Policy Number: I-18
Last Reviewed: December 4, 2012
Responsible Dept.: Vice President of Academic and Student Affairs
The quality of performance in any academic course is reported by a letter grade, the assignment of which is the responsibility of the instructor. These grades denote the character of study and are assigned quality points as follows:
A Excellent: 4 grade points per credit
B Good: 3 grade points per credit
C Average: 2 grade points per credit
D Poor: I grade point per credit
F Failure: 0 grade points per credit
Other grades may be assigned to include I Incomplete; P Pass; S Satisfactory; R Re-enroll; U Unsatisfactory; W Withdrawal and X audit. These grades are not included in the calculation of grade point averages and are defined in the co!lege catalog and on the college website.
Once a grade is awarded, it is normally permanent. In situations where there are documented, mitigating circumstances or an uncontested error, grade changes must be requested within one year of receipt of the grade in question. For contested grades, students are allowed to submit a grade appeal only if they do so within one month after the grade is posted. Final grade appeal procedures are located on the college website and in the Virginia Western Student Handbook. The handbook is reviewed annually and is disseminated to new students during orientation and in the Student Development classes. Hard copies are available in the Office of Student Activities. A link to the electronic version of the Student Handbook is also provided in the Resources and Services for Students brochure that is distributed to all applicants in their admissions packet, to all enrolled students each semester via student email and to all students at off-campus locations, including dual enrollment students. Virginia Western's grade plan is reviewed annually under the supervision of the Records Coordinator/Registrar and Vice President of Academic and Student Affairs.
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