Grades and Academic Records
Students shall be evaluated by their instructors solely on the basis of their academic performance, not on their opinions or conduct in matters unrelated to academic standards.
The College employs an A, B, C, D, F grading system. Faculty may append a plus or minus to all grades A through D, with the exception that there is no grade of A+. The grade of A is awarded for work of outstanding quality. The grade of B indicates good work, C satisfactory work, D marginal work, and F failure. A department may require a minimum grade in courses prerequisite to more advanced work.
Students may choose the option of receiving a notation of CR (Credit) to indicate a grade of C– or better in any course they take. Under this option, grades of D (no plus or minus), F, W, and WF are recorded on the transcript as usual. Application for this option, or for changing back to regular letter grades, must be made before the last day of the ninth week of classes in a 15-week course or the deadline for withdrawing from classes with an automatic W for other types of courses. Approval of the student’s advisor is required. No more than eight credits with grades of CR based on this policy may appear on a student’s transcript at any one time. Students may choose to change a grade of CR on their transcript back to a regular letter grade at any time before the final degree audit for graduation by submitting the appropriate form; under no circumstances may letter grades be subsequently changed to CR grades.
Grade Point Averages
The grade point average (GPA) attained for each semester of a student’s work, as well as the student’s cumulative grade point average, is recorded on the student’s official academic record at the end of each semester. It is weighted according to course credit. Grade point averages are computed on the following basis:A ……… 4.00
B+ ……. 3.33
B ……… 3.00B– ……. 2.67
C ……… 2.00
C– ……. 1.67D+……..1.33
Grades of CR, I, X, MW, W, and RS will not be included. A grade of WF is computed as a failing grade (0.00). The Lake Forest GPA includes grades earned in Lake Forest College courses and for all Lake Forest off-campus programs led by Lake Forest faculty.
Instructors may record a grade of I (Incomplete) for a student who is prevented by illness or other reason beyond the control of the student from completing the requirements of a course. The student must complete the appropriate assignments and deliver them to the instructor no later than the end of the first week of classes of Spring semester if the incomplete was received at the end of the Fall semester, and no later than one calendar week after the close of the Spring semester final exams if the incomplete was received at the end of that semester.
Instructors are required to submit the revised grade to the Registrar within three days after the expiration of the incomplete. Extensions of the deadlines are possible only with special permission from the Dean of Students. If the Registrar does not receive a revised grade by the appropriate deadline, a grade of F will be recorded in place of the I. This policy applies only to undergraduate work.
Grades of X
A grade of X may be assigned at the initiative of an instructor when a student who has been doing at least passing work in a course unexpectedly fails a final assignment. With the instructor’s authorization, the student has the same amount of time to redo the assignment, or its equivalent, as is available for an incomplete, but in no case may the final revised grade be higher than a D+.
Grades of PR
A grade of PR (Progress) is used at the end of the first term of a two-term senior thesis or other independent study project if the student is making satisfactory progress. A final letter grade for both semesters will be entered when the project is completed at the end of the next term. Satisfactory progress is defined as a minimum of a C– grade for the work thus far completed. Accordingly, if a student receives a final grade of D or F in the thesis or other project, the PR grade as replaced cannot be lower than a C–. This policy applies only to undergraduate work.
Grades of RS
The RS grade, introduced in the fall of 1997, indicates that the requirements have been satisfied in a course without credit.
Any course taken at Lake Forest College, except a First-Year Studies course, in which a student received a grade of C– or lower may be repeated once with replacement of the earlier grade, as long as the repeated course has the same course number as the course whose grade it replaces, and is not repeatable for credit under its catalog description (as are certain topics courses, etc.). This replacement is for the purposes of calculating GPA only: all grades received appear on the Lake Forest College transcript. This policy includes courses from which a student has withdrawn with a WF.
A student may only take one First-Year Studies course during her or his time at Lake Forest College. A course may be repeated with replacement of the earlier grade only once. After that, the grades in any further repetition of the course will stand and be counted into the student’s GPA along with the grade for the second time he or she took the course.
Over the course of his or her Lake Forest College career, a student may repeat no more than two courses for replacement of a grade. Should a student repeat more than two courses over her or his time at the College, the grades earned for the first two of these repeated courses will replace the grades of the previously taken courses of the same number; the grades for any courses beyond that will be included in the student’s GPA like any other course.
Students who wish to acquaint themselves with a subject without receiving credit may audit a course with the permission of the instructor. Auditors are not subject to the requirements of the course, but they are expected to participate seriously. There is no audit fee for full-time students; part-time students are charged a minimum amount per course. Examination for course credit is not permitted in an audited course.
Semester Grades and Academic Early Alerts
Final grades are posted on My.Lakeforest. Academic Early Alerts for all students, in courses where the student’s performance is at that point a cause for concern, will be submitted on My.Lakeforest by the first day of the fifth week of both Fall and Spring semesters. After this deadline, students and their advisors will get emails prompting them to check the Academic Early Alert Information box on their My.Lakeforest pages.
The following students who receive Academic Early Alerts must submit a plan of action to the Assistant Dean of Faculty for Learning Support:
- First-year students (unless they have already earned more than 6.0 credits) or students in their second year who are still at first-year class standing.
- First-semester transfer students
- Students on Academic Probation
These students must respond within one week after the notice is sent, indicating the changes the student will make to improve her or his course performance. Copies of this plan will be sent to the student’s advisor.