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In issuing final grades, course instructors adhere to the established grading systems at the undergraduate levels.

Course work is evaluated using the following grading scale:

 

Grade
Points Per Credit
Credit
Awarded
Counted
Credit Attempted
A Excellent 4.0 Yes Yes
A- 3.7 Yes Yes
B+ 3.3 Yes Yes
B Good 3.0 Yes Yes
B- 2.7 Yes Yes
C+ 2.3 Yes Yes
C Satisfactory 2.0 Yes Yes
C- 1.7 Yes Yes
D+ 1.3 Yes Yes
D Poor 1.0 Yes Yes
F Fail 0.0 No Yes
FN Fail, non-attendance 0.0 No Yes
P Pass Yes Yes
W Withdrawn No Yes
I Incomplete No Yes
AU Audit No No
R Repeated
Grade
No No
Y Y
Grade
No Yes
X Fresh Start No Yes No
E Fresh Start (Excluded) 0 No No

Grades beginning with E have been excluded from a student’s GPA as part of the College’s Fresh Start program.

P; Pass
This option may be initiated by the instructor or student. Instructors will specify that a course is being offered only for P/F grades in the course description;  in some cases, the student may then petition for A to F grading by the date posted on the Academic Calendar.  In the event that a course is being offered with A to F grading, students must select the P/F option by the date posted on the Academic Calendar, and that grading option cannot be changed thereafter. The P/F option may be selected by the student for a total of four credits in any semester (fall, winter, spring, or summer) and for a total of no more than four out of each 12 credits earned for a grade.

This option is available only for free-elective courses; courses fulfilling any requirement, including (but not limited to) general education, school core, major and/or minor requirements, are not eligible to be taken for P/F.

Please refer to the grading table (above) for information regarding how P and F grades impact a student’s credits earned and GPA.

W; Withdrawn
Given in exceptional circumstances for withdrawal from a course. Withdrawal deadlines for each semester are posted on the semester’s Academic Calendar.

Cessation of class attendance or notification to the instructor is NOT considered an official withdrawal. Unless students officially withdraw from a course through the Registrar’s Office, they are still registered for the course and will receive a grade of “F” or “FN” even though classes were not attended.

FN; Fail – Non-attendance

Students who stop attending class without an official withdrawal will receive a grade of “FN”.  As indicated in the Grading Scale Chart, this grade will be calculated into the GPA in the same manner as a grade of “F”.

Federal Regulations (34 CFR 668.22 and commonly referred to as the Return of Title IV Funds requirements) require institutions of higher education to return Title IV aid when a student stops attending within the first 60% of the semester or term.  In recording a grade of “FN”, faculty will be asked to include the last date of attendance by the student.

I; Incomplete
Given in extenuating circumstances (for instance, reasons of illness or other emergency) when approved by the instructor and when requested by a student who has satisfactorily completed at least two-thirds of course requirements prior to the end of a term on an Incomplete Request form. The default deadline for completion of course work is posted on the Academic Calendar for each semester (typically February 26 for fall semester incompletes and October 15 for spring and summer incompletes, or the next business day); however, the instructor may set an earlier deadline at the time the Incomplete grade is requested. When the work is completed prior to the completion deadline, the instructor completes a ‘Grade Adjustment Request’ form; the new assigned grade replaces the I. If work is not satisfactorily completed by the completion deadline, the grade is changed to F. A student may not graduate with an I grade outstanding. No additional work can be accepted or considered after the end of the semester without the Incomplete grade.

AU; Audit
Given for completion of a course (except for exams and required papers), if requested at the time of registration. No credit is given for this course. This option may not be changed after the end of schedule adjustments. If a student who has selected Audit fails to attend the class, the instructor may give an Administrative Withdrawal for that class.

R; Repeated Grade
An R grade is given (together with an F grade) when a course failed in an earlier term is successfully retaken. The credits attempted for the RF are changed to E (excluded) when the repeated course is successfully completed. It is not reversible at a later date. For more information, see Policy and Procedure 300-E: Repeat Course.

T; Temporary Grade
A grade of T (Temporary) may be issued in rare circumstances when a faculty member has not submitted grades.  This will be changed to the appropriate grade once grades are received.  Transcripts will not be sent until T grades are resolved.

Y; Grade
A grade of Y is assigned  for non-degree credit Basic Skills courses only and indicates the instructor’s recommendation that the student retake the course. Y grades cannot be changed.

X; Fresh Start
Grades beginning with X have been excluded from student’s GPA as part of the College’s Fresh Start program

General Information on Grading

A term grade point average and a cumulative grade point average are calculated for each student after the end of each term. These averages are computed by dividing the total quality points by the total quality hours earned. Only courses taken at Ramapo are counted in these calculations.

Credit hours are based on a semester calendar.

The P, W, I, AU, and R grade options are available only by student request and require the submission of appropriate forms to the Office of the Registrar. The Academic Calendar on the web each term indicates the dates for students to take advantage of these grade options.

 

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