1. Credit - No Credit
A certain number of courses are offered only on a CR/NC basis while some others are
offered on a CR/NC or letter grade option depending on which the student selects during
the fourth week of the semester. A student earning a CR grade will receive unit credit
toward graduation, but unit credit earned in these courses will not be considered
when calculating grade point average. Designation
of CR/NC or option CR/NC grading is included in the course description. All grades
except W and CR/NC will be considered in determining the grade point average. Grade
point average equals total grade points divided by total units attempted for which
grades have been assigned. While NC and W grades are not used in grade point determination,
a student with an excessive number of withdrawals or NCs will be required to have
special counseling and will be subject to probation or disqualification regulations.
2. I - Incomplete
Incomplete academic work for unforeseeable, emergency, and justifiable reasons that
include circumstances beyond the student's control may result in an "I" symbol being
entered in the student's record. A student receiving an "I" will be provided with
a written record containing the conditions for removal of the "I." This record will
be held for the student in the Records Office through the sixth week of the regular
semester following receipt of the incomplete mark. If the student does not obtain
the record and complete the required work by the end of the sixth week, the "I" will
automatically be removed and a grade depending on incomplete work will be assigned.
Any extension of the time for completion of the required work must be approved by
the division dean. The student should petition
for the extension of time on a form provided by the Admissions
3. IP - In Progress
In progress: the "IP" symbol shall be used only in those courses which extend beyond
the normal end of an academic term. It indicates
that work is "in progress," but that assignment of an evaluative symbol (grade) must
await its completion. The "IP" symbol shall remain on the student's permanent record
in order to satisfy enrollment documentation. The appropriate evaluative symbol (grade)
and unit credit shall be assigned and appear on the student's permanent record for
the term in which the course is completed. The "IP" shall not be used in calculating
grade point averages. If a student enrolled in an "open-entry, open-exit" course is
assigned an "IP" at the end of an attendance period and does not re-enroll in that
course during the subsequent attendance period, the appropriate faculty will assign
an evaluative symbol (grade A through F, CR, NC) to be recorded on the student's permanent
record for the course.
4. W - Withdrawal
To withdraw from a class or classes the student should make an official withdrawal
in the Admissions Office. Withdrawal from a class or classes shall be authorized through
the last day of the twelfth week of instruction. If a student remains in class beyond
the twelfth week, a grade or an "I" (Incomplete) shall be assigned. A student who
must withdraw after the twelfth week in extenuating circumstances may petition for
assignment of a "W" grade. Extenuating circumstances are verified cases of accidents,
illnesses or other circumstances beyond the control of the student. No notation ("W"
or other) shall be made on the academic record of the student who withdraws prior
to the close of the second week of a full semester course, or soonoer for a course
lasting less than sixteen weeks. Any withdrawal occurring after the close of the second week
through the last day of the twelfth week of the semester for a sixteen week course
shall be recorded as a "W" on the student's records. The "W" shall not be used in
calculating grade point averages, but excessive "Ws" shall be used as factors in probation
and dismissal procedures.
5. Definition of an Academic Week
For purposes of this policy, a week of a semester is defined as one having at least
three days of campus-wide instruction, as scheduled in the El Camino College calendar.
Grade Change Procedure
A student who has been assigned an incorrect grade in error may file a petition in
the Records Office requesting a review of the grade record by the institution. The
student may have up to 18 months from the end of the course to petition such grade
change. The student who, under previous grading procedures, received a failing grade
because of being dropped from a class for nonattendance, may petition for a grade
change to a "W" if the student was passing at the time of the non-attendance drop.
The instructor of the course shall determine the grade to be awarded to each student.
The instructor's determination of grades is final except in cases of mistake, fraud,
bad faith, or incompetence. A petition to change an earned grade of CR to a letter
grade in those courses which provide the option may be approved upon appropriate examination
by the instructor and concurrence of the division dean.
For further information on Academic Probation and Course Repetition Policy and Procedures
- Visit the College Catalog.