1. During the first week of each semester, each professor shall supply to the members of each class a syllabus, including course content and schedule, attendance policy, a statement of the grading procedures, including the relative weights of the different factors contributing to the final grade, and the type of final examination. A copy of this document is filed in the Office of the Dean of the Faculty.
2. Each instructor reports grades to the Registrar at the end of each regular semester.
a. Regular grades are issued as follows:
|Grade||Grade points||Grade||Grade points|
|A ||4.0 ||C ||2.0 |
|A- ||3.7 ||C- ||1.7 |
|B+ ||3.3 ||D+ ||1.3 |
|B ||3.0 ||D ||1.0 |
|B- ||2.7 ||F ||0.0 |
THERE IS NO INSTITUTIONAL PERCENTAGE STANDARD OR EQUIVALENT FOR THESE LETTER GRADES. Academic credit is authorized for any regular course completed with a grade of D or higher; credit may be received only once for a course. A student who withdraws from a course without authorization or who incurs excessive absences as determined by the professor will receive an F in the course.
b. Special grades are issued as follows:
I - The instructor gives a grade of I (Incomplete) to a student who, for a valid reason, is unable to complete a substantial portion of the work of the course. If the uncompleted work is the final examination, the approval of the Dean of Students is necessary; otherwise, the determination of "a valid reason" rests with the instructor. A grade of I must be removed by the instructor's submitting the new grade to the Registrar no later than 14 days prior to the first day of classes of the fall semester of the next academic year following the awarding of the grade of Incomplete. After this date the grade of I shall be changed to a grade of F. In order for a senior to graduate at the May commencement, all that student's incomplete grades must be removed by the beginning of the spring examination period.
LA - Laboratory - ungraded
P/F1 - A student successfully completing any course under the provisions of the Pass-Fail options receives a grade of P (Pass); for failure, defined as any grade lower than C-minus, the grade F1 will be given. Pass/Fail grades are not computed in the grade point average. [See the section of regulations regarding the Pass/Fail option for further detail.]
WA - Authorized Withdrawal (WA) is given to a student who withdraws officially from a course or courses in two instances. In both, the grade of Authorized Withdrawal is reserved for withdrawals during a semester and will not be granted after the semester has concluded.
(1) A student seeking an authorized withdrawal on the basis of serious health, family, or personal problems consults with the Dean of Students. If the Dean of Students finds the authorized withdrawal (grade of WA) warranted, the Registrar and the professor(s) are so notified.
(2) A student seeking an authorized withdrawal on the basis of a serious educational consideration consults first with the professor teaching the course and with the student's advisor, then with the Dean of the Faculty. It should be noted that such educational considerations are highly unusual, commonly involving inappropriate registration in a course for which the student has insufficient background. Poor academic performance, excessive workload, or change in academic or career plans do not qualify as justifying an authorized withdrawal. If the Dean of the Faculty finds the authorized withdrawal (grade of WA) warranted, the Registrar and the individual professor are so notified.
UG - Ungraded Credit in Davidson's Study Abroad Programs or transferred from another institution and representing work deemed to be at the level of C-minus or higher. [Note: UG grades are not computed in the grade point average and do not count against the allowable total of P/F grades.]
NG - No Grade received from professor.