Undergraduate Catalog 2018-2019


Grading Symbols and GPA Equivalents

The following grading symbols are used:

Grade Identification Quality Points per Credit
A Excellent 4.0
A- 3.7
B+ 3.3
B Good 3.0
B- 2.7
C+ 2.3
C Satisfactory 2.0
D Passing 1.0
F Failing/unsuccessful completion of course 0.0
P Pass -
W Withdrew with no penalty -
WA Administrative Withdrawal -
WN Non-Attendance, Unofficial Withdrawal -
WN Non-Attendance, Unofficial Withdrawal
(Fall 2008-Summer 2009) (counts as failure)
*WN None-attendance -
WU Withdrew Unofficially (counts as failure) 0.0
INC Incomplete (temporary grade) -
AUD Auditor -
Y Year or Longer Course of Study (for thesis courses)
Z No grade submitted by instructor -
PEN Grade Pending (administrative grade) -
FIN Failure (changed from Incomplete) 0.0
A brief explanation of the grades receiving no quality points follows:
F No credit is received for a course in which the student is assigned a grade of F. If a student wishes to receive credit for the course, it must be repeated with a passing grade; however, the F remains on the transcript (see section on Repeating Courses).
P Course requirements have been satisfied. This grade is used only for specially designated courses and for courses taken at another college for which a student receives advanced standing.
W Students may withdraw without academic penalty from any course up to the end of the ninth week of the semester (see College calendar for date); a grade of W will be assigned. After that date, students may petition the instructor and the chairperson for permission to withdraw until the last day of classes. Consult the Office of the Registrar for the procedures to be followed when withdrawing from a course. If these procedures are not followed, students may receive a penalty grade of WU. In cases of illness, students may apply to the Health Center for a medical withdrawal. Under no circumstances will a W be assigned after the last day of classes without positive action by the Committee on Course and Standing or its designee.
WA Students not in compliance with the New York State immunization requirement receive the grade of WA. This grade carries no academic penalty.
WN Non-Attendance. No credit is received for a course which this grade is assigned. This grade carries no academic penalty.
WN Non-Attendance. No credit is received for a course in which this grade is assigned, it is equivalent to a grade of F and only applies to terms from Fall 2008 through Summer 2009.
*WN Never Attended. No credit is received for a course which this grade is assigned. This grade carries no academic penalty.
WU An unofficial withdrawal results in a grade of WU. No credit is received for a course in which this grade is assigned; it is equivalent to a grade of F.
INC The grade INC is a temporary grade assigned when, in the instructor’s judgment, course requirements are not completed for valid reasons. Recipients of INC are required to complete all assignments before the end of classes during the succeeding semester. Students should not register a second time for a course in which an INC is given. Rather, arrangements should be made with the instructor to complete the remaining work. If a student registers again for a course in which an INC was awarded, the INC will become a FIN and the course will appear a second time on the student’s transcript with the grade earned.
FIN If a grade of INC is not changed before the last day of classes of the succeeding semester, it will automatically be changed to a grade of FIN. If the required work is not completed for continuing valid reasons, the course instructor may grant an extension. Such extensions shall not exceed a period of more than two years beyond the original due date of the uncompleted work.
AUD Students may audit courses for which they are registered by presenting a written statement to the Registrar declaring their status as auditors within the first three weeks of the semester. This statement must be countersigned by the instructor of the course. No credit is received for an audited course.
PEN Administrative grade
Y The pending grade is used in the first semester of a two-semester course.
Z An administrative grade assigned when no grade has been submitted by the instructor.

Pass/Fail Grading Option

Undergraduate matriculated students of the College of Staten Island have the option to elect a Pass/Fail grade with the following restrictions:

  1. Students may not elect the pass/fail option for any courses satisfying general education, pre-major, major, minor, or certification requirements.
  2. Academic departments may exclude additional courses and may prohibit pass/fail courses from being used as prerequisites for degree requirements.
  3. Courses taken on permit at other institutions and independent study courses may not be taken on a pass/fail basis.

Credit Maximum: The student may not elect more than eight credits (8) total as Pass/Fail. The total number of P grades on a transcript may not exceed 90 credits. This includes all credits transferred from other institutions.

Grading and Grade Point Average: For courses taken as Pass/Fail, letter grades “A through C” are converted to P; letter grades of D and F are converted to F. A pass “P” grade is not counted in the student’s grade point average. A fail “F” grade is counted in the student’s grade point average.

Prerequisite Academic Standing: A student must be matriculated, with sophomore, junior, or senior standing. Transfer students must have completed a minimum of 12 credits at the College of Staten Island. To elect this option, the student must have a GPA greater than or equal to 2.25.

Deadlines: Students must elect the pass/fail option each semester by the “last day to withdraw from course(s) without a grade of “W” as listed in the academic calendar for that semester. Students may not elect the pass/fail option retroactively. Once the election of pass/fail has been made, the student may no longer choose to receive a letter grade other than P/F for the course.

Grade Appeals

Students wishing to appeal a grade other than WU or FIN must do so within 60 school days following the end of the semester*. Appeals must be submitted in writing to the chairperson of the department in which the course was offered. Upon receipt of the appeal, the chairperson shall direct the student to discuss the issue with the instructor who assigned the grade. If the issue remains unresolved, the student may request a review by the Department Committee on Grade Appeals.

This Committee on Grade Appeals shall review all information presented by the student and shall meet with the instructor. The committee shall render a decision within 30 days after the student requested the grade review by the committee because the student and instructor had not resolved the matter. If the committee upholds the appeal by a vote of 3-0, the chairperson shall change the grade to reflect the decision of the committee. If the committee does not uphold the student, there is no further appeal within the College.

In all deliberations on grade appeals, the burden shall be on the student to prove that a violation of the College’s regulations occurred or that the instructor’s own stated criteria for grading, which shall have been enunciated at the beginning of the semester, have not been followed. Students needing advice on the procedure may consult an academic and personal counselor.

Students wishing to have a WU or a FIN grade changed to a grade of W must file a written petition supported by documentation to the Committee on Course and Standing.

*Summer and winter session months are not included in the 60 day appeal deadline.

Grade Point Average (GPA)

The grade point average (GPA) is determined by dividing the total quality points earned by the total number of credits attempted. All credits for which the student is officially registered after the change of program period of each semester shall be considered “attempted credits,” except where the grades carry no penalty (i.e., grades of W, WA, INC, AUD, and PEN). For example:

Course Grade Credits Quality Points per credit Total Quality Points
ENG 111 A 3 x 4 = 12
COR 100 B 4 x 3 = 12
ART 100 C 3 x 2 = 6
ANT 100 D 3 x 1 = 3
PED 190 F 1 x 0 = 0
Total Credits 14 Total Quality Points 33
GPA = Quality Points = 33 = 2.36
Total Credits Attempted 14

Students may calculate current and prospective grade point averages using the GPA Calculator.

Transcripts and Grade Reports

Students may access their transcript records and review semester grades by logging on to their CUNYfirst are self-service account.  Email notification is sent to students each semester when grades are available.

Students may request copies of their transcripts online at https://www.csi.cuny.edu/students/registrar/request-transcript. To be official, transcripts must be signed and sealed by the Registrar.