Registrar

Grades & Honors

Term Grades

Grades (final and mid-term) are available for student viewing and printing via WarriorWeb. Mid-term grades are not official grades (as they are not posted to the transcript nor impact the GPA).

Final grades are required for all courses.

Mid-term grades are required for full-term (16 week) academic courses numbered 1-199.

Grading System

GradePointsStatus
A 4.0 Distinguished
A- 3.67 Distinguished
B+ 3.33 Superior
B 3.0 Superior
B- 2.67 Average
C+ 2.33 Average
C 2.0 Average
C- 1.67 Below average
D+ 1.33 Below average
D 1.0 Below average
F 0.0 Failing
*__ 0.0 Same as above (developmental courses only)
P NA Passing
S NA Satisfactory/Passing
U NA Unsatisfactory/Failing
W NA Withdrawal
I NA Incomplete
K NA Grade not submitted 
AU NA Audit
CIP NA Course in progress
NC NA No credit

Grade Changes

Grade changes can be submitted by the instructor of the course(s) to the Office of the Registrar at any time. Such changes must come in the form of an official Grade Change Form and be signed by the instructor.

Once the new grade is changed by the Registrar's Office staff, the student can view his or her grade on WarriorWeb. For additional information, see the Grade Appeal procedure outlined in the catalog.

Incomplete Grades

An 'I' grade indicates that the coursework is satisfactory but has not been completed by the end of the term. The grade and completion date are given at the discretion of the instructor (with the completion date no longer than one semester). All 'I' grades automatically become 'F's if the completion date is not met - unless otherwise noted by the instructor.

Withdrawal Grades

A grade of 'W' is given when a student withdraws from a class after the 10th day of the term. The grade is recorded on the official transcript but, because it has no grade points, the 'W' notation does not negatively impact the GPA.

Repeated Classes

Students may repeat courses in which they were previously enrolled. However, credit is usually allowed only once, and the grade point average will reflect the most recent repeated grade. While the original course and grade remain on the permanent transcript, they are not used to calculate the cumulative grade point average.

Honors

Term Honors
  • Dean's List - Based on semester GPA of 3.25-3.749 while carrying a minimum of 12 semester college level (numbered 100 or above) credits on the A/F grading system.
  • President's List - Based on semester GPA of 3.75 or above while carrying a minimum of 12 semester college level (numbered 100 or above) credits on the A/F grading system.
Graduation Honors
  • Commencement (Walking) Honors

Walking honors are for students who complete requirements in May or August and participate in Spring commencement. These honors are calculated using all credits earned (both LCSC credits as well as all transfer credits) by the end of the Fall term prior to Spring commencement.

Grade points for courses “academically forgiven” will be used to calculate graduation honors. This is regardless of whether the academic forgiveness was granted at LCSC or another college. For either the walking or final honors the number of credits used will be inclusive of courses graded Pass (P).

  • Graduation (Final) Honors

Final honors are calculated using all credits earned (both LCSC credits as well as all final credits) at the time of graduation. Final honors are posted to the transcript and the diploma.

Grade points for courses “academically forgiven” will be used to calculate graduation honors. This is regardless of whether the academic forgiveness was granted at LCSC or another college. For either the walking or final honors the number of credits used will be inclusive of courses graded Pass (P).

  • Baccalaureate Degree Graduates

Based on cumulative GPA.

Cum laude – 3.7
Magna cum laude – 3.8
Summa cum laude – 3.9

  • Associate Degree Graduates

Based on cumulative GPA.

President's Honors – 3.75

Grade Appeals

If a student believes he or she has received an incorrect or unfair grade, no later than one full semester after receiving the grade in question, the student should contact the appropriate instructor to attempt to resolve the disagreement. If the student and faculty member resolve that disagreement to their mutual satisfaction no further proceedings are necessary. If the student and faculty member are unable to resolve the disagreement to their mutual satisfaction, the following procedure results.

If the student and faculty member are unable to resolve the disagreement to their mutual satisfaction within the time provided below or in the event the student is unable to discuss his or her complaint regarding the grade with the instructor within said time period, then the student may file a written request for reconsideration of the grade with the division chair. Any written request for reconsideration directed to the division chair must be delivered to the division chair within 30 days after the first day of the semester following the semester for which the grade was given; provided that the grade was given during or for the spring semester, the written request for reconsideration must be filed with the division chair within 30 days after the first day of the next following fall semester.

When the division chair receives a timely request for reconsideration of the grade, they will meet with the student and the faculty member and will make such investigation as they deem appropriate. If the division chair is able to mediate a resolution of the disagreement which is satisfactory to both the student and the instructor, that resolution will be implemented and no further proceedings will be necessary. If, however, the division chair is unsuccessful in resolving the dispute to the mutual satisfaction of the student and the instructor within 10 days, the division chair shall give written notice that he or she is unable to resolve the dispute to both the student and to the instructor (“Notice of Impasse”).

If the division chair is unable to resolve the dispute to the mutual satisfaction of the student and instructor and if the student remains dissatisfied with the decision of the instructor, the student may request reconsideration of the grade. The request must be submitted to the division chair within 10 days after written Notice of Impasse is given to the student. An ad hoc committee of faculty members in the challenged instructor’s discipline or closely allied fields will be appointed by the division chair to review the grade.

The ad hoc committee will hear the student’s appeal and the faculty member’s rebuttal within 30 days of the student’s request. The student shall be entitled to be accompanied by an advisor, who may advise the student during the hearing but shall not be entitled to actively participate in the hearing. The hearing shall be closed unless both parties agree that it should be open. At the hearing, the student shall have the burden to prove, by clear and convincing evidence, that the decision of the instructor to award the grade was arbitrary, capricious or grossly unreasonable. The ad hoc committee will either sustain the grade given by the faculty member or, it will determine the grade that should have been awarded. The division chair will provide the instructor with a copy of the determination and will ask the instructor to implement it. If the instructor declines to implement the committee’s determination, the division chair will then change the grade, pending any appeal as outlined below, notifying the instructor and student of this action.

If a change in grade is not recommended and the student remains unsatisfied, he or she may request the Hearing Board of the Faculty Senate to review the proceedings regarding due process. The Hearing Board may not overturn the academic judgment of the ad hoc committee; they may only ensure that the student has received a fair hearing. If a change in grade is recommended, and the instructor is unsatisfied with the ad hoc committee determination, he or she may request the Hearing Board of the Faculty Senate to review the proceedings regarding due process. The Hearing Board may not overturn the academic judgment of the ad hoc committee; they may only ensure that the faculty member has received a fair hearing.

If the Hearing Board determines that a fair hearing was not provided, they will return the matter to the division chair, who will constitute a different ad hoc committee to re-evaluate the grade.

This policy does not apply to grades given for alleged academic dishonesty or for unsafe clinical practice. Academic dishonesty shall be treated as a violation of the Student Code of Conduct and shall be determined under the Code of Conduct rules. Unsafe clinical practice shall be handled by the procedures established by the relevant divisions. In the case that the instructor is no longer at the institution, the responsibility for representing the original instructor’s interests rests with the division chair or his/her designee.