5.10 Grading System - Updated 8/28/17

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I. Grading System

A. Students are graded according to the following system.

Grade Grade Point Value Description
A 4 Excellent
B 3 Very Good
C 2 Satisfactory
D 1 Poor
F 0 Failing
I - Incomplete
W - Withdrew
S - Satisfactory
U - Unsatisfactory
P* - Pass
R* - Repeat
AU - Audit
WN - Withdrew/Never Attended
X - Credit by Examination

*P/R grades are to be used in special situations only (e.g. Math Modules, DRE Courses)--Effective January 1, 2012

B. When a student determines that he/she will be unable to complete courses in which he/she is currently enrolled, it is the student's responsibility to initiate procedures leading to a formal withdrawal (W) in order to avoid a failing (F) grade. To receive a W grade, a student must withdraw prior to the 35% date of the class. Final dates for withdrawing from a course will be announced in the instructor's syllabus. The instructor may also assign a W at other times when circumstances warrant such action. A W will remain on the transcript and will not count as credit hours attempted. To receive credit, a student who received a W must re-register and pay for the course in a subsequent term. Financial aid recipients need to refer to the financial aid satisfactory progress policy to determine if schedule adjustments will affect financial aid.

C. An I (Incomplete) may be assigned when a student has persisted through the course and has completed at least 90% of the requirements for passing the course or when the instructor has determined extenuating circumstances exist. When an I is assigned, the instructor must fill out an "Incomplete Grade Form" and submit it to the Division Office. A student must resolve an I (Incomplete) grade within the time frame specified by the instructor or the division, but no later than 6 months from the end of the term for which the grade was assigned. When an I grade has been resolved, the final grade will be recorded with the I (e.g., I/B) and the GPA will be re-computed. An I which is unresolved will be changed to the grade of  I/F after the specified expiration date.

D. Excessive Is, Fs, and Ws: A student will not be allowed to register for a course in which the student has received three Is, Fs, and/or Ws until receiving permission from the division that offers the course.

II. Grade Point Average

A. The following grades only will be used in computing the grade point average:

Grade Grade Point Value
A 4
B 3
C 2
D 1
F 0

B. Three GPAs will appear on the student's academic record: (1) cumulative GPA, (2) term GPA, (3) cumulative program GPA.

C. When a course has been repeated, the higher grade will be used to recalculate the student's cumulative GPA and cumulative program GPA. However, all grades will be recorded on the student's academic transcript.

III. Standards of Academic Progress

For a student seeking a degree, diploma, or certificate, certain standards of academic progress apply.

A. Graduation: A student must have a cumulative 2.0 program GPA to receive a degree, diploma, or certificate. Also, for students enrolled in certain programs, grades of C or better in certain courses may be required to receive degrees, diplomas, or certificates.

B. These policy interventions apply to all Associate Degree, Diploma, and Certificate Programs. Cumulative GPA, as defined in the policy interventions, will include all institutional course work, not just course work within the program area. Central Piedmont Community College has an open-door policy and does not permanently prohibit a student from taking classes at the College for academic reasons.

Academic Warning: Students who are enrolled in a program and whose cumulative GPA falls below 2.0 will be placed on Academic Warning. Students placed on Academic Warning will be notified and encouraged to contact their faculty advisor or Counseling and Advising Services for support and assistance. If the next term GPA is 2.0 or higher, but the cumulative GPA does not reach 2.0, the student will remain on Academic Warning. If the cumulative GPA returns to 2.0 at the end of the next term, the student will be placed back into good standing.

Academic Probation: Students who are on Academic Warning and do not earn a term GPA of 2.0 or higher will be escalated to Academic Probation. Students will be notified and must contact their faculty advisors or Counseling and Advising Services and will not be able to register until final grades are posted. While on Academic Probation, students will be limited to registering for up to 12 credits as approved by their advisors. If the next term GPA is 2.0 or higher, but the cumulative GPA does not reach 2.0, the student will remain on Academic Probation. If the cumulative GPA returns to 2.0 at the end of the next term, the student will be placed back into good standing.

Academic Suspension: Students who are on Academic Probation and do not earn a term GPA of 2.0 or higher will be escalated to Academic Suspension. Students will be notified and must work with a Student Counselor to create an academic improvement plan. Upon completion of the academic improvement plan, students may enroll in up to 7 credit hours as approved by a Student Counselor.

Once enrolled in courses, the student will not be able to register for the next term until final grades are posted. If the next term GPA is 2.0 or higher, but the cumulative GPA does not reach 2.0, the student will remain on Academic Suspension and will continue to be limited to registering as deemed appropriate by the Student Counselor. Following the above interventions, if the cumulative GPA returns to 2.0, the student will be placed back into good standing.

IV. Grading Requirement for Faculty

Submitting grades in a timely fashion is important. Financial Aid Satisfactory Academic Progress is a Department of Education-mandated process completed each semester to determine if a student maintained minimum standards during the semester to continue receiving financial assistance. Instructors are required to submit final grade rosters electronically no later than 48-hours after the official end of the class as reported on the COD.

Changes approved by Cabinet on February 24, 2005; February 15, 2007; August 27, 2007; May 19, 2008; November 11, 2008; July 25, 2011; October 31, 2011; August 28, 2017