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Grades and Points

The instructor is responsible for whatever grade symbol (A, B, C, D, F, I, or IP) is to be assigned. Special symbols, such as NC, W, and ***, and indications of registration or grade status are not assigned by the instructor but are automatically converted by the grade application system, explained under Special Symbols.

UCCS no longer issues grades of IF or IW as reflected in the revised Uniform Grading Policy which took effect on January 1st, 2009.

A superior/excellent 4 credit points per credit hour
B good/better than average 3 credit points per credit hour
C competent/average 2 credit points per credit hour
D below average 1 credit point per credit hour
F failing no credit points per credit hour
I Incomplete regarded as F if not completed within a maximum of one year
IP in progress thesis or multi-semester course at the graduate level only
P/F pass/fail P grade is not included in the grade point average; the F grade is included; up to 16 hours of pass/fail course work may be credited toward a bachelor's degree; any grade above F is regarded as passing
H/P/F honors/pass/fail - intended for honors courses; credit hours count toward the degree but are not included in the grade-point average

Schools and colleges may, at their discretion, choose to implement a plus/minus grading system with symbols and points as follows:

A 94-100
A- 90-93
B+ 87-89
B 84-86
B- 80-83
C+ 77-79
C 74-76
C- 70-73
D+ 67-69
D 64-66
D- 60-63
F 62 and below


Grades Points Explanation

The University has had a uniform grading policy since 1974. The purposes of this policy are:

(1) to encourage students and faculty to create and sustain a positive learning environment;

(2) to create consistency of grading policy across all academic units in the CU system in those areas where such consistency is beneficial to students and to the university;

(3) to maintain faculty control over grading and over the grading policy;

(4) to allow individual campuses, schools, and colleges to have more restrictive grading policies than those in the Uniform Grading Policy when such restrictions are not in conflict with the Uniform Grading Policy; and

(5) to provide some flexibility in grading practices for individual campuses, schools and colleges where reasonable and consistent with the intentions of the Uniform Grading Policy.

The Uniform Grading Policy is found in Part II of this Administrative Policy Statement. All campuses, schools, and colleges of the University of Colorado are covered by the policy. Campuses, schools, and colleges may request exceptions to the policies in accordance with the provisions of the Uniform Grading Policy.

The Uniform Grading Policy may be revised in accordance with procedures specified in the policy.


Incomplete Grade

An I is a grade indicating that work for the course has not been completed. Policies with respect to I grades are available in the individual college and school deans' offices.


Pass/Fail Grade Option

1. Any student who wishes to register for a course on a pass/fail basis should do so during regular registration procedures. (Up to 16 semester hours of regular course work may be taken on a pass/fail basis and credited toward the bachelor's degree. The number of semester hours of regular course work that may be taken on a pass/fail basis and credited toward a graduate degree is determined by graduate school policy.) Changes to or from a pass/fail basis may be effected only during the period specified in campus policy.

2. There are more stringent requirements in some colleges and schools. For example, some colleges or schools may require departmental approval before a student may enroll for any course on a pass/fail basis. (Schools and colleges may choose not to allow pass/fail in any courses.) Students should check with their dean's office to determine requirements.

3. The record of pass/fail registration is maintained by the campus admissions and records officer.

4. Only 6 semester hours of course work may be P/F in any given semester.


Additional Course Responsibilities

Faculty may have additional course responsibilities. Contact your respective department chair for more information.


Grade Deadlines/Changes

Grades are due no more than three days after the last finals date per semester or term. Grades may be submitted to your department's administrative assistant for entry into CU's computer systems for further processing.

In cases of clerical error or otherwise, an instructor can request that a grade be changed. Such a request must be made to both the administrative assistant and to the department dean and must be approved by the dean and the instructor. Grade changes cannot be made after one calendar year following the original semester or term the grade was issued.

It is the instructor's responsibility to meet all grade deadlines. Meeting deadlines is essential for providing students with timely grade reports and official transcripts. Serious ramifications for students occur when grades are received late, such as:

  • Student Academic Services is unable to run the academic probation and academic dismissal process. During some quarters a student is notified of their dismissal after the following quarter has begun.
  • Student Financial Services is unable to award student aid because of outstanding grades, so a student's financial aid could be disrupted.
  • Students and instructors are unsure of course prerequisites being met (passed), so sequential courses are disrupted.


Student Privacy

Class or grade rosters are University educational records and, therefore, may not be used for any purpose not directly related to the specific course they are generated or created for. Furthermore, FERPA and CU policy prohibit the use of any class or grade roster for any publicity or advertising purposes. The following guidelines ensure students' privacy rights are protected:

1. Grade information (student papers, grade rosters, and grade books) should be kept in a secure location. Student papers for pick up should be left with the building administrative assistants, NOT outside faculty offices, unattended.

2. When grades are posted outside faculty offices or classrooms, students' anonymity must be ensured. Even if student names are blocked out, social security numbers are considered private information. Assigning each student a random personal identification number or code name at the beginning of the quarter is acceptable.

3. Student's schedules are private information. The location of a student should not be disclosed. In emergencies, the Office Safety and Security and Academic Services can locate on-campus students to relay information.


Instructor Evaluation Procedures

CU utilizes a multi-faceted approach to instructor and faculty evaluation. A major component of evaluation is the FCQ, or Faculty Course Evaluation. They will be distributed to every student in a class on a day that falls within a certain window of time towards the end of every semester. FCQ forms will be distributed in a sealed envelope to all faculty to be administered by someone other than said faculty during class. Contact your department chair or college dean if you have any questions.

Faculty-Course Evaluation shall be implemented at the University of Colorado for all courses and their sections offered by any of the University of Colorado campuses.

The intent was for each campus to implement a Faculty-Course Evaluation system "designed to provide published information to students, faculty, departmental administration, and the University's administration." The data gathered from the evaluation was to be used to evaluate the teaching of individual faculty. However, since 1986, it has become apparent that the Faculty-Course Evaluation alone is not an adequate means of evaluating teaching.


Textbook Orders/Bookstore

Instructors are responsible to work with the UCCS Bookstore to order textbooks for on-campus courses, as appropriate to the course content. Textbooks for off-campus courses do not need to be ordered through the UCCS Bookstore. All textbooks for adjunct faculty must be approved and/or selected by the department chair.

For specific date information, please call the UCCS Bookstore at 719-255-3247.

Instructors may receive desk copies of their chosen text. They may coordinate with their respective program assistants in order to receive desk copies as soon as possible.


Library/Materials on Reserve

UCCS's Library at the El Pomar Center offers collections, services and technology, as well as space for study, research and meetings. Research assistance is provided by librarians with subject specialties in the sciences, humanities, religion, fine arts, social sciences, business, education, counseling and music.

Adjunct faculty may access library services. The UCCS ID serves as the library card. Instructors must have approval before arranging to rent videos or use other library services that include fees.

Assigned class reading materials may be placed on reserve at the reserve/media counter. The purpose of the reserve collection is to provide access to readings in high demand. Circulation is limited to short loan periods. Items placed on reserve should be limited to required reading only, with some exceptions. Reference books, and books from another library, may not be placed on reserve. Arrangements for videos are made with the staff member at the reserve counter. Please allow 24 hours for processing your request.


Student Learning Centers

The Project Excel Program at the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs, includes the Language Technology Center, the Mathematics Learning Center, the Oral Communication Center, the Science Learning Center, and the Writing Center--five academic Centers designed to provide critical academic and individual support to all students in the University in all major academic areas, both within and beyond the classroom.

Originally funded in 1990 by a Title III Grant, Project Excel is now an integral part of the Student Success Initiative at the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs.


Disabilities Services

An extensive array of disabilities services are available for both students and faculty. In addition to the usual accomodations, an assistive technology room is located in the UCCS Library, along with handicapped parking at or very near all campus buildings, some located on the bluff side of campus along Mountain Lion Way.

Testing accomodations for disabled students are made through the Disabilities Services office.


IT Services

You can visit the IT Services main page for any information or questions you may have regarding computers, computer problems, or anything technologically-related.