AA/PPS 02.03.12 - Grades and Changes of Grades
Grades and Changes of Grades
AA/PPS No. 02.03.12 (4.07)
Issue No. 1
Effective Date: 8/16/2016
Next Review Date: 12/01/2019 (E3Y)
Sr. Reviewer: University Registrar
GENERAL GRADING POLICIES
Grades assigned at the end of the semester are most commonly A-excellent, B-good, C-average, D-passing, and F-failing.
Grading deadlines for each part of term are set by the Office of the University Registrar in consultation with the Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships.
U Grade – grade used when a student does not complete a course (e.g., did not take a final exam, stopped attending, etc.) and fails to achieve the course objectives. For a grade of U, the instructor will enter the date the student last participated in an academically-related activity.
I Grade – conditional and temporary grade assigned when a student fails to complete a portion (e.g., final assignment or final examination) of the course for non-academic reasons beyond their control. The grade of I is not issued for student or faculty convenience. The instructor will enter the grade of I along with the date the student last participated in an academically-related activity, which typically will be after the withdrawal deadline. The grade of I is treated as a non-punitive grade.
* PR Grade – temporary grade used in selected courses where the required clock hours necessary to complete the course extend beyond the regular semester or session. For remedial courses, the PR grade denotes progress in basic skills preparation.
CR Grade – designates satisfactory completion of a thesis course, student teaching, some internship courses, a remedial course or credit by examination, and to award credit for work life experience.
W Grade – automatically assigned by the computer during the automatic W period, or assigned by the instructor during the withdrawal grading period if a student withdraws from the university and is earning a passing grade at the time of withdrawal.
R Grades – grades beginning with an R are to be used for developmental courses and are non-punitive. RF is equivalent to F, RU is equivalent to U, RN is equivalent to N, RI is equivalent to I, and RP is equivalent to PR.
X Grades – grades ending with X are non-degree credit and used for leveling courses.
Y Grades – grades ending with Y are non-punitive and used for fresh start or bankruptcy.
AU Grade – grade used when a student audits a course.
NR Grade – temporary grade used when a grade is not recorded or left blank during grade processing.
N Grade – grade used prior to fall 2014 if a student never attended class and did not complete any assignments or tests. Grade assigned by instructor at the end of term.
DA Grade – beginning fall 2014, grade is used if a student never attends class. Grade is non-punitive and is not included in grade point average, excessive hours or repeat calculations. The Office of the University Registrar (OUR) assigns the grade when faculty certifies the student as never attending on census class roster.
PROCEDURES FOR AN I GRADE
* The temporary grade of I is assigned when a student, for non-academic reasons beyond their control, has not completed a portion of the course. The student is expected to:
be currently passing the course or have a reasonable chance of passing the course, in the judgment of the instructor;
contact the instructor immediately regarding the reasons that prevented the student from completing the course, final assignment, or final examination, and request a grade of I, preferably before the end of the term. Per AA/PPS No. 02.02.20, Schedule Changes, Drops, and Withdrawals, a grade of I may be issued when a student is called to active military duty; and
not re-enroll for the course in which their grade is currently recorded as an I;
make arrangements with the instructor to complete the course requirements.
* The only way to have a grade of I changed to a passing grade is to fulfill the course requirements in accordance with the conditions specified by the instructor. The grade of I must be changed by fulfillment of the course requirements within one year from the semester the grade of I was assigned or a time period specified by the instructor, whichever is shorter. If the course requirements are not completed, the grade of I will be converted automatically to an F. The grade of I may be changed only to another letter grade. If the student does not complete the course requirements in the time allotted, the grade of I will convert to an F. A grade of I, once changed to an F or another letter grade, may not be changed back to a grade of I. Once the grade of I has been changed to and F or another letter grade, it will be computed in the student’s GPA.
* In agreeing to award an I grade, an instructor:
must report a final course grade within one year from the semester the grade of I was assigned or it will be converted automatically to an F;
may notify the student of a deadline that is shorter than one year. In this case, the instructor should complete a change of grade request via the Change of Grade Web Application when the work is completed or deadline expires; and
may only change the grade of I to another letter grade. A grade of I, once changed to an F or another letter grade, may not be changed back to a grade of I.
PROCEDURES FOR A PR GRADE
The PR grade is a temporary, non-punitive grade given for progress in specified courses. The PR grade satisfies credit hour requirements for financial aid, residence halls, formula funding and some other programs; however, it does not show as credit hours on the transcript and does not affect GPA. The chair is responsible for determining courses that will be eligible for PR grades. Changes to this list must be recommended through the regular curriculum process.
Department chairs are responsible for notifying instructors of which courses are eligible to use PR grades.
Each college dean will keep on file a list of courses approved for PR grades for that college.
The PR grade procedure is used for remedial, student teaching, thesis, and some internship courses. The student may enroll as many times as appropriate and will continue to receive a PR grade until the course is completed. When the course is completed or after the thesis or dissertation, a grade of CR will be awarded.
PROCEDURE FOR A CR GRADE
- The CR (credit) grade is awarded at the end of the semester in which the student has completed the assigned work. In all other semesters in which the student has been enrolled for the course, a grade of PR will be assigned except as noted above for thesis. The PR grades will remain on the transcript.
PROCEDURES FOR A W GRADE
- AA/PPS No. 02.02.20, Schedule Changes, Drops, and Withdrawals, describes the circumstances under which a student may be assigned a W grade when dropping a course or withdrawing from the university.
PROECEDURES FOR AN NR GRADE
A temporary grade (NR) will be used when a grade is not recorded or left blank during grade processing.
Once the online grading system is no longer available, the instructor must submit a change of grade request via the Change of Grade Web Application.
The OUR will process the change and update the student’s record.
PROCEDURES FOR CHANGE OF GRADE
The change of grade procedure is used to correct errors in recording a grade, to change an incomplete grade, or to change a grade for any other valid reason.
Grade change requests can be submitted up to two years after the grade was issued.
All grade change requests are submitted through the Change of Grade Web Application.
The grade change can be initiated by the instructor of record, departmental administrative assistant, department chair, dean delegate, or dean of the college.
If the request is approved by the department chair and dean, a workflow will be sent to the OUR to process the grade change.
If the request is denied, a reason must be selected from the drop down list of denial reasons. This reason will be emailed to the student at the completion of the grade change process.
The OUR will process the change and update the student record. An email will be sent to the student notifying them of the grade change. If there are any problems, they will be referred to the college dean.
REVIEWER OF THIS PPS
Reviewer of this PPS includes the following:
Position Date University Registrar December 1 E3Y
This PPS has been approved by the following individuals in their official capacities and represents Texas State Academic Affairs policy and procedure from the date of this document until superseded.
University Registrar; senior reviewer of this PPS
Associate Vice President for Enrollment Management and Marketing