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2008 - 2009 Undergraduate Catalog 
2008 - 2009 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Academic Policies and Grading


Academic Class


The College assigns students’ class levels according to the following credit criteria:

  0 to 23 credits = freshman
  24 to 56 credits = sophomore
  57 to 84 credits = junior
  85 or more credits = senior

Grading System


For each course, the instructor determines the progress of the individual and the class by means of class work, tests, special assignments, papers, projects, conferences, and other procedures that might prove valuable.

The scholastic standing of students is indicated by a system of grades designated by the letters A+, A, A-, B+, B, B-, C+, C, C-, D+, D, D-, F, CR, NR, and I. A, B, C, and D are passing grades, A+ indicating work of the highest rank, D- of the lowest. Students receiving the grade of F must repeat the course if they wish to receive credit for it.

Students receiving the grade of I (Incomplete) for a course must complete the course within one year from the date of record, unless a shorter time has been set by the course instructor or the Admissions, Retention, and Standards Committee. If the work for which the incomplete was granted is not finished within one academic year, the instructor will determine the grade for the course or an “F” will be assigned. The granting of an incomplete is not an option for graduating seniors in their final semester. Students may not graduate with a grade of “I” on their academic record.

NR (Not Reported) is given when no grade is reported for the student by the instructor. These grades will be changed to an “F” if they are not resolved within one academic year.



Qualified juniors and seniors may elect one course per semester under the Credit-Fail option. To receive credit (CR) for a course under this option, a student must attain a grade of C- or better, but the letter grade is not recorded on the student’s record. Grades of “D+” or lower are converted to “F” under this option. Any grades of “F” obtained under the Credit-Fail option will be used in the calculation of the student’s grade point average. Although a student must declare the Credit-Fail option prior to the end of the second week of class, they can request a change from Credit-Fail to letter grade prior to the end of the semester. Courses taken Credit-Fail will not count toward a major or minor, or satisfy the The McDaniel Plan Requirements, except for Physical Activity and Wellness. All internships and some January Term courses are graded on a Credit-Fail basis only, with the exceptions of student teaching and social work.



An audit is entered on the record as “AU,” no credit hours attempted, and no grade or quality points awarded. The instructor sets the amount of participation required in the course. For a full-time student, there is no additional charge. For a part-time student, the charge is one-half the regular tuition. Although a student must declare the Audit option prior to the end of the second week of class, they can request a change from Audit to letter grade prior to the end of the semester. Students who choose this option must complete course requirements as assigned, must have the instructor’s approval to change from audit to credit, and must pay the price differential. While audited courses appear on student transcripts, they do not carry grades or credit. If the student does not meet the instructor’s requirements, the instructor has the right to delete the course from the student’s record.

Grade Point Average (GPA)


The general quality of students’ work is determined numerically and is called the grade point average (GPA). The GPA is calculated in two steps. First, letter grades are converted to numerical values on the following scale: A+=4.30; A=4.00; A-=3.70; B+=3.30; B=3.00; B-=2.70; C+=2.30; C=2.00; C-=1.70; D+=1.30; D=1.00; D-=0.70; and F=0.00. A student earns quality points for each course completed equal to the number of credit hours for the course multiplied by the point value for the grade. Then, the semester grade point average is calculated by dividing the total quality points achieved by the number of credit hours attempted in letter-graded courses. Thus, a student taking four, four-hour courses (totaling 16 hours) who received one A, one B, and two Cs would have earned a GPA of 2.75 for the semester. (4 X 4.00) + (4 X 3.00) + (8 X 2.00) = 44.0 ÷ 16 = 2.75.

Similarly, an overall GPA for all work attempted at the College is calculated by dividing the total number of quality points earned by the total number of credit hours attempted. Affiliated Study Abroad Programs and certain Special Off-Campus Programs will be used in the calculation of a student’s grade point average. However, transfer credit, AP credit, CLEP credit, and “credit” grades are not calculated in the College’s GPA.

To maintain class standing, students must successfully complete the normal program of credit hours with at least a 2.00, or C, average. The Admissions, Retention, and Standards Committee will review any student’s record whose cumulative grade point average is less than 2.00.

The standard course load is 32 credit hours a year, but students should undertake programs they can handle successfully, no matter what the credit hour totals. The number of credit hours that each course carries is stated in the Schedule of Classes and McDaniel College catalog.

The recommended first semester schedule normally consists of four regular (four semester hour) courses, totaling sixteen semester hours, with the possible addition of one or more courses with lesser credit (0.5-2 semester hours).

Twelve semester hours are the minimum you may carry in order to be considered full time. Failure to maintain full-time status may affect athletic participation, housing, health and automobile insurance, and financial aid.

Repeat Policy


A student has the option to repeat and pass a course previously failed in order to gain credit hours toward graduation. The student will receive the quality points for the new grade, and the original failing grade will no longer be used in the calculation of the grade point average. If a student repeats a course previously passed, they will not gain any new hours toward graduation. The higher of the two grades will be used in the calculation of the grade point average. All grades will remain on the student’s transcript. Transcripts will be marked indicating the repeated courses. There is no limit to the number of times a course may be repeated.

Minimum Scholastic Requirements

  1. While a student planning to graduate in four years should average 32 semester hours per year from courses taken during the fall and spring semesters, January Term, or summer school, there may be circumstances under which it may be necessary for a student to take fewer than this number of hours in one academic year. However, action may be taken regarding athletic eligibility, financial aid, and college housing because of underloads (fewer than 12 credit hours in a semester).
  2. A student whose cumulative grade point average in courses taken at McDaniel College drops below 2.00 will receive a letter from the Office of Academic Affairs informing the student of deficiency status. This letter may contain certain requirements such as regular meetings with an Academic Dean or a required improvement in cumulative grade point average in order for the student to continue at the College.
  3. A student whose grade point average in courses taken at the College falls below the limits listed in the following table may be dismissed from the College. (see chart below).

College Enrollment in Semesters

  Minimum Grade Point Average













7 or more


Successful completion of a course requires a letter grade of A+ through D- or CR for a non-letter-graded course. Students not making satisfactory progress will have their records reviewed by the Admissions, Retention, and Standards Committee.

Satisfactory Progress Standards (Academic) for Financial Aid


To remain eligible for financial aid, a student must successfully complete at least 75 percent of credit hours attempted, earn the required total credits, and maintain the required GPA for the semesters listed below:

Number of Semesters

GPA Credits Earned


1.00 12


1.50 24


1.60 36


1.70 48


1.80 60


1.90 72


1.95 84


2.00 96



A student may withdraw from a course and receive a grade of “W” before the deadline specified for that term in the undergraduate catalog, Schedule of Classes, and Student Handbook. This course is not counted in calculating the student’s GPA. After the stated date, exceptions to this rule may be permitted only by an Academic Dean and only in cases of genuine emergency, such as protracted illness late in the semester. In such cases, a grade of “W” may be permitted provided the student’s work was satisfactory (“C-” or better) at the time of withdrawal.

Students who desire to withdraw from McDaniel College during the academic year must initiate the process with an Academic Dean in the Office of Academic Affairs. The student withdrawing will receive grades of “W” in each enrolled course provided the withdrawal is between the dates specified in the Academic Calendar. In the event of withdrawal from the College after the date specified, a student will receive a grade of “WP” (withdrawn passing for grades of “D-” or better) or “WF” (withdrawn failing for grades of “F”).

Re-Admission to McDaniel College


Students who have formerly attended McDaniel College, officially withdrawn (not a leave of absence), and subsequently wish to return have a separate application process from new students and a separate application form, which may be obtained from the Office of Admissions. Transcripts must be submitted from any colleges attended since leaving McDaniel. A $50 application fee is required. Housing policies and residential requirements apply as they do for current students. Once a student is re-admitted to the College and commits to returning, it is then possible to talk to an advisor and discuss the course registration timetable for the next semester.

Grade Reports


All students and their academic advisors are provided via the Archway with grade reports at mid-semester and at the end of each semester.

The Admissions, Retention, and Standards Committee reviews students’ academic records each semester. Students may be dismissed from the College when their academic records are so low as to justify such action.

Educational Records


Educational records are those records, files, documents, and other material directly related to a student and maintained by McDaniel College or any of its agents. The College assumes an implicit and justifiable trust as custodian of these records. Access to and release of student records are determined by College policy, which complies with Public Law 93-380 (the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974, often referred to as the Buckley Amendment). Copies of the College Policy on Release of Information About Students and of the U.S. Department of Education regulations implementing Public Law 93-380 are available in the Registrar’s Office. Students receive notification of the rights accorded them under the above documents at the beginning of each academic year. A more complete description of these policies appears in the Student Handbook.

Retention of Records


Transcript records are permanently held by the Registrar’s Office. Documentation pertaining to the registration for each semester is held only for a period of one year. If any questions should arise regarding documentation of enrollment more than one year beyond registration for a course, it will be the student’s responsibility to produce proper documentation to support any claim for a change to their record.