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Policy STUA-REG-013

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Responsible University Administrator: Provost Office
Responsible Officer: Registrar
Origination Date: N/A
Current Revision Date: 11/29/18
Next Review Date: 02/26/21
End of Policy Date: NA
Policy Number: STUA-REG-013
Status: Effective




Policy Statement


Quality points have been assessed for the various grades undergraduate students can earn.


Reason for Policy/Purpose

This policy is required for the effective communication of university policy regarding academic grades for undergraduates. 

Who Needs to Know This Policy

All members of The University of Southern Mississippi community.


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Over the years, the following symbols have been in use at one time or another at The University of Southern Mississippi: 

A — indicates excellent work and carries four quality points per semester hour

B — indicates good work and carries three quality points per semester hour

C — indicates average work and carries two quality points per semester hour

D — indicates inferior work and carries one quality point per semester hour

E — indicates a course in progress.  Not included in the grade point average, a grade of E shall be awarded for graduate thesis, recital and dissertation courses and for such self-paced or skill courses as the Academic or Graduate Council may designate.  An E shall be changed to a P only in the case of credit for thesis and dissertation and then only for the last recorded credit for these courses.  Otherwise, the E remains on the record indicating that to receive credit the student must reregister for the undergraduate course, repeating it on a regular basis until completing it.  Upon completion, the appropriate grade, whether P or valuative, shall be assigned.

F — indicates failure and carries no quality points

G- Withdrawn Passing

H-Withdrawn Failing

I — indicates that a student was unable to complete course requirements by the end of the term because of extraordinary circumstances beyond his or her control.  Poor performance or unexplained absences are not a justification for the assignment of an I.  If an I has not been removed by the end of the next semester (excluding summer term), it automatically becomes an F.  Students are prohibited from enrolling in any course for which the current grade is I.  Students who have filed for degree and receive an incomplete grade will have to change their graduation term to the term ending the completion of their course work.

N/NP- Failure in a course taken on the pass-no pass basis; not included in a student's grade point average. 

P — indicates a passing grade in courses taken on a pass-fail basis (does not count in computing GPA) 

S- satisfactory. Not included in GPA

W- Withdrawn Passing

U- Unsatisfactory. 0 quality points earned.

X-Failure to drop or withdraw properly. (Calculated in GPA as a "F")

XF -indicates failure due to academic integrity violation and carries no quality points. 

Y- accelerated to a higher level course because of proficiency

WF — indicates withdrawal from a course failing after the deadline for dropping courses. (This grade is computed in the GPA as F) awarded prior to fall 2014. 

WP — indicates withdrawal from a course passing after the deadline for dropping courses

AW — indicates administrative withdrawal

NA- indicates the instructor reported the student as not attending. The grade is considered as attempted, but no quality points are earned.  The grade is calculated as an F in the student's grade point average prior to fall 2017.  Starting fall 2017, the grade is reflected on the student's record but is not counted in the student's grade point average.

Effective September,1955, quality points were awarded as follows in column II:
Column I Column II
A= 3 points per credit hour    A= 4 points per credit hour
B= 2 points per credit hour B= 3 points per credit hour
C= 1 point per credit hour C= 2 points per credit hour
D= 0 points D= 1 point per credit hour
Effective August, 2003, graduate quality points are awarded as follows:
A= 4.0 points per credit hour C+= 2.3 points per credit hour
A-= 3.7 points per credit hour C= 2.0 points per credit hour
B+= 3.3 point per credit hour C-= 1.7 points per credit hour
B= 3.0 points per credit hour D+= 1.3 point per credit hour

  D= 1.0 points per credit hour
Effective March 6, 1972, University level correspondence courses are assigned quality points and included when computing grade point averages. 



The Academic and Graduate Councils are responsible for the review of this policy every four years (or whenever circumstances require immediate review).







Related Information




Amendments: Month, Day, Year – summary of changes

11/01/11: Formatted for Institutional Policies page.

02/26/13: Formatted for template. Minor editing throughout. 

05/01/17: Updated undergraduate grades.

11/29/18: Updated and reformatted grading key. Changed the University Administrator.




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