The following frequently asked questions reflect the current SVSU grading system and the commonly asked questions associated with its implementation. Inquiries regarding the definition of grading abbreviations, grade point averages, appeals, repeating courses, the President's List, the Dean's List and etcetera can be found in the following drop-downs for students to reference at will. For answers to more complex grade-related questions, please reach out to the Office of the Registrar for assistance.
Grades are usually due at noon (12:00 PM) on Wednesday succeeding the last week of exams. However, on occasion, the semester grades will be due on a different day of the week, either due to aspects of the calendar year or for administrative reasons.
Once a student's course has been officially marked as graded by the professor and the Office of the Registrar, the course will no longer be active and will be taken off of that current semester's schedule. The now graded course will be found in my.SVSU.edu under, "My Academic Profile."
If a student has an NR (Not Reported) grade, that means that the grades were not turned in by the professor at the noon (12 p.m.) deadline. The NR will be replaced with the correct letter grade as soon as the official grade is turned in by the professor to the Office of the Registrar.
A W (Withdrawal) grade means a student withdrew from a class. Withdrawals after the no refund date are possible until the end of the withdrawal period (see the Important Dates Calendar). Withdrawal forms can be obtained from the Office of the Registrar.
Also, please note that if a course withdrawal results in a course schedule that is less than 12 credits, a student's financial aid will likely be affected. If this is the case, and the student is receiving financial aid, they must confer with the Campus Financial Services Center before withdrawing from any class. Students can reach out to the Campus Financial Services Center via (989) 964-4900 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
It is the student's responsibility to officially withdraw from a course within the deadlines posted on the Important Dates Calendar.
To figure out a student's potential GPA (Grade Point Average) for the semester:
|A||4 points||B-||2.7 points||F||0 points|
|A-||3.7 points||C+||2.3 points|
|B+||3.3 points||C||2 points|
|B||3 points||D||1 point|
|A||4 points||3 credits||= 12|
|B||3 points||3 credits||= 9|
|C+||2.3 points||3 credits||= 6.9|
|A||4 points||3 credits||= 12|
|A-||3.7 points||3 credits||= 11|
|= 51 / 15 credits = 3.4 GPA for the semester|
Students can also use the online GPA Calculator to calculate their semester GPA.
Incompletes are discussed and decided between the student and the professor to have an extended amount of time to work on assignments after the deadline for official grades are due to the Office of the Registrar. Incomplete courses are considered exceptions to regular grading practices (extenuating circumstances). Incompletes should be used sparingly and only in credible emergencies that are outside a student's control.
Students have up to four (4) weeks into the new semester before the Incomplete Contract has to be turned in for their grade. If work is not turned in by that date the grade will be default. The Incomplete Contract deadlines are university policy and are not subject to change.
A student's professor can pick up an Incomplete Contract Policy (73KB) in-person at the Office of the Registrar.
If a student feels that the final grade that was submitted by the professor is incorrect, as a student, they are allowed to appeal the decision by requesting a grade change within 30 calendar days from the final course grades that were submitted to the Office of the Registrar.
Please see the SVSU Student Handbook for the official Grade Grievance Procedure and step-by-step instructions.
Saginaw Valley State University's Repeat Policy under "Grading Scale and Policies" states that a course may be repeated at SVSU to raise a grade. All grades shall remain on the student's academic record (transcript), but in computing the GPA, the better grade will be counted.
A course taken at SVSU may only be repeated at another institution if the course is an equivalent course at SVSU and the initial course grade at SVSU was a D, F or WF. A grade of C- or better must be earned in the repeated course. There is no transfer of the grade earned from the institution and no recalculation of the SVSU GPA.
(Please note, that the institution must be regionally accredited. For more information, please see the Transfer Registration FAQ.)
No course can be repeated at SVSU more than twice for a grade. Appeals for additional repeats may be made to the Dean of the appropriate college.
These are published after the INC deadline of the following semester. For Fall, the lists are published the following February, and, for Winter, the lists are published in June. To qualify for the Dean's and President's List the student must be considered full-time with at least 12 credits for the semester. Students with a GPA of 3.4 to 3.99 will be awarded the Dean's List and students with a GPA of 4.0 will be awarded the President's List.
The Dean's and President's List are only awarded in the fall and winter semesters.
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