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Grading Policies

Grading System The St. Norbert College grading system is as follows:

Grade Quality Definition Points
A Excellent performance 4.0
AB - 3.5
B Good performance, high pass 3.0
BC - 2.5
C Satisfactory performance, pass 2.0
CD - 1.5
D Marginal performance, pass 1.0
F Fail 0.00
WF Withdraw failing 0.00
P Pass
S Satisfactory work, “C” level
U Unsatisfactory work
W Withdrew
I Incomplete
CT Continuing course
AU Audit
NR Not reported
IP In progress
AW Awarded credit
T/TR Transfer credit
NT Not transferable, study abroad below “C”
GI Military Activation

All grades are entered on the student’s permanent record. Suspensions or dismissals as a result of academic dishonesty, judicial sanctions, or academic performance will be noted on official transcripts. No grade may be changed after one year from the date the grade is originally given.

The grading system at St. Norbert College is based on the assumption that a student either receives credit or does not receive credit for work undertaken. Credit can be earned for the same or equivalent course of study only once. The quality of a student’s work is expressed in grades and grade points. A 4.00 grade point system is used under which a student earns grade points for each course successfully completed. If credit is denied, the marks of “F,” “W,” “WF,” “U,” “NT,” “NR” or “I” are shown next to the work undertaken. If credit is earned a range in evaluation from A to D and S is given to denote the quality of the work done. Grades in all courses attempted at St. Norbert College shall be computed in the grade point average except those courses evaluated “W,” “I,” “NR,” “IP,” “AU,” “S,” “U,” or “CT.” “NT,” “S” and “U” credits attempted are calculated into total credits attempted for satisfactory academic progress determination. A grade of “S” = “Satisfactory” indicates satisfactory performance and is not calculated into the GPA. Master’s Thesis and Advocacy Projects are to be graded on a Satisfactory (“S”) or Unsatisfactory (“U”) basis in which “S” equates to work meeting program requirements in all areas of evaluation as determined by the readers and a “U” as work that does not meet minimum requirements in one or more areas of evaluation.

Students activated for military duty are given grades of GI for all coursework. No quality points or credits are issued.

Mid-Term Performance Evaluation
To assist students in the evaluation of their performance during each academic semester, the college has implemented a mid-term performance evaluation program in which students are informed of marginal or failing work in any given course at mid-semester. A copy of the report is sent to the student’s academic advisor as well.

Incomplete Grades
The designation of “Incomplete” is used when a student has not completed some work or the final examination for a serious reason beyond his or her control. The work must be completed and a grade received by the registrar within five weeks after the beginning of the following semester or the “Incomplete” will automatically become a “Failure.” In rare cases, faculty may request and the registrar may approve the extension of the five-week due date up to the last class day of the current session.

Grades Appeals Process
The purpose of the St. Norbert College policy on the appeal of grades is twofold: to protect the student from prejudiced and capricious academic evaluation, and to protect the professional rights and academic freedom of the faculty member in assigning grades.

Procedures for Appealing Grades

  1. A student who feels he or she has received an inaccurate or unfair grade must first consult the instructor. This consultation must take place and the appeal process begun, no later than six weeks after the beginning of the semester following the assignment of the disputed grade.

  2. The instructor should explain to the student the process of arriving at the grade.

  3. If the issue remains unresolved, both the student and the instructor are required to put their explanations in writing.

  4. The written statements and any supporting documents are forwarded to the appropriate associate dean or the dean of the business school who will convene the appropriate advisory council* to consider the appeal. The council will investigate the dispute and make a decision. The advisory council is free to consult faculty and students from the discipline concerned, and the individual disputants, in arriving at its decision. If the faculty member whose grade is being challenged is not a member of a division, the appeal is sent to the dean of the College. The dean will convene the divisional associate deans and the dean of the business school who will act in lieu of an advisory council. If the appeal involves an instructor in physical education, the athletic director will also be a member of the appeal board.

  5. A copy of the advisory council’s decision will be sent to the faculty member, the student and the registrar.

  6. If either party wishes to challenge the decision of the advisory council, an appeal must be made directly to the dean of the college as soon as possible after receipt of the decision. Action by the dean on an appeal is final.

While a procedure for grade appeals is necessary, it is anticipated that most disagreements will be resolved at the first stage of the process — the conference between the faculty member and the student. The burden of proof rests on the terms “prejudiced and capricious.” While the policy is intended to uphold the faculty member’s use of professional judgment, it also acknowledges the student’s right to know the basis upon which he or she was evaluated and to challenge a perceived injustice through an orderly set of procedures. It is, therefore, the faculty member’s responsibility to preserve records of grades, as well as students’ papers and examinations that were not handed back, at least until the end of the sixth week of the following semester.

*Due to the professional nature of these deliberations, any student representatives to divisional advisory councils do not attend grade appeals.

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