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Winter/Spring/Summer 2014-2015
Catalog update:
October 17, 2014

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Students are required to follow the Academic Handbook and Code of Student Responsibility

Grades can be accessed online via Campus Connect. Grades can be viewed and printed using the Unofficial Transcript in the Student Center in Campus Connect. This comprehensive report can be used for corporate tuition reimbursement. Some companies may allow the student to log onto Campus Connect with a company representative present to verify grades for an individual term.

Following is the key to the system of evaluating a student’s academic achievement of the educational objectives specified by the instructor in the course syllabus. These definitions apply to the straight letter grade. A plus grade represents slightly higher achievement than the straight letter grade. A minus grade represents slightly lower achievement than the straight letter grade.  For undergraduate students, the addition of a # indicates an original attempt of a course which has been repeated; therefore the grade and credit are removed from the term and cumulative grade point average and credit hours.

Once a grade is assigned, university policy prohibits faculty from changing the grade without the permission of the college-based exceptions committee. Errors made in computation of the final grade (clerical error) and removal of an IN grade in accordance with university policy are exceptions to the grade change policy. Faculty may not assign or accept additional graded material in order to improve a student’s final grade.

A The instructor judged the student to have accomplished the stated objectives of the course in an EXCELLENT manner.
B The instructor judged the student to have accomplished the stated objectives of the course in a VERY GOOD manner.
C The instructor judged the student to have accomplished the stated objectives
of the course in a SATISFACTORY manner.
D The instructor judged the student to have accomplished the stated objectives of the course in a POOR manner. (A grade of D will not fulfill the requirements in a major field of concentration.)
F The instructor judged the student NOT to have accomplished the stated
objectives of the course.
IN Temporary grade indicating that, following a request by the student, the instructor has given his or her permission for the student to receive an incomplete grade. In order to receive an IN grade, the student must have a) a satisfactory record in the work already completed for the course, b) encountered unusual or unforeseeable circumstances which prevent him/her from completing the course requirements by the end of the term, and c) applied to the instructor for permission to receive an IN. Please see the Grades, Incomplete (IN) and Research (R) Expiration Policy page in this handbook for additional information.
ING Permanent grade assigned to a degree recipient who chooses not to resolve a grade of "IN" awarded during the two terms prior to graduation. The grade of "ING" (Incomplete, Graduated) is final, and cannot be changed or lapsed to "F" once the degree is posted.
PA Passing achievement in a pass/fail course. (Grades A through D
represent passing performance.)
W Withdrawal from the course initiated by the student after the Last Day to Drop With No Penalty and before the Withdrawal Deadline. The W grade is automatically recorded on the student’s transcript once it has been processed.
WA

Withdrawal from the course initiated by an advisor or administrator at the student’s request, usually outside of established deadlines. Administrative withdrawals may be granted under extraordinary circumstances and require documentation for support. See the Withdrawal Policy page in this handbook for more information. During their DePaul career, students may be allowed one medical/personal approved administrative withdrawal and one college office administrative withdrawal, each for one or more courses in a single term.

R Temporary grade indicating that the student is making satisfactory progress in a course that formally extends beyond the end of a term. Only designated courses are eligible for R grades. Please see the R grade expiration policy on the Grades, Incomplete (IN) and Research (R) Expiration Policy page in this handbook for additional information.
RG Permanent grade assigned to a degree recipient who chooses not to resolve a grade of "R" awarded during the last year prior to graduation. The grade of "RG" (Research, Graduated) is final, and cannot be changed or lapsed to "F" once the degree is posted.
FX Student stopped academic activity before the end of the sixth week (or the equivalent of the first 60%) of the term. The grade may be changed administratively to a grade of WA within the timeframe specified by the Withdrawal Policy page in this handbook. If the FX is not changed to a WA, it will be factored into the student’s GPA in the same way an F would be.
M Final grade not submitted by instructor.
AU Auditor status; course does not earn credit.

 

Quality Points 

Quality points are awarded to a student in relation to the grade given and the number of quarter hours of credit attempted in the course. Quality points are awarded according to the following schedule:

A 4 times the number of credit hours assigned to the course
A- 3.7 times the number of credit hours assigned to the course
B+ 3.3 times the number of credit hours assigned to the course
B 3 times the number of credit hours assigned to the course
B- 2.7 times the number of credit hours assigned to the course
C+ 2.3 times the number of credit hours assigned to the course
C 2 times the number of credit hours assigned to the course
C- 1.7 times the number of credit hours assigned to the course
D+ 1.3 times the number of credit hours assigned to the course
D 1 times the number of credit hours assigned to the course
F, FX No quality points awarded
AU, W, WA, IN, PA, R, ING, RG, M Quality points not assigned

 

Illustration

GRADE QUALITY POINTS PER CREDIT HOUR CREDIT HOURS QUALITY POINTS
A 4.0 4 16.0
A- 3.7 4 14.8
B+ 3.3 4 13.2
B 3.0 4 12.0
B- 2.7 4 10.8
C+ 2.3 4 9.2
C 2.0 4 8.0
C- 1.7 4 6.8
D+ 1.3 4 5.2
D 1.0 4 4.0
F, FX 0.0 4 0.0

AU, W, WA, IN, PA, R, ING, RG, M

Quality Points not assigned

Grade Point Average

In general, a student’s grade point average is computed by dividing the total number of quality points accumulated by the total number of credit hours attempted with quality points assigned. In addition, a number of graduate programs have specific regulations regarding the computation of the grade point for coursework outside the program. The grade point average is calculated only upon grades earned at DePaul University.