Letter grades are assigned according to the following system for all courses for which students have registered except NUR, PTA, and RAD courses.
- A – Excellent (90-100)
- B – Good (80-89)
- C – Average (70-79)
- D – Poor (60-69)
- F – Failure (below 60)
- W – Withdrawal
- WP – Withdrawal Passing
- I Incomplete
- AU – Audit
- RW – Required Withdrawal
Satisfactory grades are “A”, “B”, and “C”. Senior colleges and universities can refuse to grant credit for a course in which the student has received a grade of “D”.
Courses numbered 0-99 carry institutional credit and are not applicable toward degree or certificate requirements. Satisfactory grades earned in these courses are “A”, “B”, and “C”. Unsatisfactory grades are “D” and “F”. A student is not allowed to progress to the next course in the sequence until he/she has earned a satisfactory grade. Grades earned in courses carrying institutional credit are not computed for graduation purposes; however, all grades earned are computed for all other purposes.
A grade of Incomplete (“I”) may be assigned when the quality of work has been passing but the student has been prevented by illness or other justifiable cause from completing the required work or taking the final examination. The required work must be completed by the beginning of the twelfth (12th) week of the fall or spring semester or seventh (7th) week of the summer term of the succeeding term for which the “I” was granted or the “I” will be changed to an “F”.
A grade of AU must be declared by the end of the registration period and may not be changed thereafter. Audit (AU) signifies the course is taken on a non-credit basis and the credit hours will not be averaged into the grade point average.
- A – 4 quality points per hour
- B – 3 quality points per hour
- C – 2 quality points per hour
- D – 1 quality points per hour
- F – 0 quality points per hour
The student’s academic standing (grade-point average) is obtained by dividing the total number of quality points by the total number of semester hours for which the grades of “A”, “B”, “C”, “D”, and “F” are assigned. A course repeated is counted as many times as grades for it are recorded. A student may request forgiveness for the first time a course was completed and later repeated by completing a “Request for Course Forgiveness” form in Enrollment Services.
A student must earn a total grade-point average of 2.00 (C) on all Jefferson State work to be eligible for graduation.
Grades are issued at the close of each semester. They can be viewed on our web site at your myJSCC. Each semester students should check their final grade report to ensure receipt of appropriate grades. Students are ultimately responsible for reporting potential errors in their final grades. Students who challenge a grade must do so with the course instructor by mid-term of the semester following the grade assignment. No grades may be challenged or changed by an instructor after that time unless there is a recording error or an extenuating circumstance.
If the student is not satisfied with the instructor’s decision, they must appeal the assigned grade through the appropriate supervisory channels. The appeal starts with the instructor and proceeds to the department chair, associate dean and Dean of Instruction. If the appeal is not resolved at the Dean of Instruction level, the final review will occur by committee. The ruling of the committee is final. Grade appeals may only be filed if the student has completed the course and the term has ended. Students who withdraw from a course are not eligible for the grade appeal process.
It is the student’s responsibility to update any changes to their student directory information including change of mailing address, telephone number, and name changes.
Class Attendance Policy
Class attendance is an essential part of the educational process at Jefferson State, and students are expected to attend all classes for which they are registered to facilitate their academic success. In general, academic performance is impacted by the number of classes a student attends. Financial Aid and other scholarship programs may require stringent attendance. It is the student’s responsibility to be aware of the specific requirements of these programs. Student absences are calculated from the first official day of class. When a student registers late, the classes that the student missed from the first scheduled class date will be counted as absences. Students are expected to attend class on time and are expected to remain in class for the duration of the published class time. Students are responsible for the knowledge, skills and abilities not acquired due to absences and for assignments made or due from the first official day of class. If a student has excessive absences and is in jeopardy of failing the course, she/he is encouraged to consult with the instructor. Instructors will not withdraw students for any reason. If a student fails to officially withdraw from a course, this could result in a grade of “F”. Students receiving financial aid or scholarships should consult the Financial Aid Department or their scholarship coordinator to determine how an “F” or “W” may affect their tuition assistance.
Circumstances may arise, including but not limited to illness of the student or an immediate family member, accidents, death of an immediate family member, jury duty, court appearance, religious holy day, or involuntary call of military personnel to active duty, which are, upon presentation of official documentation, determined to be excused absences. Participation in college related events which the student is required to attend by the club sponsor and which have been approved by the appropriate Dean will also be excused. When such an absence occurs, students are responsible for providing official documentation of the reason for the absence to the instructor and make-up work will be accepted.
Instructors should keep a record of attendance for each class meeting, ensuring that only students listed on the current course roster are attending class. Instructors should develop a course syllabus which clearly states how absences, late arrivals and early departures will be addressed as well as the individual instructor’s policies for make-up work, consistent with the college’s attendance policy. The policies stated in the course syllabus for a student’s specific class will be the policies for which the student will be held accountable. This syllabus should be distributed, explained and discussed at the first official class meeting. Student grades will be based solely on the demonstration of the understanding of principles and concepts, or the successful application and performance of skills and competencies related to course content.
Students enrolled in Internet and/or Hybrid courses become responsible for course materials and assignments posted in Blackboard on the official first day of class. Students should access Internet and/or Hybrid courses via Blackboard within the first official week of classes and become familiar with each
individual course’s requirements. Students should access their Internet and/or Hybrid courses regularly to remain current regarding expected due dates and assignments. Attendance in Internet and/or Hybrid courses goes beyond course login and is based on documentable participation in class activities. Interacting with the instructor, interacting with enrolled students, attending required on-campus meetings and/or submitting course assignments all constitute attendance. Any student who is not able to actively participate in class activities or complete course assignments is encouraged to consult the course instructor.
The above attendance policy shall apply to all credit courses at Jefferson State, including lecture, lecture/web-supported, interactive videoconference, hybrid and Internet courses.