Grade Definitions

Doctoral matriculants will be graded in all courses creditable toward the doctorate as follows:
A (+ or -) Excellent
B (+ or -) Good
C (+ or -) Fair (lowest passing mark)
SP = Satisfactory Progress (for dissertation supervision or certain research courses requiring more than one semester for completion)
NRP = No Record of Progress. The grade may be assigned by dissertation supervisors only to students in 90000 courses (Dissertation Supervision), if the student has done little or no work on the dissertation over the course of the semester.
W = Withdrew without academic penalty. This is a student-initiated grade, which may be requested from the fourth through the tenth week of the semester. Under no circumstances can a student withdraw and receive a “W” grade after the tenth week of the semester without the written permission of the course instructor and the Executive Officer and the approval of the Vice President for Student Affairs. This grade carries tuition liability.
WA = Administrative withdrawal. This grade, which does not affect the grade point average, is administratively assigned.
F = Failure
P = Pass. Each program is authorized to use the grade of ‘’P’’ for such courses and under such conditions as the Executive Committee of the program deems appropriate.
INC = Incomplete. To resolve incomplete grades, students must fulfill their obligations within one calendar year after the INC grade is assigned. After one year, an incomplete grade (‘’INC’’) will become a permanent incomplete. Extensions will be granted only in exceptional circumstances upon written application and with the permission of the faculty member, the Executive Officer, and the Vice President for Student Affairs. Permanent incompletes will accrue no credit. Students with more than two incomplete courses will be brought to the attention of their Executive Officer to determine whether or not they are making satisfactory progress. Students will not normally be regarded as making satisfactory progress toward their degrees if they have more than two “INC”s on their records. Students should be aware that continued registration and most financial aid awards are conditional upon satisfactory progress. Students should also note that credits for which they have an “INC” as of the end of the third week of classes of a given semester are not counted toward advancement to the next level for that semester.
ABS = Absent from Final Examination. To be assigned only in those courses in which there is a final examination. The “ABS” grade is to be used when a student has completed all requirements for the course except the final examination. The “ABS” may be changed to a letter grade within the following calendar year, after which time the “ABS” is automatically changed to “ABP” (Permanent Absent).
WN = Never Attended. This grade is to be assigned by faculty if a student never attended a class. The grade is calculated into the GPA in the same way an “F” grade is calculated.