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ACADEMIC BANKRUPTCY

Academic bankruptcy involves a students request to retroactively withdraw from one academic term of work because of extreme personal, emotional, or financial circumstances so devastating that it became impossible for the student to perform academically at a level approximating the usual record of achievement. The summer sessions are considered one academic term. The following specific regulations apply to any petition for academic bankruptcy:

GRADES AND GRADE POINTS

Grades are awarded for University of Alabama undergraduate courses according to the following table of letter grades and values:

GradeValue   GradeValue
A+ 4.33 D 1.0
A 4.0 D

0.67

A- 3.67 F 0
B+ 3.33 I Incomplete
B 3.0 N No Grade Reported
B- 2.67 NC No Credit
C+ 2.33 IP In Progression
C 2.0 P Pass
C- 1.67 W Withdrawn
D+ 1.33 DO Dropped Out
NA Never Attended (only assigned after census)

Policy on grading. In undergraduate courses at The University of Alabama, passing grades are A+, A, A-, B+, B, B-, C+, C, C-, D+, D, and D-. The F and I (Incomplete) grades cannot be modified with a + or -. Four grade points are given for each hour of A; three for each hour of B; two for each hour of C; and one for each hour of D. The plus sign added to a grade raises the points awarded by one-third point per hour. A minus sign lowers the points awarded by one-third point. For example, each hour of C+ earns two and one-third (2 1/3) grade points. Where departmental or other regulations require a minimum grade in a course or courses (for instance, the requirement to complete all prerequisites with grades of at least C) a minus sign shall be appended to the minimum grade: that is, a C indicates any kind of C. The syllabus for each individual University of Alabama undergraduate course specifies the criteria upon which work in the course will be graded. NOTE: A cumulative grade point average of 4.0 is the highest GPA an undergraduate can receive.

In all freshman composition courses, the following grades may be reported: A+, A, A-, B+, B, B-, C+, C, C-, and NC (No Credit). The NC grade is not included in the computation of the students grade point average. A grade of C- or higher is required in all freshman composition courses and is a prerequisite for advancement to another English course at The University of Alabama.

In introductory math courses the following grades may be reported: A+, A, A-, B+, B, B-, C+, C, C-, and NC (No Credit). Specific math courses where a grade of NC may be reported are MATH 100, MATH 110, MATH 112 and MATH 115. The NC grade is not included in the computation of the students grade point average. A grade of C- is required in math introductory courses and is a prerequisite for advancement to another math course at The University of Alabama.

In computing the number of credit hours attempted, each enrollment in a course is counted (any required course in which an F is earned must be repeated and passed; again, hours in freshman composition for which NC was reported are not included in GPA computations). In some academic divisions, a student who has obtained the deans permission may repeat a course for which he or she has already earned credit. Each enrollment is counted in the number of credit hours attempted and in the computation of the grade point average; however, only the final enrollment may be applied to the requirements for the degree.

Incompletes and failures. If a grade of F is earned in a required course, the student must repeat the course and earn a passing grade in order to receive credit that will be applied to the requirements for the degree. Grades of I (Incomplete) must be removed within 12 months of the end of the term in which they were awarded but prior to the students graduation or the grade of I will be changed to F. The I may not be used as a means to re-enroll in a course during a subsequent semester. A grade of I may not be used to satisfy a prerequisite requirement.

Pass/fail option. A student who is in good academic standing may request permission to receive a grade of P (Pass) or F (Fail) for a course, instead of the conventional A+, A, A-, B+, B, B-, C+, C, C-, D+, D, D-, or F. A grade of P does not affect the grade point average; however, a grade of F received in a course that the student has chosen to take under the pass/fail option is computed in the grade point average. Use of the pass/fail option is subject to the following regulations:

These regulations apply only to courses for which the student elects the pass/fail option; courses that are offered only on a pass/fail basis are exempted.

NA/DO grades. A DO (dropped out) grade is assigned when the student has attended at least one class meeting or has participated in a class activity and has subsequently stopped attending or participating. The DO grade is converted to a grade of W at the end of the term. The DO grade will not be displayed on the transcript.

A grade of NA (never attended) is assigned when is has been determined that the student has never attended or participated in any class meeting or activity. The grade of NA is only assigned after the official University census date. The grade of NA will carry the same effect as a grade of W and will appear on the transcript.

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