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ADMISSIONS & RECORDS

Grade Definition

Grades are due to Admissions & Records 2 weeks after the last day of the course or the end of term. Students can view their unofficial grade report online in MyBC.

Grade/Code

Grading Key

Grade Point Scale

Explanation

A Excellent 4 grade points Computed in GPA
B Good 3 grade points Computed in GPA
C Satisfactory 2 grade points Computed in GPA
D Passing
(less than satisfactory)
1 grade point Computed in GPA
F Failing 0 grade points Computed in GPA
FW Failing Withdrawal
(stopped attending)
0 grade points Computed in GPA
I Incomplete 0 grade points Not computed in GPA
Computed in Progress Probation
W Withdrawal 0 grade points Not computed in GPA
Computed in Progress Probation
MW Military Withdrawal 0 grade points Not computed in GPA
AU Audit 0 grade points Not computed in GPA
IP In Progress 0 grade points Not computed in GPA
RD Report Delayed 0 grade points Not computed in GPA
P Pass
(at least satisfactory)
0 grade points Not computed in GPA
NP No Pass
(less than satisfactory or failing)
0 grade points Not computed in GPA
Computed in Progress Probation
UG Ungraded 0 grade points Not computed in GPA

Understanding Course Repetition & Withdrawal

State regulations regarding course repetition and withdrawal were recently modified. These changes affect all California Community Colleges. Colleges are required to implement these changes by Summer 2012!

Enrollments that occurred prior to Summer 2012 which resulted in an A, B, C, D, F, FW, P, NP, or W will count as a course repetition under the new rules.

Change #1 – The Withdrawal Timeline

The withdrawal period will change from the end of the fourth week to the end of the second week. This means that students will begin receiving W's two weeks earlier than in past semesters.  For irregular term courses, the withdrawal date will change from the 25% point to the 20% point.

Change #2 – Limitation On Withdrawals

Regulations now limit the maximum number of withdrawals in any one class to three. Based on historical data this change will likely affect a small handful of students, but given change #1 it is important to understand this new limitation.

Change #3 – Withdrawals Count As Attempts

Under the new procedures when a student enrolls in a class and subsequently withdraws, receiving a "W" on their record, that enrollment will count as a repetition. See course repetition grid below for existing limitations.

Change #4 – Limitations on Repetitions

There are new limitations which restrict the total number of attempts in any one course. See chart below for details.


Course Type

Non-Repeatable Courses

Repeatable Courses

Variable Unit Courses

 Description:

The majority of courses fall into this category. When students pass a   class in this category they cannot repeat the course.

 

First two substandard grades are alleviated by rule.

Student may enroll in repeatable courses up to 4 times (see catalog).

 

Under certain conditions, up to two substandard grades may be   alleviated by petition.

Student may enroll without limitation up to the maximum number of   units listed on the course outline (see catalog).

 

Under certain conditions, up to two substandard grades may be   alleviated by petition.

 1st Attempt:

If passing (A, B, C, or P), stop.

 

If substandard (D, F, FW, NP, or W), repeat allowed.

Enrollments resulting in A, B, C, D, F, FW, P, NP, or W count as an   attempt.

If passing (A, B, C, or P), and student has used max. units, stop   (exemptions listed below).

 

If substandard (D, F, FW, NP, or W) or max. units not earned, repeat   allowed.

 2nd Attempt:

If passing, stop. Prior substandard grade is alleviated.

 

 If substandard, student may   repeat one additional time with permission from Counseling.

Enrollments resulting in A, B, C, D, F, FW, P, NP, or W count as an   attempt.

 

 Prior substandard grade may be   alleviated (requires petition;

max. of 2).

If passing, and student has earned max. units, stop (exceptions   listed below).

 

 If substandard or max. units   not earned, repeat allowed.

 

 Prior substandard grade may be   alleviated (requires petition; max. of 2).

 3rd Attempt:

If passing, stop. Both prior substandard grades are alleviated (3rd   and subsequent grades are counted).

 

 If substandard, student cannot   repeat again unless they qualify for an exception

(listed below).

Enrollments resulting in A, B, C, D, F, FW, P, NP, or W count as an   attempt.

 

 Prior substandard grade may be   alleviated (requires petition;

max. of 2).

If passing, and student has earned max. units, stop (exceptions   listed below).

 

 If substandard or max. units   not earned, repeat allowed.

 

 Prior substandard grade may be   alleviated (requires petition; max. of 2).

4th Attempt:

N/A

Enrollments resulting in A, B, C, D, F, FW, P, NP, or W count as an   attempt.

 

 Student cannot repeat again   unless they qualify for an exception

(listed below).

 

 Prior substandard grade may be   alleviated (requires petition;

max. of 2).

If passing, and student has earned max. units, stop (exceptions   listed below).

 

 

 If substandard or max. units   not earned, repeat allowed.

 

 Prior substandard grade may be   alleviated (requires petition; max. of 2).

5th & Subsequent

Attempts:

N/A

N/A

If passing, and student has earned max. units, stop (exceptions   listed below).

 

 If substandard or max. units   not earned, repeat allowed.

 

 Prior substandard grade may be   alleviated (requires petition; max. of 2).

Exceptions

Exceptions can be made to the course repeat procedures under the following circumstances:

Significant Lapse of Time – Students may be permitted or required to repeat courses in which an "A, B, C, or P" grade was earned where there was a significant lapse of time, defined as no less than 36 months since the grade was obtained, and:
     1. the District has established a recency prerequisite for a course or program; or 
     2. an institution of higher education to which a student wishes to transfer has established a recency requirement that the student cannot satisfy without repeating the course.

Extenuating Circumstances – Students may be allowed to repeat a class one time in order to improve a grade when the previous grade resulted, in part, from a verified accident, illness, or other circumstance beyond the control of the student.

Mandated Training – Students may be allowed repeat a course without limitation in order meet a legally mandated training requirement as a condition of paid or volunteer employment.

Degree, Certificate, Transfer – Students may be allowed to repeat a course one time (max. of three per student) when that course is necessary to meet a degree, certificate, or transfer requirement.

Additional repetitions may be approved by the Academic Council under certain circumstances.


Content editor:

Aaron Fultz 
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