Credit values. Courses that carry 3 semester hours credit meet a minimum
of 2100 instructional minutes.
Grading system. The letter grades A, B, C, D and F are employed to des-ignate
excellent, good, fair, poor and failing work respectively. B+, C+ and
D+ also may be recorded. Courses graded D or lower cannot be applied to
degree programs. The letter grades S (satisfactory) and U (unsatisfactory)
are assigned only in courses that have been approved for pass-fail grading,
or in a regular course where the student, with the approval of the appropri-ate
graduate administrator, has elected an individual pass-fail option (see
Pass/Fail Option). Courses completed with an S may be counted toward
total credits earned.
The grade of I, incomplete, is assigned at the discretion of the professor
when in the professor’s judgment, a student is prevented from completion
of some portion of the assigned work in a course because of an unanticipated
work-related responsibility, family hardship, illness, accident, or verified
disability. The student should notify the professor without delay that one
of these conditions exists or has arisen; notification must be given prior to
the end of the term. The professor will determine, according to the nature
of the interruption and the uncompleted requirements, what additional
period of time will be allowed for completing the work before a permanent
grade is assigned. An Assignment of Incomplete Grade form must then be
completed by the professor specifying the justification for the I, conditions
for make-up, and deadline for completion. Re-enrolling in a course will not
make up an incomplete grade. A grade of I is not computed in the calculation
of a student’s grade point average.
After 12 months an I, which has not been replaced with a letter grade is
changed permanently to a grade of F unless the I was erroneously recorded.
If the professor believes there is academic justification for an extension
beyond the one year limit, a request for extension should be submitted to
the appropriate graduate administrator before the expiration of the year,
specifying the justification and specific duration of the extension on the form
entitled Extension of Incomplete Time Period Authorization.
NR, no record, is assigned by the Records Office if a grade has not been submitted
at the proper time or if any grade not approved for a particular course has been
submitted. It is a temporary mark on the transcript, and must be replaced by
a grade. If replacement does not occur before the last week of the spring or
fall semester following the term from which the grade was recorded, a grade
of F will be assigned.
Special make-up work, extra work, or examination to change a grade already
recorded is not permitted.
Academic standards. Graduate courses may be passed for degree credit
with a grade as low as C, but the student’s average on all courses attempted
for graduate credit must be at least B (3.0 on a 4 point system). Additionally,
the student’s average on all courses numbered 700 or above must be no less
than 3.0. Grades earned on credits transferred from other universities do not
count in the grade point average.
An accumulation of grades below B on 12 credits of graduate course work
taken at the University within a six year period will disqualify a student for
a graduate degree. This rule applies to courses taken in degree programs,
non-degree programs, or in more than one degree program. These students
are suspended from degree candidacy but may enroll in professional develop-ment
courses with the approval of the appropriate graduate administrator.
After a grade below B is six years old, it will cease to be a disqualifying factor.
Transfer Credit. Transfer work from a regionally accredited institution
applicable to a master's degree MUST BE WITHIN THE SIX YEARS PRIOR
to USC Upstate degree completion. A maximum of twelve semester hours
credit (nine if part of a master's degree at the other institution) may be
considered, subject to these additional provisions: (a) the courses must
be documented by an official transcript mailed to the admissions office
by the awarding institution; (b) the transcript must clearly indicate that
graduate credit was awarded or specifically verified by the institution's
registrar or graduate dean; (c) the courses must be judged appropriate by
the student's advisor, approved by the appropriate graduate administrator,
and listed on an approved program of study; (d) courses graded lower than
B are not transferable; (e) USC Upstate provides no revalidation mechanism
for courses completed at another institution.
Appeals for reinstatement. Appeals for reinstatement to degree can-didacy
should be reviewed by the appropriate graduate administrator and
forwarded to the senior vice chancellor for academic affairs for review by
the USC Upstate Academic Affairs Committee.
Appellants who have maintained a B average despite their accumulation of
lower grades may, if their appeals are supported by the appropriate gradu-ate
department, be allowed to proceed toward their degrees provided they
receive no additional grades below B.
Appellants who have not maintained a B average should show extenuating
circumstances and obtain the support of the appropriate graduate depart-ment
if they wish to be considered for reinstatement by the USC Upstate
Under certain circumstances, a student may elect pass/fail grading in a
course outside the major area. This option permits enrichment of the stu-dent’s
experience without affecting grade point average. A grade of either
S (satisfactory) or U (unsatisfactory) will be awarded. Courses completed
with a satisfactory grade may be counted toward total credit hours earned.
Any student interested in this option should consult with the appropriate
graduate administrator prior to registration.
All official transcripts must be requested in writing from the USC
Columbia Records Office.
No transcript will be issued to or for a student who is indebted to the University.
With the exception of copies made for internal university use, no copy of a
student’s record will be released anywhere (including the state department
of education) without the student’s written consent.
UNDERGRADUATE ENROLLMENT IN
GRADUATE COURSES (SENIOR PRIVILEGE)
A special provision to earn graduate credit is available for USC Upstate
undergraduate seniors in their final semester who have a minimum GPA of
3.0, and who need less than a normal course load to complete baccalaureate
requirements. Overload enrollment, which includes one or more courses
under senior privilege is not allowed. Courses for graduate credit under
senior privilege cannot be used toward undergraduate degree requirements.
Students are expected to attend all regular class meetings. Unsatisfactory
class attendance may be considered adequate reason, by the instructor, for
requesting the student to withdraw from a course.
Auditors are expected to conform to the same attendance requirements
as students registered for credit, but in any case, must attend at least 75
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