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What do the grades mean?

Scholastic standing is determined by a semester index, computed by multiplying grade value by credit hours for the course, and dividing the sum by the total credit hours.

The following grades are used for final marks:

Grade Quality Points
A 4.0
A- 3.7
B+ 3.3
B 3.0
B- 2.7
C+ 2.3
C 2.0
C- 1.7
D 1.0
F 0
 
Grade Grade Value
IN Incomplete
IP In Progress
L Audit
P Passed
WA Authorized withdrawal
WD Student-initiated authorized withdrawal
WF Unauthorized withdrawal
Y Intermediate grade
Z No Grade
*
Developmental course grade notation
 > Repeated course grade notation.  See repeat policy below.
Grade Description
IN Incompletes are assigned at the instructor’s discretion. Coursework must be completed within six weeks of the start of the following semester. “IN” cannot become a “WD.”
IP Indicates that a thesis is in progress. “IP” is replaced by an appropriate letter grade when the thesis is completed or by an “F” if matriculation is not maintained.
L Audit grade (may be assigned for non-degree student only).
P/F A “P” grade is not calculated in the scholastic average, but credit is received and recorded on the academic transcript. An “F” grade is calculated in the GPA.
WA Authorized withdrawal, which may be assigned after six weeks at the instructor’s discretion, carries no penalty and does not affect GPA. This grade is a terminal grade and changes are not accepted.
WD Student-initiated authorized withdrawal is permitted up to the sixth week and does not affect GPA. This grade is a terminal grade and changes are not accepted.
WF Unauthorized withdrawal, which may be assigned after six weeks at the instructor’s discretion, carries a penalty, and is equivalent to an “F” in the GPA. This grade is a terminal grade and changes are not accepted.
Y Intermediate grade assigned after the first of two semesters or the first two semesters of a three-semester sequence. “Y” will be replaced by an appropriate letter grade when sequence is completed. Does not affect GPA.
Z No grade reported by instructor at grade-processing deadline. Does not affect GPA.


*     A grade with an asterisk is assigned for a a developmental course.  Does not affect GPA.

 >  Denotes student repeated a failed course.  Does not affect GPA.

All grade disputes must be resolved within two years of receipt of the grade and cannot be disputed once the degree is awarded and sealed.

Repeat Policy  (effective spring 2014)

1.        Only a course with a grade of "F", "WA", "WD", or "WF" may be repeated.

2.        If a student who receives a grade of "F" or "WF", the original grade permanently remains on the official transcript.

3.        If a student repeats the course, only the last grade earned will be included in the GPA.

4.        A course originally taken for a grade cannot be retaken for a Pass/Fail grade.

5.        A student who wishes to enroll in a third and final attempt of a course may do so only with the approval of the department chair or assistant chair of a student's major.

Procedure for Pass/Fail

  1. No major subject can be taken on a pass/fail basis. AAS candidates are permitted to take a maximum of 6 free elective or liberal arts elective credits on a pass/fail basis. BS candidates may take up to 6 liberal arts elective credits for a pass/fail grade. BFA candidates are permitted to take 3 elective credits on a pass/fail basis.
  2. At least one full semester must have been completed at FIT; students must be currently registered for no fewer than 12 regularly graded credits in addition to the course taken on a pass/fail basis.
  3. Only 3 credit hours per semester can be taken on a pass/fail basis.
  4. The instructor must be informed within the first three weeks of the class that the course is to be taken on a pass/fail basis.   See the Registrar's Office for approval.
  5. No more than one pass/fail course may be taken in any one department during each degree program.
  6. Only a course with a grade of “F,” “WA,” “WD,” or “WF” may be repeated.

Academic Standards/Probation and Dismissal

The Office of the Registrar notifies students of their academic standing in writing (via email and mail) at the end of the fall and spring semesters. Students whose academic standing is academic probation or academic dismissal may appeal the decision to the Faculty Senate Committee on Academic Standards. The academic standing appeal procedure is a formal request by a student seeking to appeal for an exception to the academic standing regulations as published in the college catalogue and on the following website: fitnyc.edu/3575.asp. A student may appeal their status for three consecutive regular semesters following the decision of probation or dismissal. 

Following are the criteria for academic probation or academic dismissal:

  • A student is placed on probation if the semester GPA (grade point average) is below 2.0.
  • A student is not subject to academic dismissal at the end of the first semester in a degree program.
  • A student will be dismissed from the college after two consecutive semesters with a GPA below 2.0.

Students who have been academically dismissed from the college are permitted to take only noncredit-bearing courses offered through the School of Continuing and Professional Studies.

Please see fitnyc.edu/3575.asp for complete details for the academic standing appeal process and a copy of the appeal form.

More Information:
SCHOLASTIC STANDING




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