Undergraduate Catalog 2021-2022

Grades

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
CR Credit -
NC No Credit/unsuccessful completion of course -
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)
0.0
*WN Non-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:
CR Course requirements have been satisfied.
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).
NC No credit is received for a course in which this grade is assigned.  This grade carries no academic penalty. If a student wishes to receive credit for the course, it must be repeated with a passing grade; however, the NC 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.
   All Spring 2020 and Fall 2020 grades were earned during a major disruption to instruction as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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 Department 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.

Incomplete (INC) Grade

If a student earns an INC in the semester that they expect to graduate, regardless of whether the INC course is needed for graduation, he/she may not graduate. The student may postpone the graduation to the next semester at which time a final grade must be received by the last day of classes for that semester, otherwise the grade will be changed to an FIN and will negatively affect the graduating GPA as well as cumulative GPA. If the student does not wish to postpone the graduating semester, a grade for the INC must be submitted by the conferral date. Once a student has been granted a degree, grade changes for courses taken in semesters prior to receiving the degree are not permitted.

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.

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 start of the tenth week of classes (the 60% completion point of that semester, with the specific date to be posted in the academic calendar). 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.

Special COVID-19 Flexible Grading Policy for the Spring 2020 Semester

As part of The City University of New York’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic, during the Spring 2020 semester, all students shall have the option to convert any or all of the (A-F) letter grades they earn in their classes, to Credit/No Credit (CR/NC) grading.

  1. During the Spring 2020 semester, all students shall have the option to convert any or all of the (A-F) letter grades, including plus or minus variations, they earn in their classes, to Credit/No Credit grading.
  2. Students shall be able to make this decision up to 20 business days after the University’s final grade submission deadline. Once selected, the Credit/No Credit option cannot be cannot be reversed.
  3. If a student chooses to exercise this option, a passing letter grade (A, B, C, or D including +/-) will convert to ‘CR’ with credit for the class being awarded, while a failing grade (F) will convert to ‘NC’, with no credit awarded. Credit/No Credit grades will not impact the student’s GPA.
  4. Courses taken for a letter grade will continue to be included in the semester and general GPA, while courses taken for a Credit/Non-credit grade will be excluded, just as is the case with such courses taken at a student’s home institution.
  5. If a student exercises the option of Credit/No Credit, the Credit (CR) grade will not negatively impact the student’s satisfactory progress toward degree completion.
  6. Students with Credit/No Credit grades will be able to transfer those courses across colleges within CUNY, per current CUNY policy.
  7. The Special COVID-19 Flexible Grading Policy shall apply to coursework completed on Permit and will not affect Board of Trustees Policy 1.14 – Policy on Coursework Completed on Permit.
  8. Students placed on academic probation by their institution at the start of the Spring 2020 semester shall not be penalized with academic dismissal based upon their grades earned this semester.
  9. The Special COVID-19 Flexible Grading Policy shall not affect the University standards of student retention and progress in accordance with Board of Trustees Policy 1.26.
  10. Before choosing this grading option for one or more of their classes, students shall consult with their academic and financial aid advisors regarding potential impact to their financial aid, licensure requirements, and graduate school admissions.
  11. The Special COVID-19 Flexible Grading Policy shall supersede and override all undergraduate and graduate program-level grading policies currently in effect at CUNY colleges and schools, including those related to required and elective courses within the major, minor, general education (Pathways), pre-requisite courses, honors courses, courses taken on permit and maximum number of credits that a student can earn with Credit/No Credit grades.
  12. The grade glossary, attached to each transcript, will be updated to include a notation denoting that all Spring 2020 grades, including CR or NC, were earned during a major disruption to instruction as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.
  13. The Special COVID-19 Flexible Grading Policy shall apply to all CUNY colleges and schools, except the School of Law and the School of Medicine, which may develop their own Pass/Fail policies, subject to approval of the Board of Trustees, to conform to norms in legal and medical education.
  14. The Special COVID-19 Flexible Grading Policy, which shall be effective April 1, 2020, applies to the Spring 2020 semester only and that the Chancellor, may, in his discretion, to meet public health emergency policies and practices, extend this policy to future semesters, if necessary and report such extension to the Board of Trustees immediately.
  15. The Special COVID-19 Flexible Grading Policy shall be codified in the Manual of General Policy as Policy 1.4. and cannot be overwritten by any individual units of the University, including presidents, provosts, or college councils.
  16. The policy will remain in effect for the Spring 2020 semester and will be reviewed by the Chancellor and extended as necessary to meet public health emergency policies and practices.

Special COVID-19 Flexible Grading Policy for the Fall 2020 Semester

As part of the City University of New York’s response to the continuing COVID-19 pandemic, during the Fall 2020 semester, all students shall have the option to convert letter grades of B, C, D, or F (including plus or minus variations) to Credit/No Credit grading, with limited exceptions*.

  1. Students shall be able to make this decision up to 20 business days after the University’s final grade submission deadline. Once selected, the Credit/No Credit option cannot be reversed.

  2. If a student chooses to exercise this option, a passing letter grade (B, C, or D including +/-) will convert to ‘CR’ with credit for the class being awarded, while a failing grade (F) will convert to ‘NC’, with no credit awarded. Credit/No Credit grades will not impact the student’s GPA.

  3. Courses taken for a letter grade will continue to be included in the semester and general GPA, while courses taken for a Credit/No Credit grade will be excluded.

  4. If a student exercises the option of Credit/No Credit, the Credit (CR) grade will not negatively impact the student’s satisfactory progress toward degree completion.

  5. Students with Credit/No Credit grades will be able to transfer those courses across colleges within CUNY, per current CUNY policy.

  6. The Special COVID-19 Flexible Grading Policy shall apply to coursework completed on Permit and will not affect Board of Trustees Policy 1.14 – Policy on Coursework Completed on Permit. Courses taken for a letter grade will continue to be included in the semester and general GPA, while courses taken for a Credit/Non-credit grade will be excluded, just as is the case with such courses taken at a student’s home institution.

  7. Before choosing this grading option for one or more of their classes, students shall consult with their academic and financial aid advisors regarding potential impact to their financial aid, licensure requirements, and graduate school admissions.

  8. The Special COVID-19 Flexible Grading Policy shall supersede and override all undergraduate and graduate program-level grading policies currently in effect at CUNY colleges and schools, including those related to required and elective courses within the major (with limited exclusions*), minor, general education (Pathways), pre-requisite courses, honors courses, courses taken on permit and maximum number of credits that a student can earn with Credit/No Credit grades.

  9. The grade glossary, attached to each transcript, will be updated to include a notation denoting that all Spring 2020 and Fall 2020 grades, including CR or NC, were earned during a major disruption to instruction as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

  10. The Special COVID-19 Flexible Grading Policy shall apply to all CUNY colleges and schools, except the School of Law and the School of Medicine, which may develop their own Pass/Fail policies, subject to approval of the Board of Trustees, to conform to norms in legal and medical education.

  11. The Special COVID-19 Flexible Grading Policy, which initially went into effect on April 1, 2020, applies to the Spring 2020 and Fall 2020 semesters only and the Chancellor may, at his discretion, to meet public health emergency policies and practices, extend this policy to future semesters, if necessary and report such extension to the Board of Trustees immediately.

  12. The Special COVID-19 Flexible Grading Policy shall be codified in the Manual of General Policy as Policy 1.4. and cannot be overwritten by any individual units of the University, including presidents, provosts, or college councils.

  13. The policy will remain in effect for the Fall 2020 semester and will be reviewed by the Chancellor and extended as necessary to meet public health emergency policies and practices.

*The following courses are NOT eligible for Credit/No Credit grading: only letter grades will be awarded.

 

NRS

110

Medical-Surgical Nursing I

NRS

115

Nur Thera and Pharm Mgt in Pat

NRS

120

Medical-Surgical Nursing II

NRS

210

Medical-Surgical Nursing III

NRS

211

Psychiatric Mental Hlth Nursin

NRS

220

Maternity Nursing

NRS

221

Child Health Nursing

NRS

303

Seminar Prof Dev

NRS

305

Women'S Hlth Issues

NRS

310

Interpersnl Dynamics

NRS

320

Health Assmnt & Physical Exam

NRS

321

Research Nrs Intro

NRS

323

Hlth Care Vulner Pop

NRS

325

Nrs Care End Of Life

NRS

410

Community Health Nursing

NRS

411

Leadership and Mgmt in Nursing

NRS

421

Nursing in Critical Illness

NRS

423

Iss In Hlth&Prof Nrs

NRS

682

Adv Pharmacology

NRS

700

Trncult Conc&Issues

NRS

702

Adv Health Assess & Diag Reaso

NRS

706

App Stat Mthd Hlth

NRS

711

Hlth Care Prgm Dev

NRS

726

Pri Hlth Care Adult-Geront II

NRS

728

Practicum:Pri Hlt II

NRS

757

Professional Nursing Bioethics

NRS

763

Int. Prac App. (Capstone II)

PHT

701

Clinical Anatomy Summer Year I

PHT

703

Foundations of Patient Care

PHT

704

Intro to PT and Ethics

PHT

705

Upper Extmty Kinisio

PHT

706

Psycho Aspects of Clin Practic

PHT

780

Clini Med for PT (Fall Year I)

PHT

800

Intro to Muscu Exam (Fall Yr I

PHT

803

Diff Diag & Inter in Clin Orth

PHT

804

Introduction: Neurological PT

PHT

806

Clinical Affiliation I

PHT

809

Thesis I (Fall Year 2)

PHT

810

Neurological Interventions I

PHT

811

Cardiac Rehab (Fall Year 2)

PHT

820

Radiology and Imaging

PHT

850

Muscu Exam & Intrv II

PHT

872

Topics In Physical Therapy

PHT

885

Elect&Motion Analysi

PHT

886

Clinical Affiliation II

PHT

900

Thesis III

PHT

901

Acute Care PHT

SWK

200

Introduction to Social Work

SWK

360

Social Work Practice II

SWK

455

Social Work Field Seminar I

SWK

651

MSW SW Practice 1: Intro to In

SWK

655

MSW Internship I

SWK

702

The Range of Hum Cond in SW Pr

SWK

704

Assess & Form in SW Practice

SWK

764

MSW Integrative Seminar III


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.