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Evaluation of Students

The method of evaluation in each course is determined by the individual instructor. The final grade given for any course is based on the sum of evidence that the student gives the instructor, which demonstrates understanding and retention of the material presented in the course. In addition to formal examinations, the instructor may make use of recitation, term papers, written and oral quizzes, and participation in class and seminar discussions to determine the student’s grade. The grade is a symbol of a student’s degree of mastery of a course. The University requires that all written work submitted by students conform to standard English.

Midterm Grades

At the end of the seventh academic week of each semester in the regular academic year, instructors submit interim grade reports online. This grade is not a part of the permanent record of the student but is used as an indicator of scholastic progress.

Midterm grades are an indication of the quality of the student’s performance at that point in the semester; they are not an indication or a guarantee of the student’s final grade in the course.

A student who wishes to earn a final grade that improves upon a grade received at the midterm should speak with his or her instructor and academic advisor.

Final Examinations

Final examinations are scheduled during a final examination week. The final exam schedule can be found on the Registrar’s Office Web site at

Assessment of Learning Outcomes

At Marymount University, faculty strive to improve the curriculum and teaching by assessing student learning. Each academic major of the University requires senior students to demonstrate to what extent such learning has occurred. Additionally, faculty assess student mastery of core and general education competencies. Various measures are used depending upon the nature of the program: comprehensive examinations, theses, portfolio submissions, examples of student work, and/or standardized professional board examinations. The results of these measures are used by faculty to continually improve and develop the University’s programs.

Undergraduate Grading Policies

The following is a brief explanation of the letter grades that may be further delineated by a plus sign (+), which is not used for A grades, or a minus sign (-). The numerical equivalent of letter grades is determined by the instructor and is approved by the dean of the School that offers the course. Undergraduate students permitted to enroll in graduate courses (500-level and above) should consult the University’s Graduate Catalog for graduate student grading policies.

A Superior, outstanding scholarship and intellectual initiative.
B High attainment and a notable degree of scholastic performance.
C Satisfactory performance at an average level of college achievement. Indicates an understanding of the essential elements of a course. C is the minimum passing grade for courses in the major field in several Schools of the University. Students should refer to School requirements in the relevant sections of this catalog.
D Deficient but passing. A grade of D indicates a bare minimum performance. Courses graded D may count as prerequisites for advanced courses requiring a certain minimum of knowledge for further pursuit. A grade of D ordinarily is not transferable.
P Passing grade. This grade carries no quality points and is not calculated in the grade point average.
F Failure to meet minimal standards. Course must be repeated to obtain credit. (See Course Repeat Policy)
I Incomplete work. An Incomplete is given at the discretion of the instructor and approval by the School dean when circumstances beyond the control of the student prevent the completion of some course requirements. A majority of coursework must be completed in order for an I to be given.

A student who receives a grade of I must complete the work in the time designated by the instructor. This time may be no longer than one semester. Students carrying a grade of I in the semester in which they petition to graduate must complete the outstanding work within the time designated by the instructor, but no later than 30 days prior to the degree conferral date. The Incomplete must be removed by the end of the semester immediately following, including the summer semester. Failure to remove an Incomplete by the time specified will result in a failing grade. A student must then re-enroll and matriculate successfully in the course to obtain credit.
W Authorized Withdrawal. A grade of W is given to a student who withdraws from a course or separates from the University up until the last published date to withdraw without academic record. The grade of W carries no credit or academic penalty. It is recorded on the permanent record and transcript.
AU Indicates that the course was audited and no credit or grade was received. An audit course is considered as a regular course for tuition payment and is entered on the transcript. A student must indicate that a course is to be audited at registration, and it may not be changed to a course for credit once it has been registered as an audited class. A student may not change from credit to audit after the last day to add or register as published in the Academic Calendar. Audited courses do not count toward degree or graduation requirements.
NR No grade reported.
PASS/FAIL The pass/fail option may not be chosen for Liberal Arts Core requirements or requirements in the major field other than the internship. The pass/fail option must be approved by the student’s advisor and dean. A student must indicate that a course is to be taken pass/fail at the time of registration and may not change this status after the last day to add a class.

Consortium Grading and Credit

Grades for consortium courses are sent to Marymount’s registrar by the visited institution. They are recorded as Marymount University credit and calculated into the Marymount University cumulative grade point average.

Grades are recorded onto the Marymount University grade report and transcript as soon as they are received. In most cases, this will be after regular Marymount credit has been posted. In such cases, students will receive updated grade reports and transcripts.
Consortium credits are converted to Marymount University semester credits and count toward full-time/part-time status at Marymount University. If necessary, grades are converted to the nearest Marymount University equivalent.

Visiting Students’ Grades

Grades for students visiting Marymount will be reported by the Registrar’s Office.

Cumulative Grade Point Average

The cumulative grade point average is determined by dividing the number of quality points a student has earned by the number of measurable credits of work. Quality points per credit are shown in the following chart:
Grade Quality points Grade Quality points

Grade Quality Points
A 4.0
A- 3.7
B+ 3.3
B 3.0
B- 2.7
C+ 2.3
C 2.0
C- 1.7
D+ 1.3
D 1.0
D- 0.7
F 0.0

Minimum Grade and Course Repeat Policy

Degree- and Certificate-seeking Students

Degree- and certificate-seeking students are expected to maintain a minimum grade point average of 2.0, and are subject to review each semester by the Undergraduate Academic Standards Committee.

Each department determines the minimum grade for a course to complete a Liberal Arts Core or major requirement. Students who do not meet the minimum grade for a course may repeat the course. A student may repeat a completed course under the following criteria:

This policy is limited to 16 hours of coursework.

Any appeals to the policy will be handled at the department level with approval from the dean and the vice president for Academic Affairs and provost.

Nondegree Students

Nondegree students are expected to maintain a minimum grade point average of 2.0. When a nondegree student attains degree status, the student’s record is reviewed by the Undergraduate Academic Standards Committee.

Courses completed with a grade below C may be unacceptable dependent upon specific requirements within the student’s program of study.