UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN River Falls

Grades, Grade Reports, and GPA

Grades

Grading System:

Student achievement at UW-RF is evaluated in letter symbols, each of which carries a value in honor points per credit hour.

A = Excellent (4 honor points per credit hour)

A- = Excellent (3.667 honor points per credit hour)

B+ = Good (3.333 honor points per credit hour)

B = Good (3 honor points per credit hour)

B- = Good (2.667 honor points per credit hour )

C+ = Average (2.333 honor points per credit hour)

C = Average (2 honor points per credit hour)

C- = Average (1.667 honor points per credit hour)

D+ = Below Average (1.333 honor points per credit hour)

D = Below Average (1 honor points per credit hour)

F = Failure (0 honor points per credit hour)

I = Incomplete (Not Computed in GPA-will need a final letter grade)

S = Satisfactory (Not Computed in GPA)

U = Unsatisfactory (Computed in GPA as a failing grade)

W = Signifies a Late Drop (Not computed in GPA)

SP = Satisfactory Progress (Not Computed in GPA-will need a final letter grade)

IP = In-Progress (Not counted as credits attempted-will need a final letter grade)

XF = Failure due to non attendance -  (Computed in GPA as a failing grade)

NR = Not Reported (Not counted as credits attempted-will need a final letter grade) (Faculty Senate Motion approved 2007)

Grades of "U" or "S" are earned when a course is taken Pass/Fail.

Incomplete and Satisfactory Progress

  • Incomplete: A grade of incomplete (I) may be given for a verifiable, non-academic reason at the instructor's discretion upon student request. If the student does not complete the coursework and a A-F grade is not given within two semesters (excluding J-term and summer terms) the course grade becomes an F. See Instructor Preference paragraph (8.2.18.4) below for exceptions to this rule. When a student completes the work, the incomplete (I) grade is replaced with the new grade (A-F). The notation for I and SP is taken off of the students' records when the course work is completed. The student is responsible for being aware of the financial aid implications of his or her grades.
  • Satisfactory Progress: A grade of satisfactory progress (SP) may be given by the instructor when the work of the course extends logically or for pedagogical reasons beyond the end of the term. The instructor will give the SP after assessing that the work to date demonstrates progress. If the work is not completed at the conclusion of two semesters (excluding J-term and summer terms) and the instructor does not submit a grade, the course grade becomes an F. The student is responsible for being aware of the financial aid implications of his or her grades.
  • Graduation: The student must resolve all outstanding I and SP grades before the diploma is granted.
  • Instructor Preference: The Registrar's Office will notify instructors of all I and SP grades outstanding in the 12th week of the semester, indicating which instances will become F at the conclusion of the semester. The instructor may return by the grade deadline the list indicating students for whom he or she is extending the I or SP grades for one more semester, and after that time the I or SP becomes an F. [FS 06/07-66]
  • Not Reported: In cases where grades are not received through SIS or other agreed-upon means by the announced deadline, all students in the course will receive a grade of NR (not reported). The department/program chair will be notified and will contact the instructor immediately to ascertain the problem. The grades should be submitted by the instructor as soon as possible. The NR will be expunged from the students' records, not appearing on either the Degree Audit Report (DAR) or the transcript once removed by the instructor. [FS 06/07-117]

Grade Change - Faculty Only 

To change a grade simply complete the Grade Change Card and forward it to the Registrar's Office for processing.  Once the Registrar's Office has received the card it will be processed that same day. All grade changes need to be approved by the Dean of the College in which the course is offered. No Grade Change Card should be allowed in the hands of any student.

Grade Reports

Grade Reports are only available for the previous term. To have a grade report sent to you please fill out the Grade Request Form.

As of Fall 2003-04 term you can view your grades through eSIS. You can locate grades by clicking the "Grades" link in your Student Center.

Grade Point Average

The cumulative Grade Point Average (GPA) is computed by dividing the total number of grade points earned by the total number of credits attempted. In the case of repeated courses the record of both the original and repeated course will be retained on the student's transcript, but for purposes of determining the student's GPA, only credits and grade points earned in the last retake of the course will be used.

Credits and grades transferred from other accredited institutions are not used in the computation of the UW-RF grade point average.

To remain in "good standing" the student's cumulative GPA must be 2.0 or above.