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Academic Standing 

Undergraduate students are considered to be in good academic standing if they meet satisfactory academic progress (SAP), by successfully maintaining the following standards:

a)      Must have a Cumulative Grade Point Average of 2.0 or higher at the end of each semester
b)      Must Earn 67% of Hours Attempted (including transfer credits)
c)      Must not Exceed 150% of Hours Required for Degree Completion

Academic Standing

Description

 

 

Good Standing (GS)

Students earning a minimum 2.0 cumulative GPA and 67% of attempted plus transferred credit hours

Academic Warning (AW)

Students failing to earn 67% of attempted plus transferred credit hours

Academic Probation (PR)

Students failing to earn a minimum 2.0 semester GPA. 

Academic Suspension (SU)

Students on academic probation who fail to earn a minimum 2.0 semester GPA and 67% of attempted plus transfer credit hours.

Academic Dismissal

Students failing to earn a semester 2.0 GPA and 67% of attempted hours after returning from serving the one semester suspension or having successfully appealed their academic suspension.

Grading Scale 

The University utilizes the plus/minus (+/-) grading system.  Below is the value (grade point) assigned to each grade in computing grade point averages: 

Grade

Quality Point Value

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

F

0.0

The following grades may be given for non-letter grade courses

Grade

Description

I

Incomplete

CE

Credit by Examination

CR

Advanced Placement or Transfer

S

Satisfactory

U

Unsatisfactory

W

Withdrawal

AU

Satisfactory Audit

NC

Unsatisfactory Audit

Please note the following:

a)       The grading scale must be included in the syllabus given to each student
b)      Courses designated as requiring a “C” to pass will still need a “C”; a “C“ will not satisfy this requirement
c)       Dean’s list designation =  3.0 GPA and earning a minimum of 12 hours per semester 

Repetition of Courses and Grade Forgiveness 

a)       During a student’s academic career at the University a maximum of five (5) courses may be repeated.
b)      No single undergraduate course may be repeated more than two (2) times to include withdrawals (W’s), for a maximum of three (3) attempts.
c)       Course repeats are all included on official transcripts
d)      All attempts are calculated for determination of Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP.) 

An undergraduate student may only repeat a course when earning:

a)      A grade of “C-“ or lower if it is a prerequisite course requiring a minimum grade of “C”, and or
b)      A grade of “C-“or lower in a major course requiring a minimum grade of “C”.

Students will not receive additional credit hours for repeated courses in which they originally earned a passing grade.

Graduating with Honors 

Undergraduate degree candidates who complete all requirements for graduation in accordance with the following stipulations earn the following honors:

a)       Those students who maintain an adjusted GPA between 3.25 and 3.49 will receive recognition as CUM LAUDE,
b)      Those students who maintain an adjusted GPA between 3.50 and 3.74 will receive recognition as MAGNA CUM LAUDE, and
c)       Those students who maintain an adjusted between 3.75 and 4.00 will receive recognition as SUMMA CUM LAUDE. 

All course hours attempted, excluding “W” (withdrawal grades), are included in the adjusted grade point average computation for honors. For example, if a course was repeated, both grades are used in the adjusted grade point average computation. 

Undergraduate students must earn at least 70 semester hours of resident credit at North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University to qualify for graduation honor designations.

This policy is effective on and after May 15, 2012 and applies only to all new students entering A&T thereafter.

Withdrawal from an Individual Course or All Courses 

a)       Effective Fall 2014, students can only withdraw from a maximum of sixteen (16) credit hours over their academic career.
b)      Undergraduate students may only have (2) withdrawals per course.
c)       Upon a third (3) attempt in a single course, the student is not permitted to withdraw from the course and must receive a grade for the course.
d)      A student may withdraw from any course or courses by submitting a Change of Schedule Form to the Office of the Registrar on or before the last day to withdraw from an individual course, as published in the Academic Calendar.
e)       Students who withdraw from a course or courses on or before the last day to withdraw from an individual course, are assigned a grade of “W.” Failure to attend class does not constitute a withdrawal from that course or courses.
f)       If a student elects to withdraw from ALL courses enrolled, he or she will complete an Official Student Withdrawal form. This form is located in the Office of the Registrar.

Retroactive Withdrawal 

A student who was unable to initiate the process for withdrawal from the University by the last day to withdraw as published in the academic calendar may request a retroactive withdrawal. Requests for a retroactive withdrawal shall be considered on a case-by-case basis, and shall be based on the following:

a) serious illness or documented medical condition;
b) death of an immediate family member;
c) involuntary call to active military duty;
d) documented change in conditions of employment;
e) newly documented learning disability;
f) other emergency circumstances, legal requirements, or extraordinary situations.

Except under extraordinary circumstances or to comply with legal requirements, for retroactive withdrawals subsequent to the effective date of this policy, students are limited to one (1) retroactive withdrawal during their academic career.

Tuition Surcharge 

The Board of Governors of the University of North Carolina established guidelines imposing a twenty-five percent (25%) tuition surcharge prior to 2010-2011 academic year and fifty percent (50%) beginning with the 2010-2011 academic year.  This is for students who take more than 140 degree credit hours to complete a baccalaureate degree in a four-year program or more than 110% of the credit hours necessary to complete a baccalaureate degree in any program officially designated by the Board of Governors as a five-year program.

What counts in the 140 hours?  The following criteria is used to compute the 140 semester hours:

a)      All regular semester degree-creditable courses taken at NC A&T including repeated courses, failed courses, and those dropped after the last date to add a course and
b)      Transfer credit hours (up to 98 semester hours) except those taken at another UNC institution through summer school or through degree-credit extension.

(no surcharged fees applied in summer) 

Readmission of Former and Academically Suspended, or Dismissed Undergraduate Students 

An undergraduate student who has not been enrolled for one or more semesters, or who is returning after academic or disciplinary suspension or academic dismissal must apply for readmission. Readmission applications, and the application processing fee, should be submitted no later than the deadline to apply for readmission as published in the academic calendar. A returning student should be aware that enrollment restrictions may be imposed at any time, which may affect his/her readmission. 

A student who was eligible to continue at the time of leaving and who has a cumulative grade point average of at least 2.0 will be:

a)      Considered for readmission upon approval of the student’s academic department and college/school as evidenced by submission of an approved Academic Plan of Action,
b)      Placed on Academic Probation Status for at least one semester, and
c)      Allowed, during the readmission process, to simultaneously seek and execute a change of major. Such a change of major and the student’s readmission must be supported by the student’s new academic department. 

A student who was academically suspended will be:

a)      Considered for readmission upon serving the conditions of the academic suspension and receiving approval from the student’s academic department and college/school as evidenced by submission of an Academic Plan of Action,
b)      Placed on Academic Probation after Suspension Status for at least one semester,
c)       Allowed, during the readmission process, to simultaneously seek and execute a change of major. Such a change of major and the student’s readmission must be supported by the student’s new academic department. 

A student who was academically dismissed must:

a)      Serve a minimum one year academic dismissal and any other conditions of the dismissal action,
b)      Submit an appeal to the Committee on Admission and Academic Retention in the Office of the Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs,
c)      If the Committee on Admission and Academic Retention approves the appeal, the student will be placed on Academic Probation after Dismissal Status for at least one semester,
d)      Gain acceptance into an academic department and major degree program. During the readmission process, a student may simultaneously seek and execute a change of major. Such a change of major, and the student’s appeal and readmission must be supported by the student’s new academic department. 

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