Graduate Catalog 2020-2021

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
F Failing/unsuccessful completion of course 0.0
CR Credit Awarded -
INC Incomplete (temporary grade) -
FIN Failure (changed from Incomplete) 0.0
NC No credit -
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 a failure)
0.0
*WN Non-Attendance -
Y Year or Longer Course of Study (for thesis courses)
Z No grade submitted by instructor -
PEN Grade Pending (for thesis courses) -
A brief explanation of the grades receiving no quality points follows:
CR Course requirements have been satisfied.
F Graduate courses in which a student has received an F grade may be repeated; however, the grade of F will continue to be calculated in determining the GPA. Students should refer to the requirements of the program for any specific policy regarding F grades.
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.
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.
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 deadline to withdraw); 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 Graduate Studies Committee 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 An unofficial withdrawal due to non-attendance in a course. No credit is received for a course in which this grade is assigned; it is equivalent to a grade of F.
*WN Never Attended. This grade carries no academic penalty. Effective Fall 2009.
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.
PEN An 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.