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Chicago College of Pharmacy

Downers Grove, IL Campus

Grades

Chicago College of Pharmacy

Letter grades corresponding to the level of achievement in each course are assigned based on the results of examinations, required coursework, and, as applicable, other criteria established for each course. Individual faculty have the prerogative to use a plus/minus letter grading system or a whole letter grading system. Elective courses may be offered as pass/fail upon the direction of the faculty. The following letter grades are not used for any courses: "C-", "D+", "D", or "D-".

Courses are recorded in terms of quarter hour(s) of credit. Multiplication of the credits for a course by the numeric value for the grade awarded gives the number of quality points earned for a course. Dividing the total number of quality points earned in courses by the total number of credits in those courses gives the grade point average.

Grades reported as "W", "WF", and "P" are recorded on a student's permanent record but are not used in the calculation of a student's grade point average. Similarly, a grade of "I" or "IP" may be assigned and is used only when special/extenuating circumstances exist (e.g., prolonged illness, family crisis, etc), which prevent a student from completing the necessary course requirements on time in order to receive a grade.

Any request for an extension to complete course or APPE requirements must be approved first by the course director responsible for the course or APPE.

If a student receives an "F" grade in a course, that grade will be recorded on his/her transcript. This deficiency may be corrected as recommended by the Student Promotion and Graduation Committee. The decision to permit a student to repeat the course rests with the department offering the course and the Committee. Following successful repetition of the course, the permanent record of the student will be updated to indicate that the failing grade has been successfully corrected.

If a student repeats a course, the course is entered twice in the permanent record of the student. The grade earned each time in the course is recorded, but only the most recent grade is used in the computation of the student's cumulative grade point average. When a course is repeated, the student can earn any grade that is within the grading scale of the course.

Grade and Quality Point Scale for Students Admitted in Fall 2008 or Thereafter

Grade

Quality Points
(per credit)

Comments

A

4.000

-

A-

3.750

-

B+

3.250

-

B

3.000

-

B-

2.750

-

C+

2.250

-

C

2.000

-

F

0.000

-

I

0.000

An Incomplete (I) grade may be assigned by an instructor when a student's work is of passing quality but incomplete, or if a student qualifies for re-examination. It is the responsibility of the student to request an extension from the course instructor. By assigning an "I" grade, it is implied that an instructor agrees that the student has a valid reason and should be given additional time to complete required coursework. All incomplete grades must be resolved within 10 calendar days starting from the last day of final examinations for the quarter.

IP

0.000

An In-Progress (IP) grade may be assigned when extenuating circumstances make it necessary to extend the grade completion period past 10 calendar days (e.g. illness, family death). Authorization by the Dean is required, and the completion period should not typically exceed one quarter.

P

0.000

Pass (for a pass/fail course); designation indicates that the student has made satisfactory progress or completed required coursework satisfactorily. Grade of 'P' is counted toward credit hour accruals for graduation but does not affect GPA calculations.

F

0.000

Fail (for a pass/fail course); designation indicates that the student has not made satisfactory progress or completed required coursework satisfactorily. Grade of "F" is counted toward credit hour accruals as attempted but not completed. Grade of "F" is calculated into the GPA (quality points are lowered due to unsuccessful course completion).

W

0.000

Withdrawal is given if the work completed up to the time of withdrawal was satisfactory. This grade is not counted in any GPA calculation and is not counted in credit hour accruals for graduation.

W/F

0.000

Withdrawal/Failing is given if the work completed up to the time of withdrawal is below the passing grade level for the Program/School. This grade is not counted in any GPA calculation and is not counted in credit hour accruals for graduation. W/F may be considered as a failure by a Student Academic Review Committee. Multiple F's and W/F's can be grounds for dismissal.

AU

0.000

This designation indicates an audited course in which a student is registered with the understanding that neither academic credit nor a grade is earned. The status of the course cannot be changed from audit to full credit after the start of the quarter. The designation AU is not counted in the GPA calculation.

AP

 

This designation indicates the decision of a college to award academic credit that precludes a student from taking required course work. The designation of Advanced Placement (AP) is applied toward credit hour accruals, but is not counted in the GPA calculation.