The Iliff grading system is a five-letter system from A through F with pluses and minuses. In computing grade point average (GPAs), grades are assigned the following numerical values:
A = 4.00 A- = 3.75
B+= 3.25 B = 3.00 B- = 2.75
C+= 2.25 C = 2.00 C- = 1.75
D+= 1.25 D = 1.00 F = 0.00
GPAs involve the number of quarter credits for each course rather than the number of courses. For example, a four-quarter credit hour course in which an A grade is earned results in a total of 16 points; B results in 12; C results in 8; D results in 4; and F in 0. Grade point averages are computed by dividing the total points by the total credits. All core/required courses must be assigned a letter grade.
Each instructor makes their own decisions regarding the percentage equivalency to each letter grade.
In extraordinary circumstances, instructors may allow students the option of P (Pass) or F (Fail) instead of a letter grade. Students are not allowed to take required courses Pass/Fail. The Pass/Fail option is to be used to encourage students to venture into courses in which they may not be academically strong but in which they are interested.
The initiative lies with students to request this option from their instructors during the first week of the quarter. Instructors may grant or deny the request. If the instructor grants the request, they must inform the registrar by the end of the first week of the quarter. The grade P (Pass) carries no grade points and does not enter into the students' GPA. The grade F (Fail) does enter into the students' GPA. In order to earn a Pass, students must perform at a level considered the equivalent of C or better. The Pass/Fail grade election cannot be changed to a letter grade later. The number of courses taken Pass/Fail will affect a student's eligibility for graduation with distinction.
The grade IP (In Progress) denotes academic work that is in progress at the end of the quarter. IP designates work originally scheduled to cover more than one quarter. Courses in this category (such as Clinical Pastoral Education, Internship Seminar, and Thesis) shall be completed at the end of the next quarter unless approval is given for an extension to the maximum of two quarters.
Please see Incomplete Grade Policies and Procedures page.
If a student must drop a course after the second week of the quarter, the student will receive either a grade of WP (Withdrawn Passing) or WF (Withdrawn Failing).
A WP may be given when illness or other emergency situation is judged by the instructor and the Academic Vice-President/Dean to warrant the grade. To receive a WP, students must be passing at the time of the withdrawal and the withdrawal must be requested before the end of the sixth week of the quarter. WPs are not included in GPA calculations. A WF may be recorded in cases of suspension, due to absences from class, when a class is dropped after the deadline, as part of a disciplinary action, or if current work is unsatisfactory at the time of the drop. Grades of WF enter into GPA calculations. (See my.iliff for summer quarter deadlines.)
The grade NC (Non-Credit) is recorded for audited work. Courses taken for Audit or in which an Incomplete has been granted are not included in the GPA calculations. The Instructor and Dean must approve all auditors.
Retaking Required Courses with Grades Below C
Students must complete all of the required courses in their program with a grade of C or better. Any lower grade in a required course will not be considered a passing grade and the student will be required to repeat the course. When a student retakes a required course due to receiving a grade lower than a C, the original course title and grade will remain on the student's transcript, but only the second grade will be counted in the grade point average. Substitution of other courses may be requested by petition to the Academic Vice-President/Dean.
Students will not receive academic credit for retaking a course in which they received a grade of C or better.
Core courses may be repeated once as the result of a failing grade (that is, a grade below C). Permission of the Academic Vice-President/Dean and the instructor is required if the sequence course is to be repeated more than once.
A student or faculty member may initiate a grade change. A student-initiated grade change must be approved by the instructor. The instructor must submit a Change of Grade Form directly to the Registrar within the quarter following the end of the course in question. Faculty are under no obligation to approve a student’s request for a change of grade. The final decision will be made by the Academic Vice-President/Dean. Students may lodge an appeal with the Dean if their initial request to the instructor is denied (see Academic Appeals and Petitions section in this Handbook). Grade changes must be submitted to the Registrar via the form before the end of the quarter following the course.