Undergraduate Grading Plan

Grading Plan
The grading plan is determined by the instructor in each course and must be announced to the class at the beginning of the semester. The plan must meet the following criteria:

  1. In one of the first three class meetings, the instructor must provide students with complete evaluation criteria to be used in a course — preferably in writing.
  2. Usually a minimum of three evaluation criteria are required for each course.
  3. A syllabus course outline should be provided for each course. Each instructor is to provide copy of such syllabi to the department chair at the outset of each semester.
  4. The plan should keep the student reasonably current as to her/his standing in the class. Every effort should be made to return graded tests within one week.
  5. The conditions under which final examinations are optional or required and their weighting must be specified.
  6. The attendance requirement and the effect of failing to meet this criterion must be specified.
  7. Final grades will be submitted by the faculty member within one week of the final examination of a course, or the last such examination in the case of a multiple section course.

Grade Replacement Policy and Procedure

Undergraduate Grade Replacement Policy and Procedure
Undergraduate students may have the option of replacing a grade in a course by retaking the course. Note the following conditions:

  1. For any one course, this grade replacement option may be used once. Also, credit for a repeated course may be used only once.
  2. This policy can be applied to a maximum of four different courses.
  3. For purposes of GPA calculation, the grade earned during the first course enrollment will stand until the recording of the final grade in the second enrollment is completed. When the second enrollment is completed, the grade for that second enrollment will become the grade used in all GPA calculations, regardless of whether the grade earned is higher or lower than the grade obtained during the first enrollment.
  4. The transcript will record both course enrollments and the grade earned in each enrollment. The first attempt will be marked with an X to indicate grade replacement (e.g., XF, XD, XC).
  5. In the case of multiple attempts to achieve a passing grade in any one course, the X grade will apply only to the first attempt. The grades from all other attempts will be included in GPA calculations.
  6. Students will not be allowed to apply the grade replacement policy to a course in which there has been documented academic dishonesty that has not been reversed on appeal.
  7. The grade from the first attempt will continue to stand for those students who withdraw with a W or WP grade from the course during the second attempt. The grade for withdrawing with a WF during the second attempt will be an F for the course. Any type of withdrawal will count as one of the four allowed attempts.

A student who wishes to apply for a grade replacement should petition the Undergraduate Advising Office. Students are encouraged to meet with an advisor before making a petition.

Petitions must be filed by the end of the add/drop period of the semester in which the student will complete the second attempt. The Director of Undergraduate Advising will review all applications and may deny permission in cases where repeating a course will delay appropriate progress toward completion of the student’s academic program. A student may appeal the decision to den a second enrollment to the department chair responsible for his or her primary academic program.

Grade Reports

Grade Reports
All final grades will be submitted within five (5) working days of the class’s final examination. Final grades for graduating seniors will be submitted no later than 72 hours (3 days) prior to Commencement. Students can access and view their grades on the Banner Web site.

Errors in final grades should be reported to the Office of the Registrar within two weeks of the end of the semester. Transcripts of grades are released only upon a written request from the student, and may be requested, for a fee, in the Office of the Registrar*. Students who believe their work has been unfairly evaluated may request a review of their final grade by completing and submitting the appropriate form in the Office of the Registrar.

*Note: FERPA does not require a University to issue a grade report, a transcript and/or diploma to students who are in default on obligations (such as library late fees, tuition, parking fines, etc.) owed to the University.

Credit Hour
As an institution of higher education, Bryant University holds the responsibility for determining and upholding standards related to the awarding of credit hours for student work consistent with national standards.

  • One hour (50 minutes) of classroom or direct faculty instruction and a minimum of two hours out of class student work each week for approximately fifteen weeks for one semester.
  • A least an equivalent amount of work as required outlined above for other academic activities as established by the institution including laboratory work, internships, practica, studio work, and other academic work relating to the award of credit hours.

Bryant University ensures a minimum of 750 minutes of instruction per credit hour (2,250 minutes of instruction for a standard, three-hour course), regardless of mode of delivery. Winter and Summer sessions offer accelerated courses, and the schedule is adjusted to meet the above standard.

Grading System

Undergraduate Grading System
The grading system is as follows:

A (Excellent) 4.0
A- 3.7
B+ 3.3
B (Good) 3.0
B- 2.7
C+ 2.3
C (Satisfactory) 2.0
C- 1.7
D+ 1.3
D (Unsatisfactory) 1.0
F (Fail) 0.0
P (Pass) 0.0
AU (Audit) 0.0
I (Failure to complete ) 0.0

AU – Audit grade is not included in GPA calculation

I – Incomplete (because of extenuating circumstances, the instructor has allowed additional time, usually two weeks, to complete the course.) The Incomplete is not included in calculating the GPA. If the Incomplete is not finished before the end of the next regular term (i.e., Fall or Spring terms), the grade will automatically be converted to an F. For purposes of this policy, “end of the next regular term” shall be interpreted to mean the last date on which that instructor’s grades must be submitted.

W – Withdrawn within first 10 weeks of semester – no academic penalty.

WD – Student is allowed to withdraw from semester without penalty up to and including the tenth (10th) week of classes.

WP – At the discretion of the faculty member, student is allowed to withdraw without penalty after the tenth (10th) week of classes and prior to the administration of the final exam.

WF – At the discretion of the faculty member, student is allowed to withdraw WITH academic penalty (failing grade) after the tenth (10th) week of classes and prior to the administration of the final exam.

NA – In those cases where the instructor fails to meet the deadline date for submission of grades, the grade report will reflect the symbol “NA” which means “not available at time of processing of grade reports.” Student must check with instructor for grade.

All courses attempted at Bryant University are permanently recorded and appropriately calculated in the grade point average.