not awarded. The course is not used in grade point average calculations.
A student must repeat a course in which a No Credit grade was received. Both original and repeat enrollments will be noted on a student’s permanent academic record; however, unit credit and grades are earned only once, and the units and grades earned for the repeated course will be used on the final transcript. Given the sequential structuring of and periodic revisions to the curriculum, course repetition may not always be possible. If scheduling or revisions prevent repetition of a course, a student may complete an Independent Study with the course instructor. Please see the Independent Study section for more information. An Independent Study fee will be assessed for this instruction.
- Withdrawal – W
A “W” signifies that a student has withdrawn from a course (details in Withdrawal Policy). This grade does not have grade points assigned. This grade is not used in grade point average calculations.
- Unofficial Withdrawal – WF
A student who fails to withdraw but stops attending classes is considered unofficially withdrawn and is assigned a grade of “WF”.
Instructors evaluate each student’s achievement of course and program learning outcomes throughout each course. Instructors submit evaluations the week following the last day of class to the Registrar’s Office using the learning management system, Populi. Grades are released to the students before the start of the next term. Graduate students must maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.0 for all graduate work. A grade below “B- “is not considered a passing grade. Students who receive a “C”, “D” or “F” grade in a required course must repeat the course. The “C”, “D” or “F” grade is calculated in the cumulative GPA until the course is satisfactorily repeated. The original grade is excluded from the GPA calculation but remains as part of the student’s official academic record.
A student is subject to academic probation in the RDGS program when the student’s cumulative grade point average (GPA) falls below 3.0 for coursework. The academic probation is communicated to the student in writing from the Office of the Registrar. A student is allowed three courses to improve the GPA to the required 3.0 provided no further grades of B- or below are earned. A student placed on academic probation will be removed from probation when the cumulative grade point average is improved to a cumulative 3.0 or higher. The student will be notified in writing about a change of status.
A student on academic probation is subject to academic disqualification when the student fails to raise the GPA to 3.0 or better, or who receives a grade of B- during the probationary period. A student who is disqualified from the PsyD program may not attend for the remainder of the year and will be withdrawn from the program. Students who have been withdrawn must apply for readmission through the Admission’s Office in order to re-enter the program.