Grading and Other Related Policies
Excerpt from the Catalog
System of Evaluation
For every course offered at Jose Maria Vargas University, the professor is to provide to the students at the beginning of the course a course syllabus that contains the following written information: (i) the method of evaluation and (ii) course requirements and value towards the final grade.
The following chart sets forth the grading system utilized by the University:
Grades “A” through “C-” are considered passing grades. Grades "W" and "I" indicate that no grades were earned for the course. A "W" grade indicates that the student withdrew from the course. An "I" grade indicates that the student was passing the course, but failed to complete all the required course work. The instructor, in his/her discretion may grant an "I" grade instead of an "F", pending completion of the course work by the student within a specified time arranged by the instructor and told to the student. It is the student's responsibility to follow-up with the instructor to complete the course work. If the course work is not completed by the arranged time, the “I” grade becomes an “F".
For students receiving transfer credit from other institutions, a grade of “T” will appear on their transcript. Courses for which a “T” is given will not be used in computing the student’s grade point average.
A student's grade point average ("GPA") is computed by dividing the sum of all grade points earned at the University by the total number of credits in all courses for which grades “A” through “F” were received. Courses in which a “W” or “I” or “T” or “P” grade was received will not be used in computing a student's GPA.
Students are expected to attend all scheduled University classes for the courses that they are registered for and to achieve the goals set forth by each class instructor. Attendance is taken daily. Enrolled students are permitted no more than 2 “unexcused” absences in one semester. Students missing 3-5 classes over the course of the semester will receive a one-letter grade deduction from their final course grade; missing more than 6 classes will result in failure of the course regardless of grade average. It is the student's responsibility to arrange to make up work missed because of an absence. The student must arrange make-up.
Make-Up Work Policy
Students who are unable to complete required work by the end of a term may be granted an Incomplete (I) grade with the instructor’s approval. This make-up work policy is granted on a case-by-case basis. Arrangements must be completed within a stated time frame from the end of the course. Failure to make sure arrangements, without administrative approval, will result in a failing grade. Make-up work may be submitted in cases when an Incomplete “I” grade is granted; which is a temporary grade that may be given at the instructor’s discretion to a student when illness, or necessary absence. Students will have two weeks from the term’s end date to complete course work. Otherwise, the grade will convert to an F.
Student Tardiness Policy
A student is considered tardy if the student comes to class 5 minutes late. A student can be tardy up to 15 minutes after class has started. After 15 minutes the student will be considered absent. A student is considered to have left the class early if the student leaves before the end of class time. With three tardies or having left the class early three times, the student accumulates one full absence. If the student leaves early and misses half of the class period, it is considered a full absence. When a student has more than 6 tardies or has left class early 6 times, the instructor will contact the JMVU Director of Student Development to request an intervention session with the student. The goal of the interve