Grading PoliciesProbation and Suspension Policies
If a student’s GPA falls below a 3.0 for one semester, he/she will be placed on probation. If a student’s GPA falls below a 3.0 for two consecutive semesters, he/she will be suspended from his/her graduate program. The student will be notified of probation and suspension in writing.
Passing (P) and unsatisfactory (U) grades are awarded to students while completing their theses and dissertations. A student is placed on probation for earning a “U” grade in any phase of the thesis or dissertation process. A second “U” may warrant dismissal from the program.
Course Grading Policy
A graduate student’s advisor is responsible for informing the advisee of grade requirements. The grade requirements are as follows:
1. Minimum grade requirements for all graduate programs and degrees:
a. A cumulative GPA of 3.0 must be maintained regardless of course/credit hour load.
b. Only a grade of “B” or higher is acceptable for required courses. A required course
must be repeated if a grade lower than a “B” is received. For all other courses
(electives) the grade of “C” or better is acceptable.
c. A grade of “U” in any phase of the thesis/research/dissertation process shall require
the student to be placed on probation for one semester. A second “U” grade in the
thesis/research/dissertation process may warrant termination of the student’s degree-
2. Appeals of grade assignments
a. All appeals regarding grade assignments must be made on an individual basis.
b. Each appeal must have formal, documented approval of the graduate faculty of the
college, school, or institute in which the student is studying.
c. All appeals must be made to the Graduate Council within one month after the grade
variance from established policy has occurred.
d. A two-thirds (2/3) affirmative vote of the entire voting membership of the Graduate
Council shall be required to make a grade exception.
e. Grade appeals may be made by a student’s chief advisor or any voting member of the
Graduate Council from the student’s school or college.
f. No graduate student, regardless of degree sought, or time in study, shall be permitted
to appeal directly, or in person to the Graduate Council regarding his or her grade(s).
g. Grade appeals may be made orally, but must be accompanied by a written statement
which outlines the appeal facts and justifications and produced in sufficient quantity for
the entire Graduate Council membership.
3. More restrictive grading policies by individual schools or colleges or programs
a. More restrictive grading policies by individual schools, colleges, institutes or programs
must have prior approval of the Graduate Council before their establishment.
b. A two-thirds (2/3) vote by the voting membership of the Graduate Council is required
for the approval of more restrictive grading policies.
4. Grades and Financial Aid
a. Each graduate student who receives any form of financial aid must maintain the GPA
stipulated above while carrying a full load of credit hours.
b. It is the responsibility of each respective school or college, via its graduate officer or
student advisor, to monitor each graduate student’s credit hour load, grades, grade
point average (GPA), and overall progress toward the degree. This officer/advisor must
report promptly to the graduate dean all actions, or recommended actions, for any
student who violates or is in default of the above policies and standards.
c. A full credit load consists of a minimum of nine (9) hours in the Fall and Spring
Semesters and six (6) hours in the Summer term.
d. Any graduate student who fails to maintain the minimum credit hour load, grades and
grade point average (GPA) required must be immediately removed from financial
assistance with prompt documentary notice to the graduate dean.
Grade Forgiveness Policy
A graduate student enrolled at Florida A & M University who receives a C, D, or F grade, which fails to meet the requirements of a specific graduate program, may petition the Program Dean or Graduate Director to retake the course. The course must be taken at Florida A & M University (FAMU), unless the course is offered at Florida State University (FSU) under the FAMU/FSU cooperative program and the course must carry the same course number and description. Only the higher grade shall be used in computing the overall grade point average (GPA), but both grades will remain on the transcript. If both grades are the same, only the second will be counted in the GPA. A graduate student may repeat no more than two courses in any graduate program at Florida A & M University, and may repeat each course only once. A grade forgiveness form must be submitted by the student to the Registrar’s Office after the course is retaken and prior to graduation.