The following grading policy and procedures were implemented beginning winter quarter 2012.
College instructors are responsible for evaluating individual performance in the courses they teach. Instructors may report decimal grades from 0.7 to 4.0 in 0.1 increments. The number 0.0 is assigned for failing work, which includes grades reported in the 0.1 to 0.6 range. At the end of each quarter, a copy of grades and credits earned is available on the college website. Students must use individual logons to access grades.
A grade point average (GPA) is determined by dividing the total number of grade points earned for the quarter by the total number of credit hours in which an individual was registered.
The following symbols can be used to designate a grade for coursework, but are not assigned grade points:
P - Passing
S - Satisfactory
W - Withdrawal
I - Incomplete
N - Audit
U - Unsatisfactory
V - Discontinued Attendance
R - Repeated course
Z - Continuous Enrollment
* - No grade reported/invalid grade
Individuals who withdraw officially from a course prior to the last 30 calendar days of the quarter will receive a “W.”
Peninsula College views student attendance and participation as crucial to academic success. Therefore, an instructor may assign a V grade for a student who discontinues attendance. When a V grade is issued, no grade points are calculated, the grade is not computed in the student’s GPA and no credits are issued. An instructor is not obligated to assign a grade of V for discontinued attendance. Note: The V is a discontinued grade given at the end of the quarter.
In order to accommodate students waiting to register for a course, instructors may initiate a withdrawal for nonattendance. A student who fails to attend at least 50% of a face-to-face class or fails to login for at least 50% of online class activity during the first week of the quarter may be administratively withdrawn from the course. Students who plan to remain enrolled but have attendance difficulties during the first week of the quarter should therefore contact their instructors immediately to request an exception to this procedure.
You may request to enroll in certain courses on a pass or no-pass basis. If you select the option of having a Passing (P), Satisfactory (S), or Unsatisfactory (U) grade for specific course work, you should request this from your instructor at the beginning of the quarter. You should remember that U grades do not earn credit.
While the number of P/S grades is not limited at Peninsula College, transfer students are cautioned that many baccalaureate institutions impose limits or restrictions on acceptance of P/S- graded credit. If you plan to transfer to a baccalaureate institution you should determine that school’s policy regarding the acceptance of P/S courses before electing this option.
You may, with the consent of the instructor, enroll to audit a course. You are expected to attend classes regularly but you will not take examinations, receive grades, or earn credit. Tuition is the same as that charged for credit.
After the fifth day of instruction an individual who is a Washington State resident, and who has or will have attained 60 years of age by the first day of instruction of the quarter during which enrollment is desired, may enroll for audit in certain courses on a space-available basis. Students enrolling under this waiver shall register for no more than two courses per quarter. No tuition will be charged, although some fees may be assessed. Written approval of the instructor is required. (WAC 131-28-080).
The grade of “I,” designating incomplete, must be initiated by the student. It requires the agreement of the instructor that you have completed a sufficient amount of course work but cannot complete course requirements during the quarter due to circumstances beyond your control.
The instructor must fill out an electronic contract form that contains the specific requirements to be completed, the time allowed for completion, and the grade to be assigned if the contract is not completed. One copy of the contract is retained by the instructor, one is given to the student, and one is filed with Student Services at the time grades are recorded.
An incomplete grade remains permanently on your transcript if the course work is not made up within a maximum of one year.
An individual receiving veteran’s benefits and/or federal financial aid who fails to make up an incomplete grade within a designated time may risk partial loss or termination of benefits.
Repeated Courses, Grade Petition
A course may be repeated two times. The original grade will remain on the transcript; however, the higher grade earned in the repeated course will be used in computing grade point averages. Individuals must complete the Repeated Course form (available in the Student Services Office) for a recalculation of their GPA to be processed.
A returning student who has not been enrolled for a period of two or more years at Peninsula College may petition to have previously earned Peninsula College grades of less than 1.4 disregarded in computing grade point averages; however, all grades will remain on the transcript. These forms may be obtained in Student Services or on the College website at www.pencol.edu.
Academic Progress & Performance
Peninsula College is committed to facilitating the academic success of students. The primary purpose of the Academic Progress and Performance Policy is to quickly identify and alert students with low academic achievement and to provide those students with assistance to improve their academic performance.
- Students must earn a GPA of 2.0 or above. If not, the college will place the student progressively on alert,probation, or suspension.
- A student whose cumulative grade point average falls below 2.0 or above will be placed on academic alert.
- A student on academic alert who fails to earn a cumulative grade point average of at least 2.0 at the end of the subsequent quarter of enrollment will be placed on academic probation.
- A student on academic probation who fails to earn a quarterly grade point average of at least 2.0 in the next quarter of enrollment will be placed on academic suspension. A suspended student may petition for readmission to the college after waiting a period of 12 months.
- Students placed on Academic Suspension may exercise the right to appeal for Immediate Academic Reinstatement.
- Certain vocational programs, international students, veterans, and students receiving financial aid may have different and/or additional academic standard requirements and appeal processes.
Plagiarism and/or cheating are not tolerated by Peninsula College. An individual who cheats or plagiarizes the works of others is at risk of receiving a failing grade for the course in which such action takes place.
President’s List, Honor Roll, & President’s Medalists
An individual who is enrolled in and completes at least 12 quarter hours of credit in courses numbered 100 or above for which grade points are assigned, receives no incomplete grades, and earns a quarterly grade point average of not less than 3.9, will be named to the President’s List.
An individual who meets the criteria listed above, but who earns a quarterly grade point average for the quarter of not less than 3.6 will be named to the Honor Roll.
At graduation, an individual who completes a degree having earned 45 college-level credits at Peninsula College, with a college-level cumulative grade point average of 3.85 or higher, will be awarded the President’s Medal for Scholarly Excellence.