Registration and Academic Guide 2014-2015

Grading System

All credits offered are expressed in term hours. One semester hour of credit is granted for the successful completion of one hour per week of lecture, or two or more hours per week of laboratory training, for the period of fifteen weeks.

At the end of each semester, faculty members are required to submit final course grades. Students may access their grades by using MyFSU. Official grades are available starting at 8:00 am the Tuesday following exam week.

Students can obtain a printed copy of their grades by using MyFSU or by visiting the Timme Center for Student Services with a picture ID.

The following grading system and grade point values are used for all courses at Ferris State University:

  • A   (4.0),        A- (3.7)
  • B+ (3.3),        B   (3.0),        B- (2.7)
  • C+ (2.3),        C   (2.0),        C- (1.7)
  • D+ (1.3),        D   (1.0),         D- (0.7)
  • F    (0.0)

Grades of CR (Credit), NC (No Credit), AU (Audit), I (Incomplete), IP (In Progress), W (Withdrawal), and AW (Administrative Withdrawal) are not considered in computing grade point averages. Grades of WF (Withdrawal Failing) or AWF (Administrative Withdrawal Failing) are computed as a grade point value of (0.0).

Computing Grade Point Average (GPA)

Ferris State University uses a standard four-point grading scale with plus and minus factors (e.g., C-, B+). You can easily calculate your GPA.

Mid-Term Grades

At mid-term (fall and spring terms only), faculty are encouraged to assign mid-term grades to all students but especially students in 200 level and below courses. Mid-term grades are available by internet, through MyFSU, the ninth week of the fall or spring term.

Grade Change

The assignment of grades is a faculty responsibility. If a student disagrees with an assigned grade the student should follow the appeal process.

1. The grade appeal must be made no later than the tenth calendar day (excluding weekends and holidays) of the semester following the semester for which the grade was given.

2. The student may appeal the grade only once.

3. The student must first discuss the grade in question with the instructor who gave the grade in order to clarify misunderstandings, arithmetic, etc.

4.In the event that the student and instructor are not able to resolve the issue, the student may then appeal the grade in writing to the respective instructor’s department head/chair. A copy of the appeal will be forwarded to the instructor.

5. The instructor then will respond to the appeal, in writing, to the department head/chair.

6. On the basis of the student’s appeal and the instructor’s response, the department head/chair will inform the parties in writing of his or her decision.

7. In the event that the student or instructor is still dissatisfied with the grade in question, he or she may further appeal the decision to the Office of the Dean. A cover letter with copies of the original appeal, the instructor’s response and the department head/chair decision must be submitted to the Dean’s Office.

8.On the basis of the student’s appeal, the instructor’s response and the department head/chair’s response, the Dean will inform the parties in writing of his or her decision. The Dean’s decision is final and binding.

9. The appeal process must be concluded not later than the end of the semester in which the appeal was initiated.

Incomplete Grades

Receiving a grade of incomplete (I) in a course indicates that you have successfully completed a major portion of the course requirements and you should not re-register for the course. The grade of "I" is a temporary designation that is assigned for illness, injury, birth of a child, death of a family member, jury duty or other necessary absences, generally beyond the control of the student, which prevents completion of the course requirements. Completion of at least 75% of course work at passing levels is required before an (I) grade is assigned.

The instructor must file the Incomplete Grade form with the dean�s office authorizing a grade of incomplete along with the requirements for completing the course. The student must make arrangements with the professor to complete all required work by the close of the following term, excluding summer. Instructors may require students to sign an agreement stipulating assignments and deadlines that must be met. Once the student completes the course requirements the professor must submit a grade change form to the dean�s office for approval and processing.

Incomplete grades that are not made up within the following term, excluding summer term, are changed to the grade of "F", unless written authorization for a time extension from the instructor is received by the Registrar’s Office. No time extensions will be given beyond one year after the close of the semester in which the “I” was received.

Activity Course Credit

Participants in symphonic band, jazz ensemble, collegiate-community orchestra, concert choir, glee club, Collegiate, forensics, dramatics, intercollegiate athletics or journalism may be granted credit for work in these activities supervised by members of the faculty. Credit may be earned each term, but no more than four (4) term hours of combined credit in activity courses may be counted toward graduation in an associate degree curriculum or five (5) term hours of combined credit in activity courses may be counted toward graduation in an bachelor�s degree curriculum.

Auditing a Course (No Credit)

Students are permitted to register for courses, space permitting, on an audit (no credit) basis during the designated �Institutional Change Days� during the first four (4) days of the term. Approval and signature of the student�s dean�s office and the head of the department offering the course are required and forwarded to the Registrar's Office for processing. Where course capacity is limited, students taking the course for credit will have registration priority over audit students.

Senior citizens (age 60 or older) may audit one course per term on a space available basis for a charge of $25.00 per course. Emeriti (regardless of age) may audit a course at no charge (consistent with their enrolling for credit courses). All other students will be charged the same tuition rates and fees for auditing are the same as for credit students. This change became effective Spring 2010 term per the President�s Office.

Repeat a Course

The repeat policy has changed effective Fall 2008 and should be reviewed. In part it states: A student may repeat a course previously taken up to three (3) times. For exceptions to this limitation a student may appeal to the Chairperson/Department Head of the department offering the course. Credit is given for a course only once, even though it can be repeated up to three times.

The grade received the last time the course is taken, excluding I, W, CR or NC, is the only grade used in computing the cumulative grade point average (GPA).

Academic Probation/Warning

Effective Spring Term 2009

Academic Probation:

A student will be placed on academic probation whenever any one of the following conditions happen.

1. The student’s cumulative grade point average (CGPA) falls below 2.00.

2. The student’s term grade point average (GPA) for two consecutive semesters is less than 2.00

3. The student is on term trial, as defined by the Dean’s Office. The number of credit hours enrolled in by any student on probation will be determined by the student’s advisor; however, any student who is on academic probation normally should not enroll for more than 14 term hours of credit, nor fewer than 12 term hours of credit.