Grading

Undergraduate courses are graded by A, B, C, D, F grades. A = work of marked excellence indicating high honor, B = work of higher than average quality, C = work of average quality, D = work of lowest quality that would allow a student to pursue the next dependent course, F = unsatisfactory work).

Plus/minus grades may be given and calculated in the overall grade point average.

Grade Point Average (GPA)

The grade point average is determined by dividing the number of grade points earned by the number of credit hours.

A = 4 points
B = 3
C = 2
A- = 3.7
B- = 2.7
C- = 1.7
B+ = 3.3
C+ = 2.3
F = 0

No required social work course in which a student receives a grade below a C- will be counted towards the major.  A student must retake the course and earn a grade of C- or better to fulfill the requirement for the major. Any student who receives a grade lower than a C- in a required social work course will be required to attend a Student Review Committee meeting to discuss plans for continuing in the major. Degree completion may be delayed a year due to sequential course offerings.

Incompletes

Incompletes are given only for circumstances beyond a student’s control. If the course is part of a sequence (e.g., 540-541, 610-612, 620-621), a student cannot begin the second course until the incomplete has been completed. In all other cases, incompletes must be completed within one calendar year or they will be changed to Fs. Incompletes must be completed prior to enrolling in SW 601 Field Practicum.

It is the student’s responsibility to request an incomplete from the course instructor stating the date the work is to be completed. If the instructor agrees to grant the request, it is the student’s responsibility to submit a completed agreement form to the appropriate academic advisor. The form must be signed by the student and instructor. A grade of incomplete will be reported only if the agreement has been received before the end of the semester and prior to the time that course grades must be submitted. Incompletes must be completed within one calendar year or they will be changed to Fs.

Incomplete Form Example (PDF)

University Grade Appeal Policy

A change of grade may be made only if:

  • The original grade resulted from error (Ref. University Senate Rules and Regulations 2.3.1)
  • The original grade was “I” or “P” (Ref. University Senate Rules and Regulations 2.3.1)
  • Due to sanctions imposed in the case of academic misconduct (Ref. University Senate Rules and Regulations 2.3.1)
  • In certain exceptional cases (sexual harassment, misconduct, incapacitation), a faculty committee may assign the course grade (Ref. University Senate Rules and Regulation 2.3.2.)

School of Social Welfare Grade Appeal Procedures

View the School of Social Welfare Grade Appeal Procedures (pdf)