Grades and Credits
I think I may want to audit one of my classes. What does auditing a class mean?
Students who audit a class are not responsible for attendance, daily preparations, or examinations, and no grade is reported or recorded on the permanent record. An audited class cannot be a retake. Tuition and fees for audited classes are assessed on the same basis as for credited classes. An “I” grade may not be made up by repeating the class as an audit.
Departments have the right to refuse to allow students to audit individual courses. Registered students who drop all credit classes and only have audit classes remaining are considered withdrawn from the University effective the latest drop date of the non-audit classes. Students will need to re-apply through the Admissions Office for the next semester. Compliance with deadlines is required, unless a deferment is obtained.
How do I change my enrollment in a class to audit?
Students must first register for the class for credit and then contact the Student Records and Registration Office to change the course to audit. Students may not change class status from credit to audit or from audit to credit after the deadline to withdraw from a class without earning a “W”.
Repeat classes allow a class to be taken two or more times for additional credit. Most classes at BYU—Idaho are not repeatable for credit. Departments establish the maximum number of times a class can be repeated. A repeated class does not replace the former grade or credit of a previously repeated class. Approval to enroll in a repeatable course for the purpose of replacing a previous credit grade must be obtained from the Academic Exceptions Committee prior to registering for the course.
Retake classes replace the credit and grade of a previously completed equivalent course even if the previous grade was higher. The most recently completed course is calculated into the GPA, earned credits, and degree requirements. Previous courses remain on the transcript and are designated as retake courses and will not fulfill degree requirements.
Students are allowed a maximum of four retakes during their BYU—Idaho experience. Retakes occur when retaking BYU—Idaho classes previously completed at this University.
BYU—Idaho courses cannot be replaced by equivalent courses from other institutions. Exceptions must be approved by the Academic Exceptions Committee.
Students who transfer must recognize that a transfer institution may not accept the retake class per this definition.
BYU—Idaho offers a limited number of pass/fail courses. Students in these classes receive no letter grade; instead, they either pass or fail depending on whether or not they have met the course criteria. All pass credits count toward graduation but are not included in GPA calculations. Courses designated as letter grade cannot be changed to pass/fail, and courses designated as pass/fail cannot be changed to letter grade.
- Progress grades are both attempted and earned credits (A, B, C, D)
- Non-progress grades are attempted but not earned credits (F, W, UW, I, T)
Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) is a calculation of each semesters earned credits divided by attempted credits. There are reasons that SAP is a fundamental standard at BYU—Idaho; however, two of those reasons are:
- Students need to complete each course they are enrolled in so they can move quickly toward graduation
- To safeguard the sacred tithing dollars utilized to help each student in their education
- W grades are placed on your academic record (transcript) if you drop a class anytime after the 22nd day in a semester (or after the 15th day in a block) up until the final drop deadline, for any reason.
- W grades are NOT calculated into your grade point average (GPA).
- W grades remain on your transcript even if you re-take the class at a later date.
- W grades are considered non-progress grades and are calculated into the 75% progress requirement.
- If you are receiving Federal Financial Aid, you must check with that office to determine how W grades affect your eligibility.
A UW grade represents an unofficial withdrawal which is given to a student who meets the following criteria:
- The student did not complete proper withdrawal procedures from the course (i.e., did not drop the class within the established academic deadlines).
- The student never participated* in the course or stopped participating before roughly two months into the semester (the deadline for withdrawing from an individual course and receive a “w” grade and not the grade earned).
*Participation includes: (attending class, submitting work, tests, class related assignments, etc…)
Based on this information, an F grade is appropriate if:
- the student does not have a record of non-attendance and the student’s academic performance warrants a failing grade
- the student’s record of non-attendance began after the last date to drop a class without receiving the grade earned (June 15 for full-semester Summer 2008 classes or June 30 for second block Summer 2008 classes).
Both an F and a UW are calculated into the GPA as a failing grade value (0.0).
"T" grades represent a temporary grade that was assigned for courses that do not fall within the normal academic deadlines of any given semester (e.g., internships, student teaching, tours). T grades can only be assigned by the Student Records and Registration Office for courses that meet these conditions.
T grades do not impact a student’s GPA, but may impact Satisfactory Academic Standing in that the credits for the course are counted as attempted, but not yet earned. Therefore, instructors over courses for which T grades are assigned are encouraged to submit their final grades as soon as the coursework is completed.
"NR" represents that the grade was not reported by the instructor. A student receiving an "NR" grade should contact the instructor to request that a valid grade be submitted to the Student Records and Registration Office.
As with T Grades, NR grades do not impact a student’s GPA, but may impact Satisfactory Academic Standing in that the credits for the course are counted as attempted, but not yet earned. Therefore, instructors over courses for which NR grades were assigned are encouraged to submit their final grades as soon as possible
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