Grades & Grade Point Averages

Grading regulations cover Loyola’s grading policy, including grade-point-average (GPA) calculations used to determine both distinctions to recognize excellence and penalties for students who do not maintain appropriate grades. Grade appeals and academic grievance procedures can be found in this section. University course descriptions can be viewed in the Course Catalog.

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Academic Actions – Undergraduate

In order to remain in good academic standing, an undergraduate student must maintain a cumulative Grade Point Average (GPA) of 2.0 or higher. Students who do not maintain good academic standing will be subject to academic actions such as probation, suspension, or dismissal. 

An undergraduate student whose Loyola cumulative grade point average (GPA) falls below 2.0 will be placed on academic probation. In the next term*, the student will be required to earn at least a term GPA of 2.3. The goal of this GPA requirement is to assist the student in making progress toward good academic standing. A student returns to good academic standing upon achieving a Loyola cumulative grade point average of at least 2.0 and upon fulfilling any other probation conditions required by the college. Students can be on continued probation for not more than three consecutive terms*. While on probation, students may not enroll for more than 14 credit hours per term unless approved by the Associate Dean, in exceptional cases. Any requests for an “incomplete” grade, while on probation, must be approved by the Associate Dean, as stated in the Incomplete Grade Policy. 

Students on probation or continuing probation who fail to meet the conditions of their probation will be suspended or dismissed from Loyola. Students suspended at the end of the Fall semester will not be eligible to enroll for the following Spring semester, and may apply for readmission for the next Fall. Students suspended at the end of the Spring semester or the Summer term will not be eligible to enroll for the following Fall semester, and may apply for readmission for the next Spring. 
 
In order to facilitate student readmission and assist in improving the GPA, suspended students may petition the Associate Dean of their college to take courses at Loyola during Summer terms, up to six credits per Summer. Grades from these Summer courses:

  • will be considered in the readmission decision as evidence of potential for success
  • if the student is readmitted, will contribute to the Loyola GPA
  • if the cumulative GPA becomes 2.0 or higher after the Summer grades are considered, the student returns to good academic standing and the suspension is revoked. 

At the end of each term*, students will be notified through Loyola email by their Associate Deans of any academic actions. Academic probation is determined solely by the student’s grade point average. Academic actions of suspension and dismissal result from the student’s inability to remove himself or herself from academic probation. Such academic actions may be appealed by e-mail to the Associate Dean of the student’s college. This appeal must demonstrate extraordinary circumstances with appropriate documentation within 7 days from the date of the suspension/dismissal notification. A decision will be made within 7 days. Students may not graduate while on academic probation.

*For these regulations, a term covers the entire Fall or Spring semesters or the Summer session OR 6-, 7-, or 8-week sessions if a student is enrolled in online-only courses. The May Term is considered a part of the Summer session.

Individual undergraduate programs may have specific grade requirements that also trigger academic actions. Students should consult their individual program bulletin pages and handbook to view those additional requirements.

Readmission to the University Following Academic Suspension

Students wishing to return to the university after a period of academic suspension must re-apply for admission through the Office of Admissions. Readmission is not automatic and will be determined by an admissions committee consisting of members of the Offices of Admission, Scholarships and Financial Aid, and the Associate Dean of the College in which the student was most recently enrolled.  Please see the Office of Admissions application process for re-admit students.  

Upon readmission to the University, the admissions committee will provide the student with a clear accounting of his/her financial aid status. 

  • Note: Applications for re-admission will not be considered for any student with an outstanding financial obligation due to the university or for any student who has an active Finance, Financial Aid, Admissions, Student Affairs, or Student Records registration hold on his/her record.

All students previously suspended who have been granted readmission will be re-admitted provisionally. Students will be required to maintain substantial academic progress as established by the admissions committee upon readmission. The admissions committee may apply additional stipulations to a student’s readmission depending on the specific circumstances of their case. Failure to meet these requirements and/or stipulations will result in the student being dismissed from the University.

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Academic Actions – Graduate

In order to remain in good academic standing, a graduate student must maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher. At the end of each semester, students will be notified by their associate dean if they have not maintained good academic standing, and if they are subject to academic actions such as probation, suspension, or dismissal.

A graduate student whose GPA falls below 3.0 will be automatically placed on academic probation. In the subsequent semester, the student will be required to improve their cumulative GPA to a 3.0 or higher. Failure to return the student's GPA to 3.0 or higher in the semester following their initial probation placement may result in the student's suspension or dismissal. If a student is not suspended or dismissed after failing to improve their GPA to 3.0 or higher, they will be placed on continued probation for one additional semester.

A student is removed from probation upon achieving a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher. All decisions regarding suspension, dismissal, or continuation of probation are made on an individual basis. The final decision to allow a student to continue in a graduate program rests with the associate dean in consultation with the program director. 

Academic suspensions may be appealed by email to the Associate Dean and Program Director.  This appeal must be received with supporting documentation within 5 calendar days from the date of the suspension notice.  A decision will be made by the Associate Dean and Program Director of the student's respective college no later than 10 calendar days after receipt of appeal.

Individual graduate programs may have specific grade requirements that also trigger academic actions. Students should consult their individual program bulletin pages and handbook to view those additional requirements.

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Academic Amnesty 

The Academic Amnesty Policy is designed to benefit undergraduate students who are currently enrolled at Loyola University New Orleans to complete their undergraduate degree. 

This policy will allow students to repeat a maximum of up to 12 credit hours in which a grade of “C-“ or below was received.

Students must submit the Academic Amnesty Request Form to the associate dean of their college for approval.  Members of the University Honors Program (UHP) must have their form signed by the director regardless of whether the course being repeated is an honors course.  If approved, the associate dean will notify the Director of Student Records.  The effect of the previously repeated courses will be removed from the student's record (will not average into the student's grade point average and/or major grade point average).  However, the grade a student received each time the course was taken will still appear on their official transcript, and the first course enrollment on the transcript will be permanently identified as a course that has been repeated for grade replacement.

Note to Students, Faculty and Advisors: If the student is receiving financial aid, please be aware that the satisfactory academic progress, as stated by the Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid, is separate from this grade replacement policy. Replacement of a grade does not change the satisfactory academic progress calculation. All work attempted is part of this calculation and repeating courses could negatively affect the student's eligibility for financial aid.  If you have any questions, please contact the Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid at (504) 865-3333 or finaid@loyno.edu.

Eligibility for Academic Amnesty:

  • Academic Amnesty is open to undergraduate students currently enrolled at Loyola University New Orleans and pursuing their first bachelor's degree at our institution.
  • Only one grade replacement is allowed for each course, regardless of the number of times the course has been taken. However, the grade a student received each time the course was taken will still appear on their official transcript, and the first course enrollment on the transcript will be permanently identified as a course that has been repeated for grade replacement.
  • To apply for Academic Amnesty, the student must submit a request to the associate dean of the student's college.
  • Student Records will initiate the grade replacement process at the end of each term after a Loyola course has been retaken at Loyola and prior to graduation.
  • Once a request has been approved the request cannot be revoked or reversed. 
  • The course numbers and content  must be virtually the same, unless the Associate Dean can confirm that the course content is the same and only the title of the course or the course number has changed since the student took the course the first time. The Associate Dean of the college, where the course is taught, can make exceptions.
  • Certain courses are not eligible for grade replacement. Courses that are not eligible include: Graduate courses, Honors courses, internships/clinicals, field experiences, and independent/directed/research studies. 
  • A course grade received as a result of academic misconduct or an officially reported academic integrity infraction does not qualify for grade replacement.
  • Students must not have already been awarded a degree from Loyola University New Orleans. 
  • Grade replacement does not change a student's past academic standing.
  • The excluded grade will be annotated on the transcript to denote that the grade was excluded.

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Academic Career

Students may have an undergraduate, graduate, professional (law), doctoral (nursing practice) and continuing education career at Loyola University. Each career has its own GPA.

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Academic Forgiveness

The Academic Forgiveness Policy is designed to benefit undergraduate students who are returning to the university to continue to pursue an initial undergraduate degree at Loyola University New Orleans after an extended absence of no less than two academic years at any college or university and whose cumulative GPA when they were last enrolled was less than a 2.0.

Students may request Academic Forgiveness at the time of readmission. The Office of Admission will seek approval from the associate dean of the college where the student is seeking admission. If approved, the associate dean will notify the Director of Student Records and the academic record will be adjusted.

  • Grades of “A” through “C” will be changed to a grade of “Pass”.
  • Grades of “C-“ through “F” will have the effect of the grade removed.
  • All previously recorded grades will remain on the academic record and the record will be noted with Academic Forgiveness granted.
  • Students may use Academic Forgiveness only once.
  • Students must complete a minimum of 60 semester hours at Loyola to be considered for Latin distinctions at the time of graduation.

It is the responsibility of the student to contact the Financial Aid office to determine if any aid would be available upon their return. 

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Academic Grievance Procedure

A grievance is a complaint made in writing to an administrative officer of the University concerning an academic decision made by a person or group of persons acting in an official University capacity that directly and adversely affects the student. The purpose of grievance procedures is to obtain an independent review of the allegedly improper academic decision. 

Any Loyola undergraduate or graduate student is entitled to file an academic grievance. This procedure does not include grade appeals, or matters of discrimination or harassment, which are addressed by separate procedures.
This grievance procedure applies only in those cases involving a perceived academic impropriety arising from a decision taken by: (1) an individual instructor or researcher; (2) a school, department, or program; (3) a committee charged to administer academic policies of a particular school, department, or program; or (4) the University Director of Registration Services, the Vice President for Academic Affairs, the University Senate, or any committee or subcommittee charged to administer the academic policies of Loyola University New Orleans.

Grievance and Appeal Procedures

Informal Attempts at Resolution: the student first should discuss the matter with the individual most directly responsible for the decision in question.

The Filing of the Grievance:

  1. If informal means of resolution prove unsatisfactory, the student should thereafter set forth in writing a statement of the decision that constitutes the subject matter of the dispute, the grounds on which it is being challenged, and the reasons why the grievant believes that the decision was improperly taken. The statement should also include a description of the remedy sought and the informal efforts taken to date to resolve the matter.
  2. The grievance document should be submitted to the dean of the school in which the grievance arose. If the grievance is related to the Honors Program or to any other academic unit reporting directly to the Office of the Provost, the grievance should be submitted directly to the aforesaid office. If the dean of the school is a subject of the grievance, the grievance should be submitted directly to the Office of the Provost. A grievance must be filed within 30 days of the end of the academic semester in which the adverse decision occurred or should reasonably have been discovered. Except in extraordinary circumstances, delay in filing a grievance will constitute grounds for rejection of the grievance.
  3. A grievance must be filed within 30 days of the end of the academic semester in which the adverse decision occurred or should reasonably have been discovered. Except in extraordinary circumstances, delay in filing a grievance will constitute grounds for rejection of the grievance. 

The Response to the Grievance:

  1. The relevant dean will consider the grievance, and attempt to resolve the matter.
  2. The dean may also refer the grievance, or any issue therein, to any person appointed by the dean who can consider the matter and report to the dean as the latter directs. The dean will inform the grievant (and the party against whose decision the grievance has been filed) in writing of any referral of the matter and will specify the matters referred, the directions to the person or persons to whom the referral is made, the name of that person, and contact information.
  3. In undertaking the review, the dean or the grievance officer may request a response to the issues raised in the grievance from any individuals believed to have information considered relevant, including faculty, staff, and students.
  4. The dean will decide the grievance, and will notify the grievant (and the party against whose decision the grievance has been filed) in writing of the disposition made of the grievance and the grounds for the disposition at the earliest practicable date after his or her receipt of the grievance.
  5. Normally, no more than 60 days should elapse between the filing of a grievance and the disposition by the dean. If, because of absence of key persons from the campus or other circumstances or exigencies (including those due to breaks in the academic calendar), the dean decides that disposition on that schedule is not possible, he or she shall inform the grievant (and the party against whose decision the grievance has been filed) of that in writing, giving the grounds therefore and an estimate of when a disposition can be expected. During summers and the winter closure, this time frame will nearly always be extended.

The Filing of an Appeal:

  1. If the grievant is dissatisfied with the disposition of the grievance at the decanal level, either on substantive or on procedural grounds, she or he may appeal in writing to the Provost.
  2. The appeal must contain the following:
    1. A copy of the original grievance and any other documents submitted by the grievant in connection therewith.
    2. A copy of the determination made by the dean on that grievance.
    3. A statement of why the reasons for the determination of the dean are not satisfactory to the grievant. This statement should specifically address the matters set forth below in the Standards for Review.
  3. The grievant will file her or his appeal at the earliest practicable date after the grievant's receipt of the determination by the dean. Normally, no more than 30 days should elapse between the transmittal of the dean's decision on the grievance and the filing of the appeal.

The Response to the Appeal:

  1. The Provost may refer the appeal to any person who can consider the matter and report to the Provost as the latter directs. In conducting the investigation, confidentiality will be maintained to the greatest extent possible.
  2. The Provost will inform the grievant (and the party against whose decision the grievance has been filed) in writing of any referral of the matter and will specify the matters referred, the directions to the person to whom the referral is made (including the time frame within which the person is to report back to the Provost), the name of that person, and contact information.
  3. The Provost will decide the appeal, and will notify the grievant (and the party against whose decision the grievance has been filed) in writing of the disposition made of the grievance and the grounds for the disposition at the earliest practicable date after his or her receipt of the appeal. The decision of the Provost shall be final, unless the grievant requests a further appeal to the President, and the President agrees to entertain this further appeal.
  4. Normally no more than 45 days should elapse between the filing of the appeal and the disposition by the Provost. If, because of absence of key persons from the campus or other circumstances or exigencies (including those due to breaks in the academic calendar), the Provost judges that disposition on that schedule is not possible, he or she will inform the grievant (and the party against whose decision the grievance has been filed) of the fact in writing, giving the grounds therefore and an estimate of when a disposition can be expected. During summers and the winter closure, this time frame will nearly always be extended.

The Request to the President: If the student is dissatisfied with the disposition of the appeal by the Provost, he or she may write to the President of the University giving reasons why he or she believes the grievance result to be wrong. No more than 30 days should elapse between the transmittal of the Provost's disposition and the written statement to the President urging further appeal. In any case, the President may agree or decline to entertain this further appeal. If the President declines to entertain the further appeal, the decision of the Provost is final. If the President decides to entertain the further appeal, he or she will follow the general procedures set forth in Section "Response to the Appeal" above, and the decision of the President will be final.

Grievance Determination

For a grievance concerning a decision of the University Director of Registration Services, the Vice President for Academic Affairs, the University Senate, or any committee or subcommittee charged to administer the academic policies of Loyola University New Orleans the grievant will file his or her grievance with the Provost, rather than with the dean, and the Provost will handle that grievance in accordance with the procedures set forth in Section "Response to the Grievance" above.

There is no appeal of the Provost's disposition of that grievance except as specified by "Request to the President" as itemized above. 

Standards for Review and Procedural Matters

The review of grievances or appeals will usually be limited to the following considerations:

  • Were the pertinent policies properly followed?
  • Were the proper facts and criteria brought to bear on the decision? Were improper or extraneous facts or criteria brought to bear that substantially affected the decision to the detriment of the grievant?
  • Were there any procedural irregularities that substantially affected the outcome of the matter to the detriment of the grievant?
  • Given the proper facts, criteria, and procedures was the decision one which a person in the position of the decision maker might reasonably have made?

The time frames set forth herein are guidelines. They may be extended by the relevant administrative officer in his or her discretion for good cause.

Questions concerning the filing and appeal of grievances should be directed to the Office of the Provost. The Provost will designate someone within her or his Office to provide the inquiring party with proper direction.

Privacy Violations

Students who feel that their privacy has been violated, should review Loyola's Privacy, Student Records, and Student Rights Regulations which include instructions on procedures to file a student complaint.

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Attendance

Students are expected to attend classes. Classroom attendance and engagement in required activities and assignments is essential to the educational objectives of each Loyola University New Orleans course, including online courses. Every student is expected to accept the responsibility for satisfactory attendance and participation in each course for which she or he is registered.

Instructors must include an attendance policy in their syllabi with regard to how attendance in class will affect grading. They will keep records of student attendance and activities using Blackboard even when attendance is not used as a grading component. 

Students may have a valid reason to miss a class or required activity or assignment. When any of the following reasons directly conflict with class meeting times, class participation, or course policies, students are responsible for informing their instructors of the reason for the absence and for arranging to make up missed assignments, tests, quizzes, and class work insofar as this is possible. Notification of planned absences must be made in writing and must be delivered by the student electronically or in a face-to-face meeting to the instructor of each class. Notifications must take place before the absence.  As appropriate, students need documentation from Student Affairs or the Office of Accessible Education.

Excused absences for on-ground courses include:

  • Illness or injury to the student (Student Affairs/Office of Accessible Education)
  • Medical issues related to pregnancy and childbirth
  • Death, injury, or serious illness of an immediate family member (Student Affairs)
  • Observance of a Religious Holy Day
  • Jury duty or government obligation
  • Participation in military duties
  • University sanctioned or approved activities (examples include: artistic performances, forensics presentations, participation in research conferences, intercollegiate athletic activities (Student Affairs), student government, required class field trips, etc.)
  • Other, as named by the student’s college, school, or department

Individual instructors may have attendance policies stricter than that of the university, as long as the policies are stated in the class syllabus and they adhere to the excused absences described above.

Loyola University New Orleans expects students to maintain a minimum overall attendance level of 80% or above every academic term. Students who stop attending class (both excused and unexcused absences, or who do not participate in the first week of activities in an online course, may be administratively withdrawn for a grade of WR. Students with absences exceeding 20% or more of their class meetings will be referred to the Director of Academic Advising or the student’s Associate Dean for possible counseling and appropriate action. Honors Students will be referred to the Director of the Honors Program. It may be appropriate for a student to withdraw from the course or to request an incomplete (I) grade.

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Change of Grade

An instructor may change a grade previously assigned by processing an official change of grade form obtained in the Office of Student Records or in the dean’s office. The instructor must request the grade change and cite the reason for changing the grade. The form must be approved by the instructor, the department chair, and the associate dean under whose jurisdiction the course was offered. The deadline for submitting a change of grade is 6 weeks into the following semester. Please refer to the Academic Calendar for deadlines.

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Course Syllabus Policy

Syllabi for courses are published on the web-based schedule of classes on the Loyola Online Records Access (LORA) system by term and subject and are available for review and downloading.

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Dean’s List

An undergraduate degree-seeking student enrolled in the College of Arts and Sciences, College of Business, or College of Music and Media, who completes at least 12 credit hours; or a registered undergraduate adult part-time degree-seeking student who completes at least 9 credit hours are eligible to be placed on the Dean’s List if they receive an appropriate GPA for the semester. An appropriate GPA is defined as an earned term 3.5 GPA with no I, X or blank grades. Grades of P are not used in GPA calculations. Students who are placed on the Dean’s List will have this distinction indicated on their transcript at the end of each semester.

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Grade Appeals

The student has a right to know the grade he or she has earned, the right to know the grading system of the instructor, and the right to know grades as they are given during the semester. The grading system for each course should be included in the course syllabus.

If the student feels that he or she is not being graded justly, the student should first consult the instructor. If this consultation with the instructor proves unsatisfactory, the student should then consult the department chairperson. If the student still feels that the problem has not been resolved, he or she should consult the associate dean of the college in which the course is offered.

The student has the right to submit a grade appeal form to the associate dean up to 30 days after the beginning of the subsequent semester. Grade appeals are considered only on one of the following grounds:

  • the grade was the result of instructor or clerical error. This includes instances where the quality of the student’s work was clearly higher than the instructor's final grade indicated.
  • the grading is found to be in significant violation of clearly established written college policies or procedures, such as a failure to include a grading scale in the syllabus, or failing to specify how a student’s final grade is calculated.
  • the grading is found to be capricious. Capricious grading is the assignment of a grade to a student which is based partially or entirely on criteria other than the student's performance in the course; based on standards different from those standards of grading applied to other students registered in the same course; or based on a substantial departure from the announced grading standards for the course.

In the absence of these reasons, the grade assigned by the instructor of record is to be considered final.

The student shall collect and present any evidence (tests, papers, laboratory reports, etc.) to the associate dean. Until the grade is finally determined, the student’s academic standing and all related rights and privileges are based on the grade as originally assigned.

If the grade appeal cannot be mediated between the student and the associate dean, the student can request the associate dean convene a grade appeal committee. The associate dean may appoint this committee composed of the associate dean or the dean’s designated representative; two faculty members, who, if possible, should be familiar with the course; and one student who has taken the course, if possible.

  • The associate dean or designated representative will serve as the non-voting chairperson of the grade appeal committee.
  • The student and instructor are to be informed of the composition of the grade appeal committee, and the associate dean should honor any reasonable objection either might have to appointed members.
  • Both the student and the instructor have the right to present their position in person to the grade appeal committee.
  • The burden of proof will be on the student.
  • The decision of the grade appeal committee is final, and the grade it decides upon becomes the official grade for the course.

If the associate dean denies a student a grade appeal committee hearing, the student may appeal to the provost. The provost may convene a grade appeal committee composed of himself or herself or a designated representative; two faculty members, who should, if possible, be familiar with the course; and one student from the college in which the course is offered and who has taken the course, if possible.

  • The provost or designated representative will serve as the non-voting chairperson of the grade appeal committee. 
  • Both the student and the instructor are to be informed of the composition of the committee, and the provost should honor any reasonable objection either might have to appointed members.
  • Both the student and the instructor have the right to present their position in person to the grade appeal committee.
  • The decision of this grade appeal committee is final, and the grade it decides upon becomes the official grade for the course.

Loyola students enrolled in courses at other institutions are subject to the grade appeal policy at those institutions.

Online Programs
Alternative means will be made available for students enrolled in online programs to present their case to the grade appeal committee, in order to accommodate the difficulty for face-to-face meetings on Loyola's campus. 

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Grade Point Average (GPA)

A student’s grade point average is based on credit hours, grading method (pass/fail, etc.), grade awarded, and quality points.

The following definitions apply:

  • Quality Hours are the units upon which a student’s grade point average is calculated. They differ from earned hours because quality hours do not include the pass grade and do include failed courses.
  • Loyola Earned Hours are the credit hours earned while taking courses at Loyola.
  • Total Earned Hours are the credit hours earned while taking courses at Loyola as well as the hours awarded for transfer work toward a student’s degree.
  • Quality Points every letter grade has an assigned number of quality points that are used to calculate total quality points for a course. Total quality points for a course are calculated by multiplying the quality points associated with a grade (eg: A=4) by the number of quality hours associated with the course. (eg: One three-credit-hour course with a grade of A will result in 12 quality points.)
  • Loyola Grade Point Averages are calculated by dividing the Loyola quality points by the Loyola quality hours.
  • Loyola Cumulative Grade Point Averages include only the coursework taken at Loyola. 
  • Attempted Hours are all courses registered beyond the drop/add period including W grades.

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Grade Reports

A report of the grades made by a student in his or her scheduled courses is available through LORA. Students requiring a “paper copy” may also request this through LORA. Loyola’s grade reports list the courses, grades, Loyola grade point averages (both cumulative and semester) and the total earned hours.
 
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Grading – Undergraduate

Each instructor has the option of using a grading method within each course that best meets the needs of students and the subject. The use of certain other administrative notations on student grade reports are explained in those reports. Averages are computed only on the basis of letter grades A through F. 

Note: The COVID-19 pandemic caused significant academic disruptions during Spring semester 2020. Students were given the option to complete courses impacted by the disruption using either a Pass/Fail scale or the regular letter grading scale. Grading notations from this time will note the disruption.

All grades are translated by instructors into the following grades:

Grade Description Quality Points (QP)
Awarded for
GPA Calculations
A Excellent 4 qp per semester hour
A- Excellent 3.7 qp per semester hour
B+ Above Average 3.3 qp per semester hour
B Above Average 3 qp per semester hour
B- Average 2.7 qp per semester hour
C+ Average 2.3 qp per semester hour
C Average 2 qp per semester hour
C- Below Average 1.7 qp per semester hour
D+ Minimally Passing 1.3 qp per semester hour
D Minimally Passing 1 qp per semester hour
F Failure or failure to withdraw No qp assigned
I Incomplete See Incomplete Grade Policy
P Pass Pass/Fail grades are available only in designated courses. Grades of P do not count towards quality point averages. 

Spring semester 2020, students were given the option to complete courses impacted by COVID-19 pandemic schedule disruptions using either the Pass/Fail scale or regular letter grading scale.
 
X No grade submitted NA
W Withdrawal No credit awarded
WR Administrative Withdrawal No credit awarded
AU Audit Complete No credit awarded
AI Audit Incomplete No credit awarded
AP Advanced Placement Credit accrued, no quality points awarded
EX Exempt Requirement exempted, no quality points awarded
FA Failed Audit No credit awarded
IP In Progress IP grade may be granted if course is longer than a regular term
     

 

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Grading – Graduate

Each instructor has the option of using a grading method within each course that best meets the needs of students and the subject. The use of certain other administrative notations on student grade reports are explained in those reports. Averages are computed only on the basis of letter grades A through F. 

Note: The COVID-19 pandemic caused significant academic disruptions during Spring semester 2020. Students were given the option to complete courses impacted by the disruption using either a Pass/Fail scale or the regular letter grading scale. Grading notations from this time will note the disruption.

All grades are translated by instructors into the following grades:

Grade Description Quality Points (QP)
awarded for
GPA calculations
A Excellent 4 qp per semester hour
A- Excellent 3.7 qp per semester hour
B+ Above Average 3.3 qp per semester hour
B Average 3 qp per semester hour
B- Below Average 2.7 qp per semester hour
C+ Below Average 2.3 qp per semester hour
C Below Average 2 qp per semester hour
C- Below Average 1.7 qp per semester hour,
grade does not count towards graduation
D+ Minimally Passing 1.3 qp per semester hour,
grade does not count towards graduation
D Minimally Passing 1 qp per semester hour,
grade does not count towards graduation
F Failure or Failure to Withdraw No qp assigned
I Incomplete See Incomplete Grade Policy
P Pass

Pass/Fail grades are available only in designated courses. Grades of P are not counted towards quality point averages.

Spring semester 2020, students were given the option to complete courses impacted by COVID-19 pandemic schedule disruptions using either a Pass/Fail scale or the regular letter grading scale.

X No grade submitted NA
W Withdrawal No credit awarded
WR Administrative withdrawal No credit awarded
AU Audit Complete No credit awarded
AI Audit Incomplete No credit awarded
EX Exempt Requirement exempted, no qp awarded
FA Failed Audit No credit awarded
IP In Progress IP grade may be granted if course is longer than regular term

 

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Incomplete Grade Policy

A temporary Incomplete grade (“I”) may be given to a student who is unable to complete the required coursework during the semester for reasons beyond her/his control. Such circumstances may include illness, a death or other family emergency, or other serious and unanticipated challenges. An Incomplete grade may be assigned only if the student has completed an appropriate amount of coursework for the semester (generally considered to be 75% or more), and only if the student’s work in the course thus far is passing.  Course work that is incomplete must be finished and submitted within 6 weeks of the start of the following term (6 weeks into the Summer term for Spring term work, 6 weeks into the Fall term for Summer term work and 6 weeks into the Spring term for Fall). 

Failure to complete required course work within the allotted time will result in a grade of “F.”

The “I” grade is not an automatic extension and should not be issued to allow the student additional time to complete academic requirements of the course (except as noted above), to repeat coursework, or to complete extra work.  An “I” grade should not be offered due to excessive absenteeism or the student’s unexcused absence from the final exam. 

Students who are on Academic Probation will need approval from the Associate Dean of their college to get an “I” grade in any course for the term in which they are on Academic Probation.

A disability documented by the Loyola Office of Accessible Education  is not, in and of itself, justification for the assignment of an “I” grade. Loyola has the responsibility of preserving quality in grade representations; the university is not required to lower or waive the essential requirements for a program or course due to a student’s disability.

Procedure:

Incomplete Grade Request Form

The student must request the Incomplete prior to the final examination or the last class meeting (courses with no final exam) using the Incomplete Grade Request form. The course instructor should determine if the completed course work meets the minimum requirement for a grade of Incomplete.  If the Incomplete is approved, the instructor must fill out the “Instructor” section of the form and sign it, including an estimate of the student’s grade thus far in the course, what work needs to be completed, by what deadline, and how work will be submitted. The course instructor must submit a copy of the form to the Associate Dean of the college where the student’s major is housed.

The signed Incomplete Grade Request form must include what work remains to be completed and by what date.  If the completion date is during the summer, the form must also include how the work will be submitted.

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