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USF 2007-2008 Undergraduate Catalog - Pages 40-43

Grades, Scholarship Requirements, and Review Procedures

The University is interested in each student making reasonable progress towards his/her educational goals and will aid each student through guidance and faculty advising. To make students aware of their academic progress, the University has enacted a system of grading and policies of Academic Probation and Academic Dismissal that indicates whether or not a student is showing sufficient progress toward meeting degree requirements. Notations of Grades, Academic Probation and Academic Dismissal are posted to the student’s academic record.

When a student is academically dismissed from the University and is ineligible to re-enroll, it may be in his/her best interest to re-evaluate his/her educational goals with an academic advisor in his/her college. If the student’s poor academic performance has resulted from extenuating circumstances or if after a period of time the student feels he/she has gained adequate maturity and motivation, he/she may petition the Academic Regulations Committee for permission to re-enroll. See “Academic Regulations Committee,” for information on petitioning.

Grading System

Effective Fall Semester, 2000, USF faculty may use a plus/minus grading system to assign student grades. The use of the plus/minus grading system is at the discretion of the individual faculty member.

A student’s measure of academic achievement is recorded on the academic record based on the following grading system:

Plus/minus Grades
A+   4.00
A Excellent performance 4.00
A-   3.67
B+   3.33
B Good performance 3.00
B-   2.67
C+   2.33
C Average performance 2.00
C-   1.67
D+   1.33
D Poor performance 1.00
D-   0.67
F Failure 0.00

Other Grades
E Course repeated, not included in GPA
FF Failure/academic dishonesty
I Incomplete
IF Incomplete grade changed to Failure
IU Incomplete grade changed to Unsatisfactory
M No grade submitted by instructor
MF Missing grade changed to Failure
MU Missing grade changed to Unsatisfactory
N Audit
S Satisfactory
U Unsatisfactory
W Withdrawal from course without penalty
WC Withdrawal for extenuating circumstances
Z Indicates continuing registration.

Please note that the grade of C- will satisfy specified minimum requirements of the Gordon Rule courses and the common prerequisites unless otherwise specified in the Catalog.

Grade Point Average

The University uses the quality points listed above. The grade-point average (GPA) is computed by dividing the total number of quality points by the total hours attempted at USF. The total quality points are figured by multiplying the number of credits assigned to each course by the quality point value of the grade given. Credit hours for courses with grades of I, IU, M, MU, N, S, U, W, Z, and grades that are preceded by an “E” are subtracted from the total hours attempted before the GPA is calculated.

Credit hours for repeated USF coursework will be awarded only once per course unless the course is a university-approved repeatable course. “D” and “F” grades, however, for repeated USF coursework will be counted in the computation of the student’s GPA as many times as those grades for that course are recorded. If a student originally earns a “C” or higher in a course that may not be repeated for additional credit and earns a “C” or higher on a subsequent enrollment the new grade is not computed in the USF GPA unless the forgiveness policy is being applied.

”I” Grade Policy

An “I” grade indicates incomplete coursework and may be awarded to graduate and undergraduate students. (Undergraduate rules apply to non-degree-seeking students.) It may be awarded to an undergraduate student only when a small portion of the student’s work is incomplete and only when the student is otherwise earning a passing grade. Until removed, the “I” is not computed in the GPA for either undergraduate or graduate students. The time limit for removing the “I” is to be set by the instructor of the course. For undergraduate students, this time limit may not exceed two academic semesters, whether or not the student is in residence, and/or graduation, whichever comes first. “I” grades not removed by the end of the time limit will be changed to “IF” or “IU,” whichever is appropriate. If an instructor is willing, he or she may accept work from a student after an I grade has changed to an IF or IU grade, and assign the student a final grade in the course, unless the student has graduated. Whether or not the student is in residence, any change to “IF” grades will be calculated in the cumulative GPA and, if applicable, the student will be placed on appropriate probation or academically dismiss­ed. Students are not required to re-register for courses in which they are only completing previous course requirements to change an “I” grade. However, if a student wants to audit a course for review in order to complete course requirements, full fees must be paid.

”M” Grade Policy

An “M” is automatically assigned as a default grade when the instructor does not submit any grade for an undergraduate student. (Undergraduate rules also apply to non-degree-seeking students.) Until removed, the “M” is not computed in the GPA. The time limit for removing the “M” may not exceed one academic semester (whether or not the student is enrolled) and/or graduation, whichever comes first. “M” grades that are not removed by the end of the next semester/term will be changed to “MF” or “MU,” whichever is appropriate. Whether or not the student is enrolled, any change to “MF” grades will be computed in the cumulative GPA, and, if applicable, the student will be placed on appropriate probation or academically dismissed.

S/U Grade System

No-option Courses. Certain courses have been designated as S/U courses. The “S” and “U” grades are used to indicate the student’s final grade. These S/U only courses are identified with (S/U only) after the course definition in this catalog. No grading system option is available to students or faculty in these courses.

Option Courses. Any undergraduate course may be taken on an S/U basis by a student under the following conditions and restrictions:

  1. Required courses in the major may not be taken on an S/U basis.
  2. Specifically designated required courses in the distribution requirements of the student’s college may not be taken on an S/U basis.
  3. Courses to satisfy 6A-10.30 (Gordon Rule) may not be taken on an S/U basis.
  4. Courses to satisfy USF’s B.A. foreign language requirement may not be taken on an S/U basis.
  5. All elective courses for the major and all elective courses in the distribution requirements, and all other free elective courses may be taken on an S/U basis except where:
    1. The certifying college restricts the number of courses that may be taken on an S/U basis in any one or all of the above areas or restricts the total number of S/U courses that can be accepted for all of the above areas.
    2. The certifying college specifies that certain courses may not be taken on an S/U basis.
    3. The instructor of a course refuses to allow the course to be taken on an S/U basis.

Mechanism for Assigning S/U Grades. The method by which a student receives an “S” or “U” grade in an option course will consist of the following:

  1. A written agreement signed by both instructor and student shall be filed with such offices as may be designated by the college. The college shall set the deadline (no later than the last day of classes for the term) for the student to decide if he/she wishes to take the course on an S/U basis.
  2. The instructor shall assign final letter grades A, B, C, D, F, or I, but will transmit to the Registrar “S” or “U” consistent with the following:
    1. Letter grade, A, B, C, or C- shall be equivalent to a letter grade of “S.”
    2. Letter grades D or F shall be equivalent to a letter grade of “U.” “S” and “U” grades are not computed in the student’s GPA.

Grade Forgiveness Policy

USF’s forgiveness policy permits an undergraduate to repeat a course and have the repeated grade computed in his/her GPA in place of the original grade, providing the repeat grade is “D” or higher (exception - see Honors at Graduation). A course that is repeated and the repeat grade is “F” will have both grades calculated into the GPA. Normally, grade forgiveness may only be applied to a specific course that a student chooses to repeat. No course taken on the S/U grade basis may have the grade forgiveness applied. Under unusual circumstances, a different but similar course may be used if the substitute course has been previously approved by the college dean and is on file in the Office of the Registrar.

The grade forgiveness policy cannot apply to any course in which the grade of “FF” has been recorded.

Any undergraduate or non-degree seeking student who wishes to implement grade forgiveness must:

  1. Complete a “Grade Forgiveness Request Form” (available in the Office of the Registrar) for each course to be repeated.
  2. Adhere to the following conditions:
    1. A limitation of applying grade forgiveness to three USF courses with no more than one repeat per course.
    2. With prior approval of the college dean, a course different from a course on the approved list may be substituted in the following cases:
      1. The substitute course is a change in prefix, number, hours, or title, but not a substantive change in content from the original course.
      2. The substitute course replaces a course no longer offered by the institution.
    3. The repeated course must be taken under the standard grading system (A-F) and the latest grade must be D/D- or higher (grades of S/U are not permitted).
    4. All grades remain on the transcript. The original course grade will be annotated with “E” to indicate that the course has subsequently been repeated and the original grade is not computed in the GPA.
    5. Individual colleges may have further restrictions; therefore, the student should consult with his/her college.

This policy is applicable to undergraduate and non-degree-seeking students only, and applies to 1000-to-5000-level courses. Once students have been awarded a bachelor’s degree from USF, they may not repeat a course and be forgiven the original grade, taken prior to graduation.

The policy applies only to courses taken originally at USF and repeated at USF.

Good Standing

USF students will be considered in Good Standing if they are currently enrolled or eligible to return to USF.

Academic Record

The student’s academic record shall not be changed after the student has graduated.

College Policies For Academic Progress

Colleges may determine and implement standards of academic progress for undergraduate students (majors in the college) in addition to those established by USF. Students who do not meet the academic standards of progress set by their colleges will be placed on probation and may be disenrolled. The college dean is responsible for implementing standards of academic progress and for notifying students of their probationary or disenrollment status.

Colleges may restrict the course selections and the number of hours a student may take that do not apply toward completion of degree requirements. Students who exceed this limit may have part or all of their registration canceled.

Colleges are responsible for publicizing and students are responsible for knowing their college’s policies for academic progress.

Class Standing

A student’s class is determined by the number of credits he/she has earned without relation to his/her GPA.
0C Unclassified Non-degree-seeking students
1F Freshman 0 through 29 semester hours passed
2S Sophomore 30 through 59 semester hours passed
3J Junior 60 through 89 semester hours passed
4R Senior 90 or more semester hours passed; however, no baccalaureate degree earned here or elsewhere
5B  Baccalaureate degree-holder working on a second undergraduate program or degree
6M  Graduate student admitted to Master’s Degree Program
6A  Graduate student admitted to Specialist Degree Program
6C  Admitted to Candidacy
6D  Graduate student admitted to a Doctoral Degree Program
7A-7D  1st-4th year professional program (M.D.) or post-doctoral status

Admission to a College

All newly-admitted students must be advised initially by an academic advisor. All undeclared students are assigned to the Transitional Advising Center for the purpose of advising until a choice of major is made. At that time, he/she may be coded into the college containing the major department. Undeclared FTIC and lower-level transfer students must choose a major or college-based pre-major before registering for more than 36 semester hours. New upper-level transfer students who are undeclared must choose a major before registering for more than 75 semester hours.

Change of Major

All undergraduate students desiring to change their major should consult the Advising Office in the old and new college(s) of their interest.

Dean’s List

Full-time undergraduate students who demonstrate superior academic achievement during one semester will be honored on a “Dean’s List.” To be eligible for the Dean’s List, a student must be in a “pool” (defined hereafter) and must complete 12 hours of graded (A-F) USF courses with no incomplete grades during the semester. The “pool” consists of all students who have registered for at least 12 hours of USF courses in a given semester. The Dean’s List shall consist of the fewer of: 1) the upper 10% of the enrollment of the college or 2) students in the college with a USF 3.5 GPA or above (ties at the 90th percentile will be included in the honors group).

The dean of the college in which the student is majoring or the Dean of Undergraduate Studies for undeclared students will recognize this academic honor. Students who are eligible should contact their College Advising Office for information.

Academic Regulations Committee

The Academic Regulations Committee (ARC) meets regularly to review petitions submitted by undergraduate students to waive University academic regulations. Students must petition and secure approval of the committee to return to the University after having been academically dismissed or to waive academic deadlines.

Effective Fall, 1998, the University has implemented a statute of limitations on student petitions for retroactive adds, drops, withdrawals, and registration. A student will be limited to two calendar years (six academic semesters/terms) for such appeals whether the student is in attendance or not.

To petition the committee, completed forms should be submitted to the respective College Advising Office for ARC committee review. In some cases, a consultation with an ARC representative is required. Students may contact their ARC representative for details regarding their submission. The appropriate forms may be obtained from the following Office of the Registrar at http://www.registrar.usf.edu/data_display.php?link_type=Forms or from their academic advising office. Students will receive notification of the committee's decision by mail.

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