Grades represent the instructor’s evaluation of student competencies and course performance. Grades assigned by Adelphi instructors conform to University standards, policies, and procedures. Each instructor will inform students of applicable grading standards for a course. Students may review the material submitted to the instructor for evaluation, such as that student’s papers and examinations. At the end of each semester, grades are given in semester courses. Instructors submit grades to the Office of the University Registrar within 48 hours of the scheduled final exam.
Grading SystemAdelphi has a letter grading system.
Passing grades, in rank order, are A, B, C, D*, and P (Pass). Failing grades are designated with F.
(For graduate students, *"D" grades are only used by the School of Business.)
What Grades Signify
(per credit hour)
Superior mastery of facts and principles; clear evidence that stated course objectives and requirements were met by student.
Above average mastery of facts and principles; evidence that stated course objectives and requirements were met by the student.
Average mastery of facts and principles; some evidence that stated course objectives and requirements were met by the student.
Little mastery of facts and principles; acceptable evidence that stated course objectives and requirements were met by student.
No mastery of facts and principles; little evidence that stated course objectives and requirements were met by the student. The student may be eligible for dismissal following a departmental review.
Other Transcript Designations
||Where the grade of "A", "B", or "C" is not used.
||Students who are auditors register for a course, pay the regular tuition, but do not receive a grade.
||Issued when the student has not completed the course requirements by the end of the semester and has obtained permission from the instructor to take additional time to complete the course work. The incomplete designation “I” may be used by instructors only if a student has been excused from the completion of course requirements because of illness or other exceptional, compelling circumstances. Students may have no more than one calendar year after the end of the semester in which the grade was given to resolve an “Incomplete.” Unresolved Incompletes convert to Fs after this time. This then becomes the final grade.
IP (In Progress)
|The IP grade may be assigned only for research courses that are designed
to take longer than one semester. The research project must be completed
within two years. If it is not finished within that time the student will
be withdrawn from the class and a W will be placed on the student's
||Issued when the student has officially withdrawn from a course with the instructor’s written consent. This procedure is accomplished only on official University Action Request Forms. “W “is not computed in the GPA. (See Withdrawing from Courses.)
Computing the Grade-Point Average (GPA)
Earned Hours are credit hours awarded to the student for successful completion of academic course work or its equivalent.
Attempted Hours are the number of credit hours actually registered for by a student, except for audited courses and those from which one has been officially dropped.
Quality Points are computed by multiplying the grade points per hour by the credit hours of the course. For example, a B+ in a 3-credit undergraduate course would generate 9.90 quality points. Quality Hours are all graded credits taken at Adelphi University.
No points are given for the "P" grade, and the "P" is not computed in either the semester or the cumulative GPA. A failing grade is recorded and computed as an "F". Refer to the section “Unfinished Course Work” concerning how "I" is treated in the computation of the GPA.
For each semester’s work, a semester’s GPA is computed as follows:
The total number of quality points earned is divided by the total number of quality hours. For example, 45 Quality Points ÷ 15 Quality Hours = 3.000 GPA
A student who has received advanced placement credit and/or transfer credit will have the cumulative GPA computed on the basis of total quality hours at Adelphi. Example: if a student presents 120 credits for graduation, 8 credits of which are for advanced placement or transfer credit, the cumulative GPA is computed on 112 credits.
Unfinished Course Work
The designation "I" (Incomplete) will be issued when the student has not completed the course requirements by the end of the semester and has obtained permission from the instructor to take additional time to complete the course work. The Incomplete designation "I" may be used by instructors only if a student has been excused from the completion of course requirements because of illness or other exceptional, compelling circumstances. Students may have no more than one calendar year after the end of the semester in which the grade was given to resolve Incompletes. Unresolved Incompletes convert to "F"s after this time. This then becomes the final grade.
The Pass/Fail grade option is designed to encourage undergraduate students to explore disciplines outside their major without affecting their GPA. The letter P (Pass) or F (Fail) are the only grades assigned when students choose the Pass/Fail grade options. The student will be given credit for courses in which the grade of P is earned, but these courses will not affect the computation of the GPA. A grade of F earns no credit but will affect the computation of the GPA.
The following restrictions apply:
The P/F option is not available:
- to students whose semester or cumulative GPA is less than 2.0
- for courses required for a major or a minor
- for independent study
- for General Education courses
A maximum of eight courses may be taken with the P/F option in the baccalaureate. Transfer students are advised to consult the section titled “Latin Honors.”
Grades are submitted only by the instructor of the course. Any change of grade must be approved by that instructor. A grade may be changed only if there is unequivocal evidence that it was the result of computational or mechanical error.
Students who believe their grades are incorrect or unfair should:
- Discuss their course work with the instructor
- Review with the course instructor the grading policies for the course
- If still dissatisfied, disputes concerning grades should be brought to the chair of the department (if there is a chair)
- The chair may choose to discuss the matter with the instructor to try to resolve the issues
- If still dissatisfied, or if there is no chair, students should bring their concerns to the assistant or associate dean of the school responsible for the course
- The dean may choose to discuss the matter with the chair and/or the instructor to try to resolve the issues
- If the issues remain unresolved, the student may request that the Office of Academic Services discuss the matter with the instructor
- The Associate Provost may choose to discuss the matter with the dean.
If the Chair, Dean, or Provost concludes that a grade was a result of arbitrary or capricious conduct on the part of the instructor, the student may be allowed to withdraw from the course. In the case of arbitrary or capricious conduct, the department or school may allow the substitution of another course to replace the course in question.
All disputes concerning the accuracy of a grade must be raised within one calendar year. Grade changes must first be signed by the instructor and then by the department chair and the appropriate dean before being submitted to the Registrar.