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The Grading System

Grades are available on MyCharleston beginning with the date set by the Registrar’s Office for the term specified. For a complete academic record of their grades, students may request an official academic transcript from the Office of the Registrar or they may view their unofficial transcript on the Academic Services tab of MyCharleston on the web.

Students receive letter grades for every course in which they enroll, regardless of the location of the course or the mode of delivery. Each letter grade has a numerical "quality point value" as shown below.

Letter

Grade

Quality Points

A

Superior

4.00

A-

 

3.70

B+

Very Good

3.30

B

Good

3.00

B-

 

2.70

C+

Fair

2.30

C

Acceptable

2.00

C-

 

1.70

D+

 

1.30

D

Barely Acceptable, Passing

1.00

D-

 

0.70

F

Failure

0.00

WA

Withdrawn Excessive Absences (equivalent to an F)

0.00

XXF

Failure Due to Academic Dishonesty

0.00

RA-RF

Repeat; include GPA/exclude hours*

 

XA-XF

Repeat; exclude GPA and hours*

 

GA-GC

3 Year Option; include hours/exclude GPA*

 

TR

Transfer Course

0.00

A^-F^

Used for EDLS ONLY

0.00

Status Indicator

PR

Presently Registered

I

Incomplete

IP

In progress

W

Withdrawn

P

Passed

NP

Not Passed

NG

No grade required

NR

No grade reported

AU

Audit

PT

Pending Transcript

CP

Completed program

S/U

Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory

The grade "I" indicates that only a small part of the semester’s work remains to be done, that the student is otherwise doing satisfactory work in the course, and that an extension of time is warranted to complete the course. The grade of "I" also signifies that an agreement has been established between professor and student as to the quantity of work remaining to be done, the deadlines established for its completion, and a schedule of meeting times. It is recommended that this agreement be made in writing with both professor and student having a copy. The student is allowed 60 days from the date of the last scheduled examination day of the semester in which this grade is received to complete the work in the course. If the student does not complete the work within 60 days, the "I" is automatically changed to an "F."

The statute of limitations for grade changes is two calendar years from the original grade submission deadline. After this period of time has elapsed, normally no grade issued to a student may be changed. Requests for any change of grade should be initiated by the faculty member who assigned the grade. All requests must be adequately documented. Grades will not be changed for a student, once that student has graduated and the degree has been posted.

An "IP" may be assigned for the first half of a two-semester course when the nature of the graded work is such that a final grade for both semesters is awarded following the completion of the second semester. Typically, a bachelor’s essay meets this definition. An "IP" is not available for students who have failed to complete coursework within a standard one-semester course. An IP is a placeholder and not a grade, thus it does not automatically change to F after 60 days. The IP must be replaced with a grade at the conclusion of the second semester’s work.  A student who drops or withdraws from the second semester of a two-semester course will be graded based on the work completed in the first semester and a grade will be substituted for the IP.

A grade of "P" carries only earned hours; does not carry quality hours or quality points.

A "PT" may indicate that a student is enrolled in a program such as international study or cross registration with another institution for which the attempted hours may be applied toward those required for financial aid or insurance coverage. "PT" indicates Pending Transcript and serves as a placeholder until the official transcript arrives and transfer credit is applied for courses earning a grade of "C" (2.0 on a 4.0 scale) or better. The "PT" is then changed to a "CP." A "CP" indicates that a student has completed a program such as international study, cross-registration, or a College of Charleston co-op. The grade status indicator of "CP" carries no quality points, quality hours, or earned hours.

A "PT" can also indicate a course in progress at another college/university or a transfer credit evaluation completed from an unofficial transcript. "PT" indicates Pending Transcript and serves as a placeholder until the official, final transcript arrives and transfer credit is evaluated for courses earning a grade of "C" (2.0 on a 4.0 scale) or better. Courses approved for transfer credit would then be changed to the grade status of "TR" which carries no quality points or quality hours, but may be awarded earned hours.

A grade of "S" or "U" may be assigned in certain courses that do not count toward earned hours for graduation.

An "AU" indicates that the student is auditing. Audited coursework carries attempted hours but no quality points, no quality hours, and no earned hours, and carries full fees and tuition. Please see the "Auditing Courses" section of the catalog.

A "PR" indicates that no grade has been reported because the student has just registered for a future semester or the coursework is actually in progress.

Courses with missing grades remain in the "In Progress" section of the transcript and degree audit. They are converted to "Fs" at the end of 60 days if the instructor does not turn in a grade change form indicating the correct earned grade.

The grade of "XXF" is intended to indicate that a student failed a course for academic dishonesty. For serious and intentional violations of the Honor Code, the faculty member for the course involved will be instructed by the Honor Board to assign the grade of "XXF." The grade "XXF" shall be recorded on the student’s transcript with the notation "failure due to academic dishonesty." A student may petition the Honor Board for removal of the "XXF" after two years. The implementation of the "XXF" grade strengthens the College’s commitment to academic integrity.

*RA-RF and XA-XF see the Course Repetition Policy

*GA-GC see the Three Year Option for Readmits (Academic Forgiveness Policy)