Grades and points
Except in cases of clerical error, no instructor may change a grade that he or she has submitted to Student Academic Services. A student may not do additional work after the quarter ends in order to improve their final grade. The quality of a student’s performance in a course is recognized by a letter mark or grade, which is counted in points.
Grade points (or quality points) are the numerical equivalent of letter grades and are assigned for each credit earned with a given grade according to the scale below. For example, a student receiving a grade of A (worth 4.0 points) in a 5-credit course would earn 20 grade points. These points express the quality of a student’s performance in terms of numbers for the purpose of determining scholastic achievement and individual and graduation honors.
Grade point average
A student’s grade point average (GPA) is determined by dividing the total number of grade points earned during a given period by the number of credits for which the student was enrolled and for which he or she received a regular grade during the same period.
For example, if a student earns 45 grade points during a quarter in which he or she is enrolled for 15 credits, his or her GPA for the quarter will be 3.0.
||Highly satisfactory attainment
||Insufficient attainment with credit allowed
||Insufficient attainment with no credit allowed
||Pass (used only with the pass/no credit option)
||No credit (used only with the pass/no credit option)
||Withdrawal with official approval
Use of I, N, HW and W grades
The “I” grade (incomplete) indicates that the student did not complete the work
assigned for a course because of absence from school during the quarter due to
illness or an acceptable emergency. The student must initiate the request (PDF) for
the “I” grade prior to the final examination or last class session.
Unless the student is incapacitated, this request should be made in writing.
Documentation verifying the illness or acceptable emergency (e.g., a note from
a medical doctor) may be required by the instructor.
A student must be making satisfactory progress in the course at the time of the request for an “I” grade. The instructor is under no obligation to grant the request for an “I”
grade. However, if the instructor chooses to issue an “I” grade, the instructor and student must formulate a plan for the student’s completion of the course requirements by utilizing the Agreement for Incomplete Grade form (PDF). The student may not attend a
future class in which he or she is not registered as a means of working toward
completion of an “I” grade.
A timeline for course completion will be determined by the instructor, and may be
shorter than one year. However, in all cases the student must submit final
coursework within one calendar year or the “I” becomes an
“E.” The student must initiate the removal of the “I”
grade once coursework has been completed.
A student cannot carry more than 20 credits of incomplete grades without prior
approval from the university registrar.
The “N” grade is used only in specified courses in which a final grade is
dependent upon additional work. The “N” grade indicates that work is
satisfactory to date, but carries with it no credit or final grade until all
work is completed. Work must be completed within one calendar year or the
“N” becomes permanent.
A student’s degree will be awarded effective the quarter in which all final
grades have been assigned, regardless of when a student may have initially
registered for a course in which the student received an “I” or
The “HW” grade is assigned in rare cases by University administration after
thorough review and substantiation of a student’s circumstances. Examples
of situations leading to a hardship withdrawal include incapacitating illness
or injury, or death of a family member.
from a course with official approval during weeks two through six of the quarter
will result in a “W” appearing on the transcript.
With instructor permission, most regular, on-campus SPU undergraduate courses may be audited. Students pay regular tuition to audit a course.
Students may change from audit to credit or vice versa during the quarterly registration
period as published in the University
For more information
regarding auditing a course, including limitations on class participation, refer to the Registration section of this catalog.
Pass/No Credit option
- Some courses allow the option of a grade of P/NC rather than a regular letter grade.
- The P grade in this option must be at least equivalent to a C grade (2.0).
- If a course carries the P/NC option, students may choose that option through the registration module in the Banner Information System through 4:30 p.m. on the fifth day of the quarter. Between days six and 10 of the quarter, students may change to the P/NC grade option by completing a P/NC form in Student Academic Services.
- The total number of credits toward the degree for which students may elect
the P/NC option is based on the student's class standing at entrance to
SPU, as specified in the schedule below. Limitations on transfer credits apply
- Freshman – 30 credits
- Sophomore – 20 credits
- Junior – 15 credits
- Senior – 5 credits
- No more than one course per quarter; no courses in major or
minor; no courses in University Seminar, University Foundations,
University Core, University Scholars, Exploratory Curriculum, or General Education.
- 6000-level courses may not be taken for P/NC credit, with the exception of
thesis, dissertation, research, and projects, to be determined at the
discretion of the schools.
- For those students who transfer
to SPU, no “Pass” credits will be
accepted for major or minor requirements, for Common Curriculum, for
Exploratory Curriculum, for General Education, nor toward the University
- Courses in which a student earns a Pass or No Credit grade do not count in a
student's grade-point average calculation.
- However, college-level credits (numbered 1000–4999) earned with a Pass grade do
count toward elective credits in a bachelor's degree.
Courses noted as being
"equivalent" may be substituted for each other. A student may not
receive duplicate credit for two courses considered equivalent to each other.
If a student takes an SPU course equivalent to a course previously completed at
SPU, the rules outlined below in the section regarding “Repeating
Courses” will be employed.
If a student takes an SPU course equivalent to a course previously transferred
from another school, credit for the transfer course will be rescinded and the
SPU credits and course grade will apply. Courses taken at another institution
cannot replace an equivalent SPU course for which credit has been received.
Students may repeat any course previously taken at SPU (or enroll in an SPU
course noted as being “equivalent”) once for the purpose of earning a
higher grade, unless the course is designed to be repeated for additional
Autumn 2011, the highest grade earned at SPU in a repeated course (or an
equivalent SPU course) will apply to both the GPA for graduation and for honors
at graduation. The original and repeated course will still appear on the
transcript. See Academic Probation for the policy related to repeated courses for students on academic probation.
Only courses taken at SPU will be used to change course grades. A course may be
repeated only once. Students who believe they have unusual circumstances may
petition to repeat a course more than once by submitting a
registration petition (PDF), accompanied by a statement from
the course instructor, to Student Academic Services. Courses taken at another
institution cannot replace an equivalent SPU course for which credit has been