Buffalo State uses letter grades to indicate the status of a student at the completion of a course. All grades are awarded at the sole discretion of the faculty member responsible for the course. A grade must be submitted for every student on the course roster at the end of the semester.
Students will be apprised of evaluation policies in each class at the beginning of every semester.
This information will also include notification, where appropriate, that the plus/minus grading system will be used as determined by the instructor. Instructors will inform students of their standing in each course by the end of the ninth week of the semester, or two-thirds of a summer session or intersemester. Questions regarding grading policies or an individual grade received in a particular course should be addressed to the instructor or to the program director.
CWP 099 is a noncredit course and may not be used to meet any degree requirements. CWP 099, CWP 101, and CWP 102 will be graded on an "A" through-"E" basis. "A" through "D" are officially passing grades; however, courses with a prerequisite of CWP 101 or CWP 102 require a C or higher in the class. This means that a student cannot enroll in CWP 102 until he/she has earned at least a C in CWP 101. Course challenges will not be permitted.
Students who are considering taking a composition course at another institution that they expect will fulfill the Buffalo State basic writing requirement must seek prior permission from the College Writing Program director. Student must achieve a grade of “C” or higher in order for courses to be considered for transfer equivalency. The basic writing requirement is usually completed by the end of the sophomore year.
An incomplete grade is a temporary grade issued for medical emergencies or life crises. Students must request an incomplete grade directly from the instructor. Instructors must gain approval from the program director prior to assigning an incomplete grade.
An incomplete grade is converted to a letter grade by the tenth week of the following spring or fall semester. If the work is not completed by that time, the instructor will submit a grade based upon the amount of work completed. If the instructor who granted the incomplete is not able to evaluate the student's fulfillment of course requirements during the stipulated time period, the chair or program director is responsible for changing the grade.
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