Policies

There are policies and procedures in place to ensure that students will remain accountable for their actions in the classroom. The Ohio State University hopes every student is successful during their academic career and offers help to those who need it. See below for policies regarding grades and “fresh starts.”

Grades

You can check your grades online at BuckeyeLink. The registrar does not mail (or e-mail) grades to students. 

The grades used by the university and their points per credit hour are shown in the following chart:

GradesNumbers of Credit Hours per Class
 12345
A4.08.012.016.020.0
A-3.77.411.114.818.5
B+3.36.69.913.216.5
B3.06.09.012.015.0
B-2.75.48.110.813.5
C+2.34.66.99.211.5
C2.04.06.08.010.0
C-1.73.45.16.88.5
D+1.32.63.95.26.5
D1.02.03.04.05.0

 

Note: Ohio State does not offer the grades of A+ and D-. You earn no points for an E or an EN, but the hours are calculated into your grade point average. (An EN grade indicates that, at some point during the semester, you stopped attending the class.)

Calculate your GPA

Other marks are listed below. Note that points are not awarded for the following marks:
EM examination credit
I incomplete
K transfer credit
NP non-pass
P progress
PA pass
R audit
S satisfactory
U unsatisfactory
W withdrew

Incomplete

An "I" indicates that a student has completed a major portion of the work in the course in a satisfactory manner, but for reasons judged by the instructor to be legitimate, a portion of the course requirements remains to be completed. If illness or an emergency prevents you from finishing a course, you may request an “Incomplete” from the instructor. When you receive this grade, you must consult with the instructor as soon as possible to make arrangements for completing the course requirements. Incomplete work must be completed no later than the sixth week of the following semester. If the work is not made up by the due date, the “I” mark will be changed to the alternate grade the instructor reported.

Pass/Non-Pass option

  • You may take a maximum of 20 credit hours of electives on a pass/non-pass (PA/NP) basis.
  • You cannot take general education, major, minor, or prerequisite courses pass/non-pass.
  • You must have a minimum 2.0 cumulative GPA to use the pass/non-pass option.
  • You must complete the pass/non-pass form in the Arts and Sciences Advising office in order to use the option.
  • Please visit registrar.osu.edu and select "Registration, Fees, and Important Dates" for semester, term, and session deadlines for registering for the pass/non-pass option.

Auditing a Course

You may choose to audit a course in order to refresh yourself on the material or to learn more about a subject without earning a letter grade. Fees are assessed for auditing a course, but no credit hours are awarded. You cannot audit a course and then later take the course for a grade. Auditing a course requires the permission of the instructor and the permission of your college office, the latter obtained through your academic advisor.

Dean's List

Students completing a minimum of 12 graded credit hours with a grade point average of 3.5 or higher for any given term will be named to the Dean's list for that term in the college in which they are enrolled. Courses graded satisfactory/unsatisfactory (S/U) or pass/non-pass (PA/NP) do not count toward the minimum 12 graded hours, and a grade of U, E, EN, or NP will disqualify you from making the Dean's List, even if you meet the 3.5 criteria.

Academic Status

Any student whose cumulative GPA falls below 2.0 will be placed on academic probation. The College may make exceptions to this policy for students who are being dismissed because they failed to meet the conditions of their previous probation, and for new first-term students who can be placed on academic warning rather than probation. Students placed on warning will be placed on probation the following term if their cumulative GPA is still below 2.0.

If you are in academic difficulty, or if you believe you are in danger of falling into academic difficulty (even if your cumulative GPA is above 2.0), you should see your Arts and Sciences academic advisor as soon as possible to discuss the issues that may be affecting your academic performance and to get advice on how to earn and maintain good academic standing.

Academic Dismissal/Reinstatement

Any student in academic difficulty is at risk of being dismissed from the university. There is no particular cumulative GPA or number of deficiency points that warrants a dismissal. Decisions to dismiss students are made on a case-by-case basis, after thoughtful review of the academic record. Dismissed students will be notified of their status via e-mail, in a letter from the Assistant Dean for Advising and Academic Services.

Reinstatement Petition Process

After being academically dismissed from the university, students can petition for reinstatement to the university after waiting for a period of at least two semesters. Reinstatement is not guaranteed, and a student’s desire to return is not sufficient support for a petition. Petitioning students need to prove that they are ready to succeed if they are allowed to return to the university. It is advisable to take academic course work at another institution during your time away from Ohio State, to demonstrate that you are capable of succeeding in quality college-level work. See an Arts and Sciences academic advisor to discuss the reinstatement petition process. The advisor can help you start the petition and assist in the selection of courses at another institution that will transfer back to Ohio State and help you earn credit toward your degree.

Deficiency Points

Deficiency points are a measure of how many credit points a student with below a 2.0 GPA needs to earn in order to raise his/her GPA to a 2.0. A student accumulates deficiency points when he or she earns a term GPA below 2.0.

For example, a student who has attempted 15 credit hours and earned 19.8 credit points would have a term GPA of 1.32 with 10.2 deficiency points for the term. The deficiency-point total for that semester is 10.2 because the student needed 30 credit points to attain a 2.0 GPA, and by earning only 19.8, fell short by 10.2.

CourseHrsGrade Credit Points
History 115103D(3 x 1.0)3.0
Sociology 110103C+(3 x 2.3)6.9
English 2367.0103E(3 x 0.0)0.0
History of Art 290103C(3 x 2.0)6.0
Scandinavian 445003D+(3 x 1.3)3.9
Total15  19.8

 

19.8 credit points/15 credit hours = 1.32
30 credit points/15 credit hours = 2.0

30 credit points - 19.8 credit points = 10.2 deficiency points

Removing Deficiency Points

Deficiency points are removed by earning more points than the minimum needed to achieve a semester GPA of 2.00. Using our previous example, consider the following grades as the student's next semester.

This student has attempted 15 hours, earned 39.9 credit points, and would have a quarterly GPA of 2.66. This time the student has earned 9.9 more points than needed to attain a 2.00. Therefore, the student has reduced the deficiency-point total from 10.2 to .03. Since the deficiency-point total has fallen below 15, the student has returned to Academic Warning status from Academic Probation status. The student will not be considered in "Good Academic Standing" until all deficiency points have been removed.

CourseHrsGrade Credit Points
History 115203C+(3 x 2.3)6.9
Spanish 110103B-(3 x 2.7)8.1
Art Education 160003B(3 x 3.0)9.0
Film Studies 227003B+

(3 x 3.3)

9.9
Comparative Studies 4597.0103C(3 x 2.0)6.0
Total15  39.9

 

39.9 credit points/15 credit hours = 2.66
30 credit points/15 credit hours = 2.0

39.9 credit points - 30.0 credit points = 9.9 points above

Grade Forgiveness Rule

Effective autumn semester 2015, under the recently approved Grade Forgiveness Rule, students can petition to complete a second attempt at a course and apply grade forgiveness to the first attempt. The parameters of the Grade Forgiveness Rule are as follows:

  • Students must submit a Grade Forgiveness Rule petition to their academic advisor no later than the fourth Friday of the term in which the student is enrolled in the second attempt of a course.
  • Students seeking to repeat a high-demand course in which they have already earned a passing grade may not receive permission to repeat it until students who truly need to take the course have had a chance to enroll.
  • If approved, the first attempt's grade and credit hours will be removed from the Ohio State cumulative grade-point average (GPA) upon completion of the second attempt. 
  • Students who earn EM or K credit for a course (first attempt) and then choose to take it again at Ohio State (second attempt) may not apply forgiveness to the second attempt by completing a third attempt.
  • Forgiveness only impacts the Ohio State cumulative GPA calculation. All grades remain on the student's transcript.
  • Academic standing is not retroactively reviewed if a first attempt's grade is removed from the GPA calculation due to forgiveness.
  • For students admitted to Ohio State Autumn 2015 and later, a maximum of three courses can be repeated under this policy. Students who were admitted to Ohio State Summer 2015 or earlier should review the information below to determine their eligibility.

If you enrolled at Ohio State prior to Autumn 2015:

You may be eligible for use of either the new Grade Forgiveness Rule or the policy it replaced — the Freshman Forgiveness Rule. Please consult with your academic advisor to discuss the rules and your possible eligibility. Note that the new policy does not permit retroactive application to courses you have repeated Summer 2015 or earlier.

A reminder regarding the parameters of the Freshman Forgiveness Rule, for eligible students:

  • The final grade in the first attempt of the course must be D+, D or E.
  • The first attempt must be completed prior to the student earning his/her 30th college credit hour, excluding credit by examination and including transfer credit earned at another institution.
  • The second attempt must be completed prior to the student earning his/her 60th college credit hour, or by Spring 2016, whichever is earliest.
  • If forgiveness is applied, the first attempt's grade and credit hours are removed from the student's Ohio State cumulative grade-point average (GPA) calculation.
  • Both grades, including those for which "forgiveness" was applied, remain on the transcript.
  • A maximum of 15 hours of forgiveness can be applied.
  • Forgiveness can only be applied to a course once.
  • Forgiveness under this rule can only be applied through Spring 2016.
  • Once requested and approved, application of forgiveness cannot be canceled.

Returning Students: Fresh Start

Returning students who have a cumulative GPA under a 2.0 or who have been dismissed from the university may want to petition to use Fresh Start. This will eliminate any deficiency points that you may have earned previously and will let you restart at Ohio State will a clean cumulative GPA (0.00).

If you have not been enrolled at the university for 5 or more years, you may petition for the Fresh Start Rule. While all courses will remain on your permanent record, only courses in which you received a C- or higher will be counted for credit. Other course work will not be counted for credit, towards any requirement, or toward graduation. You will return to Ohio State with a recalculated cumulative GPA of 0.00. You must complete a minimum of two semesters and 30 semester hours after using the Fresh Start Rule before you are eligible to graduate. Meet with an Arts and Sciences academic advisor for more information.

Keep in mind that if you are considering applying to graduate or professional schools, or even to other colleges at Ohio State, their admissions processes will look at all of your grades and may recalculate the original grade(s) into your total.

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