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Subchapter 1. Programs, Courses and Classes. Article 2. Grading and Academic Record Symbols. Academic Record Symbols and Grade Point Average.   

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(a) Except as provided in subdivisions (b) and (c), grades from a grading system shall be averaged on the basis of the point equivalencies to determine a student's grade point average using only the following evaluative symbols:

Symbol Definition Grade Point

A Excellent 4

B Good 3

C Satisfactory 2

D Less than satisfactory 1

F Failing 0

P Passing (At least satisfactory

- units awarded not counted in GPA.

Has the same meaning as "CR"

as that symbol was defined prior

to June 30,2007.)

NP No Pass (Less than satisfactory,

or failing - units not counted in GPA.

NP has the same meaning as "NC" as

that symbol was defined prior to June 30,2007.)

(b) The governing board of a community college district may use "plus" and "minus" designations in combination with letter grades, except that the grade of C minus shall not be used. If pluses and minuses are used, the grade point value of a plus shall be computed by adding 0.3 to the value assigned to the letter grade with which it is combined, and the grade point value of a minus shall be computed by subtracting 0.3 from the value assigned to the letter grade with which it is combined, except that no grade point value shall be less than 0 or greater than 4.0.

(c) Regardless of whether the governing board elects to use plus and minus grading, it may provide for the use of the "FW" grade symbol to indicate that a student has both ceased participating in a course some time after the last day to officially withdraw from the course without having achieved a final passing grade, and that the student has not received district authorization to withdraw from the course under extenuating circumstances. The "FW" symbol may not be used if a student has qualified for and been granted military withdrawal. If "FW" is used, its grade point value shall be zero (0).

(d) The governing board of each community college district shall publish the point equivalencies for the grades used in subdivision (a), or, subdivisions (a) and (b) (if pluses and minuses are used) in the catalog or catalogs of each college in the district as a part of its grading policies. In the event the governing board chooses to use the "FW" described in subdivision (c), it shall be included in the grading system and point equivalencies published in the catalog.

(e) The governing board of each community college district may authorize the use, under controls and conditions specified below, of only the following nonevaluative symbols:

Symbol Definition

I Incomplete: Incomplete academic work for unforeseeable,

emergency and justifiable reasons at the end of the term may

result in an "I" symbol being entered in the student's record.

The condition for the removal of the "I" shall be stated by

the instructor in a written record. This record shall contain

the conditions for the removal of the "I" and the grade

assigned in lieu of its removal. This record must be given to

the student with a copy on file with the registrar until the

"I" is made up or the time limit has passed. A final grade

hall be assigned when the work stipulated has been completed

and evaluated, or when the time limit for completing the work

has passed. The "I" may be made up no later than one year

following the end of the term in which it was assigned.

The "I" symbol shall not be used in calculating units

attempted nor for grade points. The governing board shall

provide a process whereby a student may petition for a time

extension due to unusual circumstances.

IP In progress: The "IP" symbol shall be used only in those

courses which extend beyond the normal end of an academic

term. It indicates that work is "in progress," but that

assignment of an evaluative symbol (grade) must await its

completion. The "IP" symbol shall remain on the student's

permanent record in order to satisfy enrollment documentation.

The appropriate evaluative symbol (grade) and unit credit

shall be assigned and appear on the student's permanent record

for the term in which the course is completed. The "IP"shall

not be used in calculating grade point averages. If a student

enrolled in an "open-entry, open-exit" course is assigned an

"IP" at the end of a term and does not re-enroll in that

course during the subsequent term, the appropriate faculty

will assign an evaluative symbol (grade) in accordance with

subdivision (a) or (a) and (b) if plus and minus grading is

used) to be recorded on the student's permanent record for the

course.

RD Report Delayed: The "RD" symbol may be assigned by the

registrar only. It is to be used when there is a delay in

reporting the grade of a student due to circumstances beyond

the control of the student. It is a temporary notation to be

replaced by a permanent symbol as soon as possible. "RD" shall

not be used in calculating grade point averages.

W Withdrawal: The "W" symbol may be used to denote withdrawal in

accordance with the requirements of section 55024.

MW Military Withdrawal: The "MW" symbol may be used to denote

military withdrawal in accordance with section 55024.

(f) In calculating students' degree-applicable grade point averages, grades earned in nondegree-applicable credit courses shall not be included.

(g) The governing board of each district shall adopt rules and regulations governing the inclusion or exclusion of units in which a student did not receive a grade or "pass-no pass" or from which the student withdrew in accordance with rules adopted by the district.

Authority cited:

Education Code 66700

Education Code 70901

Reference:

Education Code 70901

Education Code 70902

(Added by Register 2013, No. 1.)