Better than Satisfactory**
Lowest Passing Grade***
Withdrawal. No penalty
Passed (used when a letter grade is not required to show successful completion of work and is not included in GPA)
Course waived; proficiency met
* Minimum passing grade for all Music courses (excluding Musical Studies).
** Minimum passing grade for all Musical Studies courses.
*** Minimum passing grade for all Liberal Arts courses.
A grade of “W” (Withdrawal) is received when students have officially withdrawn from a course. A “W” grade will appear on transcript, but is not calculated in students’ GPA.
A grade of “P” (Passed) is awarded by instructors when ‘passed’/ ‘not passed’ courses are satisfactorily completed.
A grade of “NP” (Not Passed) is awarded by instructors when ‘passed’/ ‘not passed’ courses are not satisfactorily completed.
A grade of “WV” (Waived) is awarded when students have placed out of courses or clock hours are transferred from a previous intuition. Please see the Transfer Policy for more details.
Incomplete Grade Policy
A grade of “I” (Incomplete) may be awarded at the instructor’s discretion with approval of the Vice President of Academic Affairs when required coursework is outstanding at the end of the semester when the following conditions are met:
The student is in good academic standing (not on academic probation or facing any disciplinary issues).
There are unusual and extenuating circumstances such as the student in question having a medical or personal emergency.
The student successfully completed all work in the course up to the point in the event on which the request for the “I” is based.
The request for the “I” must have the work required for course completion listed out and approved by the Professor. The default deadline to make up work will be no later than the first month of the following semester. However, an extension of up to the end of the following semester can be granted with the permission of the Vice President of Academic Affairs.
The letter “I” will be replaced by the final grade if all work is completed within the time frame agreed upon and a new grade is communicated to the Registrar. A final grade of “F” will be awarded if work is not completed by the specified deadline. A final grade reported to replace an “I” cannot be appealed. As long as the “I” remains on the student’s record, it will be treated as an “F” (for GPA calculation, Satisfactory Academic Progress, graduation eligibility) until it is replaced.
Retaking a Course
Students may retake a course to improve their grade; however, no financial aid can be used to pay for the retake. When a student has taken a course more than once, both grades will show on the transcript with the lower grade being “struck through.” The higher grade alone will be used to calculate GPA, determine Satisfactory Academic Progress, and all other school functions. The lower grade will remain on the transcript, but will not be calculated into the GPA, but it will be used in calculating Satisfactory Academic Progress. Students may retake a course as many times as needed to pass the course. Clock Hours can be earned for a course only once.