2002-2003 UAF Catalog
Grading System and Grade Point Average ComputationAll course grades are letter grades unless otherwise specified in the class schedule. The method of grading (letter or pass/fail) is an integral part of the course structure and is included in the course description. It is the same for all students taking the course. Instructors are expected to state their grading policies in writing at the beginning of each course. Grades appearing on academic records are as follows:
A An honor grade, indicates originality and independent work, a thorough mastery of the subject and the satisfactory completion of more work than is regularly required.
B Indicates outstanding ability above the average level of performance. This is the lowest acceptable grade in an undergraduate course used in a graduate program.
C Indicates a satisfactory or average level of performance. This is the lowest acceptable grade in a graduate-level course used in a graduate program.
D Indicates work of below-average quality and performance (not acceptable in graduate programs).
F Indicates failure. All F grades, including those earned in pass/fail courses, are included in the GPA calculations.
P Pass -- The pass grade indicates satisfactory completion of course requirements at either the undergraduate or graduate level. A pass grade does not affect your grade point average, but credits earned with pass grades may meet degree requirements and may be used as a measure of satisfactory progress. Satisfactory performance is the equivalent of a C grade or better in undergraduate coursework and B grade or better in graduate courses. The entire class must be graded pass/fail and the grading system is noted in the class schedule.
DF Deferred -- Indicates that the course requirements cannot be completed by the end of the semester, that credit may be withheld without penalty until the course requirements are met within an approved time. This designation will be used for courses such as theses, special projects, etc., that require more than one semester to complete.
AU Audit -- A registration status indicating that you've enrolled for informational instruction only. No academic credit is granted. You may be given a W if you don't attend a course you are auditing. (See Auditing.)
W Withdrawn -- Indicates withdrawal from a course after the first two weeks of a semester.
I Incomplete -- A grade used to indicate that you haven't been able to complete the course during the scheduled course time.
Repeating CoursesAll grades (original and retakes) for a course completed at UAF will be shown on the permanent record. For scholastic standing calculations, the GPA calculation for graduate students includes all courses listed on your advancement to candidacy (including repeats and undergraduate courses approved for your program). If you haven't been advanced to candidacy yet, your GPA will include all courses (including repeats) you have taken since your admission to graduate study.