New Grading Policies

As of Day 7

  • Class registration is considered “final” and all courses, regardless of final grade, will be transcripted beginning on the 7th class day. Students may withdraw from individual courses, but will receive a transcripted “W” for each course. The withdraw grade (“W”) will not lower the GPA but may impact financial aid.
Days 7 through 50
  • Students may withdraw from individual courses, but will receive a transcripted “W” for each course. 
  • The withdraw grade (“W”) will not lower the GPA but may impact financial aid.
  • Students may withdraw from a course through SOAR (with instructor permission and chair notification) and may add courses as a rare exception with instructor and chair permission using a form. In some cases, and only with department chair approval, students may swap classes within a department (e.g., SPA102 for SPA201). 
  • Last day to withdraw from a class is the 50th class day.  After this 50th day, grades of A, B, C, D, F, I, P, and AUD will be the grades assigned.

 

Day 30
  • Interim grades will be officially reported at the end of the sixth week of classes. Interim grades will replace the current midterm grades.
Day 51
  • Students will earn a letter grade in all classes (only grades of A, B, C, D, F, I, P, AUD may be assigned). Grades of WP and WF will not be assigned.

For More Information on Grading Policies: Bulletin

 
Noel Levitz suggests that faculty report grades early in the semester so students will know the status of their grade before the academic drop deadline. Without adding more grading reports to faculty load, we recommend a practice of reporting grades six-weeks into the semester. These sixth-week grades will replace of midterm grades.

Suggested Best Practice 4.14.1 Faculty should provide a brief graded or diagnostic assignment to be turned in on the first class day of the second week of class for undergraduate classes.  By assessing this initial assignment, faculty members could identify at-risk students in the second week of class and assist them in providing assistance they need to be successful in their course. This practice has been used successfully at the University of Texas El Paso, a school with a similar student demographic to USM.

Suggested Best Practice 4.14.2 Faculty distribute and return a significant graded assignment at least three days before the date by which a student can drop a course without penalty. If students learn before the drop date that they are not going to succeed in the course, they would be able to drop without penalty and preserve their GPA and academic standing.