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Undergraduate Programs

Undergraduate, Traditional Day Programs

The following system of grading has been adopted by Medaille College for traditional, day-campus programs*

Description

Letter Grade

GPA

Excellent

A

4

A–

3.7

High Achievement

B+

3.3

B

3

B–

2.7

Average Achievement

C+

2.3

C

2

Below Average (passing)

C–

1.7

D+

1.3

D

1

D–

0.7

Failure

F

0

Official withdrawal

W

 

Incomplete

I

 

Pass/Fail

P/F

 

Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory

S/U

 

Audit

AU

 

*approved by the Undergraduate Academic Standards Committee on January 8, 2009.

ALP/MOE Undergraduate Programs

Description

Letter Grade

Quality Point Equivalents

High distinction, exceptionally high achievement

A

4

 

A–

3.7

 

B+

3.3

High Achievement

B

3

 

B–

2.7

 

C+

2.3

Average Achievement

C

2

 

C–

1.7

 

D+

1.3

Pass, below average achievement

D

1

 

D–

0.7

Failure, unsatisfactory grade

F

0

Official Withdrawal

W

 

Incomplete

I

 

Performance-based Letter Grade Descriptions: Undergraduate Level (ALP/MOE academic programs)

A = Student’s performance is excellent. Has unusually sharp insight into material and initiates thoughtful questions. Sees many sides of an issue. Articulates well and writes logically and clearly. Integrates ideas previously learned from this and other disciplines and anticipates next steps in progression of ideas.

B = Student grasps subject matter at a level considered to be very good. Is an active listener and participant in class discussion. Speaks and writes well. Accomplishes more than the minimum requirements.

C = Student demonstrates a satisfactory comprehension of the subject matter. Accomplishes only the minimum requirements and displays little or no initiative. Communicates orally and in writing at an acceptable level for a college student. Has a generally acceptable understanding of all basic concepts.

D = The quality and quantity of the student’s work in and out of class is below average and barely acceptable.

F = The quality and quantity of the student’s work in and out of class is unacceptable.

Graduate Programs

The following scale applies to graduate programs, except for ALP/MOE graduate programs.

Description

Letter Grade

GPA

Grading Scale

Excellent

A

4

93-100

A–

3.7

90-92

High Achievement

B+

3.3

87-89

B

3

83-86

B–

2.7

80-82

Average Achievement

C+

2.3

77-79

C

2

70-76

Failure

F

0

≤ 69

Official withdrawal

W

 

 

Incomplete

I

 

 

Pass/Fail

P/F

 

 

Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory

S/U

 

 

Audit

AU

 

 

 

ALP/MOE Graduate Programs

Description

Letter Grade

Quality Point Equivalents

High distinction, exceptionally high achievement

A

4

 

A–

3.7

High Achievement

B+

3.3

Average Achievement

B

3

Pass, below average achievement

B–

2.7

 

C+

2.3

 

C

2

Failure, unsatisfactory grade

F

0

Official Withdrawal

W

 

Incomplete

I

 

Performance-based Letter Grade Descriptions: Graduate Level (ALP/MOE graduate programs)

A = Student’s performance is excellent. Has unusually sharp insight into material and initiates thoughtful questions. Sees many sides of an issue. Articulates well and writes logically and clearly. Integrates ideas previously learned from this and other disciplines and anticipates next steps in progression of ideas. Example: “A” work is of such a nature that it could be put on reserve for all students to review and emulate. The “A” student is an example for others to follow.

B = Student grasps subject matter at a level considered to be good to very good. Is an active listener and participant in class discussion. Speaks and writes well. Accomplishes more than the minimum requirements. Work in and out of class is of high quality. Example: “B” work indicates a high quality of performance and is given in recognition for solid work. A “B” should be considered an average grade for graduate work.

C = The quality and quantity of the student’s work in and out of class is below average. Accomplishes only the minimum requirements, and displays little or no initiative. Communicates orally and in writing at less than acceptable levels for a graduate student. Has a weak understanding of basic concepts. Example: “C” work represents below average work for graduate studies.

F = The quality and quantity of the student’s work in and out of class is unacceptable. Example: “F” work does not qualify the student to progress to a more advanced level of work.

(AU) Audit

A student desiring to audit a course must receive the approval of the appropriate instructor and complete the normal registration process. Only officially audited classes will appear on the transcript. Students who audit are expected to attend classes but their work is not subject to review by the instructor and they will receive no grade at the completion of the class. Medaille College alumni may audit a course for $100 per course. New and/or current students may audit a course for $350 per credit hour.

Cumulative Average

The cumulative average is computed for all of the courses a student has taken at Medaille College. It changes whenever a new semester’s grades are calculated and is a reflection of how a student is doing in all of his/her work. In cases of repeated courses, only the last grade earned is utilized in the cumulative GPA calculations.

(GPA) Grade Point Average

Grades received earn quality points as indicated on the preceding table. A grade point average is computed by dividing the number of quality points earned by the total number of credit hours for which a student is registered. Grade point averages may be computed for one semester’s courses or on a cumulative basis. To compute a semester grade point average, multiply the number of quality points earned for the grade (see preceding table) by the number of credits awarded for the course; add the quality points and divide by the number of quality credits for the semester.

(I) Incomplete

Policy for Traditional, Undergraduate Day Programs: An Incomplete (I) grade is given only for a good and sufficient reason as determined by the instructor. It is completed in a manner determined by mutual agreement of student and instructor as indicated on the Incomplete Grade form, which must be signed by both student and instructor.

An Incomplete Grade form must be obtained by the instructor in the Registrar’s Office. It is the responsibility of the student to complete the requirements of the Incomplete by the date stated on the form, which is not to exceed the termination of the semester immediately following the initiation of the Incomplete. The student assumes the risk of not being able to complete the study if a faculty member is no longer at the College. All information must be complete when the form is submitted to the Registrar’s Office. If any part of the Incomplete Grade form is left unanswered, the form will be sent back to the instructor and no grade will be issued until the form is correctly filed. If no change of grade is submitted by instructor, an Incomplete (I) grade will change to an “F” at the end of the semester following the semester in which the Incomplete (I) was issued. Exceptions will be made to this rule only prior to the stated deadline and under compelling circumstances with the approval of the Vice President for Academic Affairs. Any student receiving an Incomplete (I) grade will not be considered for Dean’s List or Merit List status during the semester in which the Incomplete was issued.

 

Policy for Adult & Grad Program and Medaille Online Experience program: Students who fail to complete all course requirements due to exceptional circumstances or events may petition their instructor for the grade of "I." Requests for an Incomplete are student-initiated and must be submitted before the last class meeting. Faculty are not obligated to issue an Incomplete; students must demonstrate or document need. All work must be completed within seven weeks from the final meeting date of the course. Any student who fails to complete all course requirements within the deadline will have his or her grade of "I" changed to an "F" and will be required to repeat the course at his or her own expense.  In cases of extreme hardship, the student may petition Academic Services for an additional extension; such a request must be received prior to the expiration date of the incomplete. Students should be aware that taking an Incomplete may affect their financial aid.  Also, taking an Incomplete automatically disqualifies a student for Dean’s list for that semester.  A grade of Incomplete cannot be issued for the first course in any program sequence. In all programs, the introductory course must be successfully completed before a student may advance deeper into the sequence of program courses.

(P/F) Pass/Fail (Traditional, Day Undergraduate Students)

Medaille College offers the P/F grade primarily as an encouragement for students to take more challenging courses than they might without endangering their grade point average. Students earn credits, but not quality points, for courses in which they earn a Pass (P) grade. A grade of Fail (F) is punitive and is factored into the quality point average.

Students may take a limited number of courses on a P/F basis. Although there is no limit to the number of courses to be taken P/F during a single semester, no more than ten percent (10%) of the total degree or certificate program may be taken P/F. Students may not take General Education Core courses P/F. Students must consult their division office for a list of acceptable courses within their program.

P/F grades are student initiated. Forms are available in the Registrar’s Office. Arrangements must be made within the deadline prescribed. Students requesting to take a course on a P/F basis must sign and return the form to the Registrar’s Office. Arrangements to take a course on such a basis are final.

Since colleges differ on acceptance of P/F grades, students interested in advanced study at other institutions should investigate the acceptance of such grades by specific graduate schools.

 

(P/F) Pass/Fail (Undergraduate ALP and Online Students)

The P/F grade is offered as an option for students in the undergraduate program who are taking courses outside their program sequence (in order to meet degree requirements) and who wish to take more challenging courses without endangering their grade point average.  Students earn credits, but not quality points, for courses in which they earn a “P” grade.  A grade of “F” is punitive and is factored into the quality point average.

Students may take a limited number of courses on a P/F basis.  No more than ten percent (10%) of the total degree or certification program may be taken P/F.  Students must consult with Student Services to determine whether the course is acceptable within their program.  Required classes and general education courses are not eligible for P/F.

P/F grades are student-initiated.  Forms are available from Student Services.  Arrangements must be made within the deadline prescribed.  Students requesting to take a course on a P/F basis must sign and return the form to Student Services. Arrangements to take a course on such a basis are final.  Requests for P/F courses must be submitted on or before the 4th night of class.

Since colleges differ on acceptance of P/F grades, students interested in advanced study at other institutions should investigate the acceptance of such grades by specific graduate schools.

 

(S/U) Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory

Due to their nature, certain courses are offered only with grades of S/U. These grades are instructor or division initiated; courses taught on this basis are not included in the limit for classes taken Pass/Fail (P/F).

(W) Course Withdrawal

In order to withdraw from a course after the drop/add period, a student must obtain a Course Withdrawal form from the Registrar’s Office. The signature of the advisor should be obtained. If the student’s advisor is not available, however, the student must write on the Course Withdrawal form that he/she takes full responsibility for withdrawing from the course, sign and date it. The completed form is returned to the Registrar’s Office.

A student may withdraw from a course during the first two-thirds of a semester. See the Academic Calendar for specific dates. A grade of “W” appears on the transcript for an official withdrawal. No withdrawal is permitted after the deadline. Depending upon the withdrawal date and the number of credits a student is carrying during a particular semester, course withdrawal may affect tuition (See “Tuition Liability Policy”). There is the possibility of reduced financial aid if withdrawing from a course means the student would carry fewer than 12 credits.

Please note: Discontinuance of attendance in one or all classes does not constitute an official withdrawal. A student who does not follow the proper procedure and/or stops attending class (an unofficial withdrawal) will receive from the instructor the grade earned according to the student’s performance. The failure of a student to notify the director in writing of withdrawal may delay the refund of tuition due pursuant to the Section 5002 of the Education Law.

Rev. 10/2016