to withdraw without penalty. W may be assigned, in exceptional cases, to
indicate satisfactory performance in courses from which students withdraw
after the last day to withdraw without penalty. The grade is used primarily
in cases of withdrawal from the University or course withdrawal for medical
reasons or other extenuating circumstances. See the catalog section on
"Changes of Registration" for an explanation of the procedures necessary
for the assignment of this grade. A grade of W is not used in the evaluation
of probation or suspension conditions or GPA computation.
WF is assigned for withdrawal from a course after the last day to withdraw
without penalty and is treated as F in the computation of GPA and in the
evaluation of probation and suspension conditions.
"I," incomplete, is assigned at the discretion of the instructor when, in the
faculty member’s judgment, a student is faced with a significant disruption
in his or her ability to complete some portion of the assigned work in
a course. The grade of “I” cannot be used to give students additional time
to complete course assignments unless there is strong, clear evidence that
stated conditions or events prevented the student from submitting course
assignments when they were due. The faculty member must complete the
Assignment of Incomplete Form as part of grade submission. By arrangement
with the instructor and according to the conditions on the required form
entered by the instructor, the student may have from one week up to 12
months from the date the “I” was given—in no case can this be longer than
12 months—to complete and submit the work. It is the responsibility of the
student to ensure all arrangements for removal of the “Incomplete” have been
made and that all work to rectify the “Incomplete” has been accomplished.
If the instructor of record is no longer at USC Upstate, the student should,
within the time specified on the incomplete grade form, transmit copies of
all necessary materials to that instructor by certified return receipt mail. If
the instructor fails to assign a grade within three months of the date of the
request, if no forwarding address is available, the dean of the appropriate
school or chair of the appropriate department/division shall appoint a faculty
member to consider the request and assign a grade. When all required work
has been completed and received, the instructor may initiate the appropriate
“Make-up Grade for Incomplete” form and file it with the Records Office. If
the student does not complete the necessary work by the agreed upon and
stated deadline, the faculty member can submit a permanent grade change
at that time. Automatically at the one year limit, the “I” will convert to an “F”
or to a back-up grade if so designated by the instructor. The changing of an “I”
to a letter grade requires notification and processing at various administrative
levels. It may take several weeks before the letter grade and credits earned
appear on the students’s transcript, and in some cases, may delay approval
for graduation. The grade of “I” does not affect the computation of GPA
until a permanent grade is assigned. Students who receive an "I" must not
register for the same course nor can they later withdraw from the course.
AUD indicates the student was enrolled in a course on an audit basis.
NR, no record, is assigned by an instructor to indicate a registration or
attendance problem. It is a temporary mark on the transcript and must be
replaced by a grade. An NR is changed to a grade of F after one semester
if no other grade can be obtained from the instructor by the appropriate
dean. X on the transcript before a grade denotes an Honor Code violation.
GRADE POINT AVERAGE
The grade point average is computed on the basis of all semester hours attempted
for credit within the University of South Carolina, except for hours
carried on a pass-fail basis. The GPA is not affected by courses taken on a
non-credit or audit basis.
The grade points earned in courses carried with a passing grade are computed
by multiplying the number of semester hour credits assigned to the course
by a factor determined by the grade. For courses in which the grade of A is
earned, the factor is 4; for B+, 3.5; for B, 3; for C+, 2.5; for C, 2; for D+, 1.5
and for D, 1. The grade point average is determined by dividing the sum
total of all grade points by the total number of hours attempted for credit
(excepting hours carried on a pass-fail basis). No grade points are assigned
to the symbols F, S, U, WF, W, I, AUD or NR.
At the end of each semester, students may access final grades through Self
Service Carolina on the USC Upstate website.
COURSE GRADE FORGIVENESS
It is the policy of the University of South Carolina that every currently enrolled,
fully-admitted, degree-seeking undergraduate earning a D+, D, F or WF in a
USC course may take up to two (2) undergraduate courses for a second time
for the purpose of grade forgiveness. Both the first and second grades shall
appear on the USC permanent record, but only the second grade will be used
in computing the University of South Carolina overall grade point average.
An explanatory notice will appear on the record. Once grade forgiveness is
applied to a repeated course, the action may not be revoked.
Eligible students wishing to apply the course grade forgiveness policy to
a course enrollment may do so at any time during their undergraduate
enrollment, but no applications will be honored after the degree is awarded.
Grade forgiveness can only be applied once per course for a maximum of
two courses (not to exceed 8 credits) on a student’s undergraduate academic
record, without regard to the number of degrees sought.Under the grade
forgiveness policy, the forgiven and repeated class must both be taken
at the same USC campus. Courses transferred from other institutions are
excluded from this policy.
This policy does not preclude students from repeating classes multiple times,
in accordance with program requirements, but only the second attempt at
the class may forgive the original grade of D+, D, F, or WF.
Only a regular letter grade can replace a forgiven grade. Grades of W, I, S, U,
or AUDIT may not replace previous grades. Grades carrying an honor code
violation sanction of X are not eligible for grade forgiveness.
Established requirements for repeating classes, admission to, or progression
in, specific academic programs of the University take precedence over the
grade forgiveness policy. Program or progression grade point averages are
not affected by this policy. Refer to the guidelines for each program for
Courses intended to be repeated for additional credit, such as research or
applied music, are not eligible for grade forgiveness. Semester honors (dean’s
or president’s honor list), academic standing (scholastic deficiency, probation,
suspension), or previous grade point totals will not change retroactively as
a result of applying this policy.
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