Grades and Course Credits
College of General Studies
Withdrawals from courses after the first 10-week period of the semester will appear on the student’s record as a “W.” A “W” grade is not computed into the grade point average.
“I” Incomplete Coursework
The “I” (Incomplete) grade shall be given by a faculty member only when the student consults with the professor and it is the professor’s clear professional judgment that a paper, final examination, or other significant portion of the course can be completed with some chance that the student may receive credit for the course. An Incomplete is not automatically given merely because a student missed an examination or failed to complete an assignment. The student and professor must sign an “Incomplete Grade Report” form agreeing to the conditions of the incomplete grade, which the professor submits to CGS Student Services. An “I” grade is not computed into the grade point average.
Unless the make-up work is successfully completed by the mid-point of the next semester, the student shall receive an “F” (failing grade) for the missing work. The “F” shall be included in the computation of the final grade.
Students may not continue into the junior year with incomplete grades in the CGS core courses and, in some instances, their elective courses.
“F” Failure of Coursework
An “F” shall be given when—due to continuously poor performance in the course, minimal contribution and effort, excessive absences, or other criteria—there is no possibility that a student will receive credit for having successfully completed the course. Furthermore, an “F” may be assigned even if the student may technically qualify for written make-up work or a make-up examination when, in the judgment of the faculty member, the student has little or no chance of receiving credit for the course even once the make-up work or examination is completed.
Making Up F Grades
Students are allowed to make up “F” grades in courses approved by the appropriate divisional chairman. All “F” grades are included in the computation of a student’s grade point index, even though appropriate make-up courses at Boston University are completed. The make-up courses average into the GPA—they do not substitute for or remove any failed courses.
In order for students to make up credits at a college outside the University, they must secure from the College advanced approval for the course in question. Students should make up four-credit Boston University courses with courses that are granted four credits by the other institution; three-credit courses may be accepted for completion of the CGS four-credit course requirement, but the student will owe one academic credit toward graduation from the University. To do so, the student must complete a transfer course approval form, available in CGS Student Services, Room 211, and submit it to the appropriate divisional chair.
The College will accept credit hours for approved courses completed with at least a “C” outside the University. However, grades earned outside of Boston University will not be computed in a student’s Boston University grade point average.
Reporting of Semester Grades
Semester grades are not to be released to students by professors. Students may learn their grades through the Student Link.