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Grades and Grading

Grading System

Grade point averages (scholastic averages) are computed by dividing the honor points a student has earned by the hours elected. The term grade point average and the cumulative grade point average are computed for each student at the end of each term and become part of the student's official UM-Dearborn academic record.

Symbols used in the grade reporting system common to all units are: F, failed (pass/fail option election); I, incomplete; NR, grade not reported; P, passed (pass/fail option election); S, satisfactory (courses graded S/E only); NC, no credit; VI, audit; W, withdrawal; X, absent from final examination; Y, indicates the course extends beyond the term.

The grades of E, IE, UE or XE are not assigned honor points and thus will lower the student's grade point average. The grade NC is used only for certain courses. When this grade is officially granted, the grade NC and the course will appear on the student's transcript, but the course will not be used in computing a grade point average.

The recording of grades on a student's official academic record is governed by the following (4.0) grading system:

Letter
Grade

Honor
Points

Letter
Grade

Honor
Points

A,A+

4.0

C

2.0

A-

3.7

C-

1.7

B+

3.4

D+

1.4

B

3.0

D

1.0

B-

2.7

D-

0.7

C+

2.4

E

0.0

Note: The A+ and D- grades are not used by Engineering instructors. The A+ grade is not used by Education instructors.

Grades associated with transfer credit from other schools or colleges (including other University of Michigan campuses) are neither recorded nor used in computing grade point averages of students.

Students may repeat a course no more than two times. All grades received must appear on the transcript, but only the last grade received is counted in the grade point average (GPA). Please see the Repeat Course Policy for more information.

Change of Grades

The grade that an instructor records on the final grade sheet and that appears on the student's subsequent transcript is assumed to be final; that is, the instructor's official evaluation of all of a student's performance and work completed by the official end of the term (the last day of the final examination week).

Recognizing that mistakes can be made, the UM-Dearborn permits a student to ask an instructor for a review of a grade within the four-month period after the end of the term involved. After a four-month period has passed, reviews cannot be initiated and grades cannot be changed. Such a review is entirely separate and distinct from the circumstances involving an I (Incomplete Coursework), X (Absent from Final Examination), or a Y (Course Extends Beyond Term); these three marks are explained elsewhere in this Catalog.

Absent from Final Examination

A student who is unavoidably absent from a final examination may, upon timely completion, be granted the privilege of making up the examination within five weeks after the closing date of the term involved. If granted this privilege, a grade of X will be recorded. Failure to take the examination within the specified time, or the denial of this privilege by the instructor, will result in a grade of E for the final grade. In extenuating circumstances an extension beyond the stated period may be requested by means of a petition that has been endorsed by the instructor. However, such arrangements for completing the work must be made within the above five-week period. The grade of X will automatically be converted to XE and reflected in the student's grade point average as a failing grade if the Supplementary Grade Report is not submitted by the end of the five-week period.

Incomplete Coursework

A student whose coursework for the term (other than final examination) is incomplete in a minor way may, upon completion and approval of the I Contract Form, be granted the privilege of completing the work within a five-week period for the College of Engineering and Computer Science or the College of Business, and a four-month period for the College of Arts, Sciences, and Letters and College of Education, Health, and Human Services beginning on the first day of classes of the immediately following term. If granted this privilege, a grade of I will be recorded. Failure to complete the required work within the specified time, or the denial of this privilege by the instructor, will result in a grade of E for the final grade. In extenuating circumstances an extension beyond the stated period may be requested by means of a petition that has been endorsed by the instructor and approved by the Academic Standards Committee. However, such arrangements for completing the work must be made within the above stipulated time period. Failure to complete the required work within the specified time will result in a grade of I being automatically treated as an IE and counted in the student's grade point average. The I will remain on the transcript even after the official final grade is assigned.

Course Extends Beyond Term

A mark of Y indicates that a course extends beyond the end of one term. This mark is only used for courses that have been specially designed and approved to extend beyond the end of one term. A course with a Y mark may not be completed after graduation. If such a course is not completed, the Y will be converted to an E upon graduation.