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Grading Information

At the end of each semester, faculty members are required to submit final course grades. Students may access their grades by using MyFSU. Official grades are available starting at 8:00 am the Tuesday following exam week.

  •  Grading System

    All credits offered are expressed in term hours. One semester hour of credit is granted for the successful completion of one hour per week of lecture, or two or more hours per week of laboratory training, for the period of fifteen weeks.

    The following grading system and grade point values are used for all courses at Ferris State University.

    • A   (4.0),        A- (3.7)
    • B+ (3.3),        B   (3.0),        B- (2.7)
    • C+ (2.3),        C   (2.0),        C- (1.7)
    • D+ (1.3),        D   (1.0),         D- (0.7)
    • F    (0.0)

    Grades of AWF (Administrative Withdrawal Failing), FNA (Failure, Never Attended), and WF (Withdrawal Failing), have a grade point value of (0.0) and are used when computing the grade point average.

    Grades of AW (Administrative Withdrawal), AU (Audit), CR (Credit), NC (No Credit), NCNA (No Credit, Never Attended), NCW (No Credit Withdrawal), NGR (No Grade Reported), I (Incomplete), IP (In Progress), WA (Withdrawal University Action), and W (Withdrawal) are not considered in computing grade point averages.

  •  Computing Grade Point Average (GPA)

    Ferris State University uses a standard four-point grading scale with plus and minus factors (e.g., C-, B+). You can easily calculate your GPA.

  •  Grade Changes

    The assignment of grades is a faculty responsibility. If a student disagrees with an assigned grade the student should follow the appeal process.

    1. The grade appeal must be made no later than the tenth calendar day (excluding weekends and holidays) of the semester following the semester for which the grade was given.

    2. The student may appeal the grade only once.

    3. The student must first discuss the grade in question with the instructor who gave the grade in order to clarify misunderstandings, arithmetic, etc.

    4.In the event that the student and instructor are not able to resolve the issue, the student may then appeal the grade in writing to the respective instructor’s department head/chair. A copy of the appeal will be forwarded to the instructor.

    5. The instructor then will respond to the appeal, in writing, to the department head/chair.

    6. On the basis of the student’s appeal and the instructor’s response, the department head/chair will inform the parties in writing of his or her decision.

    7. In the event that the student or instructor is still dissatisfied with the grade in question, he or she may further appeal the decision to the Office of the Dean. A cover letter with copies of the original appeal, the instructor’s response and the department head/chair decision must be submitted to the Dean’s Office.

    8.On the basis of the student’s appeal, the instructor’s response and the department head/chair’s response, the Dean will inform the parties in writing of his or her decision. The Dean’s decision is final and binding.

    9. The appeal process must be concluded not later than the end of the semester in which the appeal was initiated.

  •  Incomplete Grades

    Receiving a grade of incomplete (I) in a course indicates that you have successfully completed a major portion of the course requirements and you should not re-register for the course. The grade of "I" is a temporary designation that is assigned for illness, injury, birth of a child, death of a family member, jury duty or other necessary absences, generally beyond the control of the student, which prevents completion of the course requirements. Completion of at least 75% of course work at passing levels is required before an (I) grade is assigned.

    The instructor must file the Incomplete Grade form with the dean's office authorizing a grade of incomplete along with the requirements for completing the course. The student must make arrangements with the professor to complete all required work by the close of the following term, excluding summer. Instructors may require students to sign an agreement stipulating assignments and deadlines that must be met. Once the student completes the course requirements the professor must submit a grade change form to the dean's office for approval and processing.

    Incomplete grades that are not made up within the following term, excluding summer term, are changed to the grade of "F", unless written authorization for a time extension from the instructor is received by the Registrar’s Office. No time extensions will be given beyond one year after the close of the semester in which the “I” was received.

  •  Midterm Grades

    At mid-term (fall and spring terms only), faculty are encouraged to assign mid-term grades to all students but especially students in 200 level and below courses. Mid-term grades are available by internet, through MyFSU, the ninth week of the fall or spring term.