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RevisedFebruary 7, 2018
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  1. The unit of credit at Blue Ridge Community College is the semester hour. The school year consists of a 16 week fall semester, a 16 week spring semester, and a 10 week summer semester. 

    Summer semester class hours are multiplied by 1.6 in order to equal fall and spring semester class hours.

    Classes offered in shorter formats (4 week, 8 week, etc.) receive the appropriate proportional credit.

  2. For full semester (16 week) fall and spring semester classes, credit hours may be computed by the following formula:

    1 classroom hour per week = 1 semester credit hour
    2 laboratory hours per week = 1 semester credit hour
    3 manipulative laboratory hours per week = 1 semester credit hour
    10 work experience (Work-based Learning) hours per week = 1 semester credit hour

    The credit value of each curriculum course is found in the College Catalog.

  3. Grades issued by the College are based upon quality of achievement of the objectives of the course being taken. The following system of letter grades will be used for recording student achievement.

    A         Represents work of definitely superior quality and is reserved for the few outstanding students. It is distinctly the honor mark.
    B         Represents work of excellent quality and is recorded for those who do work which is clearly above average
    C         Represents work of average quality and is recorded for those students who do average work
    D         Represents work which is below the average but above failure
    F         Represents work that is not of an acceptable quality
    P         Passing*
    R         Repeat*
    I          Represents incomplete. An incomplete grade must be removed before the end of the succeeding term or the incomplete
               automatically becomes a grade of F
    W        Represents withdrawal from a course. This grade will be assigned to all students who withdraw themselves or are withdrawn from a course by the 75%
               point of the semester. This grade will also be assigned to all students who are dropped from a course by an instructor after the 75% point of the semester
               because of extenuating circumstances. Course instructors need to have the appropriate Dean’s approval for a W after the 75% point of the semester.
    NS      Represents never attending a class for which a student registered
    Y        Represents audit
    TR      Transfer Credit
    CR      Credit by Examination
    AP      Advanced Placement or R.A.C.E.
    (*)       Represents repeated courses; GPA refigured
    (.)       Represents course not included in GPA of current program of study
    S        Passing − student accomplished class objectives from “standard of progress” (for Non-curriculum course work only)
    U        Failing − student failed to meet course requirements and/or attend 80% of the course contact hours to be eligible for
               a passing grade (for Non-curriculum course work only)
    SR      Represents audit as senior citizen with a tuition exemption.
    CLEP CLEP Credit

    *These grades are assigned only for DMA and DRE prefix developmental courses.

  4. All grades are recorded on a student's official transcript and graduation readiness summary at the completion of each semester. The student will be furnished with a report of grades earned. Once grades have been awarded, they may be changed only with the written authorization of the instructor and the approval of the Vice President for Instruction. Instructor records of grades are maintained by the Vice President for Instruction for three (3) years and then destroyed. Thereafter, the only official record of grades is the student's permanent transcript.

    The College has the right to set academic standards which students must meet. A student is entitled to an explanation from his or her instructor(s) for the basis of his/her grade to ensure that the grade has not been assigned in an arbitrary and capricious manner. For purposes of these Procedures, a course grade is deemed to have been assigned in an arbitrary and capricious manner if:

    1. The course grade was based upon the student’s race, color, religion, national origin, age, sex, disability, sexual orientation or for some other arbitrary or personal reason unrelated to the instructor’s exercise of his or her professional academic judgment in the evaluation of the academic performance of the student;
    2. The course grade was assigned in a manner not consistent with the standards and procedures for evaluation established by the instructor, usually at the beginning of the course in the course syllabus but supplemented on occasion during the semester in other written or oral communications directed to the class as a whole; or
    3. The course grade assigned by the instructor was the result of a clear and material mistake in calculating or recording grades.

    A course grade assigned consistent with these Procedures can only be changed by the instructor; however, the instructor may be forced to change the grade if it is determined that the grade was assigned in an arbitrary and capricious manner. For purposes of these Procedures, a course grade is deemed to have been assigned in an arbitrary and capricious manner if:
    1. The course grade was based upon the student’s race, color, religion, national origin, sex, disability, sexual orientation, or for some other arbitrary or personal reason unrelated to the instructor’s exercise of his or her professional academic judgment in the evaluation of the academic performance of the student;
    2. The course grade was assigned in a manner not consistent with the standards and procedures for evaluation established by the instructor, usually at the beginning of the course in the course syllabus but supplemented on occasion during the semester in other written or oral communications directed to the class as a whole; or
    3. The course grade assigned by the instructor was the result of a clear and material mistake in calculating or recording grades.

      If a student is dissatisfied with his or her grade, the student must first meet with the instructor who assigned the grade within ten (10) business days after official receipt of that grade. If the student is still dissatisfied with his or her grade, within ten (10) business days after the meeting with the instructor, the student may file a grievance pursuant to Procedure 4.10.6 Grade Appeal.

  5. The grade point is used to evaluate the student's scholarship record. Grade points are allocated to credit hours earned as follows:

    A          4 grade points for each credit hour
    B          3 grade points for each credit hour
    C          2 grade points for each credit hour
    D          1 grade point for each credit hour
    F           0 grade points for each credit hour
    P           not calculated in grade points
    R           not calculated in grade points
    W          not calculated in grade points
    I            not calculated in grade points
    NS        not calculated in grade points
    Y           not calculated in grade points
    CR        not calculated in grade points

  6. In the case of a drop, the student will receive a grade of W which will not influence the grade point average, but which will appear on the student’s official transcript.
  7. A qualitative index of the student's scholarship, or grade point average is obtained by dividing the total number of grade points earned by the total number of credit hours attempted in which a grade of A, B, C, D, or F is received. For example, if a student has earned 136 grade points on 48 hours attempted, the grade point average is 136 divided by 48 or 2.833. Grade point averages, however, are rounded to the nearest hundredth of a point.
    The qualitative index of the student’s scholarship in the program of study, the major grade point average, is obtained by dividing the number of grade points earned in the program of study by the total number of semester hours attempted in the program of study in which a grade of A, B, C, D, or F is received. Grade points and hours attempted for courses not in the program of study are not included in the calculation of the major grade point average.
  8. In order to improve the ratio, a student may elect to repeat courses in which the grade assigned has been D or F. When a course is repeated for credit, hours earned the last time the course is taken will be used in computing the grade point average. The previous grades cannot be removed from a student's record, and the records will show all grades for all courses taken.
  9. Non-curriculum operates programs that are governed by rules from various governing bodies; therefore, the attendance policy for these classes will adhere to these rules and students will be informed of these rules at the first class meeting. Non-curriculum students are expected to attend 80% of the scheduled class hours.

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