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Grades of A, B, C, D, or F are awarded upon completion of all courses except those designated for P/F (pass/fail) grades, such as field and workshop courses. The numerical equivalent and quality points per credit for letter grades are as follows:

Grade Numerical Equivalent Quality Points each credit
A+ (97-100) 4.000
A (93-96) 4.000
A- (90-92) 3.670
B+ (87-89) 3.333
B (83-86) 3.000
B- (80-82) 2.670
C+ (77-79) 2.333
C (73-76) 2.000
C- (70-72) 1.670
D+ (67-69) 1.333
D (63-66) 1.000
D- (60-62) 0.670
F (Fail) 0
WF (Fail) 0
P (Pass) Credits for P grades are not included in the determination of a student's quality point average.
I (Incomplete)
WF (withdrawal not in good standing)
W (withdrawal in good standing)

Undergraduate
Undergraduate students may repeat any course in which a grade of C- or lower has been obtained. The repetition must be the same course and must be taken at Dowling College. All grades earned, including repeated courses, will remain on the studentís transcript.

Students who successfully repeat a course once will have their first grade (C- through F) excluded from their GPA calculation. Students who repeat a course more than once will have only their first grade excluded from their GPA calculation.

A course can be used only once towards a degree. A studentís academic standing will not be recomputed for the term in which the first grade was issued. Repeated courses that have already received a passing grade cannot be counted toward New York State financial aid eligibility for full-time study or pursuit of program requirements.

Graduate
Graduate students may repeat any course in which a grade of B- or lower has been obtained. The repetition must be the same course and must be taken at Dowling College. All grades earned, including repeated courses, will remain on the studentís transcript. No more than two courses may be repeated in any graduate degree program.

Students who successfully repeat a course will have their first grade (B- through F) excluded from their GPA calculation.

A course can be used only once towards a degree. A studentís academic standing will not be recomputed for the term in which the first grade was issued. Repeated courses that have already received a passing grade cannot be counted toward New York State financial aid eligibility for full-time study or pursuit of program requirements.

Incomplete Grades
An Incomplete may be granted by an instructor only in cases where a student who has otherwise been doing passing work is prevented from completing the work of the course by circumstances beyond his or her control. At the time the incomplete grade is submitted to the Registrar, the instructor must submit a description of the academic work necessary for completion of the course. If the incomplete work has not been converted to a passing or failing grade by the instructor within six weeks after the beginning of the next regular semester (i.e., Fall or Spring), the incomplete grade becomes an F.

A student who receives a final grade of F in a course may be granted credit for the course only by repeating it with a passing grade.

No grade changes will be allowed after one year from the end of the semester in which the course was taken.

Academic Clemency Policy
Academic clemency allows a student returning to Dowling College after a period of at least three years the option of having his/her grade point average calculated from the point of re-admission. Upon re-admission the student must complete one full time semester of study or its equivalent, i.e. the completion of a minimum of 12 credits, and maintain an overall minimum GPA of 3.0. All previous course work done at the institution prior to re-admission is disallowed toward the student's graduation requirements. Thus the student is granted a "clean slate". A request for academic clemency to Academic Standards Committee must occur within one year after re-admission and applies only to courses taken before re-admission.

Academic Progress for Undergraduate Students
All students are required to maintain good academic standing as a condition of enrollment at Dowling College and to receive federal, state or institutional financial assistance. Good academic standing is measured by reviewing a student's quantitative and qualitative progress. The quantitative measurement ensures that students are making progress toward their degree goals, while the qualitative measurement ensures that students are succeeding in their coursework. Undergraduate students are required to have a cumulative average of 2.0 or higher, while earning a minimum number of credits to demonstrate good academic standing. A student failing to meet that minimum standard would be placed on "Second Semester Probation." Two consecutive semesters of probation are grounds for dismissal from the College. For recipients of federal aid, undergraduate students are required to have a 2.0 cumulative average by their junior year (60 credits or above).

The chart below is used to determine satisfactory academic progress:

Credits attempted <11 <23 <35 <47 <59 <71 <83 <95 <107 <119 <131 <144
Must have earned: 6 12 20 28 38 49 60 72 84 96 108 120

With at least a 2.0 cumulative grade point average.

Additional details on satisfactory academic progress, including New York State requirements, part-time requirements, and the appeals process are available in the Office of Enrollment Services.

Academic Progress for Graduate Students
All students are required to maintain good academic standing as a condition of enrollment at Dowling College and to receive Federal, Stateand institutional aid. The guidelines vary, depending upon the student's grade level and depending upon which form(s) of aid they are receiving. Good academic standing is measured by reviewing a student's quantitative and qualitative progress. The quantitative measurement ensures that students are making progress toward their degree goals, while the qualitative measurement ensures that students are succeeding in their coursework.

Graduate students are required to have a cumulative average of 3.0 or higher, while earning a minimum number of credits to demonstrate good academic standing. A student failing to meet that minimum standard would be placed on "Academic Probation" for the subsequent semester. If a student is on "Academic Probation" and fails to meet the academic standards, they would be placed on "Second Semester Probation." Three consecutive semesters of probation are grounds for dismissal from the College.

Credits attempted <11 <23 <35 <47
Must have earned: 6 15 24 36