Grading Policy

Grades are released only to students in good financial standing with UIS. They are assigned according to the following scale.

A: Excellent

B: Good

C: Fair

D: Marginal, but passing

F: Unsatisfactory or unofficial withdrawal. Courses in which F grades are earned count in determining grade-point average but do not apply toward graduation.

CR: Credit, represents a grade of C or better for undergraduates or B or better for graduate students.

NC: No Credit, assigned to undergraduate students who earn grades below C or graduate students who earn grades below B under the credit/no credit option.

W: Authorized Withdrawal, appears on the transcript for the course(s) from which the student officially withdraws.

I: Incomplete, after a period not to exceed one year, the provisional grade becomes permanent unless a grade change was submitted. Re-registration is not necessary, unless required by the course instructor.

DFR: Deferred, used only for courses of a continuing nature, such as graduate research. Continues to appear until the course work has been completed and a grade assigned. Re-registration is not necessary, except for graduate closure courses. Courses for which a DFR grade may be awarded will be designated in advance.

AU: Audit, no grade or credit earned. The deadlines for changing enrollment from credit to audit are posted each term. Students who enroll as full-time must include any course they wish to audit as part of the maximum permitted load. For auditing students who do not attend class regularly, the course may not appear on the transcript. Credit for an audited course cannot be established under any circumstances. If enrollment in a course is limited, for-credit students are admitted before audits are allowed. Full tuition and fees are assessed for audited courses.

R: Indicates the course has been repeated. The original grade does not count in determining the grade-point average.

NR: Indicates a grade was not reported to the Office of Records and Registration by the course instructor.

Grade-point Average

The grade-point average is determined by multiplying grade-point equivalents by the number of semester hours earned in a course, then dividing the total number of grade-points in courses completed at UIS by the total number of hours represented by those courses (excluding courses with grades of CR, NC, W, I, DFR, R, or AU).

Grade-point Equivalents are:

A (4.00)
A- (3.70)
B+ (3.30)
B (3.00)
B- (2.70)
C+ (2.30)
C (2.00)
C- (1.70)
D+ (1.30)
D (1.00)
D- (0.70)
F (0.00)

Grading Option: Credit/No Credit

Students who select the credit/no credit option must officially register their intent with the Office of Records and Registration before the course is three-fourths completed. No changes are accepted after the designated date. Limits on the number of hours earned under the credit/no credit option may be established by individual programs.

Credit is awarded under this option to undergraduate work that represents a grade of C or better or to graduate work that represents a grade of B or better. For lesser work, a grade of NC is recorded on the transcript. Courses taken for credit/no credit are not included in calculating the grade-point average.

Incomplete Work

Students with extraordinary circumstances that prevent them from completing all requirements for a course on time may request a designation of “I” (Incomplete) from their instructor. The assignment on an incomplete is solely at the instructor’s discretion, and requires that the student complete all course requirements within 12 months of the end of the term for which the Incomplete was assigned. When an Incomplete is assigned, the instructor also submits a “provisional grade” reflecting the grade that the student will receive if the course is not completed at the end of 12 months. Please note that re-registration in the course is not necessary, unless required by the instructor.

Dean’s List

UIS recognizes superior academic achievement of undergraduate students at the end of each fall and spring semester. Students placed on the deans’ list must have a semester grade-point average of 3.75 or higher and be enrolled in at least eight graded semester hours with no incompletes for the semester.

Graduation Grade-point Average

  1. Undergraduate students must have a UIS cumulative grade-point average of at least 2.00 to receive a bachelor’s degree.
  2. Master’s students must achieve a UIS cumulative grade-point average of at least 3.00 to receive a master’s degree.
  3. Doctoral students must earn a B or better in each core doctoral, required research, and concentration class.

Academic Probation and Suspension

Students who have a UIS cumulative grade-point average of less than 2.00 (undergraduates) or 3.00 (master’s and doctoral students) will be placed on academic probation. Courses taken for credit/no credit do not count in calculating this average.

Undergraduate and master’s degree candidates on academic probation may enroll for up to 12 credit hours in the subsequent fall or spring (six hours in the summer) with approval of the academic adviser; doctoral students are limited to eight hours in the fall or spring and four hours in the summer. Non-degree-seeking students on probation must meet with a designated adviser in the Office of Records and Registration and may also be required to meet with a representative of the academic program in which they are taking classes.

Students placed on academic probation for two successive terms will be suspended and must wait two terms before petitioning for re-admission. Students in exceptional circumstances may appeal immediately.

Complete details on UIS’ academic probation policy are available from faculty advisers or the Office of Records and Registration.

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