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Grading Policies

 


Audit

Students who choose to audit a class must pay regular tuition but are not required to complete course requirements unless they so desire. In any case, audited courses will appear on a student's transcript with a grade of AU. Credits will not be included on the student's total of completed courses. This option must be declared in the first two weeks of each regular semester (i.e., fall or spring) after consulting with the instructor. The grade of AU cannot be changed to another grade at a later time.

Pass/No Pass

In some seminars or in activity courses students may choose either to be graded as in other courses or to earn credit with a grade of P upon successful completion. This option applies only to designated courses. The Pass/No Pass option must be declared in the first two weeks of each regular semester after consulting with the instructor.

Withdrawal from Class

The official withdrawal period begins after the first five (5) class days of each regular semester and ends two (2) weeks after midterm, as outlined in the official WNCC calendar. Students who wish to drop any class during this period must officially withdraw from the class by securing the instructors signature on the required form and completing the withdrawal procedure through the Student Services Office.

Based on a student's performance at the time of withdrawal, the instructor will issue a grade of W or WF. Those grades can be given only during the semester in which the student officially withdraws; they cannot be given retroactively. Posted grades of W or WF cannot be changed to another grade at a later time.

Students who fail to withdraw officially will receive a grade of F. Withdrawal from individual classes after the official withdrawal period is not permitted unless a student withdraws from the College.

Administrative Withdrawal

A student may be administratively withdrawn from a course at any time for disciplinary reasons or for failure to meet specific course requirements. The student will receive a grade of W or WF as appropriate.

Grading System

Grade
Description
Effect on GPA
A+
Highest Achievement
4.00
A
 
4.00
A-   3.67
B+ Above Average Achievement 3.33
B   3.00
B-   2.67
C+ Average Achievement 2.33
C Average Achievement 2.00
C-   1.67
D+ Below Average Achievement, but passing 1.33
D Below Average Achievement, but passing 1.00
D-   0.67
F Failure to meet minimum requirements 0.00
P Passing, credit granted No effect
NP Not passing, no credit granted No effect
CR Non-traditional credit No effect
I Incomplete - Incompletes are open until 90 days after grades are posted then change to an F if not complete. 0.00
W Official withdrawal when not failing No effect
WF Official withdrawal when failing 0.00
AU Audit No effect

GPA Computation

Grade point averages (GPA) are computed on all credits taken at WNCC excluding those courses that are developmental (xxxx-00xx), awarded through non-traditional credit, or taken on a Pass/No Pass basis.

Academic Honors

A Deans List is issued at the end of each regular semester and contains the names of all students who have completed at least 12 credits of college-level courses (numbered 100 or higher) and other degree-required courses (courses required for the AOS, AAS, AS, and AA degrees) with a 3.40 to 3.99 Grade Point Average.

A Presidents List, issued at the end of each regular semester, contains the names of all students who have completed at least 12 credits of college- level courses (numbered 100 or higher) and other degree-required courses (courses required for the AAS, AS, and AA degrees) with a 4.0 Grade Point Average.

Graduation Honors

Students graduating with a Grade Point Average of 3.4 to 3.99 in college-level courses (numbered 100 or higher) and other degree-required courses will be recognized as Graduating with Honors. Students graduating with a Grade Point Average of 4.0 in college-level courses (number 100 or higher) or other degree-required courses will be recognized as Graduating with High Honors. Students receiving graduation honors will be acknowledged during the commencement ceremony each year.

Grade Appeals

Every student has the right to appeal the final grade in a course in accordance with the stipulations outlined below. The student must initiate such an appeal no later than three weeks after the day grades are postmarked. A student who questions a course grade must:

  • Discuss the matter with his/her instructor. Clerical errors are usually handled in this manner, with the instructor signing the correction of official records. If the student believes the problem is not resolved, the student shall then:
  • Visit with the appropriate Division Chair or the Assistant Division Chair to discuss the issue. If the concern still remains unresolved, the student may:
  • Elect to file a written Grade Appeal at the Dean of Instructions office for referral to the Peer Review Committee. A formal Grade Appeal may not be filed until steps 1 and 2 above have been completed.

Academic Amnesty

A student returning to Western Nebraska Community College may petition the Dean of Student Services to have a maximum of two semesters of courses removed from the calculation of grade point average and degree credit provided the following conditions apply:

  • At least three years have elapsed since the time of the semester(s) being petitioned;
  • Since returning, the student has completed at least 12 consecutive credit hours of college-level courses with a GPA of 2.75 or above, or 24 consecutive credit hours with a GPA of 2.25 or above.

If approved, the courses and grades of the semester(s) affected will appear on the transcript with the notation that academic amnesty was granted. All credits and grades taken during the semester(s) will be included in the amnesty. A student may receive academic amnesty only once and it is irrevocable. Since academic amnesty ay affect financial aid awards, students receiving financial aid should contact the Office of Financial Aid prior to applying for amnesty.

Academic Probation and Suspension

The purpose of academic probation is to warn students of their unsatisfactory academic progress. A student is placed on academic probation when progress toward educational objectives is considered inadequate. A students WNCC Grade Point Average (GPA) is used to evaluate a student's progress. Students are considered to be making satisfactory progress if they have a WNCC GPA of 2.0 or higher. Students who have attempted or have accumulated nine or more credits and whose GPA falls below 2.0 will be placed on academic probation for the following semester. They will be recommended to visit with the Colleges Counseling Department staff to seek assistance.

The College reserves the right to limit the course load of any student experiencing academic difficulty and to recommend changes in the curriculum assigned.

Students on academic probation who achieve a GPA above 2.0 for the subsequent semester, but whose cumulative GPA is still below 2.0, will be placed on extended probation. Extended probation will remain in effect for those students until their cumulative GPA is 2.0 or higher as long as they continue to make satisfactory academic progress.

Students who have been on academic probation or extended academic probation will automatically be placed on academic suspension if their term GPA falls below 2.0. A student who is suspended may not register for at least one regular semester (summer term not counted) immediately following the suspension. This means that a student placed on suspension after the fall semester will not be able to enroll again until the next fall semester. Likewise, a student placed on suspension after spring semester will not be able to enroll until the following spring. The suspended student has the opportunity of petitioning the Dean of Student Services for special consideration within five school days after receipt of the suspension letter. Response will be given within five school days after receipt of the appeal.

After a non-enrolled period of at least one semester, students on academic suspension who desire to return must complete the Academic Reinstatement Approval form and submit it to the Dean of Student Services no later than five school days before the start of a semester.

Financial aid and athletic eligibility rules are not equivalent to the above rules of academic eligibility.

View your midterm and final grades by logging into the MyWNCC Portal.