Explanation of Grades

The following grades are approved by the University System for use by Dalton State College in the determination of the grade point average:

Grade Description Quality Points:

A Excellent 4
B Good 3
C Satisfactory 2
D Passing 1
F Failure 0
WF Withdrew, Failing 0

The following symbols are approved for use in the cases indicated but are not included in determination of the grade point average:

I This symbol indicates that a student was doing satisfactory work but, for nonacademic reasons beyond the student’s control, was unable to meet the full requirements of the course. The “I” must be removed by the end of the next term of enrollment or the Vice President for Enrollment and Student Services will change the “I” to “F”. Without regard to enrollment, the “I” must be removed within one year or it will be changed to “F”.
IP This symbol indicates that credit has not been given.
W This symbol indicates that a student officially dropped a course by the published day to drop classes without penalty. After this date, withdrawal is permitted only in cases of extreme, non-academic hardship which prevent the student from completing the term and must be approved by the Vice President for Academic Affairs.
WM This symbol indicates that a student was permitted to withdraw for military service without penalty at any time during the term.
S This symbol indicates satisfactory performance in a course carrying institutional credit.
U This symbol indicates unsatisfactory performance in a course carrying institutional credit.
K This symbol indicates that a student was awarded credit for the course by examination (CLEP, AP, SAT II, or institutional examination).
V  This symbol indicates that a student audited the course. Enrollment status in a course cannot be changed from audit to credit or credit to audit after the add period ends.
H This symbol, when attached to a course discipline prefix and number (e.g.,ENGL 1102H), indicates the course as either an Honors Course or an Honors Designated Course and part of the Honors Program offerings. At the end of Spring 2007, the Honors Program was temporarily suspended; however, an Honors student accepted into the program by Spring 2007 may have continued to take Honors Designated courses until the end of Spring 2009 to complete the Honors Program of study to be an Honors Program Graduate. An Honors student must have already taken HONR 1000, have at least 14 hours of Honors or Honors Designated Course credits (each course with a grade of “A” or “B”), and a GPA of 3.5 or higher in order to complete the Honors Program successfully and be recognized as an Honors Program Graduate.

Grade Changes and Appeals:
The assignment of grades and symbols is the responsibility of the instructor. Any change in an assigned grade or symbol must be recommended by the instructor who assigned the original grade or symbol and be approved by the Vice President for Academic Affairs. All appeals by students for grade or symbol changes must be made by midterm of the semester following award of the grade(s) or symbol(s). The sequence of appeal is the student’s instructor, the department chair or dean, and the Vice President for Academic Affairs.

Grade Reports:
At the midpoint and at the end of each term, a full report of courses taken and grades and symbols earned during the term is posted on the students DSConnect Banner Web. Students may access their grades with a student identification number and PIN. Grades are not mailed to students. Students are encouraged to consult with individual instructors to determine their progress at any time during the term.

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