Grading Policy

Scale

The grading scale for students enrolled for credit is A+, A, A-, B+, B, B-, C, and F. An “I” (Incomplete) grade is assigned by the instructor who has given the student permission to delay completion of specific coursework for a justifiable reason for a specific amount of time. “WD” (official Withdrawal), and “AU” (Audit) are requested by the student and cannot be assigned by the instructor. A grade of F indicates the student’s failure to complete or comprehend the coursework. An F grade is not removed from a student’s transcript even if a course is repeated.

Requirements

Degree candidates who receive two grades of C or below will dismissed from their program. If a degree candidate receives a grade of C or below in a core course, the student must repeat that course. Even if the course is repeated, the original C will remain on the student’s transcript, and the student may not receive another grade of C or below. Special students—those who satisfy all requirements for admission to degree candidacy but who choose not to seek a degree—are held to the same performance standards as degree candidates. Provisional students cannot continue in a program if they earn a grade of B- or below in any course taken while they are in provisional admissions status.

Probation and Dismissal

If a degree candidate receives a C or below in an elective course, the course need not be repeated but any course with a grade of F will not count toward your completed requirements. If a degree candidate receives a grade of C or below for a core course, the core course must be repeated. When a course is repeated, both the original grade and repeated grade appear on the transcript. The degree candidate receives credit only once for the course; however, the original grade of C puts the student on probation. If a degree candidate receives a C or below in an elective course, the course need not be repeated, and the course can be counted toward degree requirements. Degree candidates who receive a second C or below, in either a repeated core course or any course taken in the program, will dismissed from the program. Special students are held to the same performance standards as degree candidates. Provisional students who receive a grade of B- or below in any course cannot repeat the course and are dismissed from the program.

Incompletes

A designation of I (Incomplete) is assigned when a student fails to complete a course on time for valid reasons as determined by the instructor. A student requests a status of Incomplete from the instructor. Student must complete the Resolution of Incomplete form. The student notes the reasons for requesting the Incomplete and plans for resolving it. Student and instructor sign the form. Instructors send the completed form to the JHU Registrar. An Incomplete is granted at the instructor’s discretion; conditions for absolving it are established by the instructor. It is the student’s responsibility to submit all work at the agreed upon time. If a student does not complete the incomplete course, the “I” will convert to an “F.” Incompletes expire 60 days after the beginning of the following semester.

Grade Disputes

If a student does not agree with the grade an instructor assigned in a given course, the student should contact the instructor. If the instructor and the student are unable to reach an agreement, the student may present his/her argument to the program committee in writing. The program committee may solicit the instructor’s evaluation in writing or members may ask the instructor and/or the student to appear before them. The committee then determines whether the disputed grade should be changed or retained and informs the student and the instructor of its decision. The committee’s decision is final. Grade disputes must be submitted to the program committee no later than the last day of classes for the following semester. Upon graduation, the graduate’s record is closed. No changes thereafter can be made to the graduate’s transcript, and only active grade appeals already in progress will be considered.