Every student must obtain a minimum cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 2.00 to be eligible for the baccalaureate degree.
The grading system is based upon 12 categories: A, A-, B+, B, B- C+, C, C-, D+, D, D-, and F. In addition, a regularly enrolled Simmons student may take, at most, one four-credit course pass/fail in any given semester. See page 21 of the 2012-2014 Course Catalog for information on courses that may not be taken pass/fail.
A student may designate her grading option by filling out a Change of Grading Option Form in the Office of the Registrar. This may be done at any time up to (but not after) the day designated as the final day to add a course in each semester. Any student who fails to do so will automatically receive letter grades. Grading options may be changed through the fourth week of the semester.
The grading symbols are defined as follows:
In determining the general quality of a student's work, the following valuations are used to calculate a grade point average:
If a student using the pass/fail option receives a "P" in a course, she will receive credit for the course, but the "P" will not be averaged into her GPA. If she receives an "F" in a pass/fail course, she will receive no credit for the course, and the "F" will be averaged into her GPA as 0.00.
A student receiving a failing grade in a course is allowed to retake the course. However, the original course and the failing grade will remain on the transcript and will be part of the student's grade point average. Each semester the student's grade report and transcript will contain both a semester and cumulative GPA. Grades for course work completed at other institutions hosting study abroad, domestic exchange, Washington semester, and Semester at Sea programs will appear on the Simmons transcripts but will not be factored into the GPA. To calculate a grade point average, divide quality points by the number of courses taken. Do not use the grades of "W" or "P" in your calculations. Grades of "F" and "RW" are used in the calculations. For example, a student who takes three courses and earns the following grades, A = 4.0, B+ = 3.3, and F = 0, will divide her 7.3 total points by three and earn a grade point average of 2.43.
Instructors will be informed of the student's grading option when they receive their official class list. Instructors may evaluate their students by whatever methods they feel are appropriate to the course objectives. Instructors will submit the appropriate evaluation for each student (according to the option selected by the student) to the registrar at the end of the term. The College's official offices may not at any time request an instructor to convert a P-F option to a letter grade option for the purpose of releasing that evaluation to an external agency. Special conditions concerning grading options, grades, and evaluations pertain to students enrolled in the education and, nursing, and health science for physical therapy programs. Students in these programs should contact their department faculty members for additional information.
Required coursework ordinarily must be completed by the last day of final examinations. In extenuating circumstances, undergraduate students may request an "incomplete" by filing a petition with the Administrative Board. The petition, which will outline the student's and her instructor's agreed-upon plan to complete all work, must be completed and signed by both student and instructor. It is the student's responsibility to monitor her progress and complete all work so that the instructor may submit a final grade by the date set by the board. Failure to submit work by the approved incomplete extension date may result in a grade of "F."
Formal Audit —Undergraduate
A formal audit may be elected by any full-time undergraduate student after the first semester, provided that she has her instructor's permission and agrees to abide by the instructor's conditions for the audit. A student may formally audit no more than one course each semester. There is no charge to full-time undergraduate students for a formal audit. A formal audit will appear on the student transcript, but no credit is given. A formal audit may not be used to satisfy any of the all-College requirements. More information on the formal audit option is available through the Office of the Registrar.
Any undergraduate student is permitted to informally audit a course with the permission of the instructor. No record of the student's work is kept and the student is not permitted to take the final examination. No credit is granted for an informal audit.