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On behalf of the Educational Policy Committee, Professor Janet Staiger (radio-television-film) has submitted the following proposed changes to the grades policy in the General Information Catalog (GIC).

The Educational Policy Committee approved the changes on February 1, 2012. The Faculty Council has the authority to approve this legislation on behalf of the General Faculty. The authority to grant final approval resides with UT System.

The secretary has classified this proposal as legislation of general interest to more than one college or school and is being put forward to the Faculty Council on a no-protest basis. If no objection is filed with the Office of the General Faculty by the date specified below, the legislation will be held to have been approved by the Faculty Council. If an objection is filed within the prescribed period, the legislation will be presented to the Faculty Council at its March 19 meeting. The objection, with reasons, must be signed by a member of the Faculty Council. To be counted, a protest must be received in the Office of the General Faculty by February 17, 2012.
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Sue Alexander Greninger, Secretary
General Faculty and Faculty Council

Distributed through the Faculty Council website on February 6, 2012.




pages 80- 81 2011-2012 GIC

Letter grades are used to record the instructor’s evaluation of students’ performance in a course. The following grades are used: A, A-, B+, B, B-, C+, C, C-, D+, D, D-, and F.

To receive credit for a course, an undergraduate student must earn a grade of at least D-. To include a course in the Program of Work for a graduate degree, a graduate student must earn a grade of at least C. More information about the Program of Work is given in the graduate catalog.

Grades are given by semester; however, in a course extending through two or three semesters, credit is not counted toward the degree until all semesters have been completed.

Members of the faculty are not authorized, without the academic dean’s approval, to withhold a final grade or to defer reporting a final grade at the end of the semester other than by the use of the symbol X, described below. If a grade is withheld without the dean’s approval, the grade may not be added to the official records later without the written approval of the academic dean.

After a grade has been reported to the registrar, it may not be changed unless an error was made by the instructor. A college or school may approve an appeal for change of final grade for a semester prior to the previous long semester, but only for the most compelling nonacademic reasons. If approved, the appeal must be signed by the dean of the college/school. For graduate students, this is the graduate dean or the associate dean for student services.

Rationale: In the course of the work of the Revision of Student Records Committee1 (RSRC) it was discovered that our policy on Grades should be adjusted to better support current institutional practices and to tighten our administration of academic records.

1Committee appointed by Provost Leslie and Vice President Gonzalez.