Grading options

At registration time and through the end of the first week of the term, students may choose or change their grading option (A, B, C, D, F) or pass/no credit (S/NC) through Student e-Services.

The default grading method is graded (A, B, C, D, F).

  • For full-term courses, Students must change the grading method from "Normal" to "Pass/No Credit " after registering by selecting "View/Modify Class Schedule" and clicking on the pencil icon in front of the Course ID # and selecting "Pass/No credit" as the grading method for the course. This change must be made before the end of the first week of the semester or submit a written request to the instructor for a change in grading method by the second class meeting.
  • For Faculty-designed Independent Study (FDIS) courses, students must submit a written request to the instructor for a change in grading method before the first major assessment.

A student who completes a substantial amount of the required course work (as determined by the instructor) may request the instructor assign an incomplete ("I" grade). Instructors are not required to give incompletes. If the student does not complete the required work within the following semester, the "I" automatically converts to an "F" or "NC" depending upon the grading method.

Student grades are available by accessing Student e-Services. Students can request a printed grade report from the Gateway Student Services Center; however, staff members are not permitted to provide grades over the phone.

Students who wish to audit or attend a course without earning credit must be registered for the course, and pay full tuition and fees. Courses taken for audit are not eligible for financial aid and do not count toward full-time status. Students who are receiving financial aid will be billed if courses taken for credit are later changed to audit status and their enrollment status falls below the minimum requirements for financial aid. The level of participation in an audited course is determined by the instructor.

Students must change the grading method from "Normal" to "AU" after registering by selecting "View/Modify Class Schedule" and clicking on the pencil icon in front of the Course ID # and selecting "AU" as the grading method for the course. This change must be made before the end of the first week of the semester. Students may not later receive credit for a course that has been audited except by re-enrollment for credit and successful completion of the same course in a subsequent semester. An entry of "AU" (Audit) as a grade is made on a student's permanent academic record when a course is audited.