Grading and Progression

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Grading
The grade represents all the work of the student in the course concerned including the daily recitations, tests and examinations, outside assignments, and the final examination. Students are graded on an individual basis, and the grade received is an index of that student's knowledge of the subject and quality of performance in the course.

Grade Description
Grade Point Value
Per Credit Hour
A+  
4.00
A Excellent
4.00
A-  
3.67
B+  
3.33
B Good
3.00
B-  
2.67
C+  
2.33
C Average
2.00
C-  
1.67
D+  
1.33
D Pass
1.00
D-  
0.67
F Fail
0.00
W Withdrew
*
AU Audit (Attendance 75% or more)
*
HO Hold
*
X Audit (Attendance Less Than 75%)
*
I Incomplete
*
CR Credit
*
NC No Credit
*

* No Grade Point Value

Incomplete Grades.
Grades of "I" may be awarded only upon the approval of the faculty member involved. The student must remove the "I" no later than thirty calendar days preceding the end of the first long semester following the awarding of the "I" (such date to be published in the Academic Calendar); otherwise the "I" will become an "F." The grade "I" may be assigned only when the student is currently passing the course and in situations involving extended illness, injury, death in the family, or as a result of employment or government reassignment (documentation required). These events must be the cause of a student's inability to complete course work. Note: Students cannot participate in commencement ceremonies or graduate until all Incomplete grades have been removed.

"W" Grades.
A student may withdraw from a single course, or from the University completely, and be eligible to receive a "W" for the course(s). This grade will indicate that the student will not receive credit for the course nor will the course be computed in the student's GPA. The student must withdraw from the course within the date and time specified in the Schedule of Classes and the Academic Calendar. If an official (full) withdrawal occurs prior to completing 60% of the semester or term, a pro-rated portion of all federal financial aid received during the semester will have to be returned within 45 days of withdrawal.

"CR" Grades.
"CR" is used only in giving credit for Chapel attendance, credit by examination, and courses designed for evaluation with no grade description.

"NC" Grades.
"NC" indicates a non-credit experience. It is not a failing grade, but the student must register for the course again to pursue credit.

Grade Point Average
A student's relative progress toward a degree is measured in part by the grade point average. To determine the grade points earned in each course, simply multiply the number of credit hours for the course by the grade point value of the grade received. For example, a student who made an "A" in a three-hour course would receive 12 grade points for the course (3 credit hours x 4 = 12 grade points).

The grade point average is determined by dividing the total number of points earned by the number of credit hours attempted (displayed as CredCalc on grade report). For example, a student who had earned 36 grade points in taking 12 credit hours of courses would have a grade point average of 3.00 (divide 36 by 12 to get the average grade point).

The cumulative grade point average for students is determined by dividing the total number of points earned in all courses completed at DBU and courses accepted in transfer to DBU by the total number of credit hours attempted. The minimum satisfactory cumulative grade point average is 2.00.  DBU requires a minimum institutional cumulative major, and minor GPA of 2.0. 

NOTE:  The grade point average and the cumulative grade point average are not rounded.

 

Repetition of Courses
If a student repeats a course, the last attempt is a permanent grade for the course. Any previous grades will remain on the transcript, but only the last attempt will be counted in the cumulative grade point average. A student may not repeat at another institution a course in which a grade has already been earned at Dallas Baptist University. DBU grades always take precedence over courses taken at other institutions.

Audit Grades and Policy
A student who has paid an audit fee may visit a course; however, there is no privilege of class participation including taking tests and submission of materials to be graded. Occasional visitation of classes by currently enrolled students is allowed with the consent of the instructor. Any extended attendance requires registration and payment of appropriate fees. Auditors are admitted to classes on a space available basis under the following guidelines:

  1. No one is allowed to audit online classes.

Grade Reports

DBU has implemented a new Web Advisor System to access student information via the Internet. Final grades will be available online as soon as they are entered by the faculty member and will no longer be mailed to students. The Registrar's Office will only mail grades to a student upon request. Web Advisor for Students/Faculty can be accessed at https://webreg.dbu.edu/datatel/.

While nonpayment of one's DBU student account results in suspension of a student's access to his/her DBU transcript or printout of grades, the student is permitted to make an appointment with the Registrar's Office to examine his/her transcript on the computer screen in order to review academic status. The Registrar is not allowed to print out the transcript and give it to any student whose account balance has not been cleared.

 

Adding and Dropping Courses
Within the Add/Drop deadlines as recorded on the Academic Calendar, a student may change course sections, add one or more course(s), or drop one or more course(s) with no change recorded on the permanent record. In every case the student must submit a properly executed Add/Drop Form. To be properly executed, the form must be signed and dated by the student's academic advisor and be received in the Registrar's Office. The student must withdraw from the course within the first 65% of the term, according to the date and time specified in the Schedule of Classes and the Academic Calendar. After that date, the student will not be allowed to officially withdraw from a course. If the student has entered into a financial aid agreement, the student should meet with the Financial Aid Department. In every situation, the student is responsible for making sure that the form progresses through each step in the Add/Drop process, whether the process is conducted in person on the main campus or through faxes and telephone conversations.

Any appropriate refund will be calculated according to the date the Add/Drop Form is received in the Registrar's Office. Students are subject to a $40 fee each time a drop is made.

Students who are eligible to register online may be able to Add/Drop online. (Students using web advisor may not drop all classes in a term). Students must consult their advisor before changing their schedule. In every situation, the student is responsible for entry of correct information and for making sure that the Add/Drop process has been completed. Any appropriate refund will be calculated according to the date the Add/Drop is properly completed online. Students are subject to a drop fee of $40 each time a drop is made. Students are not allowed to withdraw from classes online.

Note: International students are responsible for maintaining appropriate course loads per INS guidelines. All add/drop/withdrawals can only be processed upon approval of the International Office and appropriate academic advisor.

Official Withdrawal
It is the student's responsibility to officially withdraw from the University when necessary. Failure to officially withdraw through the Registrar's Office will cause the student to receive an "F" in each course regardless of the record at the time one ceased to attend class. (Withdrawal from the University does not automatically withdraw the student from housing).

After the Add/Drop deadlines recorded on the Academic Calendar, a student may drop one or more courses; this is defined as Withdrawal. Withdrawal from ALL courses on ANY date is known as Official (Full) Withdrawal from the University. Students will be required to have an exit interview with the Assistant Vice President for Student Affairs prior to Official (Full) Withdrawal from the University. If the Official (Full) Withdrawal occurs prior to completing 60% of the semester or term, a pro-rated portion of all federal financial aid received during the semester will have to be returned within 45 days of withdrawal.

In every case the student must submit a properly executed WITHDRAWAL FORM. To be properly executed, the form must: (1) Be signed and dated by the instructor for EACH course, and (2) Be received in the Registrar's Office. If the student has entered into a financial aid agreement, the student should meet with the Financial Aid Department. Federal Financial Aid recipients who withdraw from all classes before 60% of the semester is completed, will be required to return a portion of the Federal Financial Aid received. In every situation, the student is responsible for making sure that the form progresses through each step in the withdrawal process, whether the process is conducted in person or through faxes and telephone conversations.


Any appropriate refund will be calculated according to the date the withdrawal form is received in the Registrar's Office. Students are subject to the appropriate fee.


NOTE: Once the withdrawal period has expired, the grade of "F" will be assigned for courses not completed.

Exam Free Week
Major tests are not to be given, nor are major projects to be due, the week preceding final examinations in the fall and spring semesters.

Student Classification
A student's classification is determined by the number of credit hours earned or the degree for which the student is a candidate, as shown below:

First year 0 to 29 credit hours of work
Sophomore 30-59 credit hours of work
Junior 60-89 credit hours of work
Senior 90 or more credit hours of work, but has not yet graduated
Post-Baccalaureate Student A student with a bachelor's degree who is enrolled for one or more courses

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Honors

Honors List. The Academic Honors List is composed of students who are taking 12 or more undergraduate credit hours in the regular long spring or regular long fall semester (this does not include hours from spring break, fall break, intramester, or any special terms) and have a grade point average of 3.50 or higher for the semester, with no grade below 2.00.

Dean's List. The Dean's List is composed of those students who are taking 12 or more undergraduate credit hours in the regular long spring or regular long fall semester (this does not include hours from spring break, fall break, intramester, or any special terms) and have a grade point average of 3.75 or higher for the semester, with no grade below 2.00.

President's List. The President's List is composed of those students who are taking 12 or more undergraduate credit hours in the regular long spring or regular long fall semester (this does not include hours from spring break, fall break, intramester, or any special terms) and have a grade point average of 4.00 for the semester.

A student's record is evaluated in regard to honors status (Honors List, Dean's List, and President's List) at the end of the fall and spring semesters. The academic standing of each student qualifying for honors is posted on their transcript and the lists are publicized.

Those students who have received an Incomplete grade during the semester are not considered for honors for that semester. All courses taken during the semester must have a grade assigned other than an Incomplete grade at the time of the approval process. When a student's grade is changed after the Academic Standing Report has been approved/released for publication, no amendment to the report will be made. However, if appropriate, the student's academic standing will be listed on their official transcript.

Graduation With Honors:

Students who enter DBU as of Fall 2009:

Graduation with honors is based upon the DBU grade point average in:  

1) the declared major(s), and  2) the cumulative grade point average. To be graduated with honors, a student must have earned a minimum of 45 credit hours in residence at Dallas Baptist University (ACE, AP, CLEP, or IB credit do not count toward residency hours). To be graduated with honors, a student is required to have earned a final major and cumulative (or overall) grade point average of 3.75 for cum laude; 3.85 for magna cum laude; and 3.95 for summa cum laude (on the basis of "C"=2.00, "B"=3.00, and "A"=4.00). The lower of the two GPAs (major/cumulative) will determine the level of honors. The grade point average and the cumulative grade point average are not rounded. Honors are announced at commencement rehearsal.  

Students who enter DBU as of Fall 2005:

Graduation with honors is based upon the grade point average in:  

1) the declared major(s), and  2) the cumulative grade point average, which includes all courses at DBU plus all courses accepted in transfer. To be graduated with honors, a student must have earned a minimum of 45 credit hours in residence at Dallas Baptist University (ACE, AP, CLEP, or IB credit and PRST Portfolio hours do not count  toward residency hours). To be graduated with honors, a student is required to have earned a final major and cumulative (or overall) grade point average of 3.75 for cum laude; 3.85 for magna cum laude; and 3.95 for summa cum laude (on the basis of "C"=2.00, "B"=3.00, and "A"=4.00). The lower of the two GPAs (major/cumulative) will determine the level of honors.  Honors are announced at commencement rehearsal.

 

Academic Standing Policy
A student's academic record is evaluated at the end of the fall and spring semesters and posted to the student's transcript.

There are two categories for academic standing of a student's academic record.

1. BY TERM GPA

  a.

Honors List - The Academic Honors List is composed of students who are taking 12 or more credit hours in the regular long spring or regular long fall semester (this does not include hours from spring break, fall break, intramester, or any special terms) and have a grade point average of 3.50 or higher for the semester, with no grade below a "2.00."

b.

Dean's List - The Dean's List is composed of those students who are taking 12 or more credit hours in the regular long spring or regular long fall semester (this does not include hours from spring break, fall break, intramester, or any special terms) and have a grade point average of 3.75 or higher for the semester, with no grade below a "2.00."

c.

President's List - The President's List is composed of those students who are taking 12 or more credit hours in the regular long spring or regular long fall semester (this does not include hours from spring break, fall break, intramester, or any special terms)and have a grade point average of 4.00 for the semester.

2. BY CUMULATIVE GPA

a. Academic Probation - See Academic Probation, Suspension and Withdrawal.

b. Academic Suspension - See Academic Probation, Suspension and Withdrawal.

Once the academic standings have been evaluated for the semester, a copy of the Academic Standings Report is sent to the President, Executive Vice President, Provost, Associate Provost, Vice President for Graduate and Corporate Affairs, Director of International Student Services, Athletic Director, and Director of Advising Center for notification. Once the notification has been received by each administrator, the honors lists are made available for publication and the academic probation and suspension letters are mailed to the appropriate students. The academic standing is posted to the student's transcript.

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