Academic Catalog August 2008 - August 2009 Undergraduate and Graduate
In this section, we explain grades and grade point averages. We also describe our standards for academic integrity.
In our grading system, you can receive the following grades:
B above average
D below average
IP thesis or research in progress
C lowest grade acceptable for graduate credit
(See the Grade Point Average Requirements section.)
D not acceptable for graduate credit
IP thesis, dissertation, or research in progress
*Please note that some courses have mandatory pass-fail grading. However, most graduate courses are graded on a letter-grade basis, and you may not elect a pass-fail option in graduate courses that are graded on a letter-grade basis.
In the following pages, we describe the P-F, I, AU, and IP grades in more detail.
To provide you early feedback and allow you to work with faculty and academic support staff to improve your academic performance, NAU provides mid-term grades in certain undergraduate courses during fall and spring terms. You can find your mid-term grades for 100- and 200-level courses on the LOUIE system (nau.edu/LOUIE). (Be aware that each instructor must evaluate your academic performance and convey to you a clear understanding of your progress before the deadline for withdrawing from sixteen-week courses, which is usually the end of the ninth week of the term, whether or not mid-term grades are provided in that course. See the Registrar's website for exact dates.)
Then, at the end of each term, your instructor does a final evaluation of your work and submits a letter grade to indicate how well you have met the course objectives. You can find your final grades on the LOUIE system. (Please be aware that we also make your grades available to your advisor and NAUs Dean of Students as well as to the Arizona high school and/or community college you previously attended, if applicable.)
Note that grades for courses ending in an "x" are not used to compute your grade point average or to fulfill graduation requirements.
At the end of each term, our instructors do a final evaluation of your work and turn in a letter grade to the Registrars Office to indicate how well you have met the course objectives. (Each faculty member must also evaluate you before the middle of the term and give you a clear understanding of your progress in the course at that time.)
Click here for information on Academic Integrity, Pass-Fail/A-Pass-Fail, In Progress/Incomplete, Audit, Course Repeat Policy, or Grade Point Average.