Grades

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Grade Change

In the event a student believes that a grade for a course has been incorrectly recorded, procedures to request a grade change may be obtained through the Student Affairs Office. Students may request a grade change no later than one (1) semester after the date the final course grade was officially recorded.

  1. For grade change requests submitted within one semester of the date of having been originally recorded, the following actions will occur:r:

    1. The student must first contact the instructor with a written statement regarding why he/she requests a grade change. The instructor will then make a written response to the student within ten working days of receipt of the request on whether he/she will make a grade change. If the instructor decides to change the grade, a Change of Grade form is submitted by the instructor to the Dean of Instruction and to the Vice President of Academic Affairs for approval. The Vice President of Academic Affairs will inform the Registrar of any grade changes which should be officially recorded.

    2. If the student is not satisfied with the instructor's decision, the student must contact, in writing, the instructor's immediate supervisor (Program Director, Dean of Instruction) within ten working days after the decision was rendered by the instructor. The instructor's supervisor must then make a decision, after consultation with both the instructor and the student, on the grade change. The instructor’s supervisor will make a written response to the student, copied to the instructor, within ten working days of the date he/she was originally contacted by the student. If the instructor’s immediate supervisor decides to change the grade, a Change of Grade form is submitted to the Dean of Instruction and to the Vice President of Academic Affairs for approval. The Vice President of Academic Affairs will inform the Registrar of any grade changes which should be officially recorded.

    3. If the student is not satisfied with the supervisor's decision and if the instructor's immediate supervisor reports to the Dean of Instruction, the student must contact, in writing, the Dean of Instruction within ten working days after the decision was rendered by the instructor's immediate supervisor. The Dean of Instruction must then make a decision to approve or disapprove the decision, after consultation with all parties involved, and will respond to the student, with the response copied to the supervisor and instructor, within ten working days of the date he/she was originally contacted by the student. If the Dean of Instruction decides to change the grade, a Change of Grade form is submitted to the Vice President of Academic Affairs for approval. The Vice President of Academic Affairs will inform the Registrar of any grade changes which should be officially recorded.

    4. If the student is not satisfied with the Dean of Instruction’s decision, he/she must contact, in writing, the Vice President of Academic Affairs within ten working days after the decision was rendered by the Dean of Instruction. The Vice President of Academic Affairs will then make a decision to approve or disapprove the requested grade change after consultation with all parties involved, and will respond to the student, with copies to the other parties, within ten working days of the date he/she was originally contacted by the student. The Vice President of Academic Affairs will inform the Registrar and student of any changes which should be officially recorded. Such a decision will be considered final.

  2. If the instructor of the course is no longer available, the student may submit, in writing, to the instructor's immediate supervisor (Program Director, Dean of Instruction), a request that a grade be changed. Such request must provide reasons why a change should be made. After considering the request and the circumstances, the supervisor will make a recommendation to the Dean of Instruction or Vice President of Academic Affairs and a decision will be rendered. Such decision will be considered final.

  3. These procedures are the responsibility of the Vice President of Academic Affairs who may make minor, nonsubstantive changes or decisions to ensure the procedures are operationally effective.

Grade Posting

Grades will be posted on the RedZone by instructors. Grades will be posted by the dates indicated in the Academic Calendar. Students can access their grades by logging onto the RedZone at www.labette.edu, using their Student ID number and their PIN.


Grading System

The following symbols are used for student evaluation and will be sent with any transcript leaving the College.

  CODE EXPLANATION:   GRADE EXPLANATION:
  Code Definition   Grade Points Earned
  W Withdrew   A 4.0
  N No Credit   B 3.0
  P Pass   C 2.0
  I Incomplete   D 1.0
  X By Examination   F 0.0
  R Repeat *   P Pass Credit Only**
  WIP Work In Progress   N No Credit
    Lab credit included with lecture   I Incomplete***
  AU Audit      
  Grade(s) with an asterisk indicate Academic Forgiveness      


*Repeated Courses - Labette Community College allows students to repeat courses if a “B”, “C”, “D” or “F” has been received. Only the last grade earned in repeated courses counts towards the GPA. All repeated courses are marked.

**Pass Credit - In courses where a grade is “P”, hours are not included in the GPA.

***Incomplete Contracts - These are submitted by the instructor prior to semester end. If work is not completed, Incompletes will be converted to an “F” at the close of the following semester.


Pass/Fail Grade Process

Some students may wish to take certain courses for a pass/fail grade rather than a letter grade. If a student wishes to receive a pass/fail grade, he or she must make this request during the first three weeks of the course. The request should be completed on the Request for Pass/Fail Grade form by the student and given to the instructor. It must be approved by the instructor and the Vice President of Academic Affairs. Once processed, the request cannot be reversed. The white copy of the approved request is to be attached to the grade sheet at the end of the term (the canary copy will be sent to the student).

Note: Students are cautioned to check with their advisor about the transferability of pass/fail courses prior to initiating requests for pass/fail grades. The courses are added to a student’s credit hour total, but are not included in the grade point average. Pass/fail status may affect transfer as well.

 

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