GRADUATE GRADING POLICY

 

Grades for courses shall be recorded by the symbols below:

SYMBOL PERCENTAGE SYMBOL PERCENTAGE
A 90-100 D 60-69
B 80-89 F Below 60
C 10-79    

Other symbols used for grading include:

CR Credit Satisfactory, but without qualitative grading.
NCR No credit Unsatisfactory, but without qualitative grading.
I Incomplete May be given to a student who is passing, but has not completed a term paper, examination, or other required work for reasons beyond the student’s control.
IP In progress Assigned to a course indicating that at the conclusion of the term the course was still in progress.
X No grade No grade has been submitted by the instructor. The course grade which will replace the X must be submitted within 30 days from the beginning of the next full term.
W Withdrawal Course dropped or withdrawal from the University, see Change of Schedule and Withdrawal from the University.
WP Withdraw Passing Course dropped or withdrawal from the University after deadline to withdraw with a W and prior deadline to withdraw with a WP or WF, see Change of Schedule and Withdrawal from the University.
WF Withdraw Failing Course dropped or withdrawal from the University after deadline to withdraw with a W and prior to deadline to withdraw with a WP or WF, see Change of Schedule and Withdrawal from the University.

Change of Grade

A change of grade (among the values A, B, C, D, F) may be made only if there has been an error in computation or recording of the grade, or if a change has been ordered as a result of the grade appeal process. A grade may not be changed because of consideration of work completed following the end of the grading period for which the grade was issued. The change is initiated by the instructor of record and approved by either the academic dean of the school of record or the external campus executive director/dean for courses completed at an external campus. For such a change to be valid, it must be submitted to the university registrar on or
before the last day of the semester following the term in which the grade was originally issued, and on the form provided for that purpose.

Changing the Grade of Incomplete

A grade of incomplete is changed if the work required is completed prior to the last day of the next long (10-15 weeks) term, unless the instructor designates an earlier date for completion. If the work is not completed by the appropriate date, the I is converted to the grade of F. An incomplete notation cannot remain on the student’s permanent record and must be replaced by the qualitative grade (A-F) by the date specified in the official University calendar of the next regular term. An incomplete turned to a qualitative grade will be indicated by the notation I/grade on the student’s transcript.

Grade Reports

Grade reports are available to students at the end of the semester through the on-line student information system. Deficiency reports are sent at mid-semester to those students who have been reported as making unsatisfactory progress by their instructors. Only the final grade for a course is permanently recorded.

Academic Honesty

Graduate students are expected to conduct themselves in accordance with the highest standards of academic honesty. Academic misconduct for which a student is subject to penalty includes all forms of cheating, such as illicit possession of examinations or examination materials, forgery, or plagiarism. (Plagiarism is the presentation of the work of another as one’s own work.)

Disciplinary action for academic misconduct is the responsibility of the faculty member assigned to the course. The faculty member is charged with assessing the gravity of any case of academic dishonesty and with giving sanctions to any student involved.

Penalties that may be applied to individual cases of academic dishonesty include one or more of the following:

  1. Written reprimand
  2. Requirement to redo work in question
  3. Requirement to submit additional work
  4. Lowering of grade on work in question
  5. Assigning the grade of F to work in question
  6. Assigning the grade of F for course
  7. Recommendation for more severe punishment (see Student Handbook for further information)

The faculty member involved will file a record of the offense and the punishment imposed with the executive vice president/provost. The executive vice president/provost will maintain records of all cases of academic dishonesty reported.

Any student who has been penalized for academic dishonesty has the right to appeal the judgment or the penalty assessed. The appeals procedure will be the same as that specified for grade appeals, see Student Handbook for further information.

Academic Probation and Suspension 

Every student enrolled in the graduate program, whether working toward a degree or not, is required to maintain a high level of performance and to comply fully with the policies of the University. The Graduate School reserves the right to place on probation or to suspend any post-baccalaureate or graduate student who does not maintain satisfactory academic standing or who fails to conform to the regulations of the university. GPA is calculated from the initial point of enrollment in Wayland graduate course work. Leveling courses are not included in calculating graduate GPA. Wayland’s graduate program will honor the probation or suspension imposed by other institutions.

Academic Probation

Except for the Master of Divinity Degree, a student is placed on academic probation when his or her cumulative GPA fall below 3.0 or a grade of D is earned. It is recommended that courses with grades adversely affecting GPA be repeated as soon as possible. A student who is on who is on probation must raise the cumulative GPA to 3.0 or better within the next two terms or the student will be placed on academic suspension.

Academic Suspension

Except for the Master of Divinity Degree, academic Suspension occurs when a student’s cumulative GPA remains below 3.0 beyond the period of academic probation or when a grade of F is earned. In the aforementioned situations, external campus and virtual campus students are required to sit out two consecutive terms of 11 weeks or more (for a minimum of 22 weeks). Plainview campus students are required to sit out one long term. Plainview students placed on suspension during the fall term must sit out the spring term and will be eligible for reinstatement to the graduate program during the summer term. Plainview students placed on suspension in the spring term must sit out the summer and fall terms and will be eligible for reinstatement to the graduate program during the winter online or external term. For the purposes of this policy, the May micro-term is considered part of the spring term and the compressed format summer terms are combined into a single long term.

Academic Probation and Suspension: Master of Divinity Degree

Academic probation and suspension for Master of Divinity students is based on cumulative GPA calculated from the initial point of enrollment in Wayland graduate coursework. A student will be placed on academic probation when the cumulative GPA falls below 2.0. Students on probation will be restricted to four hours (or less, if so advised). A student on academic probation who receives a term GPA above 2.0 but whose cumulative GPA remains below 2.0 will be placed on continued academic probation for the next term. Students in this category will be restricted to four hours (or less, if so advised). A student who fails to attain a term GPA of 2.0 or who fails a course while on academic probation will be immediately suspended from the university. In the aforementioned situations, external campus and virtual campus students are required to sit out two consecutive terms of 11 weeks or more (for a minimum of 22 weeks). Plainview campus students are required to sit out one long term. Plainview students placed on suspension during the fall term must sit out the spring term and will be eligible for reinstatement to the graduate program during the summer term. Plainview students placed on suspension in the spring term must sit out the summer and fall terms and will be eligible for reinstatement to the graduate program during the winter online or external term. For the purposes of this policy, the May microterm is considered part of the spring term and the compressed format summer terms are combined into a single long term.

 

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