Coursework is evaluated on the following scale:
An instructor has the option of affixing a minus to the grade of A, a plus or a minus to the grades of B and C, and a plus to the grade of D. A plus increases the number of grade points awarded by 0.3, and a minus decreases the number of grade points awarded by 0.3.
All grades are considered final and are not subject to change except for errors in calculation, or as a result of a formal grade appeal process. Contact your SSA for this procedure. The I is changed when work is completed or the deadline has been reached (see: Grade of I).
The GPA is determined by dividing the number of grade points by the number of credits the student has attempted. Courses with the following grades are not included in the GPA calculation: AU, CR, I, IP, N, NR, S, U, W, and WZ. When a course is repeated only the last attempt is used in computing the GPA unless the course is designated as repeatable.
The undergraduate GPA is calculated only on the basis of credits attempted at Bethel. In order to receive an A.A. degree, the student shall have earned at least a 2.0 overall undergraduate GPA. In order to receive an A.S., B.A., or B.S. degree, the student shall have earned at least a 2.0 overall GPA and a 2.25 GPA in the major.
Grade of AU
The grade AU is given when the student audits the course. Students wishing to audit a course must secure the consent of their SSA and the course instructor at the beginning of the term for such enrollment status. Not all courses are available to audit. Auditing at Bethel is defined as observation in the classroom setting. Auditors are required to meet the attendance requirements set by the instructor. Students who do not meet the attendance requirements will be graded WZ. Participation beyond attendance in class activities is at the instructor’s option. A student may change to or from audit status with the instructor’s approval only during the first 60% of the course.
Grade of CR
The grade CR is used for coursework that is excluded from GPA calculations.
Grade of I or IN
The grade I or IN is given when a student is unable to complete the course requirements in the regular time due to extenuating circumstances beyond the student’s control. The incomplete must be negotiated with and approved by the instructor before a grade of I or IN will be allowed. Remaining work must be of the kind that can be done largely through independent effort. Unless the grade of I or IN is removed by the deadline designated by the instructor, the student will be graded for the course using the default grade designated by the instructor.
The maximum deadline the instructor may assign for the removal of the I or IN grade is six weeks. Students with multiple grades of I or IN may be required to withdraw from their original cohorts and finish their program with another cohort after all grades of I or IN have been resolved.
Incompletes in practicums may be handled differently. The following courses have a one year maximum extension:
|Internship in Addictions Counseling I|
|Internship in Addictions Counseling III|
|Internship in Addictions Counseling II|
Grades of IP, N, and NR
The grades IP, N, and NR are generated for administrative use only.
Grades of S and U
The S/U grading option is used in designated courses as indicated in the course description. Other courses are graded on an A–F basis. A student may count no more than 12 credits of S/U graded courses toward graduation requirements. The S grade indicates achievement equivalent to at least a grade of D.
Grade of W
The grade W is given to a student who officially withdraws from a course by the week of the 60% point of the course. Students may withdraw from a course (or change from credit to audit) through the week when 60% of the course has been completed. Course withdrawals are official on the date the request is received by the student success advisor. Any student dropping a course after that time will receive the grade they have earned to that point. If no grade is indicated by the instructor, a grade of F will be assumed. Extenuating circumstances that may warrant exception to the withdrawal policy will be considered on a case-by-case basis by the Appeals Committee. Note that scheduled online sessions count as “class sessions” when determining refunds and grades. Any refund due to withdrawal will be governed by the refund policy (see: Tuition and Fees Refund Schedule).