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Undergraduate Catalog 2013-2014


Marking System

The following symbols are used on the student's permanent record for all courses in which the student is enrolled after the initial registration and schedule adjustment period: A+, A, A-, B+, B, B-, C+, C, C-, D+, D, D-, F, XF, I, P, S, W, and AUD. These marks remain as part of the student's permanent record and may be changed only by the original instructor on certification, approved by the department chair and the dean, that an actual mistake was made in determining or recording the grade.

  • A+, A, A- denotes excellent mastery of the subject and outstanding scholarship. In computations of cumulative or semester averages, a grade of A+ or  A  will be assigned a value of 4.0 quality points per credit hour. A grade of A- will be assigned 3.7 quality points per credit hour.
  • B+, B, B- denotes good mastery of the subject and good scholarship. A grade of B+ is assigned a value of 3.3 quality points per hour. A grade of B is assigned a value of 3.0 quality points per credit hour. A grade of B- is assigned a value of 2.7 quality points per hour.
  • C+, C, C- denotes acceptable mastery of the subject. A grade of C+ is assigned a value of 2.3 quality points per hour. A grade of C is assigned a value of 2.0 points per credit hour. A grade of  C- is assigned a value of 1.7 quality points per credit hour.
  • D+, D, D- denotes borderline understanding of the subject, marginal performance, and it does not represent satisfactory progress toward a degree. A grade of D+ is assigned 1.3 points per credit hour. A grade of D is assigned a value of 1.0 quality point per credit hour. A grade of D- is assigned 0.7 quality points per credit.
  • F denotes failure to understand the subject and unsatisfactory performance. A grade of F is assigned a value of 0.0 quality points per credit hour.
  • XF­ denotes failure due to academic dishonesty. An XF is treated in the same way as F for the purposes of cumulative agerage.
     
  • The mark of "I" is an exceptional mark that is an instructor option. It is only given to a student whose work has been qualitatively satisfactory, when, because of illness or other circumstances beyond the student's control, he or she has been unable to complete some small portion of the work of the course. In no case will the mark "I" be recorded for a student who has not complted the major portion of the work of the course. For further explanation see "Incompletes" below.
     
  • The mark of P is a student option mark, equivalent to a grade of D- or better. This grade is not used in any computation of quality points or cumulative average totals at the end of the semester. The student must inform the Office of the Registrar of the selection of this option by the end of the schedule adjustment period. For a full explanation see "Pass-Fail Policy" below.
  • S is a department option mark that may be used to denote satisfactory performance by a student in progressing thesis projects, orientation courses, practice teaching, and the like.  In computation of cumulative averages a mark of S will not be included.
  • W is used to indicate withdrawal from a course by end of the schedule adjustment period. For information and completeness, the grade of W is placed on the student's permanent record by the Office of the Registrar. The instructor will be notified that the student has withdrawn from the course. This grade is not used in any computation of quality points or cumulative average totals at the end of the semester.
  • AUD denotes a student registering to audit a course or courses which have been designated as available under the audit option and in which space is available.  The notation AUD will be placed on the transcript for each course audited.  A notation to the effect that this symbol does not imply attendance or any other effort in the course will be included on the transcript in the explanation of the grading system.

Additional Record Notations
In addition to the above marks, there are provisions for other record or transcript notations that may be used based on university policy and individual circumstances.

Duplicate course: Used to indicate two courses with the same course content. The second course is counted in the cumulative totals unless an exception is made by the dean.

Excluded Credit (Excl Crd)­: Excluded credit is noted when academic clemency has been granted.

Incompletes: The mark of "I" is an exceptional mark that is an instructor option. It is given only to a student whose work in a course has been qualitatively satisfactory, when, because of illness or other circumstances beyond the student's control, he or she has been unable to complete some small portion of the work of the course. In no case will the mark "I" be recorded for a student who has not completed the major portion of the work of the course.

1. This Incomplete Contract form must be submitted to the dean of the college offering the course within six weeks after the grade submission deadline (if a grade hasn't already been submitted). If any Incomplete Contract isn't completed within the six week period, the instructor will convert the "I" to the appropriate grade.

2. The student will remove the "I" by completing work assigned by the instructor; it is the student's responsibility to request arrangements for the completion of the work. The work must be completed by the time stipulated in the contract, usually by the end of the next semester, but in any event, no later than one year. If the remaining work for the course as defined by the contract is not completed on schedule, the instructor will convert the "I" to the grade indicated by the contract.

3. Exceptions to the stated deadline may be granted by the student's dean (in negotiation with the faculty member or the faculty member's dean) upon the written request of the student if circumstances warrant further delay.

4. If the instructor is unavailable, the department chair, upon request of the student will make appropriate arrangements for the student to complete the course requirements.

5. It is the responsibility of the instructor or department chair concerned to submit the grade promptly upon completion of the conditions of the Incomplete Contract.

6. The "I" cannot be removed through re-registration for the course or through credit by examination. An "I" mark is not used in the computation of quality points or cumulative grade point averages.

Non-applicable (Non-Appl): In all cases of transfer from one college to another at the University of Maryland, College Park, the dean of the receiving college, with the approval of the student, shall indicate which courses, if any, in the student's previous academic program are not applicable to his or her new program, and shall notify the Office of the Registrar of the adjustments that are to be made in determining the student's progress toward a degree. Deletions may occur both in credits attempted and correspondingly in credits earned. This evaluation shall be made upon the students initial entry into a new program, not thereafter. If a student transfers from one program to another, his or her record evaluation shall be made by the dean in the same way as if he or she were transferring colleges. If the student subsequently transfers to a third college, the dean of the third college shall make a similar initial adjustment; courses marked non-applicable by the second dean may become applicable in the third program.

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