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If, for reasons beyond a student's control, he/she is unable to
complete a course within the prescribed time, the grade for that
course may be deferred with the approval of the instructor and
the vice president for academic affairs. An "I" would appear on
the transcript and would not be calculated in the student's GPA.
The required work would have to be completed by the end of the
fourth week of the following semester.
This option is not to be used to delay inevitable failing grades. To
request an incomplete grade, students must obtain a form from
their academic advisor and then request the instructor's approval.
If approved, the instructor must then submit the completed form to
the vice president for academic affairs for approval and signature.
All approvals must be completed before the end of the semester.
In the event an "I" grade is not removed by the fourth week of
the following semester, the grade is changed to an "F" unless an
alternative arrangement is made with the approval of the instructor
and the vice president for academic affairs.
Throughout the term, it is now policy at Thaddeus Stevens that all
teachers must regularly update grades in the My Stevens College
portal. Individual teacher policy, which is located on the syllabus,
will define how often teachers will update simple and complex
assignments, but students will always have access to their progress
in this way.
By the fifth week of the semester, instructors identify for the Vice
President for Academic Affairs those students who are in poor
academic standing and could possibly fail. A series of steps are
then taken by the instructors, academic advisors, and counselors to
prescribe actions to alleviate the students' problems in the courses.
Final semester grades are available on the college portal after the
end of the marking period. The grade report shows all coursework
completed by the student. To protect the confidentiality of a
student's record and in compliance with federal law, no grades
are given over the phone. The complete procedure for appealing a
grade can be found in the Student Handbook.
Course Repeat and Program Acceptance Policy
Students may repeat a course to earn a higher or passing grade.
Only the highest grade earned will be used in the GPA calculation.
attempts will not be permitted to continue into their program
of study. Students must pass developmental courses with a C or
better. In addition, they must pass the COMPASS test. Students
however, are not limited in the number of times they may take the
Students may repeat college-level courses to improve a grade,
including a "W." Students may only repeat a course two times,
which includes taking the course at another college or university.
Students unable to successfully complete courses that are required
for the graduation requirements of their desired major should
discuss alternate graduation plans with their academic advisor.
Students do have the opportunity to appeal this policy to the vicepresident for academic affairs if they feel they have extenuating
circumstances that prevent them from adhering to the policy.
The institution reserves the right to withhold a student's grades
and/or degree if any loans or fines (for example, parking fines or
library fines) are outstanding. Other situations for withholding
grades include unmet financial obligations such as tuition
fees or destruction or replacement of Commonwealth property.
Students with unpaid loans or fines may view their grades in the
Office of Financial Aid and Registration; however, no printed copy
will be released to such students.
The College believes that placing students at the proper educational
level will contribute to their success. Advanced placement is
designed to give students credit for the learning they have acquired
prior to entering
Thaddeus Stevens College. Students who have acquired skills and
knowledge through advanced courses in high school, vocational/
technical training, military service, or life/work experience, may
be eligible for advanced placement.
Credit through Dual Enrollment
Students earn college credit by completing a college-level course at
their home school. Usually this course is taken concurrently with
a similar high school course of the same nature. Dual enrollment
is usually pursued by a traditional student, and a grade is assigned.
Definition: The term "repeat" is applied when a student retakes
a course that the previously were awarded a grade, including
a "W." The first time a student completes a course for a grade is
considered the first attempt. The second time a student completes
a course for a grade it is considered the second attempt and the
Credit by Department Examination
Students who have skills superior to those taught in a required
course may qualify for this option. Students may opt to take
a "final" test as a means to acquire the credit without the cost
and time devoted to a redundant course. Credit by department
examination is usually pursued by a traditional student, but no
grade is assigned.
Students who are required to successfully complete developmental
coursework prior to enrolling in their desired major will be given
the opportunity to repeat a developmental course one time which
includes taking the course at another college or university. Students
who cannot successfully pass a developmental course within two
Credit by Standardized Exams (AP, CLEP, Excelsior, etc.)
Students may take a nationally-recognized exam for different
disciplines, and gain credit at a college that recognizes the test.
Credit by a standardized exam is usually pursued by a traditional
student, but no grade is assigned.
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