Credit is earned at Ithaca College in credit hours as measured by the Carnegie unit. The Carnegie unit is defined as one hour of classroom instruction and two hours of assignments outside the classroom, for a period of 15 weeks for each unit (credit).
Incompletes are given only when a student is doing satisfactory work but, for a legitimate reason, cannot complete the course. The instructor, the student, and the dean of the school in which the course is being offered must fill out and sign the "incomplete" form, available in the registrar's office. The maximum time allowed to remove the incomplete and replace it with a grade is one full semester. When the incomplete is assigned, the instructor may specify a date within the following semester. In this case the assigned date for removal of the incomplete takes priority over the one-semester rule. If no completed grade is received by the expiration date, a grade of F is recorded on the transcript and cannot be changed.
A student who passes a course with a D+ or less may repeat the course only once, unless the student is in a degree program that requires that the course be passed with a grade of C- or better. All grades are counted when the GPA is calculated, but credit toward graduation requirements is granted only once. Failed courses may be repeated as often as necessary, but all attempts are counted in the cumulative GPA. PALS courses may be repeated on a space-available basis, but not for credit. Students who receive a C- in major courses that require a C grade or better are allowed to repeat the course as departmental graduation requirements dictate.
Satisfactory/D/Fail (S/D/F) Option
The intent of the satisfactory/D/fail (S/D/F) option is to encourage exploration and experimentation in curricular areas in which the student may have had little or no previous experience. Students may rescind the S/D/F election and opt for a regular letter grade up until the end of the 10th week of classes.
The S/D/F option does not apply to pass/fail courses.
Grades as filed with the Office of the Registrar are final except where an error of judgment has occurred or an error has been made in computation or transcription. Shortly after the close of each semester, currently enrolled students can access their final grade report using the student information sys-tem website. Any changes to the report must be arranged no later than two weeks from the date when classes begin in the succeeding semester; hence, each student is advised to review each term report carefully and promptly. Before the registrar can amend any record, the change must have been approved by the faculty member and the dean of the school in which the course is offered.
Policy on Grade Disputes
Grade disputes should be resolved directly between the individual faculty member and the student. If that is not possible, the department chair and/or dean may intervene for purposes of mediation. Failing resolution of the matter at the school level, the student may petition the provost as de-scribed under "Students' Right to Petition" (p. 284). The final resolution of the dispute will be made by the provost. As a general principle, the authority to change a grade rests with the individual faculty member. Exceptions made by the provost occur only for the most compelling reasons.
Transfer from Another Institution -- A student who transfers to Ithaca College from another accredited college or university may be granted credit for all courses satisfactorily completed with a grade of C- or better, except that transfer students must in all cases meet the same requirements as Ithaca College students in a given program. For example, if a particular course in the major area of study must be passed with a grade of C or better, transfer students will be required to meet that standard. It is the transfer student's responsibility to request that a transcript be sent to the Ithaca College director of admission directly from the institution. Credits accepted toward an academic program are determined by the student's academic dean. Credits are transferable; grades are not. All credits are converted into semester credit hours if they are not already so designated.
Occasional Study at Another Institution (semester or summer) -- Credit for occasional courses taken at another institution is accepted by Ithaca College under the following conditions:
The petition for preliminary approval requires the consent of the student's adviser, the chair(s) of the department(s) to which the credit for a required course relates, and the dean. On completion of the courses, the student must have the official transcript sent to the registrar's office.
This credit is counted toward graduation requirements, but grades are not counted for Ithaca College GPA.
Seniors are reminded that their last 30 credits must be taken at Ithaca College. Thus, students who wish to take at another institution courses that would fall within the last 30 credit hours must petition for waiver of that requirement, as well as petition for approval of the courses (see "Graduation and Program Regulations").
Credit by Examination -- Ithaca College, at the discretion of the student's dean or program director, accepts credit from other established sources, such as Advanced Placement (AP), College Level Examination Program (CLEP), General and Subject Examinations, New York ACT, CPEP and educational experiences in the armed services. Test results should be sent to the Office of the Registrar. All credits are converted to credit hours, if they are not already so designated.
A. Ozolins, Office of Creative Services, 15. July, 2005