Grading Policies

Faculty members are expected to submit periodic and final semester grade reports in a timely fashion. Faculty members should carefully observe the special reporting deadlines for graduating students to allow adequate time for the Office of the Registrar to record grades for certification of students for graduation, as well as the regular reporting deadlines for all other students.

Grades, Grade Points, and GPA Calculation

The grade point average (gpa) is calculated by totaling the number of grade points earned and dividing by the number of credits applied toward the gpa.  The resulting grade point average is truncated following the second decimal (e.g., 1.99672=1.99).  The University does not round the gpa.  This method of calculation is used for all academic purposes such as academic standing, graduation, and scholarship eligibility.

Grade point status can be modified only by work done in residence at Baylor; courses may not be repeated at another institution for transfer credit to Baylor. For certain degree requirements, it is expected, and usually required, that a failed course be repeated. It is frequently advisable and sometimes necessary to repeat a course in which a grade of “D” has been earned. See regulations regarding course repetition in this catalog.

 Grade/

Symbol

Definition 

Grade

Points 

Included

in GPA? 

Credits

Earned? 

 A

 Excellent

 4.00

 Y

 Y

 B+

 Very good 

 3.50

 Y

 Y

 B

 Good

 3.00

 Y

 Y

 C+

 Above Average

 2.50

 Y

 Y

 C

 Average

 2.00

 Y

 Y

 D

  Poor

 1.00

 Y

 Y

 F

 Unsatisfactory

 0.00

 Y

 N

 I

 Incomplete

 n/a

 N

 N

 IP

 Incomplete Extension

 n/a

 N

 N

 DP

 Drop Passing

n/a 

 N

 N

 DF

 Drop Failing

 0.00

 Y

 N

 WP

 Withdraw Passing

 n/a

 N

 N

 WF

 Withdraw Failing

0.00

 Y

 N

 P

 Pass

 n/a

 N

 Y

 FA

 Fail (Pass/Fail)

 n/a

 N

 N

 CR  

Credit--Satisfactory Completion

(Credit/No Credit)

 n/a

 N

 Y

 NC  

No Credit--Unsatisfactory Completion

(Credit/No Credit)

 n/a

 N

 N

 AU

 Audit

 n/a

 N

 N

Incomplete Policy

Incompletes should be used when unforeseen circumstances arise that prohibit students from completing assignments and/or exams toward the end of the semester. Incompletes typically occur because of an excused absence from the final examination or permission for extension of time to submit a report or term paper. In most courses, the "I" must be removed by the end of the next semester (summer terms included); if the course is not completed by this time, the "I" will automatically be changed to the grade of "F." However, in some specifically designated courses with an exceptionally heavy reading, research, or project component (e.g., Honors courses), the "I" must be removed within one calendar year from the time at which the "I" was given. If the course is not completed by this time, the "I" will be changed to a grade of "F." An "I" is not included in hours earned.