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Grading - Explanation of grades

Below is a brief summary of the most commonly misunderstood grades. If your class dates extend beyond the end of the regular PSU term, do not issue an incomplete or “I” grade. Do not submit any grade until the class is over. The students’ grades will default to “M” and then you will need to issue a grade change. For a complete explanation of the PSU Grading Policies, go to pdx.edu/registration/online-grading.

In-Progress Grade (IP)
The grade of “IP” is issued only in the special circumstance of a course registered for in one term is to be completed by registering for the companion course in a subsequent term (e.g., dissertation credits). Upon successful completion of the final course, the instructor changes the “IP” grade to the appropriate grade. “IP” grades are not included when calculating GPA.

Withdrawal Grade (W)
A grade of “W” is issued when a student formally withdraws from a course. The withdrawal must be initiated by the student in accordance with the procedures and deadline dates published in the Schedule of Classes. “W” grades carry no credit and are not included when calculating GPA.

Incomplete Grade (I)
The instructor may issue a grade of “I” (for Incomplete) when certain criteria have been met and satisfactory student-instructor arrangements have been made. “I” grades are not included when calculating GPA.
The deadline for completion of an Incomplete in an undergraduate course is one calendar year. The instructor may set a shorter deadline, which is binding. An agreement for a longer period over a year must be approved by petition to the Scholastic Standards Committee by petition. Failure to make up the Incomplete by the end of one year will result in the mark of “I” automatically changing to a grade of “F” or “NP,” depending on the grading option chosen by the student at registration.

Audit Grade (AU)
A grade of “AU” is issued when a student's attendance in an audited course is deemed adequate. “AU” grades carry no credit and are not included when calculating GPA.

No Basis for Grade (X)*
Issued when the instructor finds no basis for grade or performance evaluation, such as non-attendance. “X” grades carry no credit and are not included when calculating GPA. “X” grades should not be used in place of incompletes.

Missing Grade (M)*
Issued when no grade has been reported to the Office of Admissions, Registrations, and Records by the grade submission deadline. M grades carry no credit and are not included when calculating GPA. “M” grades should not be used in place of Incompletes.

*New grading policy for “X” and “M” grades

Effective Fall 2011

The following definition and rules regarding assignment of “X” grades and “M” grades have been adopted effective Fall 2011.

  • The “X” grade definition: Non-attendance and No Basis for Grade. The “X” grade is used when there is little or no attendance and no work/performance upon which to base an academic evaluation.
  • New Rule for “X” grades: “X” grades cannot be changed after initial submission and other grades cannot be changed to an “X”.
  • New Rule for “M” grades: “M” (missing) grades will change to a grade of “X” one term after the term awarded. Once converted to an “X”, the grade cannot be changed.