Grade Type and Special Grade Rule
Grading

"Grade types" and "special grade rules" define the way that grades and marks are processed and reported in SRS.

"Grade Type" is STUDENT SELECTED or is applied to a student's course entry by his or her division. "Special grade rule" applies to a particular course SECTION, and therefore to ALL the students enrolled in that section.

"Pass/Fail" is a grade type that transforms grades of "A+" through "D" into "Pass", and transforms a grade of "F" into "Fail".

A blank grade type indicates that the student is graded according to normal grade rules, and the grade counts toward earned hours, grade point average, credit load limit and full/part-time calculation. These grades also appear on the student's transcript.

A course section may be set up on the Course Term File with a special grade rule of "GR". This means that all student MUST take the course for a grade, they cannot opt to take it pass/fail or audit.

When grades and marks are processed, the special grade rule established for the course section overrides the student-selected grade type, if they are not the same.

For each combination of grade type and student's grade, the grade scheme determines whether or not a course carrying the grade type counts toward the following (calculated independently):

- registered credit
- earned credit
- quality credit
- load limit and undergraduate classification
- time status (full/part-time)

Using GRADE TYPE, earned credit for a course can be denied in the following ways:
- a grade type of "XX" (exclude credit--counts toward full/part-time), "XC" (exclude credit--does not count toward full/part- time), or "NG" (non-graded) may be assigned. This denies earned credit for any career, present or future.
- a grade type of "RX" (repeat - exclude from GPA) may be assigned for repeated courses. These deny earned credit for any career, present or future. However, grade type "RX" does allow quality credit.
- the career pointers for the student's course entries can be manually adjusted to disallow earned credit within a specific career. Using career pointers to assign credit means that earned credit may be assigned to other careers in the future. See "Academic Record, Assigning Course Work to Careers" for more information.

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