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Grading System

The quality of performance in any academic course is reported by a letter grade, the assignment of which is the responsibility of the instructor. All official grades are posted online in the Student Information System at the end of the semester. Directions for viewing grades are posted on the RCC website. No grade reports are sent through the mail to the student.

The grades of A, B, C, D, P, and S are passing grades. Grades of F and U are failing grades. R and I are interim grades. Grades of W and X are final grades carrying no credit.

Grades are assigned quality points as follows:

  • A- Excellent 4 grade points per credit
  • B- Good 3 grade points per credit
  • C- Average 2 grade points per credit
  • D- Poor 1 grade point per credit
  • F- Failure 0 grade point per credit
  • I- Incomplete No grade point credit

The “I” grade is used for verifiable unavoidable reasons that the student is unable to complete a course within the normal course time. To be eligible to receive an “I” grade, the student must (1) have satisfactorily completed more than 50% of the course requirements and (2) must request the instructor to assign the “I” grade and indicate why it is warranted. The instructor has the discretion to decide whether the “I” grade will be awarded. Since the “incomplete” extends enrollment in the course, requirements for satisfactory completion will be established through student/instructor consultation and the instructor will determine the date by which the work must be completed within the following semester/term. In cases where a student fails to complete course assignments by the date agreed upon, the “I” will change to the grade reflecting the work completed. The student will be provided a copy of the documentation from the instructor.


No grade point credit; applies only to non-developmental studies courses. Only seven credit hours of “P” grades may be applied toward graduation. 

R- Re-enroll

No grade point credit; the “R” grade is used in developmental courses only, to indicate satisfactory progress toward meeting course objectives. In order to complete course objectives, students receiving an “R” grade must re-enroll in the course and pay the normal tuition and fees.

S- Satisfactory

No grade point credit; used only for satisfactory completion of developmental studies courses.

U- Unsatisfactory

No grade point credit; applies only to developmental studies courses.

W- Withdrawal

No grade point credit; A grade of “W” is awarded to students who withdraw or are withdrawn from a course after the add/drop period but prior to the completion of 60 percent of the session. After that time students not completing the course will receive a grade of “F” except under mitigating circumstances, which must be documented. A copy of the documentation must be placed in the student’s academic file.

X- Audit

No credit. Students desiring to attend a course without taking the examination or receiving credit for the course may do so by registering to audit through the regular registration process and paying the normal tuition and fees. Students wishing to change from credit to audit or audit to credit must do so by the last day of the add/drop period for the course. Permission from the course instructor and campus dean or another appropriate administrator is required to audit a course.

This page was reviewed on June 11, 2013, updated on May 19, 2013. If you are looking for previous catalog information, please reference the 2008-2010 Catalog, 2010-2012 Catalog, or 2013-2014 Catalog.

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