Student Affairs announces change to grading policy effective this fall

Published: August 18th, 2014

Category: News

There was a change to the grading policy that the faculty adopted during the Spring Term 2014 which will be effective beginning Fall Term 2014. The only change to the policy is that the size of the class sections in which the mean grade is recommended rather than mandatory has been changed from 25 or fewer students to 15 or fewer students. In classes of 15 or fewer, in no event can the mean grade exceed 3.6.   A revised summary of the policy as it will appear on our academic policies website follows, with the only change from the current policy statement highlighted.

Summary of revised policy

Per faculty policy, the mandatory mean grade for all course sections is 3.15-3.25, inclusive. If the mean GPA for students enrolled in the course section (determined as of the beginning of the semester) is above 3.2, the lower end of the range is 3.15 and the upper end of the range may be .05 higher than the mean GPA of the students enrolled in the course. If the mean GPA of the students enrolled in the course section (determined as of the beginning of the semester) is below 3.2, the lower end of the range may be .05 lower than the mean GPA of the students enrolled in the course and the upper end of the range shall be 3.25.

For courses in which there are 15 or fewer students enrolled in total in all sections of the course being offered in a given semester, the range is recommended rather than mandatory; in no event, however, may the mean grade exceed 3.6 except as follows: If the mean GPA for students enrolled in the course section (determined as of the beginning of the semester) is above 3.55, the mean grade for the course section may exceed 3.6, but may not exceed the mean GPA of the students enrolled in the course section plus .05.

Grades awarded to LL.M. students, exchange students, and graduate students, and grades of E are excluded from calculation of the mean grade.