Grading System

Grades and Grade Points

The cumulative grade point average (GPA) is computed by dividing the total number of grade points earned by the total number of credits attempted, based on United Westminster University guidelines and transferable course work. The United Westminster University grade point average is computed by dividing total number of grade points earned by the total number of credits attempted, based on United Westminster University course work.

The following grades are used in calculating grade point averages:

A     Excellent            

        4.0 grade points per credit earned

A-    3.7 grade points per credit earned

B+   3.3 grade points per credit earned

B     Good

        3.0 grade points per credit earned

B-    2.7 grade points per credit earned

C+   2.3 grade points per credit earned

C     Satisfactory

        2.0 grade points per credit earned

C-    1.7 grade points per credit earned

D+   1.3 grade points per credit earned

D     Barely Passing

        1.0 grade point per credit earned

D-    0.7 grade point per credit earned

F      Failure

        0.0 grade point per credit attempted

UW  Unofficial Withdrawal

        0.0 grade point per credit attempted

United Westminster University policy does not allow for rounding up decimals when computing the GPA.  When GPA is recorded, it is truncated at the second decimal.

The following grades are not used in computing the GPA:

IN     Incomplete

        No grade points

P     Passing

        No grade points-credit given

NC   No Credit

        No grade points and no credit given

W     Withdrawal

        No grade points and no credit given

AU   Audit

        No grade points and no credit given

NR   No Report

        No grade points, report delayed

A grade of IN (Incomplete) may be assigned only in the case of students who, for illness or other circumstances beyond their control, have missed a final examination or major piece of work.  Students may not make up the Incomplete by repeating the course.  An IN, if not made up by the published date for the last day to withdraw from a course of the following regular semester after the incomplete grade was given, automatically becomes an F.

A grade of W will be assigned if a student withdraws once classes begin. The only exception will be when one course is substituted for another during the period.

Pass/No Credit

The Pass/No Credit option is offered so that students may explore areas of interest without competing with students who may be majoring in that area.The Pass/No Credit grading is incorporated on a limited basis. Pass (P) equals C- or above and will count toward graduation.  No Credit (NC) equals D+ or lower and will not count toward graduation. Courses graded P/NC are not computed in the GPA.

Sophomore, junior, or senior students in good standing may register for a maximum of six (6) courses for P/NC grading during these three years. Pass/No Credit grading must be selected prior to the last day to drop a class without academic penalty, and a change to letter grade may NOT be petitioned later.

Students shall take no more than one Pass/No Credit graded course in one department and may take no more than one P/NC course per semester (except for courses designated P/NC grading only). No Core requirements or any portion of the major (including required supporting courses) may be satisfied by courses graded P/NC, except for specifically designated courses.

         Grade Reports

Grade reports are issued at the end of each term by the Registrar’s Office and are mailed to students to their home residence. Any discrepancy between this report and the student’s personal record must be brought to the attention of the Registrar before the end of the following semester.

United Westminster University believes the basic responsibility for communicating grades to parents of dependents enrolled at United Westminster University rests with the student. However, United Westminster University reserves the right, on an exceptional basis, to send grade reports to parents of dependent students under 21 years of age if parents request of the Registrar that grades be sent to them for a specific semester. Undergraduate students may request of the Registrar that a copy of their grade reports be regularly sent to their parents at the conclusion of each term of enrollment.