It is the responsibility of the instructor to describe to each class the methods of evaluation. Students should feel free to ask for an explanation of the grading practices in any course.
Additional definitions which are applicable to special circumstances for graduate programs can be found in the Graduate Education section (consult Index for page reference).
A = Performance of the student has been of the highest level, showing sustained excellence in meeting course responsibilities.
B = Performance of the student has been good, though not of the highest level.
C = Performance of the student has been adequate, satisfactorily meeting the course requirements.
D = Performance of the student has been less than adequate.
F = Performance of the student has been such that course requirements have not been met.
CR= (Credit) Performance of the student in undergraduate level course has been equivalent to grades A through C-; performance of the student in graduate level courses has been equivalent to grades A through B-.
NC= (No Credit) Performance of the student has been less than that of CR level.
I = (Incomplete) Performance of the student has been incomplete due to circumstances beyond his/her control. Passing work was being accomplished at the time the incomplete was issued, and there is a possibility of earning credit if the course requirements are completed within the time allowed.
W = (Withdrawal) Indicates that the student was permitted to drop the course after the 20th day (4th week) of instruction with the approval of the instructor and appropriate campus officials. It carries no connotation of quality of student performance and is not used as units attempted in calculating grade point average.
AU= (Audit) Indicates that the student was enrolled on a non-credit basis. Enrollment as an auditor is subject to the permission of the instructor and shall be permitted only after students otherwise eligible to enroll in the course on a credit basis have had an opportunity to do so. Auditors are subject to the same fee structure as credit students and regular class attendance is expected. Once enrolled as an auditor, a student may not change to credit status unless such a change is requested prior to the last day to add classes.
SP= (Satisfactory Progress) Performance of the student in a course which normally extends beyond one term has been evaluated and found to be satisfactory, but the assignments for the subsequent term(s) must be completed before a final grade can be assigned.
RD= (Report Delayed) Indicates no grade was turned in by the professor.
U = (Unauthorized Incomplete) The symbol "U" indicates that an enrolled student did not withdraw from the course but failed to complete course requirements. It is used when, in the opinion of the instructor, completed assignments or course activities or both were insufficient to make normal evaluation of academic performance possible. For purposes of grade point average this symbol is equivalent to an "F." Effective Fall 1996, San Francisco State University no longer uses the "U" grading symbol.
An alternative Credit/No Credit (CR/NC) system may be used under the following conditions:
A grade of Incomplete (I) will not be changed after a degree or credential has been awarded even though it is made up within the time period.
A = 4.0 B- = 2.7 D+ = 1.3No other grading symbol, including F, I, AU, SP, RD, CR, NC, carries grade point credit.
A- = 3.7 C+ = 2.3 D = 1.0
B+ = 3.3 C = 2.0 D- = 0.7
B = 3.0 C- = 1.7 F = 0.0
When undergraduate students must repeat a course in which the grade was F, they will earn units completed only once. All units attempted and all grade points will be included in the student's cumulative totals.
When undergraduate students choose to repeat a course in which the grade was passing, in order to raise the grade, they will be charged for all units attempted and all grade points earned but units completed will be granted only once.
A student in graduate standing may not repeat a course taken for credit since earning the baccalaureate degree, in which a grade of C or better was earned on the first attempt. Grades of C- or lower are not acceptable on a Graduate Approved Program for meeting the requirements of a master's degree.
If graduate students repeat a course in which a C or lower grade was earned, they will be charged for all units attempted and all grade points earned but units completed will be granted only once.
It is not possible for graduate students to raise their undergraduate grade point average by repeating undergraduate courses.
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