Dec 10, 2018  
2009-2010 University Catalog 
    
2009-2010 University Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Grades


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Students in advanced degree programs under the jurisdiction of the College of Graduate Studies or Mayes College of Healthcare Business and Policy, as well as graduate level-certificate programs, should refer to the College of Graduate Studies Policies and Procedures Handbook for information on grading. Academic departments may also have additional handbooks containing information relevant to the discipline or the profession. Students should check with their academic departments.

Grading and Point System

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The following grading system is used to indicate the quality of academic performance at University of the Sciences in Philadelphia:

  A- to A+   Excellent
  B- to B+   Good
  C to C+   Fair or satisfactory
  D- to C-   Unsatisfactory, but passing
  F   Failure
The quality point values assigned to these letter grades are:
     A and A+      4.00 points
  A-   3.70 points
  B+   3.30 points
  B   3.00 points
  B-   2.70 points
  C+   2.30 points
  C   2.00 points
  C-   1.70 points
  D+   1.30 points
  D   1.00 point
  D-   0.70 point
  F   0.00 point

For courses taken on a pass/fail basis, the final course grade will be either “P” (for Pass, which has no point value and is not included in the calculation of a grade point average) or “F” (for Failure, which has a value of “0.00” but is included in the calculation of the grade point average).

Incomplete Policy

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All course requirements must be completed prior to the end of the semester.

Students not fulfilling course requirements at the completion of the semester due to extenuating circumstances may be assigned an “Incomplete” or “I” designation on their transcript by the instructor. The instructor is required to replace this “Incomplete” designation with a final grade as soon as possible but no later than 42 calendar days from the end of the semester or the end of the drop/add period of the next semester, whichever comes first. If the instructor has not entered a final grade within the prescribed time limit, the Registrar will automatically enter a grade of “F” and inform the instructor and student. Extension beyond 42 calendar days may be granted by the course instructor in consultation with the student’s college dean in exceptional cases.

Students will sign an “Incomplete” contract for each course for which an extension is approved. The instructor will determine what the student must do (e.g., take one or more examinations, perform laboratory work, turn in reports, turn in notebooks, perform library assignments) in order to meet contract requirements. Information regarding requirements to complete the course will be supplied to the student directly by the instructor. The student is responsible for completing the work in the time allotted.

When an “Incomplete” grade is converted to a letter grade, the GPA is recalculated retroactive to the end of the semester in which the course was originally taken. University/program academic policies and procedures governing probations, dismissal, etc., apply to GPA changes resulting from conversions of “Incomplete” grades. For example, should a converted “Incomplete” result in a GPA warranting dismissal from the University/program, the student’s dismissal would be effective retroactive to the end of the semester in which the course was originally taken.

It is the student’s responsibility to estimate and calculate the results of a converted “Incomplete” on the retroactive GPA. Should the dismissed student be registered for, and/or attending classes, taking exams, etc., in the semester or summer session subsequent to the semester in which the “Incomplete” was assigned, the courses for the subsequent session will be deleted from the student’s record. No academic credit will be granted for the courses; refunds will be made according to the tuition refund schedule.

No Grade Submitted

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Faculty may assign an “Incomplete” grade for incomplete coursework or if they are not able to evaluate a student. There is no grade of “NG.” If the faculty member leaves the student’s grade blank or submits a grade of “NG,” the registrar will enter a grade of “I” for “Incomplete” and the rules governing “Incomplete” grades apply.  This policy becomes effective for Fall 2009.

Progress Grade Designation (“PRG”)

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Occasionally, a professional orientation or clinical experience course will need to span two semesters, and grading for both portions will be determined at the end of the second portion of the course.  Prior approval as noted below is required. Courses are approved for the “PRG” (Progress) Designation by the Faculty Senate Academic Affairs Curriculum Subcommittee.

Students receiving a grade of “PRG”(“Progress”) in a Pass/Fail graded professional orientation or clinical experience course must complete all coursework prior to the end of the 15-week semester following the end of the semester where the PRG grade was assigned, or the course grade will convert to an F. When a “PRG” grade is converted to Pass or Fail, the GPA is recalculated retroactive to the end of the semester in which the course was originally taken. University or program academic policies and procedures governing probations, dismissal, etc., apply to GPA changes resulting from conversions of “PRG” grades. For example, should a converted “PRG” result in a GPA warranting dismissal from the University or program, the student’s dismissal would be effective retroactive to the end of the semester in which the course was originally taken. It is the student’s responsibility to estimate and calculate the results of a converted “PRG” on the retroactive GPA. Should the dismissed student be registered for, and/or attending classes, taking exams, etc., in the semester or summer session subsequent to the semester in which the “PRG” was assigned, the courses for the subsequent session will be deleted from the student’s record. No academic credit will be granted for the courses; refunds will be made according to the tuition refund schedule. 

Grade Point Average

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A semester grade point average (GPA) is computed at the conclusion of each academic semester. Course grades are assigned “Quality Point Values.” Grades of “F” (in a pass/fail course) are considered equivalent to a failing grade of “F” (0.00) and are included in the calculation of the GPA. Grades of “W,” “I,” “AU,” “P,” “S,” “U,” and “PRG,” are not included in the calculation of a GPA.

The following illustrates how a semester GPA is computed:

NOTE: For each course, the quality point value is multiplied by the number of course credits to obtain the course quality points.

    Course
Grade
  Quality
Point
Values
  Course
Credit
  Course
Quality
Points
PCP001      C+      2.30 x      5 =     

11.50

PCP002   B   3.00 x   3 =  

9.00

CAS003   W   0.00 x   1 =  

0.00

CAS004   B-   2.70 x   3 =  

8.10

CHS005   A   4.00 x   4 =  

16.00

Total           16 - 1 (W) = 15

44.60

The semester GPA is calculated by dividing the total number of course quality points by the total number of course credits and rounded to two decimal points. In the example given above, the 1 credit for CAS003 is not counted because of the “W” grade; therefore the calculation is 44.60/15 = 2.97.

The cumulative GPA (the average of grades from two or more semesters) equals the sum of the course quality points of all grades received at the University divided by the total number of course credits for courses receiving quality points. 

Grade Change Policy

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Course grade changes shall be permitted by an instructor currently employed by the University for up to six months after the end of the term in which the student was registered for the course. Changes in course grades originally assigned by an instructor who is no longer an employee of the University may be made by the department chair of the department that has responsibility for teaching the course for up to six months after the end of the term in which the student was registered for the course. After six months, all grade changes must be approved by the instructor (if still employed by the University) and the chair and dean of the department and college that offers the course.

Students requesting changes in course grades must present to the instructor (or to the department chair if the instructor is no longer employed by the University) a copy of the course syllabus or other documents describing how final grades are determined, copies of all available graded materials, and a record of all communications between the student and the instructor regarding the course grade.

 

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