Grading- Graduate and Doctoral
Letter grades are given in all courses except those conducted on a credit/no credit basis. Grades are calculated from the student’s daily work, class participation, quizzes, tests, term papers, reports and the final examination. They are interpreted as follows:
Outstanding scholarship and an unusual degree of intellectual initiative
Superior work done in a consistent and intellectual manner
Average grade indicating a competent grasp of subject matter
Inferior work of the lowest passing grade, no satisfactory for fulfillment of prerequisite course work
Failed to grasp the minimum subject matter; no credit given
Withdrawal before published deadline
Issuance is not automatic. At the discretion of the faculty member. May be assigned to a student who has successfully completed with at least a passing grade, a majority of the work of the course and who has an unavoidable and compelling reason why the remainder of the work cannot be completed on schedule.
In progress; primarily used for thesis completion or practicum completion
Final grades are issued at the end of each term. Address specific grade disputes directly with the instructor, preferably within six months. Any authorized grade changes must be submitted to the Records office to become official.
Students are required to maintain a program GPA of at least 3.0. Students whose GPA falls below 3.0 are placed on academic probation, and they have two terms to bring up their GPA or they may face dismissal from the program.
Grades will be made available online at Chaminade’s website, webportal.chaminade.edu, at the end of each semester or Online and Military Base Undergraduate program term. Questions about a particular grade should be addressed to the instructor. Any suspected error in the grade should be reported to the Records Office as soon as possible. The time limit for any grade change is six months from the end of the semester.
GRADE POINT AVERAGE
The student’s academic standing is indicated by a grade point average, determined by dividing the total number of grade points earned by the total number of credit hours the student has attempted at Chaminade. Courses taken on a Credit/No Credit basis are not included in the grade point average computation. If a course is repeated to improve a grade, the highest grade is used in calculating the grade point average.
WITHDRAWALS FROM COURSES
Withdrawals prior to the established deadline for each semester may be made without grade penalty. The notation “W” is recorded. The student is ultimately responsible for withdrawing from class.
Students who fail to attend or log into classes in which they are enrolled may be dropped from the classes after the first week of the term. Drops are only effective for tuition refunds when initiated by the student during the add/drop period. Students who miss two consecutive weeks of class prior to the withdrawal deadline may be withdrawn by the instructor. A student seeking a post deadline withdrawal must do so in writing and provide written evidence, such as military orders, a doctor’s signed statement, or other appropriate documentation of the extenuating circumstances warranting approval. Only when such evidence has been provided will such requests be approved.
To request to be withdrawn, students can simply email the records office, firstname.lastname@example.org from their Chaminade email, indicating the specific course(s) and term to be withdrawn from. If the student is unable to email from their Chaminade email, withdrawal forms may be obtained from the program office or the records office.
Grades are calculated from students’ daily work, class participation, quizzes, tests, presentations, reports, and final exams. Grade point equivalents (and grading scale values) and grade descriptors are presented below.
grade scale values
70-79 (Failed- No credit given)
>69 (Failed- No credit given)
Withdrawal before published deadline
Incomplete; The issuance of an “I” is at the discretion of the instructor. The grade may be assigned to a student who has successfully completed a majority of the work of the course and who has an unavoidable and compelling reason why the remainder of the work cannot be completed on schedule. A contract with the instructor must be drawn up, with the instructor indicating the due date of the remaining assignments (up to 90 days).
Credit; Course is passed.
Progressing; Progress is being made toward the completion of the course (i.e., Practicum, CRP, Internship) requirements. Credit (CR) is given only when all requirements of the course have been met.
No Credit; Course is failed.
Students who fail a course (i.e., receive a grade of C, F, or NC) must repeat the course within twelve months and receive a CR or a grade of B or higher. If the failed course is an elective, the student must repeat that specific elective course. If that elective course is not offered, the student must pass an alternative elective course determined by the faculty.
Students will be dismissed after at least one of the following:
Receiving two failing grades in the same course
Receiving two failing grades in the same semester
Receiving three failing grades throughout their course of study
As the doctoral coursework of the program is intensive, students are expected to attend every class. Students may be automatically withdrawn from the class or receive a failing grade if there are three or more absences in a 16-week term or two absences in a row in a 16-week term. With the condensed nature of the 8-week terms, missing class one day (e.g., 6-hours of class) would be equivalent to two absences in a row in a 16-week term.