1. Grades are assigned at the end of the term in which a student was registered for the course. Possible grades to be assigned include
D (Passing but poor)
N (No grade reported)
IP (In Progress)
TP (Thesis pending)
DP (Dissertation pending)
PN (Passing, Not Proficient)
WF (Walked-away failure)
A grade of “A” earns four grade points for each hour of credit; “B” earns three grade points; “C” earns two grade points; “D” earns one grade point; “F” earns no grade points; and “X” earns no grade points.
The grade of “W” is used only to denote that a student withdrew (or was withdrawn officially) from the course or from the university.
WF – Walked Away Failure. WF” is a failed grade used to denote that a student walked away without formal notification (or unofficial withdrawal) from the course or from the university. Student has ceased participating in the course after the last day to officially withdraw from the course without having achieved a final passing grade and the student has not received official authorization to withdraw from the course under extenuating circumstances.
WM - Withdrawal Military. Students who receive military orders requiring withdrawal from classes may be permitted to withdraw at any time during a term upon verification of such orders.
Certain courses may be approved by the academic dean for satisfactory-unsatisfactory (S-U) grades. Such courses would normally be outside a student’s major and minor fields and would not be included in the grade point average. An “N” grade will be changed to a permanent grade upon receipt of an official grade from the instructor.
Graduate students who are writing a thesis or dissertation may receive the grade of “TP” (Thesis Pending) or “DP”(Dissertation Pending) if approved by their major professor. Once the Thesis or Dissertation is successfully defended, the assigned grade must be an “S” (Satisfactory).
A graduate student in the Doctor of Physical Therapy program who is preparing for Clinical Education may receive the grade of “PN” (Passing, Not Proficient) approved by the instructor of record if he/she is passing the course but have not achieved proficiency necessary to participate in the clinical experiences. The “PN” is a temporary grade. Once it is determined that the student has successfully achieved acceptable proficiency level, the appropriate grade must be recorded.
2. Due to extenuating circumstances beyond the control of the student, an incomplete grade may be assigned if the student was passing as determined by the instructor.
A student who is passing a course but has not completed all of the required work due to extenuating circumstances by the end of the term may, with the permission of the instructor, be assigned a grade of “I”. Grades of “I” are not assigned to any course that a student fails to attend
Before an incomplete grade is assigned, the Instructor determines exactly what work remains to be completed and inputs this information in the system when he/she assigns the grade. FAMU has established a grade control operation such that when an instructor enters final grades at the end of the semester, and selects incomplete grade, the system prompts him/her to select the reason for the incomplete grade and to enter additional information in a provided field (comment box) briefly describing the work to be completed by the student in order to have the incomplete grade converted to a letter grade.
A student should not register for a course(s) in which incomplete grades have been received. Incomplete grades will not count as hours attempted in computing cumulative grade point averages. It is the responsibility of the student to make arrangements with the instructor for the removal of an incomplete grade. All incomplete grades must be removed by the last day of classes of the term in which the student is next enrolled, or the grade will be changed to “F”.
At the end of the semester after grades are posted, the Registrar’s office runs a report listing all incomplete grades assigned, reasons for assigning them, and outstanding work for the student as stated by the instructor. This will assist the academic deans and department chairs in tracking and monitoring grade changes.