Grades for Completed Courses
Explanation of Grades
|Failure / Unsuccessful Completion of Course
AUD - Senior Citizen’s Audit
The grade of AUD is assigned when a senior citizen registers for a course. Enrolling in a course on an audit basis gives the student the right to attend and participate in all aspects of the course without receiving credit for the course. The course will not count toward any degree or certificate program offered by The City University of New York.
CR - Credit Earned
The grade of CR is used in certain courses that are graded on a credit/no-credit basis and indicates that a student has earned credit for the course. The grade is not included in the calculation of the student's GPA.
FIN - Incomplete Changed to F
The grade of FIN (Incomplete Changed to F) is given when an incomplete grade is turned into an F (FIN). Undergraduate students who receive an INC grade at the end of any semester must complete all outstanding work by the dates described in the section above. The Registrar’s Office will convert all INC grades to FIN if the INC is not resolved.
INC - Incomplete
An INC grade may be given only to those students who would pass the course if they were to satisfactorily complete course requirements. It is within the discretion of the faculty member as to whether or not to give the grade of INC. The INC grade should only be given in consultation with the student.
If the course takes place during the fall semester or winter session, then the incomplete work is due by the student no later than the end of the third week of the following spring semester. If the course takes place during the spring semester or summer session, then the incomplete work is due no later than the end of the third week of the following fall semester. It is within the discretion of the faculty member to extend this deadline under extraordinary circumstances.
When assigning the INC grade, the faculty member agrees to grade the student’s outstanding coursework and to submit the student’s grade for the course any time from the date the student submits the completed work until the end of that fall or spring semester. This policy should be included on undergraduate course syllabi. If the student does not successfully complete the missing work, the faculty member may change the grade to a letter grade. If the faculty member does not submit a change of grade, the incomplete grade automatically becomes the grade of FIN.
This policy does not apply to laboratory and studio courses, or to internship courses, for which neither the professor nor the department can reasonably accommodate a student’s missed lab or studio or internship work as described herein. The academic departments which offer such courses shall develop departmental policy for consideration by the College Council.
Degree candidates should be aware that an INC grade received during their last semester in courses required for graduation will result in the postponement of graduation.
Resolving the Grade of Incomplete through Make-up Examinations
The procedure outlined here is initiated when a student has received the grade of INC because of absence from a final examination. All makeup final examinations given after the completion of the semester are processed and administered by the faculty member who taught the course or by his or her academic department. Contact the instructor for details.
P - Pass
The P grade is not computed in the grade-point average. It is authorized only for remedial and developmental courses, non-remedial courses for which the P grade is designated in the course description in this Undergraduate Bulletin, and courses taken on a Pass/Fail Option.
PEN - Pending
The PEN grade is recorded when a faculty member suspects or determines that an academic integrity violation has taken place that warrants formal intervention. The faculty member submits a Faculty Report of Alleged Violation of Academic Integrity Policies to the Academic Integrity Officer of the College, who notifies the Registrar so that the Registrar can record a PEN grade to prevent withdrawal from the course by the student in question. A PEN grade is removed or changed when the applicable consultation, appeal, and/or adjudication processes are complete. In the event that the alleged violation is withdrawn in the student’s favor, the student will have the right to withdraw from the course based on the date that the violation form was filed.
NC - No Credit Granted
The grade of NC is used in certain courses that are graded on a credit/no-credit basis. It is a non-punitive failure indicating that the student completed the course but did not satisfy the requirements to earn credit. The grade is not included in the calculation of the student's GPA.
R - Repeat
This grade is assigned to students who have attended class regularly and completed course requirements but have not demonstrated sufficient progress to justify a passing grade. The grade is awarded for remedial or developmental courses. This grade is not computed in the grade point average. Students who receive the grade of R must repeat the course in the very next semester of attendance.
W - Withdrawal
The grade of W indicates withdrawal without penalty. It is initiated by a student when a class is dropped via CUNYfirst during the published withdrawal period. Students may withdraw officially with a grade of W between the third week of classes and the last day of classes published in the academic calendar for the Fall and Spring terms. The Official deadline for each semester and session is published on the Academic Calendar
WA - Administrative Withdrawal
The grade of WA is assigned by the Office of the Registrar when a student fails to comply with the Proof of Immunization Policy of the College. The grade of WA is not computed in the grade point average. WA grades may affect student eligibility for financial aid.
WD - Withdrew Drop
The WD grade is assigned by the Office of the Registrar when the student who has attended at least one class session drops a course after the financial aid certification date but before the end of the refund period. The WD grade does not appear on the student's transcript.
WN - Never Attended
The grade of WN is assigned by the Registrar when a student is registered for a course but has never attended. The grade is a non-penalty grade similar to a W but it will have an effect on the student’s financial aid for the semester.
WU - Withdrew Unofficially
The grade of WU is assigned by the instructor when a student attends at least one class but stops attending at any time before final exam week without withdrawing officially. The grade is computed as a failure (0.0) in the grade point average, which may result in the adjustment of financial aid funds. Students who want to withdraw from a class are therefore advised to submit an official Application for Withdrawal through CUNYfirst prior to the end of the tenth week of classes.
Effective Fall 2021, WU grades will not have punitive impact on student’s GPA. WU grade will continue to be used to denote Unofficial Withdrawal.
Z - No grade submitted
The Z grade is a temporary grade assigned by the Office of the Registrar pending receipt of the final grade from the instructor.
Upon completion of 60 credits, students with a grade point average of 2.0 and higher may take one course a semester under a Pass/Fail Option, for a total of four such courses. The Pass/Fail Option may be applied to all courses except courses satisfying the College’s general education requirements and courses in the student’s major. Students can take one third of courses for a minor using the pass/fail option as per the Requirements for Minors in this undergraduate bulletin.
Application for the Pass/Fail Option must be made at the Jay Express Services Center before the conclusion of the second week of classes during the fall and spring semester, at the end of the first week of classes for summer session, and by the third class for winter session. Once granted, this option is irrevocable.
The grades of P received for courses taken under the Pass/Fail option are not computed in the grade point average. Grades of F are computed as a zero in student grade point averages.
Remedial and Developmental Courses
The only grades authorized for the courses listed below are P, R, F, W, WU, and INC. However, at the discretion of certain academic departments, the grade of A may be given in place of the grade of P.
· MATH 103 (offered for SEEK students only)