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Academic Standards and Grading

The cumulative grade point average for all graduate courses taken at St. John Fisher College must be at least 3.00 to satisfy the requirements for the graduate degree. Transferred and waived credits and credits for undergraduate courses taken while in a graduate program are not used in the graduate GPA computation. No student may receive more than one “F” grade and must repeat the course in which it was earned if the course is a degree requirement. A student earning a second “F” grade will be dismissed.

Note: Pharmacy standards and grading can be found in the Wegmans School of Pharmacy section.


A to B: Acceptable
B- to C: Passing; not acceptable
F: Failure
FA: Failure due to excessive absences
AU: Audit
I: Incomplete
IP: In Progress (capstone/project courses only)
S: Satisfactory*
U: Unsatisfactory*
W: Withdrawn

*The “S” grade for a capstone or project is equivalent to a “B” or higher. If less than a “B” is earned, the grade of “U” is given.

Incomplete Grades

By the request of a student, at the discretion of the faculty member, an “I” (Incomplete) grade can be assigned when required assignments have not been completed due to circumstances beyond the student’s control. Students may request “I” grades; however, the decision to grant this concession rests with the faculty member.

An instructor in a graduate course may submit a final grade of “I” in any course except a capstone. The student is automatically granted six weeks from the last Friday of final exam week for the semester in which the “I” is given to complete the missing work. A grade must be turned in to the Registrar’s Office by the deadline published in the semester calendar unless an extension has been granted.

Incomplete Extensions

In order to extend the deadline for completion of an Incomplete grade, the student must submit to the instructor written justification for the extension and a timeline for completion of the work. If the instructor wishes to extend the deadline, the instructor must meet with the Program Director. The Program Director must approve the extension and timeline in writing to the Registrar’s Office. This extension may be for a period not longer than three months from the date of the request. The grade immediately becomes a grade of “F” (Failure) if the instructor does not choose to extend the deadline or if the request is denied by the Program Director.

In extenuating circumstances, the student may request another three-month extension and produce another timeline for completion. This extension must be approved by the School Dean. The grade immediately becomes a grade of “F” (Failure) if the instructor or the Program Director does not choose to extend the deadline or the request is denied.

Any further extension will require the approval of the Graduate Committee on Academic Standing.

In Progress

Capstone/project courses requiring more than one semester to complete may be graded “IP” (In Progress) at the end of the term in which the student registered for and began the capstone/project.

When the project is finished and a grade change is processed in the Registrar’s Office, the grade of “IP” will be replaced with the earned final grade. A notation will be placed on the transcript indicating the date on which the course was graded.

Note: The “IP” grade must be resolved within one calendar year from the date the “IP” was assigned by the instructor. If the “IP” is not replaced with an earned final grade by the deadline, the student must repeat and pay for the capstone/project course.

Any further extension will require the written approval of the Program Director.

Withdrawal From Course

Students may withdraw from credit courses without academic record up to four academic weeks after the beginning of full-term classes and up to the Monday after the first meeting of weekend session classes. The last day for students to withdraw from credit courses without penalty of “F” but with the assigned grade of “W” is noted in the semester academic calendar. No withdrawal will be permitted after the designated date.

Repeating a Course

Once earned, a grade remains permanently on the transcript. Unless specifically allowed by a student's program, courses with a grade below “B” may be retaken only at St. John Fisher College and may be retaken only once. When a course is retaken, all grades appear on the transcript; however, the grade received the last time the course is taken will be the grade computed in the GPA. If a student repeats a course in which a passing grade below “B” has been earned, additional credits are not earned.


With permission of the instructor and Program Director, individuals holding bachelor’s degrees may audit select courses. Audit students do not earn credit. The faculty member determines the conditions of the audit with regard to assignments and examinations in discussion with the auditor. Auditors must have the written approval of the course instructor and cannot retroactively upgrade to credit-seeking status. Additionally, a credit student cannot switch to audit status. Once written permission is obtained from the instructor, students must register and make payment for the course at the prevailing tuition rate for the course.

Grade Reporting

Final grades are available at the end of each semester in Fish'R'Net.

Change of Grade

Only the faculty member who reported a grade may initiate a grade change. Students who feel there has been an error in grading or who wish to challenge a grade should contact the professor. If a student believes that an incorrect final grade has been reported, he or she must notify the Registrar’s Office within one calendar year from the end of the semester in which the alleged error was made.