- Graduate students must be assigned letter grades (A, B, C, F) for completion of formal courses listed in the GSBS Catalog. For computation of the GPA: A = 4, B = 3, C= 2, and F = 0.
- Grades received in approved graduate courses taken at other institutions will be recorded as submitted by the institution but will not be calculated in the GSBS GPA unless cross-listed as a GSBS course.
- Literature Surveys, Special Project: Research, Seminars, Laboratory Tutorials, and Research courses listed in the GSBS Catalog are assigned grades of pass (P) or fail (F). A grade of P will not be included in the computation of a student's GPA.
- For Special Project: Course, the instructor may assign either a letter grade (A, B, C, F) or a grade of pass or fail. However, the grading system must be the same for all students in the course. A letter grade will be included in the computation of a student's GPA, a grade of pass will not.
- Thesis for Master of Science and Dissertation for Doctor of Philosophy will be graded pass or fail.
- The symbol I, reported when the student has not completed all the assignments in a course before its conclusion, is valid for one semester. Before the end of the following semester, the student must turn in the required work for a regular grade or else the incomplete will be replaced with an F. Under unusual circumstances, the student may apply through the instructor for an extension of the I period until the next time the course is offered. I's are not normally granted on the basis of poor academic performance.
- The symbol WP is given when a student with a satisfactory course performance withdraws from a course within the first nine weeks of class with the consent of the instructor. A WP, by itself, will not prevent the student from withdrawing from the Graduate School in good standing. The symbol WF is given if the student has unsatisfactory course performance up to the date of withdrawal. A WF grade is equivalent to an F in the calculation of the GPA. There will be no withdrawal after the last day of the ninth week of class.
- A grade of F in any course taken while a student at GSBS is grounds for dismissal from GSBS. The student may elect to request that the Dean allow him/her to retake the course the next time it is offered (usually within one year) rather than being subject to dismissal. Such requests are made via the student's advisor/advisory committee and the Academic Standards Committee. If the request is granted, the student must earn a grade of A or B in that course; a grade of C in the retake will result automatically in dismissal. During the interim the student will be on academic probation. If the student passes the course, the F will remain on the transcript, but only the new grade will be calculated in the GPA.
- Students may retake a GSBS course, in which case both the new and previous grades will appear on the transcript but only the second grade will be calculated in the GPA. Students whose GPA is less than 3.0 may not retake courses in which they received a B in an effort to raise their GPA to 3.0 or above.
In attempting to resolve any student grievance regarding grades or evaluations, it is the obligation of the student first to make a good faith effort to resolve the matter with the faculty member involved. Individual faculty members retain primary responsibility for assigning grades and evaluations. The faculty member's judgment is final unless compelling evidence suggests discrimination, differential treatment or mistake. If the evidence warrants appeal, the student must submit a request in writing with supporting evidence to the Dean. The determination of the Dean is final, and there is no further appeal.