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Grading System


The following alphabetical system is used for reporting and recording all grades:

A Excellent 4 quality points per credit hour
B Good 3 quality points per credit hour
C Average 2 quality points per credit hour
D Passed 1 quality point per credit hour
F Failure 0 quality points per credit hour (must repeat course)
I Incomplete Will carry hours attempted and will be computed in GPA. Incomplete grades will be changed to an "F" grade on the first date of the next term.
P Pass Hours are not included in determining GPA
R Repeat Hours are not included in determining GPA
NA Never Attended Hours are not included in determining GPA
W Withdrawal Hours are not included in determining GPA
AU Audited Hours are not included in determining GPA
SA Satisfactory Hours are not included in determining GPA
UN Unsatisfactory 0 quality points per credit hour
PE Credit Received by passing a proficiency exam Hours are not included in determining GPA
AP Advance Placement Hours are not included in determining GPA
CE
Credit by Examination
Hours are not included in determining GPA
TC Transfer Credit Hours are not included in determining GPA

Scholastic Standards

The minimum grade point average for graduation is 2.0 or a grade average of “C.” Quality point averages are determined by dividing the total number of quality points by the number of credit hours attempted. If a course is repeated, the highest grade will be used in computing the student’s hour-quality point ratio. A ratio of 2.0 indicates that the student has an average of “C”; above 2.0 indicates an average above “C”; below 2.0 indicates an average below “C.” The following grades yield no quality points: “I,” “PE,” “SA,” “UN,” “R”, “P”, “AU,” “NA,” “W,” “F,” “AP,” “NC,” and “TR.”

Computation of Grade Point Average

Terms: Q.P. (Quality Points): Points earned for final class grades. Each letter grade represents so many earned points: “A” = 4 Q.P.s, “B” = 3 Q.P.s, “C” = 2 Q.P.s, “D” = 1 Q.P., and “F” = 0 Q.P.s. G.P.A. (Grade Point Average): Obtained by multiplying the earned Q.P.s by the number of credit hours attempted and dividing the total earned Q.P.s by the total number of credit hours attempted. Credit Hours: Hours of credit received for each class taken per semester. Contact Hours: Actual hours per week spent in class and/or lab. There are two main steps in computing G.P.A.:

1. Multiply the credit hours for each class by the number of Q.P.s earned. The result is the total Q.P.s for the semester. Example:


Credit
Hours



Grade

Q.P.s

Total
Q.P.s
Business Law I 3 x A 4 = 12
Keyboarding 2 x B 3 = 6
Principles of Accounting I 4 x C 2 = 8
Expository Writing 3 x B 3 = 9
Introduction to Computers 3 x A 4 = 12

15 total hours



47 Q.P.s

2. Divide the number of total credit hours into the total number of Q.P.s for the semester. Grade point average for semester: 47 total Q.P.s divided by 15 total credit hours = 3.13 G.P.A. The cumulative G.P.A. may be computed by totaling all attempted credit hours and dividing them into the total number of Q.P.s that have been earned for all semesters of enrollment.

Grade Reports and Transcript Requests
At the conclusion of each semester of enrollment, a student’s final grade for each class completed is posted to his or her official SCC transcript and may be viewed through the student’s WebAdvisor account.  Final grade reports are not mailed to students nor are they shared by telephone or in person.

Transcripts of coursework completed are the private property of the student and are protected under FERPA (Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act) regulations.  Stanly Community College insures that these records are not released unless official authorization is granted by the student or they are subpoenaed by an agent of the court.  Official authorization is defined as a written request signed by the student and mailed or faxed to the Office of Records and Registration (FAX:  704-991-0255).  Transcript requests may also be made through the student’s WebAdvisor account.  Every effort will be made to honor the request within 72 hours after receipt of the request.  An official copy of the student transcript will be mailed to other colleges, employers, or the student provided all financial obligations to the college are satisfied.  All requests should include a complete mailing address of the party to whom the transcript is to be mailed.  Official transcripts will not be faxed.

Reinstatement From Academic Suspension

Students who have been academically suspended must request consideration for reinstatement in writing to the Dean of Students after having been on suspension for a minimum of one term. Upon reinstatement from academic suspension, the student will be allowed to reenroll and must achieve a cumulative 2.00 GPA by the end of the semester or demonstrate significant progress toward meeting the 2.00 GPA. Students who do not meet these standards will be suspended for one year.

Appeal Process

Students who fail to meet the academic progress standards but have mitigating circumstances may appeal their suspension to the Dean of Students. This appeal must be in writing and received by the Dean before the first day of classes of the next semester. The student will be notified of the Dean’s decision prior to the end of the drop/add period. Please note that some sponsoring agencies may have more stringent academic requirements than those outlined above. It is the student’s responsibility to be aware of and meet these requirements.