S and U - (UNDERGRADUATES)
The grade of S denotes work of 2.00 level or higher has been completed. A grade of U denotes work below 2.00. S and U grades are not calculated in students’ GPAs.
S and U - (GRADUATES)
The grade of S in graduate courses denotes that work of 3.00 level or higher has been completed. A grade of U is given to students whose work is below 3.00.
The grade of PS (Pass) is assigned to a course selected on the Pass
grading option when students earn a C grade or higher. Students
who elect the Pass grading option and earn a grade of D+ or below will
have that grade recorded on the permanent record and used in calculation
of the GPA.
PE - (UNDERGRADUATES)
The grade of PE is assigned to those courses passed under the Credit for Prior Experience/Learning option. All grades are recorded on students’ permanent records, but are not calculated in students’ GPAs.
FX - (UNDERGRADUATES AND GRADUATES)
The grade of FX is calculated in students’ GPAs. A grade of FX is given to students who never attend class or who stop attending during the term without officially withdrawing. (If students have officially withdrawn, a grade of W will appear on the final class roster.) A grade of FX is given to students who stop attending before they have completed more than half of the course work. Students who attend most classes but miss the final examination without a legitimate excuse, will receive a zero or F grade for the final examination and have that value or grade calculated with other grades earned during the term to determine the final grade.
The grade of W is administrative, nonpunitive, and is not calculated in students’ GPAs. A grade of W is given to students who officially withdraw from a course by the published withdrawal deadline each term. It is also given to students who obtain authorization from the Academic Standards Committee to withdraw from a course or courses after the deadline. Such withdrawals must be based on documented medical difficulties or verifiable circumstances beyond students’ control.
IP (in progress) - assigned for the thesis continuum. When the thesis is completed, the IP grades are changed to S (satisfactory) or U (unsatisfactory).
The grade of I is given to students by their instructors when verifiable circumstances prevent students from completing a course within the term. The I grade should be given only in cases where students have completed most of the term and have a reasonable expectation of successfully completing the work required. It should not be given at a point earlier in the term when a withdrawal is appropriate. For more information on the Incomplete grade, see the section immediately following.
Grade changes, excluding I grades and repeated courses, must be submitted by the faculty member within one year. After one year, requests for grade changes may be made only for verifiable medical reasons and by petition to the Academic Standards Committee.
The following guidelines determine approval of the declaration of an Unsuccessful Term:
Students who feel an earned
grade is unjust must address their disagreements first to their
instructor, who is primarily responsible for assigning grades. If the
matter is not satisfactorily resolved through this approach and the
issue warrants further consideration, students may then direct an
appeal through the following channels: department chair/program
coordinator, college dean, Student Appeals Committee.
When courses are repeated, students will receive credit for the course only once. Only the higher of the two grades will be calculated in the GPA. The lower grade will remain on the record with the letter R preceding (e.g., RF, RX, RD, etc.) to indicate the course has been repeated.
Courses in which low or failing grades were earned at Towson MUST be repeated at Towson in order for the record to be adjusted and the GPA to be recalculated.
The GPA calculator allows you to determine how your current term will affect your overall GPA (Cumulative Grade Point Average - CGPA). You use it before grades are posted in order to predict your CGPA.