The Grading System

A grade indicates a level of performance as demonstrated by a student and evaluated by an instructor. Grading symbols are A, A-, B+, B, B-, C+, C, C-, D+, D, D-, F, I, S, U, (IP).

A grade of “C” represents a satisfactory level of performance that can be expected of any Drury student who gives a reasonable amount of time, effort and attention to the work of the course. Such satisfactory performance should include familiarity with the content of the course as shown by an acceptable mastery of the information, concepts or skills involved, as well as regular participation in the work of the class.

A grade of “B” indicates a higher level of performance than the satisfactory standard defined for a grade of “C.” It involves excellence in some aspect of the work, such as completeness, accuracy, detail of knowledge or effective independent work.

A grade of “A” involves a level of performance that is conspicuously excellent in the factors indicated in the definition of “B.”

A grade of “D” indicates below-standard performance; it is acceptable toward graduation only if offset by superior work in other courses.

A grade of “S” (Satisfactory) indicates the attainment of a “C” level or better. A grade of “F” or “U” indicates an unacceptable level of performance.

An “I” grade is given for incomplete work only if illness or other unavoidable causes prevent the student from completing the course. The student is responsible for contacting the instructor and determining what must be done to remove the “I” grade. Coursework must be completed and the “I” grade replaced with a letter grade within six weeks after the beginning of the semester immediately following the semester in which the “I” was received. For graduating seniors, coursework receiving an “I” grade must be completed within two weeks following the end of the semester in which they have applied to graduate. The instructor granting the incomplete, or the department chair in his or her absence, is required to report to the registrar a grade for the permanent record at the end of that period. A grade of “I” not removed within the time period allowed will automatically be changed to an “F.” A specified extension of time for removal of the incomplete grade may be granted by the associate dean of the college. Until the grade has been formally recorded, the course will not be considered as hours attempted and thus will not be a part of the cumulative grade point average.

A “W” indicates that the student has withdrawn from a course before the point in the term at which the faculty member is required to assign a final grade. Generally, that point falls when 75% of the term has been completed; see the Academic Calendar for official drop dates in each term. The “W” grade is non-punitive.

Any student who unofficially drops a course or unofficially withdraws from college will receive an F in the course or courses.

Credit point averages will be computed as follows: each hour of A counts as 4.0; each hour of A- counts 3.7; each hour of B+ counts 3.3; each hour of B counts 3.0; each hour of B- counts 2.7; each hour of C+ counts 2.3; each hour of C counts 2.0; each hour of C- counts 1.7; each hour of D+ counts 1.3; each hour of D counts 1.0; and each hour of D- counts 0.7.

The grade point average is based only on academic courses taken at Drury University. The computation is made by dividing the total number of credit points earned by the total number of semester hours attempted. Grades of “F” are included when computing grade point averages and carry a value of zero points. For courses that are completed more than once (repeated), the grade point average is computed on the policy that the highest grade stands and that no other grades associated with the course are included in the calculation. Grades from repeated courses that are not calculated as part of the grade point average are replaced with an RP (passed, repeated), RF (failed, repeated), or RU (unsatisfactory, repeated). Grade reports, including class rank, are accessible on MyDrury to current students at the end of each semester or term.

Mid-semester grades are made available to all students at Drury University. The academic dean, dean of students or associate dean of students may request other scholarship reports at any time.

Satisfactory or Unsatisfactory

A student who is officially classified as a junior or senior may register for one course during a semester on a Satisfactory or Unsatisfactory basis, but must designate this option before the end of the second week of class. In order to receive a satisfactory grade, a student is expected to perform at the “C” level or better. With the exception of internships, teacher aiding, writing tutorial, community service (FREN 314, 315, 316, 317, 318, 319) winter term and May term courses, only four undergraduate courses may be taken on a Satisfactory or Unsatisfactory basis. Courses in a student’s major and minor, courses taken to meet graduation requirements and honors courses (excluding community service) may not be taken on a Satisfactory or Unsatisfactory basis. A transfer student officially classified as a junior or senior by Drury University and in good academic standing may take a course on a Satisfactory or Unsatisfactory basis during the first semester at Drury. Satisfactory or Unsatisfactory courses are not to be included in the cumulative grade point average. A student receiving a grade of Unsatisfactory will not receive the credit toward graduation.