Following is the key to the system of evaluating the academic achievement by the student 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.  Once assigned, university policy prohibits faculty from changing grades without the written 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.  ​
F​ The instructor judged the student NOT to have accomplished the stated objectives of the course. ​
IN​ Temporary grade indicating that the student has a satisfactory record in work completed, but for unusual or unforeseeable circumstances not encountered by other students in the class and acceptable to the instructor is prevented from completing the course requirements by the end of the term. An incomplete grade may not be assigned unless the student has formally requested it from the instructor and the instructor has agreed to work with the student to complete the course. Students must complete the remaining course work with the faculty who assigned the incomplete.  Students may not be reassigned to a new course or class section for the purpose of completing course material to remove an IN grade.

A student is given a maximum of two consecutive terms, excluding summer sessions or inter-sessions, to complete the required work.  The actual time allowed is at the discretion of the faculty and may be less than but not more than the maximum of two terms. At the end of the second quarter (excluding summer) following the term in which the incomplete grade was assigned, remaining incompletes will automatically convert to "F" grades.

Ordinarily no incomplete grade may be completed after the grace period has expired.  Instructors may not change incomplete grades after the grace period without the permission of the college-based Exceptions Committee.  ​
ING​ Permanent grade assigned to a degree recipient who chooses not to resolve a grade of "IN" awarded during the last 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. ​
R​ Student is making satisfactory progress in a course that extends beyond the end of the term or in a project extending  more than one quarter.  ​
RG​ Permanent grade assigned to a degree recipient who chooses not to resolve a grade of "R" awarded during the last two terms prior to graduation.  The grade of "RG" (Research, Graduated) is final, and cannot be changed or lapsed to "F" once the degree is posted ​
PA​ Passing achievement in a pass/fail course. ​
W​ Automatically recorded when the student files his withdrawal through the student’s home college or school on or before the date designated in the academic calendar for such withdrawal. ​
AU​ Auditor status, not for credit​
M​ ​Final grade is missing (not submitted)
FX​ Unauthorized withdrawal​