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Grading Policy & Grade Appeal Policy
Letter grades are assigned for all courses, with the exception of nursing courses, for which students have registered as follows:
Nursing course grades are assigned as follows:
Grades of A, B, and C are considered satisfactory. Students should be aware that many colleges and universities will not accept grades of “D” for transfer, and these courses should be repeated before attempting transfer.
A grade of “W” will be assigned to students who officially withdraw from the College or a particular course according to College policy.
A grade of Incomplete “I” will be assigned, at the discretion of the instructor, when all required work for a course is not completed by the end of the semester in which the course is taken. A grade of “I” must be cleared within the first twelve weeks of the next semester. If the grade of “I” is not cleared, a grade of “F” will be assigned.
A grade of “F” will be assigned to any student who does not satisfactorily complete the requirements of a course or who voluntarily discontinues class attendance and does not follow the official withdrawal procedure.
A grade of “IP” may be assigned in developmental courses at the discretion of the Instructor when a student has made a passing grade on course work attempted but has not completed all course work required.
Students may access their grade report by the web at www.faulknerstate.edu and selecting the student login. Students may also access a variety of other student information items, from any computer that has internet access or the terminals located across the three campuses. Official transcripts must be requested in writing from the Registrar’s Office.
No credit will be awarded for courses in which the student is not registered and for which all tuition and fees are not paid. All discrepancies in student schedules and registration must be resolved during the term in which they occur or before the first day of class for the next term.
To evaluate the scholastic standing of students, the following quality points are assigned to grades:
A - 4 quality points per credit hour
B - 3 quality points per credit hour
C - 2 quality points per credit hour
D - 1 quality point per credit hour
F - 0 quality points per credit hour
IP - 0 quality points per credit hour
Students’ scholastic standing or grade point average (GPA) is obtained by dividing their total number of quality points by the total number of semester hours for which the grades of A, B, C, D, F or IP are assigned, including physical education. Any course for which the student has previously registered may be repeated. When a course is repeated, only the last grade awarded is included in calculating the GPA for graduation purposes.
Grade Appeal Policy
A student grade appeal may be expected to occur on an occasional basis. The philosophy of the institution is that such appeals should be handled informally if possible. However, if it is not possible to resolve the matter informally, then a grade appeal must be received in writing in the Dean of Instruction’s office prior to the last day of classes of the semester/term following the date the grade is issued.
All academic concerns relative to a final grade, except plagiarism, are subject to the steps outlined below. Please note that issues of plagiarism must be handled via the Judiciary Affairs Committee. Also, all issues related to plagiarism must be resolved before a grade appeal request can be addressed.
The following procedure for appealing a grade must be followed in the order listed:
1. The student should first contact the instructor and request verification of the grade, and how it was determined.
2. If it is resolved satisfactorily, the matter will be considered closed. If the grade is changed by the instructor,
the appropriate procedure for changing grades will be adhered to.
3. However, if the student does not receive satisfaction from the instructor, the student should appeal to the
Division Chair. The Division Chair will confer with the student and the faculty member, independently or jointly, in an attempt to reach closure.
4. If closure is not reached by using the informal approach, the student may file a formal grade appeal to the Dean
of Instruction and/or the Dean of Workforce Development & Technology. This must be done in writing and received in the Dean of Instruction’s office prior to the one-semester time limit. The written appeal must state the name of the course, the reasons for the request, the dates involved, the name of the instructor who assigned the grade, and previous attempts at resolving the situation.
5. The Dean of Instruction and/or the Dean of Workforce Development & Technology will forward copies of
the student’s request letter as submitted to the Instructional Affairs Committee for a hearing. Members of the Instructional Affairs Committee will sit as the investigatory body. If the Committee requests additional information for the hearing, the Dean of Instruction and/or the Dean of Workforce Development & Technology will coordinate the collection of information. After the written appeal is received, the Committee will deliberate and make a determination on the request within a reasonable period of time. The decision will be recorded in the Committee’s minutes.
6. If the Committee’s decision is to alter the grade, the Dean of Instruction and/or the Dean of Workforce De-
velopment & Technology will notify the instructor and the student, in writing, of the Committee’s decision as soon as possible. If the Committee’s decision is to deny the grade appeal, the Dean of Instruction and/or the Dean of Workforce Development & Technology will notify the student in writing of the Committee’s decision as soon as possible.