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rules & requirements: credits & grades

Undergraduate units at Tulane University are measured by credits that correspond to the number of hours the class meets per week. Most courses meet three hours a week and are valued at three credits.

The School of Continuing Studies, along with the other undergraduate divisions of Tulane, follows a plus/minus grading system. Each grade is assigned a number of grade points that are used in the calculation of the grade point average. Grades and grade points used in the School of Continuing Studies are as follows:

Grades
GPA
A
4.00
A-
3.67
B+
3.33
B
3.00
B-
2.67
C+
2.33
C
2.00 (average)
C-
1.67
D+
1.33
D
1.00
D-
0.67
F
0.00 (failing)
Other Abbreviations
WF
withdrawn failing (0.00)
UW
unofficial withdrawal (0.00)
W
withdrawn passing (not used in GPA computation)
S
satisfactory (not used in GPA computation,
C- or above, counted in earned hours)
U
unsatisfactory (not used in GPA computation,
below C-, not counted in earned hours)
AU
audit (not used in GPA computation)
I
incomplete (0.00)

Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory

Part-time students in the School of Continuing Studies may avail themselves of the satisfactory / unsatisfactory option. A course with the grade of satisfactory (S) may not be used to satisfy the proficiency, foreign language, major, or minor requirements, and no more than 18 credits of S will be credited toward the degree. Students should be aware that many colleges will not accept the transfer of credit with this grade.

Students may take three credits of work on a satisfactory/unsatisfactory basis per academic year if they have completed at least 30 credits of college work and are not on probation.

In order to receive a satisfactory grade, students must earn a C- or higher. The grade of S is not calculated into the grade point average. Grades below C- will be designated as unsatisfactory (U). The grade of U will not be calculated into the grade point average.

Audit

Any student may take a course on an audit basis. No credit is earned for this work, but the course is entered on the official transcript with a grade of AU. Students must pay the appropriate tuition for an audited course.

Incompletes

An incomplete is given at the discretion of the instructor. It allows a maximum extension of one month after the end of the term for the completion of the coursework. If the work has not been submitted by the deadline, the incomplete is converted to an F.

Repeated Courses

Part-time students who do not want a grade to count in the grade point average may repeat the course provided that:

  1. the course to be repeated was completed during the student's first semester
    or summer session at Tulane
  2. the repeated course, taken at Tulane, is identical to the one it replaces

If both of the above conditions are met, the student must meet with an adviser and request that the first grade be dropped from computation in the grade point average. The grade for the repeated course, even if lower than the first grade, will be factored into the student's GPA. The grade for the first course will still remain on the student's transcript.

NOTE: This rule applies only to part-time students entering the School of Continuing Studies during or after the 1997 fall semester, excluding students transferring from another division of the university. There is no repeated course option for full-time students. If passing grades are recorded twice or more for the same course, only the credit hours for one course will count towards the graduation total.

Grades assigned by a university committee, including a WF for an Honor Code conviction, cannot be removed from the student's transcript or cumulative grade point average even though the course may be repeated.

Maximum Credits for Part-Time Students

Part-time students in good standing in the School of Continuing Studies are limited to 13 credits per semester. Undergraduate students may not enroll in 700-level courses.

 

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