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2017-2018 Academic Catalog: Grading

Student grade point average (GPA) is determined using the semester credit hours earned in each course multiplied by the weight of the grade received. The sum of these products divided by the total semester hours taken by the student during a semester is the grade point average (GPA). Courses in which advanced standing credit is given for work taken in other institutions of higher education, or in which grades of "IC", "W", "S", "P" or "U" are received, are omitted in determining the grade point average (GPA).

The GPA includes all courses taken at the Institute and Colleges of the Fenway courses. If a Wentworth degree or certificate has been earned, the grade point average posted for that degree will be factored into the new undergraduate curriculum’s grade point average.

Exclusion of courses from the GPA may occur with one, or any combination, of the following actions:

  • the student is readmitted to the Institute
  • the student repeats a grade of "C-", "D+", "D", or "F"
  • the student changes program and the course is not applied to the new curriculum’s GPA, as determined by the appropriate academic department chair

Midterm and Final Grades

Midterm grades are posted at the mid-point of each semester on Leopardweb. Midterm grades do not appear on the student’s official transcript. It is the student’s responsibility to meet with their academic advisor and the instructor of any course in which midterm grades reflect poor academic progress to improve the quality of their work, and seek help from all available campus resources. Midterm grade due and posting dates can be found on the Academic Calendar.

Final grades are posted after each semester in April, August and December; posting dates can be found on the Academic Calendar. Students with questions or concerns regarding their final grade should contact the instructor for the course. IC grades must be resolved by the date of Mid-term grades following the semester the IC grade was awarded; refer to Incomplete grade policy for IC guidelines.

Grade Scale: Undergraduate and Graduate

Undergraduate:

Grade Weight Numerical Definition Definition
A 4.0 96-100 Student learning and accomplishment far exceeds published objectives for the course/ test/ assignment and student work is distinguished consistently by its high level of competency and/or innovation.
A- 3.67 92-95
B+ 3.33 88-91 Student learning and accomplishment goes beyond what is expected in the published objectives for the course/ test/ assignment and student work is frequently characterized by its special depth of understanding, development, and/or innovative experimentation.
B 3.00 84-87
B- 2.67 80-83 Student learning and accomplishment meets all published objectives for the course/test/assignment and student work demonstrates the expected level of understanding and application of concepts introduced.
C+ 2.33 76-79
C 2.0 72-75
C- 1.67 68-71 Student learning and accomplishment based on the published objectives for the course/test/assignment were met with minimum passing achievement.
D+ 1.33 64-67
D 1.00 60-63
F 0.00 0-59 Student learning and accomplishment based on the published objectives for the course/test/assignment were not sufficiently addressed or met.
P 0.00   Pass (for credit)
S 0.00   Satisfactory (no credit)
U 0.00   Unsatisfactory (no credit)
W 0.00   Withdrew
IC 0.00   Incomplete (temporary)
NR 0.00   Grade Not Reported by Instructor

Wentworth does not offer students the option to audit a course; if a student is granted an exception to this policy the course cannot be converted at any time to a credit bearing course and will not satisfy a degree requirement.

Graduate:

Grade Weight Numerical Definition Definition
A 4.0 96-100 Distinction
A- 3.67 92-95 High Pass
B+ 3.33 88-91 Pass
B 3.00 84-87 Pass
B- 2.67 80-83 Provisional
F 0.00 0-59 No Pass
P 0.00   Pass (for credit)
S 0.00   Satisfactory (no credit)
U 0.00   Unsatisfactory (no credit)
W 0.00   Withdrew
IC 0.00   Incomplete (temporary)
NR 0.00   Grade Not Reported by Instructor

Incomplete Grades

A temporary grade of "IC" may be issued only to a student who has completed most the work in a course, but has a medical or personal emergency or other circumstance which is beyond the student’s control that would prevent the completion of work by the time grades are due. It is not used to allow students who mismanage their time to turn in work late. Students seeking an "IC" grade must make arrangements with the course instructor prior to the final examination period.

Unresolved "IC" grades received in the fall semester will automatically be changed to "F" at the midterm grade deadline the following spring. Unresolved "IC" grades received in the spring and/or summer semester will automatically be changed to "F" at the midterm grade deadline the following fall. Seven-week courses will have until end of the full term. Session two will have until midterm of the following full term. Unresolved "IC" grades will delay the awarding of an undergraduate or graduate degree until such time a final grade has been awarded or the requirement has been met. No degrees will be conferred with outstanding "IC" grades.

If a student receives an "IC" grade in a prerequisite course for a subsequent, pre-registered course, the "IC" must be completed and a passing grade received before the end of the drop/add period in the semester the student takes the subsequent course. Permission to remain in the sequence course must be granted prior to the deadline for completion of the "IC" grade from the prior semester. If permission to remain in the pre-requisite course is not granted, the course/s will be dropped from the student’s schedule.

Pass/Fail Grades

Grades of "P" or "F" are awarded to courses with this grade scheme and carry academic credit. "P" or "F" grades do not calculate into the GPA, however, "P" and "F" grades do appear on the student’s official transcript.

Satisfactory/ Unsatisfactory Grades

Grades of "S" or "U" are awarded to non-credit bearing courses and do not calculate into the student’s semester or cumulative GPA, however, "S" and "U" grades do appear on the student’s official transcript.

Repeated Courses

Undergraduate

A course may be repeated for credit if a grade of "C-" or less is received on the first attempt. If a student receives as second grade of "C-" or less in the repeated course, the course may be repeated only once more. The grade for the repeated course is calculated in the GPA in place of the initial grade(s) if the course is taken at WIT and the grade in the repeated course is higher than the previous grade(s). The previous grade(s) remains on the record, but neither the previous grade(s) nor the credits are calculated. Students are not permitted to transfer a course to WIT for grade replacement; grade replacement courses must be completed at WIT.

Graduate

For courses in which a grade of "F" is received, students may repeat that course only  once. After the course, has been retaken, the first grade is excluded from the GPA and replaced by the second grade. Courses passed with a grade of B-   or higher may not be retaken for improving the overall program GPA. Students are not permitted to transfer a   course to WIT for grade replacement; grade replacement courses must be completed at WIT.

Retention of Graded Student Work

All work submitted for grading is the property of Wentworth Institute of Technology and may be retained at the discretion of the Institute.

Special Grading Policies

Several degree programs have special grading policies that impact continued progress in the program or graduation from the program. Architecture, Industrial Design and Interior Design have a grading policy regarding studio courses, while electrical engineering, electromechanical engineering, and mechanical engineering all require a minimum GPA for their technical courses in addition to the Institute minimum GPA required for graduation. All special policies are detailed with the degree program information in this catalog.

Attendance

Regular attendance in all classes is expected of all students. The attendance policy for each course is described in the course syllabus by the professor.

Wentworth Institute of Technology welcomes and values people and their perspectives and respects the interests of all members of our community and acknowledges that absences are necessary due to religious observances.

In accordance with Section IIB of Chapter 151C of the Massachusetts General Laws, “Any student in an educational or vocational training institution, other than a religious or denominational educational or vocational training institution, who is unable, because of his religious beliefs, to attend classes or to participate in any examination, study, or work requirement on a particular day shall be excused from any such examination or study or work requirement, and shall be provided with an opportunity to make up such examination, study, or work requirement which he may have missed because of such absence on any particular day; provided, however, that such makeup examination or work shall not create an unreasonable burden upon such school. No fees of any kind shall be charged by the institution for making available to the said student such opportunity. No adverse or prejudicial effects shall result to any student because of his availing himself of the provisions of this section.”

Wentworth recognizes the breadth of religious observance among students, faculty and staff and the potential for conflict with scheduled components of the academic experience. Students are expected to review the syllabi and notify faculty as far in advance as possible of observances.  In such an event, the instructor will provide reasonable accommodations that do not unduly disadvantage the student.

Students must wait at least twenty minutes from the scheduled beginning class time for the instructor to arrive. After that, unless the instructor has previously notified the class to wait for a longer period, the class may leave.

Dean’s List

Full-time day undergraduate degree program students (attempting at least 12 credits) and CPCE undergraduate degree program students (attempting at least 6 credits) who achieve a semester grade point average of 3.50 or better, with all grades at least “C” (2.0) for the semester, are recognized for their scholastic achievement by placement on the Dean’s List, if they have not received any "IC" grades.  Dean’s List are posted to student’s official transcript following each grading period in April, August, and December.

Final Examinations

Final examinations are given in all courses during the scheduled examination period as published in the academic calendar. The final examination schedule is published on LConnect and students are responsible for consulting it. No student should make travel arrangements that conflict with the examination schedule. Students who, prior to the final exam posting, schedule departure during final exams risk failure in their final course assessment.

Students must complete the final examination on the scheduled day. However, no student will be required to take more than two final examinations on the same day. A make-up exam can be scheduled with course instructors to accommodate students in courses with final exam conflicts. The Department chairs involved will determine, if necessary, which final examination will be required to be rescheduled via a make-up exam. Students who experience a medical or personal emergency may follow the procedures outlined in the Incomplete Grades section.