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    Florida State College at Jacksonville
  Oct 18, 2021
2017-2018 Catalog [Aug. 2017-Aug. 2018] 
2017-2018 Catalog [Aug. 2017-Aug. 2018] [Archived Catalog]

Appendix: Grading Policies

Audit Grade Procedures

A student must decide to audit a college credit course before the end of the drop/add period in the session in which the class is held by completing a request to audit form. Under extenuating circumstances, a change to or from audit status may be made after the drop/add period with approval through an academic appeal. All regular fees apply to audited courses, but no credit shall be awarded.

Grading System

Florida State College at Jacksonville’s grading system is designed to evaluate the performance of students as fairly and equitably as possible.

Letter grades will be assigned for courses as follows:

A = Excellent
B = Good
C = Average
D = Poor
F = Failure
FN = Failure for Non-Attendance*
W = Withdrawal
I = Incomplete
X = Audit
NR = Not Reported by Instructor

*The FN grade indicates that a student has failed a course due to non-attendance. It is calculated as an F in the student’s grade point average. For students receiving financial aid, failure for non-attendance may require the student to refund to the College all or part of his or her aid. The FN grade will be assigned by the faculty member at anytime following the final withdrawal date for the course. Students who are in a failing status because of non-attendance but return to the course prior to the withdrawal date may elect to withdraw from the course.

Grade Forgiveness and Course Repeats

Students may repeat a course in an attempt to improve a grade previously earned. State Board Rule 6A-14.0301 limits such attempts to courses where a “D”, “F”, or “FN” grade was earned, and limits to two the number of times a course grade may be forgiven. The official grade used in calculating the grade point average is the last grade earned in the course. Grade point averages for financial aid purposes may include all attempts.

A student may have only three total attempts in any course, including the original grade, repeat grades, and withdrawals. A fourth attempt may be allowed only through an academic appeals process based on major extenuating circumstances.

Courses may be repeated if they are designated as repeatable through the curriculum process or if they are required to be repeated by a regulatory agency, or are being repeated as part of a regulatory requirement for continuing education to stay current in a field, such as teacher certification.

Withdrawal Grades

A student may withdraw without academic penalty from any course up to the last withdrawal date published for each session. The student will be permitted only two withdrawals per course. Upon the third attempt, the student will not be permitted to withdraw and will receive an A, B, C, D, FN, or F grade for the course.

Students may request a withdrawal for extenuating circumstances after the session withdrawal date by following the grade appeal procedure.

To withdraw officially from one or more courses (withdrawal from all courses constitutes withdrawal from the College), the student must use the withdrawal process in the online student services portal.

Note: Students who receive Title IV Federal Aid and withdraw during the first 60 percent of the academic term will be subject to repayment terms as outlined by the federal agency from which the aid was awarded.

Incomplete Grades

An “I” grade may be assigned at the instructor’s discretion, upon request by the student, to permit the student time to complete required course work that he/she was prevented from completing in a timely way due to non-academic reasons. The instructor may require the student to furnish documentation for the request to assist in the decision. The instructor may choose to not grant the request. The “I” grade should be considered only when the student has the potential to earn a passing grade if the missing work is made up.

The instructor shall prescribe in a written agreement with the student the remaining course work required for completion and removal of the “I” grade. A copy of this agreement will be kept on file in the office of the appropriate dean. All work must be completed within the first eight weeks of the subsequent term, unless the instructor agrees to a longer timeframe (not to exceed one year). When the work is completed, the instructor will submit an online grade change with the grade earned. If the work is not completed within the prescribed time frame, the “I” will automatically change to an “F” grade. The student will be informed of the final grade assigned. To be eligible for an “I” grade, the student must be passing the course at the time of the request and must have completed at least 75% of the course work.

Student Warnings

When students repeat a course at Florida State College at Jacksonville, only the last grade earned is calculated in their cumulative grade point average (GPA). However, students with an excessive number of W, I or FN grades and students who repeat courses to improve their GPA may jeopardize their admission to programs in the Florida State University System (SUS) or other institutions.

Grade Points

To evaluate the scholastic standing of students, the following points are assigned to grades.

A = four grade points per semester hour
B = three grade points per semester hour
C = two grade points per semester hour
D = one grade point per semester hour
F = zero grade points per semester hour
FN = zero grade points per semester hour

Students’ scholastic standing or grade point average is obtained by dividing the total number of grade points earned by the total number of semester hours attempted for which the foregoing grades have been assigned. Grades of I, W, NR and X are not used in the computation of grade point average. Grades earned in college preparatory classes do not count in the computation of the grade point average.

GPA Calculation Example
 Credit Hours 
ENC 1101
MAT 0024
AMH 2010
CGS 1060

Formula: 18 GPA points divided by 9 GPA hours equals 2.00 GPA.

President’s and Dean’s List

Degree seeking students who achieve academic excellence during a term are recognized by being placed on the College President’s or Dean’s list. The Registrar’s Office posts the designation on the transcript three weeks after the completion of each term. The criteria of eligibility for each list are described below.

College President’s List

To qualify, a student must have all the following criteria:

  1. minimum enrollment of at least six (6) credit hours in the term (excluding college preparatory classes);
  2. minimum of twelve (12) credit hours earned at FSCJ (excludes transfer and preparatory courses);
  3. FSCJ cumulative GPA of 3.0; and
  4. term GPA of 3.75-4.0, with no grade of “I,” “W,” “NR”, “X”, “F,” or “FN”.

Dean’s List

To qualify, a student must have all the following criteria:

  1. minimum enrollment of at least six (6) credit hours in the term (excludes college preparatory classes);
  2. minimum of twelve (12) credit hours earned at FSCJ (excludes transfer and preparatory courses);
  3. FSCJ cumulative GPA of 3.0; and
  4. term GPA of 3.5-3.74, with no grade of “I,” “W,” “NR”, “X”, “F,” or “FN”.

Grade Changes

A grade may only be changed with the concurrence of the instructor of record and the instructor’s supervisor. If the instructor of record is no longer available, a grade may be changed by the instructor of record’s supervisor with approval of the campus president. The completed grade change must be submitted to the Registrar’s Office within one semester following the semester in which the original grade was earned.