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Grade Policies

​​​ CMU has the following grading policies:

Incomplete Grade (I)

An Incomplete (I) is a temporary grade used by the instructor when a student is unable to complete course requirements because of illness or other justifiable circumstances. p>

  • It is assigned only in cases in which the student has completed satisfactorily the major portion of the course requirements and has convinced the instructor of her or his ​ability to complete the remaining work without reregistering for the course.
  • It is not to be given to a student who is already doing failing work.
  • A form must be completed and signed by the faculty member (and the student, when possible) whenever a grade of I is assigned.
  • It is the student’s responsibility to contact the instructor to make arrangements for completing the remaining work.
  • The length of time within which an (I) must be removed is determined by the instructor, but in no case later than one calendar year following the receipt of the (I).
    • A student not completing the remaining work by the end of one calendar year would retain the (I) only if the instructor chooses not to change the (I) to a specific grade (ranging from A to E) by the end of the calendar year.
    • An (I) may not be removed by registering again for the course. Refer to the Bulletin for more detailed information Incomplete Grades.

Refer to the Bulletin for more detailed information Incomplete Grades.

Credit / No Credit

Students interested in taking a course on a Credit/No Credit basis must submit a Request to Take Undergraduate Classes on a Credit/No Credit Option Form by the appropriate deadline.

  • Only applicable to undergraduate courses
  • Not all courses offer a Credit/No Credit option
  • A course may not be repeated on a Credit/No Credit basis
  • A minimum grade of ‘C’ or better must be earned to receive credit

Repeat Course Policy (undergraduates only)

  • To improve a grade previously earned at CMU or elsewhere, an undergraduate student may repeat any course, except an Independent Study course.
  • A student is limited to three attempts of a course, including withdrawals. This includes repeats where a student has earned a grade of A through E or attempts where they were awarded CR, NC, I, W, Z, or X.
  • The last grade and credits earned at CMU completely replace the previous grade and credit hours in computing the grade point average, although the earlier grade remains a part of the student’s transcript.
  • A grade of A through E must be earned in a repeat course to replace the previous grade in computing the average.
  • A student wishing to repeat a course must complete and sign the Repeat Course Request card available at their CMU center.
  • In some states, repeat courses may not be eligible for veterans’ educational benefits. Please consult your Program Administrator.

Recomputation of Grade Point Average

An undergraduate student may petition for re-computation of his or her cumulative grade point average if:

  • the student has not attended CMU or any other institution EITHER
    • for four or more consecutive years, and the student re-enrolls after his or her matriculation was cancelled OR
    • after withdrawing voluntarily with a cumulative grade point average under 2.00 (academic probation)
  • a petition form for re-computation is obtained from your Academic Advisor
    • If the petition is approved, all courses taken will remain on the permanent record. Those courses with grades of A, A-, B+, B, B-, C+, C, C-, or CR will be counted for credit only. The student resumes his or her academic program at CMU with no cumulative grade-point average, and thereafter is subject to the conditions of probation and dismissal that govern all students. A student may not graduate from Central Michigan University under this policy unless he/she earns at least 12 semester hours of credit at this institution after the re-computation has been granted.

Students who have had a re-computation of grade point average must meet the following criteria to be eligible for graduation with honors:

  • At the beginning of his/her final semester must have completed 45 hours of residence, of which 33 hours are letter graded
  • A cumulative point average as indicated in the Graduation with Honors table.
  • Only hours completed after the recomputation are eligible for this requirement.

Graduate students who transfer from one graduate program to another may also file a Re-computation of GPA Petition. If approved by the academic advisor, department chair, and dean of the College of Graduate Studies:

  • All courses completed (prior to the petition) on the original program will be disallowed on the second program plan.
  • All grades on previous coursework will be disregarded, and the student will begin the new program with no cumulative grade point average.
  • The Re-computation of Grade Point Average Petition must be filed within one calendar year of beginning the new program.

NOTE: All courses will still remain on the student’s transcript although the grades will not contribute to the GPA.

Grade Grievance Policy

Grade grievance procedures:

  • apply only to the review and resolution of allegations of capricious grading
  • are not for the review of the instructor’s judgment in assessing the quality of a student’s work

Capricious grading constitutes any of the following:

  • the assignment of a grade to a particular student on some basis other than her or his performance in the course
  • the assignment of a grade to a particular student that resorts to more exacting or demanding standards than were applied to other students in that course; it is understood that standards for graduate credit may be different from standards for undergraduate credit
  • the assignment of a grade by a substantial departure from the instructor’s previously announced standards.

To review more on the Grade Grievance Process, see the Grade Grievance Policy.

Academic Dishonesty

In the academic community, a high value is placed on truth. This implies a corresponding intolerance of scholastic dishonesty.

  • Written or other work which a student submits must be the product of her or his own efforts.
  • Plagiarism, cheating, and other forms of academic dishonesty including dishonesty involving computer technology are prohibited.
  • Additional information on Academic Integrity may be found in Appendix II of the Bulletin.

Refer to the Bulletin for additi​onal grading information.

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