Grading Issues

Frequently Asked Questions:

It is impossible for me to complete my course, but I don’t want to fail.  What should I do?
Consider an incomplete (INC) or in-progress (IP) mark in the course in consultation with your instructor.  With a formal written petition to the professor, you may request an INC or IP because of illness or other justifiable cause (substantiation may be required by the professor).  You and your instructor will decide the completion schedule.

See the catalog under incomplete grades for details regarding completion dates. If your work is not completed before the deadline your grade could rollover to an “F.”  These temporary marks on the transcript are granted at the discretion of the instructor.

I have a directed study, independent study, field work course or senior project (or culminating project) that I will not have finished by the last day of the semester. What should I do?
Speak with your instructor before the end of the semester. You may be able to receive an incomplete (INC) or in-progress (IP) grade.  Check the catalog for the deadlines for each of these marks.
I received a NG on my grade report. What does that mean?
An NG (No Grade) is a temporary grade that is posted when the professor failed to submit a grade for you.  Sometimes this happens as a human error when the instructor mistakenly skips a student’s name when they are recording final grades for a course.  Speak with your instructor immediately to find out why they did not give you a grade (you might actually help them to catch an easily fixable error).  An NG must rollover to a grade before that course and semester hours can be counted toward your degree.
I received a bad grade in one of my classes. What should I do?
Make an appointment with your advisor to discuss options.  To rehabilitate your GPA or to replace your fail grade, you can repeat the same course at ULV.  The first grade will always show on your transcript but it will not be counted into your GPA.  Grades of D are passing for general education required courses, except for RCS 110 and 111 (these require a C- is the minimum grade).

We have a handbook, among others, on our Forms and Downloads page that may help you to bounce back to improve your academic standing or GPA.  Check it out HERE.

What’s the difference between withdrawing and dropping from a class?
If you drop a class during the add/drop period (usually through the first week of the semester), the particular course will not show on your transcript.  A mark of “W” will show on your transcript if you want to stop attending the course during the first 60% of the semester after the add/drop date but before the last day to withdraw.
What happens if I stop attending classes (and don’t withdraw)?
You need to officially drop or withdraw from a course as soon as you stop attending or you will receive an “F”, “WF” or “NCR” grade which will negatively affect your GPA and academic standing.  These marks will also affect your financial aid or scholarship eligibility.  Be sure to follow the deadlines listed on the academic calendar on the Registrar’s website.
Are there any disadvantages to withdrawing?
All withdraws will show as “W’s” on your transcript. Having too many “W’s” may be hard to explain to an admissions committee at other schools as well as La Verne.  Also, too many withdrawals may impact your eligibility for financial aid or scholarship.  Withdrawing from a course should be used sparingly.
How do I withdraw from school either permanently or to take a semester off?
You can obtain a withdrawal/leave of absence form from our website link to the left of this page (Leave of Absence of Withdrawal from La Verne).  Out handbook will cover all the specifics about withdrawing from ULV or taking a leave of absence.

Submitting a Withdrawal signals intent to permanently leave the university.

Submitting a Leave of Absence signals that you want to take a temporary (official) absence from the university.  A leave of absence facilitates your return to ULV.  Failure to return from a leave of absence may result in being administratively withdrawn, possibly requiring readmission.

Do I have to reapply to return to La Verne if I took a leave of absence?
If you fail to return from a leave of absence, you risk being administratively withdrawn, possibly requiring readmission.  Speak with our office if you need to extend your leave of absence.
How do I make the Dean’s List?
You must be a full-time undergraduate with a minimum GPA of 3.75 (with letter grades in at least the minimum number of semester hours to be considered full time).
What is academic standing?
Academic standing categories are:

  • Good Standing: your cumulative GPA is 2.0
  • Academic Warning: your semester GPA falls below 2.0
  • Academic Probation: your cumulative GPA falls below 2.0
  • Academic Disqualification: you are on academic probation and fail to earn a 2.0 La Verne GPA the subsequent semester.
What happens when I am academically disqualified?
If you feel your circumstances have improved you may make an appointment with the Associate Dean to discuss the possibility of reinstatement to La Verne.

We have a handbook, among others, on our Forms and Downloads page that may help you to bounce back to improve your academic standing or GPA.  Check it out HERE.

How do I get back in Good Standing?
You return to good standing when your cumulative GPA is above 2.0.

We have a handbook, among others, on our Forms and Downloads page that may help you to bounce back to improve your academic standing or GPA.  Check it out HERE.

What is the fastest way to bring up my GPA?
Repeating courses at La Verne is the fastest way to bring up your GPA. You can take courses elsewhere and transfer them in for subject credit but that is not the recommended path since doing so will not affect the GPA calculation at ULV.

We have a handbook, among others, on our Forms and Downloads page that may help you to bounce back to improve your academic standing or GPA.  Check it out HERE.