Grading Policies


Evaluation of Student Performance

The Day Division academic year is divided into two semesters, approximately 16 weeks. Grades are issued at the end of each semester and become a part of the student's permanent record. Final grades are available to students online through the “MyFisher" site. At mid-semester, students and their academic advisors are notified of their course grade (to that point), if they are then averaging a C- or below. The Division of Accelerated and Professional Studies is divided into six terms of approximately eight weeks. At the end of each term, grades are available to students online through the “MyFisher" site and become a permanent part of the student's academic record. Students should refer to their individual course syllabi for exam requirements. The weight of the final exam grade to the student's overall average differs among departments. In no instance, however, may it count for more than one third of the final grade. Final exams and papers are retained by the instructors for a period of six weeks for student review and re-evaluation. All credits awarded are semester hours of credit. Regardless of the length of the term, a standard number of contact hours is maintained. Final written examinations or evaluations are required in each academic subject. Every student is required to complete successfully all course requirements including final examinations. Students late for exams are admitted at the discretion of the instructor; however, no extra time is allowed. Fisher College adheres to the federal definition of a credit hour.  

Grade Changes

In some circumstances, a faculty member may need to process a grade change. All grade changes must be made in writing by the faculty member to the Registrar’s office. Students wishing to request a grade review should follow the procedures below.  

Grade Review and Appeal Policy

A student may request a review of their final grade if they believe there is an error in the mechanical calculation of the grade or the grade was not compliant with the stated policy on the course syllabus. The evaluation of student work is the responsibility of the instructor and is not subject to review. The process for review is as follows:
  1. The student must contact the faculty member within 15 days of the receipt of the grade and request a full review of their grade based on stated criteria in the syllabus. 
  2. If this does not resolve the student issue, they may send a written appeal for a grade review to the Vice President of Academic Affairs within 30 days of receipt of the grade. The written appeal must include:
      a. a copy of the syllabus
      b. The faculty member’s response and grade calculation
      c. an explanation of the alleged calculation error
      d. copies or documentation of student grades that do not match the faculty interpretation
  3. The Vice President for Academic Affairs will review the materials and request any additional documentation from the faculty member.

After reviewing the information from the student and the faculty member, the Vice President for Academic Affairs will notify each of the review decision. This decision will be final.


Grading System

Grade Numerical Value Grade Points
A 93-100 4.0
A- 90-92 3.7
B+ 87-89 3.3
B 83-86 3.0
B- 80-82 2.7
C+ 77-79 2.3
C 73-76 2.0
C- 70-72 1.7
D+ 67-69 1.3
D 63-66 1.0
D- 60-62 0.7
F 0-59 0

W Withdrawal: Student withdrawal from course with permission before the last day of the withdrawal period. No credit.
WX Administrative Withdrawal: Withdrawal by administration due to student's failure to get per mission to withdraw. No credit.
NCR No Credit: No credit was earned or a warded for the course.
P Pass: Indicates that student received permission to register on a Pass/Fail basis and passed. Student receives credit for such courses but P has no numerical
INC Incomplete: Given when a course require- ment has not been met. Must be resolved within thirty days. (See policy on incomplete grades.)
AU Audit: Student fulfills course requirements except for examination. No credit.
P/NCR Pass/No Credit: Student may petition the Chief Academic Officer to enroll in a course with a Pass/ No-credit option. If the student passes, a "P" grade and credit will be issued but no quality points calculated. If the student does not pass, a "NCR" grade with no credit will be issued.

Incomplete Grades

Rarely, for extenuating circumstances such as illness or accident, a student cannot complete all course work on time. In such cases, the student can request from the Vice President for Academic Affairs or the Site Director that an Incomplete (INC) be granted. If the request is approved, the student, the faculty member, and the Registrar will be notified of that decision in writing with the approved time for extension (between 7-30 days).
It is the student's responsibility to make arrangements with the faculty member to complete all course work and to submit it within the designated amount of time. At the end of the approved period, if the course work has been submitted, the instructor will submit a Grade Change report. If not, the Incomplete is converted to an "F" grade and duly recorded on the student's transcript.


Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP)

A student whose GPA, semester or cumulative, falls below a 2.0 but not below the standard for the degree or whose completion rate for his or her degree falls below a 67% (with an acceptable GPA) will be placed on academic warning. Students who do not meet the minimum satisfactory academic progress requirements for their degree or those who do not improve after being placed on warning may be placed on academic probation for a period not to exceed three terms. At the completion of each probationary semester/terms, the student’s progress will be reviewed. If the student is still not meeting the minimum satisfactory academic progress requirements by the end of the maximum allowed probationary period, he or she will be subject to academic dismissal. Any student earning below a 1.0 cumulative GPA will be subject to academic dismissal without a probationary period.  

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