Grades and Grading
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Claremont Graduate University (CGU) uses the following grades for the evaluation of student performance. Grade points are caluculated by multiplying the values below by the course units (for example, a B+ earned in a 4 unit course would have a grade point value of 13.2 for GPA calculations).
Audited courses require a grade from the instructor. Acceptable grades are as follows.
Pass/Fail. CGU does not use P/F (Pass/Fail). The appropriate grades are S (Satisfactory) or U (Unsatisfactory).
Graded or S/U Option. Unless a course is specifically coded to be offered as graded only or S/U grade only, instructors may make their own determinations for assigning grades. Agreements may be made directly with the student and no specific notification to the Registrar's Office is required. Instructors are encouraged to comply with student requests for S/U grading unless a course is required to provide a letter grade.
Instructors are expected to submit grades for students enrolled in their courses by the semester deadline published in the Academic Calendar.
Courses for which a student was enrolled on an audit basis must be graded. If the student completed the course successfully, AU (Audit) is assigned. If the student did not complete the course, or if the student abandoned the course without formally dropping the course, a grade of U (Unsatisfactory) should be assigned.
Instructors should not leave the grade field for audited courses blank on grade rosters. If no grade is supplied, these grades will eventually default to Y (Unreported Evaluation).
If unusual or extenuating circumstances prevent a student from completing work in a course, the instructor may assign an Incomplete (I) grade provided the student's performance in the course is satisfactory at the end of the semester. As with other grades, instructors submit I grades through the faculty portal.
Expiration Date. A new grade must be submitted by the grading deadline for the same semester next year. Note that this means the instructor must submit a new grade, not that the student needs to submit work to the instructor. Instructors identify their own timeframes to receive work.
Grade. If no grade is received before the expiration of the Incomplete grade, the Incomplete grade lapses to a U (Unsatisfactory) grade.
Instructors may assign shorter periods of time for the student to submit new work and/or may identify an alternate default grade. To do so, the instructor completes and submits an Incomplete Grade Submission and Student Contract for Course Completion form to the Registrar's Office. Instructors who do not wish to change the expiration date or specify an alternate grade, you are not required to submit this form.
Procedure. Instructors who wish to identify a different expiration date or default grade should submit the Incomplete Grade Submission and Student Contract for Course Completion form using the procedure as follows.
Extension of Incomplete. After the Incomplete grade is recorded, if a student requires more time to complete work, a Request for Extension of Incomplete must be filed by the student with the Registrar's Office. Only one extension is permitted. Requests for Extensions are accepted ONLY if the grade on the course is still I (Incomplete).
Grade Change/Submission. After the student completes and submits the outstanding work to you, evaluate the work and submit a new grade using the Grade Change/Submission Petition.
Grade Lapse. If work is not completed or if no grade is reported to the Registrar's Office by the expiration date, the Incomplete grade defaults to the alternate grade provided by the instructor on the Incomplete Grade Submission form. If no alternate grade was recorded, the default grade is U (Unsatisfactory).
Instructors who are unable to submit grades by the semester deadline may submit a Grade Pending (GP) notation on their rosters to ensure more time for evaluating student performance. When ready to submit a grade, the instructor uses the Grade Change/Submission Petition form. Note that no explanation for the grade change is required when the grade being changed is either GP (Grade Pending) or I (Incomplete).
If a grade is not provided before the Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) review for following semester, the GP grade lapses to Y (Unreported Evaluation). The Y notation does not impact the student's GPA; however, courses for which the student is assigned a Y grade cannot be used to fulfill degree or other requirements.
Grade changes are expected if the student was originally assigned an I (Incomplete) or GP (Grade Pending) grade. Grades for these students may be submitted using the Grade Change/Submission Petition form. No explanation for the grade change is required when the grade being changed is either I or GP.
Once grades have been submitted or if a permanent grade or enrollment notation has already been recorded, changes should be made only in the most exceptional circumstances, such as to correct a reporting error. Instructors who wish to submit a change of grade for a student must complete the Grade Change/Submission Petition form and provide a full explanation or reason for the change. Approval of the dean is required.
Once a permanent grade has been recorded for a student's performance in a course, instructors are not required to accept additional work from a student for evaluation. If you agree to re-evaluate a student's performance for a potential grade change, you may NOT consider academic work or performance in any subsequent course or work performed for another instructor.
In addition, the following guidelines apply to grade changes.
Transcript Notations. Except for changes made to I and GP, all grade changes are noted on the student's transcript with the date of the grade change.
Instructors who have questions about grading and/or grading policies should contact their program coordinators or the Director of Enrollment & Records Management (Registrar): email@example.com. If you contact the Registrar, please provide the following information to ensure that your request receives an accurate response.