A. Grading Policy
At the beginning of a course, the instructor informs the students of the criteria to be used in determining the final grade. Numerical or letter grades may be used during a course, but the final grade must be submitted in letter form. The instructor determines the appropriate final grade. A student whose achievement through mid-semester is C- or below may be given formal warning at the discretion of the instructor.
B. Grading System
A quality-point system will be used to determine academic standing:
- A = 4.0
- A- = 3.7
- B+ = 3.3
- B = 3.0
- B- = 2.7
- C+ = 2.3
- C = 2.0
- C- = 1.7
- D+ = 1.3
- D = 1.0
- D- = 0.7
- F = 0.0
For Nursing courses only:
- Exceeds Mastery, EM = 4.0
- Mastery +, M+ = 3.5
- Mastery, M = 3.0
- Mastery, M- = 1.0
- Non Mastery, NM = 0.0
Non-Credit Equivalent courses will be graded as follows (except Mathematics courses):
- S = Satisfactory
- U = Unsatisfactory
Mathematics Courses: All grades SA-SB indicate 80% or higher competency.
PTA Clinical Courses are taken Pass/Fail only, with grades of “CR” or “NC” assigned. Passed courses, with a grade of “CR” are not calculated in the GPA. Failed courses, with a grade of “F” are computed in both the semester and cumulative GPA.
The grades of SA, SA-, SB+, SB, S, U, CR, AU, W, UF, X, I, and IP (In Progress) do not carry quality points.
C. Grade Point Average (GPA)
The GPA is calculated by dividing the sum of the earned quality points by the sum of the attempted credit hours, except as modified elsewhere. Transfer credit is not computed in the index.
D. Repeated Courses
All grades and credits are recorded on the student’s transcript. If a course is repeated, only the last grade is computed in the GPA and used for graduation requirements. If the last grade is a “W” or “UF” it will not replace a previous quality point grade. Only courses repeated at Onondaga Community College will affect a student’s index.
The following conditions apply to the NUR, RPD, SGT, and PTA programs:
- A student is allowed to repeat a course with a program prefix only once.
- Students who fail to receive a “C” or “M” for a repeated course lose matriculation status in that program
- PTA students may repeat BIO 171 & BIO 172 only once.
In consultation with the student, the instructor may assign a grade of Incomplete “I”. An Incomplete is assigned only when a student has not completed a major assignment or examination. The instructor notifies the Registrar's Office that the grade of Incomplete is to be assigned. The reason for the Incomplete and the plan for its removal will be specified. A student may not remove an Incomplete through unofficial participation in the major portion of any subsequent offering of the same course. Participation in the same course with another instructor is not valid for removal of an incomplete. Course requirements must be completed before the end of the next regular semester (fall or spring) or the “I” becomes an “F”. An instructor may extend this deadline for one additional regular semester through written notification to the Registrar's Office.
F. Class Standing
A class standing grade may be requested by a student in the event of serious illness or other extenuating circumstance which prevents completion of the course. The class standing grade can be awarded only after the instructor certifies completion of 75% of the required course content, and upon approval of the Department Chairperson. No class standing grade may be higher than a “C”, with a lower grade being recorded if the student has not earned a “C”. The student’s permanent record will indicate that the grade represents class standing
G. Grade Changes
After a grade is recorded by the Registrar's Office, a faculty member may request that the grade be changed. This request must be submitted to the Registrar's Office on an official Grade Change Form during the following semester. Grade changes for reasons other than computational or clerical error are subject to the approval of the Scholastic Standards Committee.
H. Grades for Non-Attendance
- For students that never attend through the first three weeks of classes*, faculty are required to award the grade of “Never Attended” (NA) and check the never attended flag by census date (see academic calendar for specific deadlines).
- For students that attend during the first three weeks*, but subsequently cease** attending, faculty are required, per federal regulations, to award the “Unearned F” grade (UF) and must specify the student’s last date of “attendance”. Since Onondaga Community College does not require instructors to report attendance, federal guidelines permit institutions to use the last date the student participated in an academically related activity to serve as this date.
- Faculty must submit UF grades within one week after the determination is made that a student has ceased** attending. The last date to assign the grade of “UF” is three weeks prior* last day of classes.
The “UF” grade will carry no quality points and will not be computed into the student’s grade-point-average, nor will the credit counts toward overall load (i.e. full-time).
A grade of UF may affect a student’s current or future financial aid and/or veteran’s eligibility. Students should consult the Financial Aid and/or Veteran’s Affairs Offices to learn both short and long term consequences.
Non-attendance does not relieve students of their financial responsibility for tuition and fees.
*Deadlines for courses other than 15 weeks in length are adjusted proportionally.
**Student has not attended for a period of two consecutive weeks