Evaluation and Grading

Grading System: A single, final grade is recorded for each scheduled course at the end of each term. Academic standing at Berkeley is based upon the grading system shown below.

GRADING SYSTEM

A
B+
B
C+
C
D
F
P
I
W
WP
WF


4.00
3.50
3.00
2.50
2.00
1.00
0
None
None
None
None
None


90-100%
85-89%
80-84%
75-79%
70-74%
60-69%






Excellent
Very Good
Good
Above Average
Average
Lowest passing grade
Failing
Passing
Incomplete
Withdrawal/Nonparticipation
Withdrawal/Passing
Withdrawal/Failing

Computation of Grade Point Average (GPA): To compute the GPA for the term, each letter grade is converted to the grade point equivalent listed above. Then, that grade point is multiplied by the number of credits designated for the course. This procedure is followed for each course. Next, the number of grade point equivalents for all courses is added. That total is then divided by the total number of credits attempted for the term. The result is the term GPA.

Incomplete Grade: Documented inability to complete coursework due to circumstances beyond the student’s control (such as severe illness) may, at the discretion of the instructor, result in a grade of I. All outstanding work must be completed within two weeks after the end of the course. If all work is not completed by that time, the incomplete grade becomes an F. It is the responsibility of the student to contact the instructor to make the necessary arrangements for makeup work.

Course Withdrawal: Students who wish to drop a course must do so in writing and must have the approval of the Academic Advisement Department. Courses dropped during the add/drop period (first week for seven-week courses and first two weeks for all other courses) do not appear on the student’s transcript. Withdrawal from a seven-week course between weeks two and four will result in a grade of WP or WF, withdrawal from a 12-week course between weeks three and nine will result in a grade of WP or WF, and withdrawal from a 15-week course between weeks three and 12 will result in a grade of WP or WF, which indicates whether the student was passing or failing the course at the time of withdrawal. A grade of W will be assigned to students who enrolled in but did not participate in a course. Students who do not officially withdraw from a course will receive a letter grade that reflects their achievement.

Students enrolled in the Practical Nurse program are permitted to withdraw from one NUR course during the length of their Practical Nurse program; students enrolled in the Surgical Technology program are permitted to withdraw from one SUR course during the length of their Surgical Technology program. Students enrolled in these programs should refer to their respective Student Handbook Supplements for additional information.

Repeated Course: When a course is successfully repeated, the original failure remains on the transcript but is not included in calculating the cumulative GPA. A single course can be failed a maximum of three times, including two repeats. Students who failed a course multiple times prior to the semester conversion may be granted approval upon their return to take the course in a semester format one time. With the exception of certain courses offered in the School of Health Studies, students may only repeat courses in which the student has earned a grade of F and may not repeat courses for which credit already has been earned (grade of D or better), either at Berkeley College or in transfer from another college.

Where a course is no longer offered, the Chair of the Academic Department in which the course is housed, in consultation with the Dean of the School, shall designate an appropriate replacement course. When a course has been repeated, both the original and subsequent courses are included on the permanent record, but the credit is counted only once.

Students in School of Health Studies programs should consult their individual program handbooks for specific guidelines for repeating a course.

Change of Major: All courses remain on the transcript and continue to be included in the cumulative GPA when students change their majors.

Course Syllabus: Students receive a syllabus for each course during the first week of the term. The syllabus contains the instructor's name and office hours, a general description of the course and its contents, a statement of learning outcomes, descriptions of the instructor's attendance and grading policies, the academic integrity policy, arranging for disability accommodations, and a list of major assignments.