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General Bulletin 2004-2006

Grades

The Grading System

Grade   Points Per
Semester Hour
A+   4.0
A Excellent 4.0
A-   3.7
B+   3.3
B Good 3.0
B-   2.7
C+   2.3
C Fair 2.0
C-   1.7
D+   1.3
D Poor 1.0
D-   0.7
F Failure 0.0

Other grades include:

I = Incomplete; calculates the same as F until actual grade is recorded.
L = Audit; no credit points.
N = No grade submitted by instructor.
P = Passing; carries no credit points (for student teaching, thesis hours, dissertation hours).
S = Satisfactory progress (for research courses, independent study, special projects, thesis hours, dissertation hours, internships, practicums, undergraduate honors courses); changes to a final grade when you complete the project.
U = Unsatisfactory progress (for special projects as above); changed to a final grade when you complete the project.
W = Withdrawal; assigned to a student who officially withdraws from the university or drops a course after completion of 20 percent of classes and before completion of 40 percent. W is not calculated in your g.p.a.
WF = Withdrawal failing, which means you withdrew from a course after the deadline (or after 40 percent of the classes) with a grade of D+ or less, or you failed to officially drop a course. WF is computed in your g.p.a. as an F.
WF (AD) = Withdrawal failing, academic dishonesty; assigned to a student found guilty of academic dishonesty who drops a course with less than a C- average before the stated deadline. WF (AD) is calculated as an F in your g.p.a. Transcript shows this notation: Information is available with student consent.
WP = Withdrawal passing; assigned to a student who is doing C- or better work and who, after completion of 40 percent of classes but before the last day of classes, either withdraws from the university or drops the course. WP is not calculated in your g.p.a.
X = Credit in a course taken credit/no-credit (not calculated in your g.p.a.).
Y = No credit in a credit/no-credit course (not calculated in your g.p.a.).

Figuring Your Grade Point Average

Add the hours you have attempted for a grade in the semester. Then figure the point value of your grades by multiplying the point value of the grade by the number of hours in the course. Divide the number of points by the number of hours; this is your g.p.a.

Course Hours Grade Points        
  ENG 111 3 x C (2.0) = 6.0
  PSY 111 4 x B (3.0) = 12.0
  SPN 101 4 x B (3.0) = 12.0
  ZOO 115 4 x B+ (3.3) = 13.2
  PHS 170.A x A (4.0) = 8.0 
  TOTAL 17         51.2

51.2 divided by 17 = 3.011 g.p.a.

To figure your cumulative g.p.a., divide total points for all terms by the total number of credit hours you attempted for a grade.

Audits

With permission of the instructor you can audit any course. This means you receive no credit and no grade but you attend all classes. Depending on the course, the instructor may require you to take exams and participate in class projects or discussion.

A course can be changed from credit to audit or audit to credit during the semester until the deadline, about six weeks (see the academic calendar).

Normally, audit courses are not counted in the maximum registration guidelines (no more than 20 hours without permission of your dean). If it is a laboratory or studio course that requires a great deal of work, however, those hours will count in the maximum registration.

An audit course is charged at the same rate as a credit course.

Credit/No-Credit

The idea behind the credit/no-credit grading system is that students should be able to sample courses in many areas of study with relative freedom, without worrying too much about grades.

If you take an undergraduate course on a credit/no-credit basis, you receive credit for a grade of C or better; if your grade is C- or less, no credit is awarded. At the graduate level, a grade of B or higher is required to receive credit. Credit/no-credit courses are not figured in your grade point average.

No more than 25 percent of your total semester hours earned at Miami can be earned in courses taken on a credit/no-credit basis. Freshmen must be registered for at least 12 hours of courses for grades before taking a class on a credit/no-credit basis. Students on academic probation cannot take any course on a credit/no-credit basis.

Usually, you cannot take a course that counts toward your major or minor on a credit/no-credit basis. Some departments, however, may make exceptions for specific courses. If you are planning to go to graduate or professional school, you should carefully consider which courses you take credit/no-credit. Your adviser can help you decide.

You can change a course from a grade to credit/no-credit, or vice versa, before the deadline. Usually the deadline is three weeks or after completion of 20 percent of the classes. (See the academic calendar.)

You cannot take a course on a credit/no-credit basis if you have already earned credit in the course. Likewise, you cannot take a course for a grade that you have received credit for previously.

Class Attendance

You are expected to attend every class for which you are registered.

A department may drop a student from a course if the student misses the first class meeting unless the student notifies the instructor or department by the end of that day (11:59 p.m.) of an intention to take the course. When possible, instructors and departments will reinstate students who, for reasons beyond their control, were unable to contact the instructor or department by the deadline.

If your instructor notifies the Registrar's office that in his or her opinion you have missed too many classes, you can be dropped from the course with a grade of F. If this occurs, the instructor must notify you in writing.

Do not assume that a department will automatically drop you from a course. You must take responsibility for dropping a course.

Incompletes

If you cannot finish the work for a course by the end of a term, with your instructor's permission you can take an incomplete. This is an agreement between you and your instructor that you will finish your course work by 12 weeks into the next term or within the time stated by your instructor. Until you complete the work, you will receive an I on your record, which is calculated the same as an F in your grade point average. If, in the instructor's judgement, you must repeat the course to receive credit, the incomplete grade may be taken out of the calculation of your g.p.a. after you receive a passing grade.

Withdrawal from the University

If you withdraw from the university, you must file a form, signed by the appropriate authority, with the Registrar's office. You can withdraw without grades during the first three weeks of the semester or during the first 20 percent of a summer term.

If you withdraw between the third and sixth week of classes (or between 20 and 40 percent of classes), you will receive a W (withdrawal) for each of your courses. W is not figured in your grade point average.

If you withdraw after six weeks but before the last day of classes, or for a summer term after 40 percent but before the last day of classes, you will receive for each course either a WP (withdrawal passing) or a WF (withdrawal failing) depending on whether you are passing a course with a grade of C- or better or earning less than a C- when you withdraw.

If you withdraw after the last day of classes, you receive a WF for all courses. WF counts as an F in your grade point average.

If you are withdrawing because of medical reasons, consult Appendix Z of the Student Handbook at www.muohio.edu/handbook.

For information on refunds, see the Fees and Expenses chapter.

Academic Probation, Suspension,and Dismissal

These are actions taken by the Registrar when grades fall below an acceptable level at the end of a semester or a summer session.

As a freshman (fewer than 30 semester hours attempted), you will be placed on academic probation if your g.p.a. falls below 1.7 at the end of a semester or summer session. You will continue on probation as long as your cumulative g.p.a. is below 1.7.

As an upperclass student (30 semester hours or more attempted), you must maintain a 2.0 cumulative g.p.a. If your cumulative g.p.a. falls below 2.0, regardless of the number of hours attempted, you will be placed on academic probation.

Freshmen are taken off academic probation when their cumulative g.p.a. is 1.7 or better, provided they have attempted an increment of at least nine hours. Upperclass students are taken off probation when their cumulative g.p.a. is 2.0 or better.

If, while on probation, a freshman receives below 1.7 or an upperclass student receives below 2.0 for a semester's or summer session's work of nine hours or more, that student will be academically suspended.

If you are suspended at the end of a semester, you cannot return until a semester and a summer session have passed. If you are suspended at the end of the summer, you can return after two semesters.

If a suspended student returns to Miami and is suspended a second time, this constitutes an academic dismissal. Dismissal means you cannot apply for re-enrollment to Miami for two calendar years, and re-enrollment will be granted only in exceptional circumstances.

You can petition for an exception to academic suspension or academic dismissal. Freshmen should consult their freshman adviser or commuter adviser about the petitioning process. Upperclass students can get a petition from their divisional dean. These petitions are considered by the Committee of Advisers in your academic division.

All decisions on petitions are reviewed by the Interdivisional Committee of Advisers, which has the authority to affirm or reverse the decision.

Re-Enrollment

Former students who left the university in good standing may apply for re-enrollment through the Office of the Registrar. Students who have been suspended, dismissed, or have a financial, medical, or disciplinary hold also apply through the Office of the Registrar. Apply for re-enrollment at least 30 days before the beginning of the term that you intend to enroll. Information is available at www.muohio.edu/registrar/.

Returning students whose degree programs have been discontinued should consult with their academic departments or divisions.

Fresh Start Policy

Fresh Start Policy is designed to help students return to good academic standing after an absence of at least two calendar years.

Students who have been academically suspended or dismissed are eligible for Fresh Start status. Other students who have left the university without being suspended or dismissed but who believe their past academic record suffered due to extenuating circumstances may petition their Divisional Committee of Advisers after a two-year absence. Credit earned from other institutions during the two-year period will not be accepted for transfer credit. For more information about Fresh Start Policy, see The Student Handbook at www.muohio.edu/handbook or contact the Office of the Registrar at 513-529-8703.


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