Grades are a means of communicating student achievement within courses of instruction. College grades are defined as follows:
|A||Excellent||4 grade points per unit|
|B||Good||3 grade points per unit|
|C||Satisfactory||2 grade points per unit|
|D||Less than satisfactory||1 grade point per unit|
|F||Failing||0 grade points per unit attempted with no units earned. May negatively affect progress|
|P||Pass||0 grade points/units earned and no units attempted.|
|NP||No Pass||0 grade points/no units earned and no units attempted. May negatively affect progress.|
|SP||Satisfactory Progress||0 grade points/units earned and no units attempted.|
|I||Incomplete||0 grade points/no units earned and no units attempted. May negatively affect progress.|
*There are specific programs that use a different grading policy, such as Cosmetology. Please see the Cosmetology program page for the Cosmetology grading policy.
Pass/No Pass Grades
(Unit limitations may exist at transfer institutions.)
In accordance with the Education Code and the Administrative Code, San Jose City College has established a grading policy which adds the “P” (pass) and “NP” (no pass) grades to the standard letter grades (A,B,C,D,F) used in colleges and universities. Courses in which a “P” (pass) grade is earned will apply toward the 60 units required for graduation but will not affect the student’s grade point average. A course in which a “NP” (no pass) grade is earned will not apply toward graduation and will not affect the student’s grade point average. An excessive number of “NP” (no pass) grades will affect the student’s academic progress ration, resulting in a low figure.
Offering courses for pass/no pass grades provides the opportunity for students to explore areas outside their current field of interest without undue concern for their grade point average. Students are expected to complete the course and comply with College attendance requirements and other expectations.
Satisfactory Progress Grades
Satisfactory Progress towards completion of the course (Used for noncredit courses only and is not replaced by any other symbol.)
San José City College Offers
- Some courses solely for a pass/no pass (P or NP) grade
- Some courses solely for a standard letter grade
- Some courses in which the student may choose to complete the course for either a pass/no pass grade OR for a standard letter grade.
Courses which may be taken for an optional pass/no pass grade are identified in the class schedule each semester by a plus sign (+) in the credit column. Students must submit a Pass/No Pass Option form to the Admissions and Records Office to declare their intention to receive a letter a pass/no pass grade by the end of the fifth week of semester length courses, or before the end of 30% of the class, whichever is less. The instructor shall report a final grade of “P” (pass) or “NP” (no pass) for students who so petition. The student’s decision to opt for pass/no pass grade may not be reversed by either the student or the instructor at a later date.
The “P” (pass) grade will be given to indicate completion of a course with “C” or better work. A student may repeat a course in which a grade of “NP” (no pass) is earned.
Board Policy 4231
The District Chancellor shall implement procedures to assure the accuracy and integrity of all grades awarded by faculty. The procedures shall include, but not necessarily be limited to, the following:
- Assurance that in the absence of mistake, bad faith, fraud or incompetence, the grades awarded by faculty shall be final.
- Procedures for students to challenge the correctness of a grade.
- The installation of security measures to protect grade records and grade storage systems from unauthorized access.
- Limitations on access to grade records and grade storage systems.
- Discipline for students or staff who are found to have gained access to grade records without proper authorization or to have changed grades without proper authorization.
- Notice to students, faculty, transfer institutions, accreditation agencies, and law enforcement agencies if unauthorized access to grade records and grade storage systems is discovered to have occurred.
Also see BP 3310 titled Records Retention and Destruction, AP 4231 titled Grade Changes, and BP/AP 5040 titled Student Records.
Administrative Symbol “W” Withdrawal
- No notation (“W” or other) shall be made on the permanent record of the student who withdraws from a course or the College by the census day, of a term (the Monday nearest to the 20% point of the semester.
- Withdrawal between the census day and the 14th week or 75% of the term of instruction shall be recorded as a “W” on the student’s permanent record.
- The permanent record of a student who remains in class beyond the above time limit will show a letter grade other than a “W” grade, unless there are extenuating circumstances. Extenuating circumstances are defined as verifiable cases of accident, illness, or other circumstances beyond the control of the student.
- “W” shall not be used in calculating grade point average, but excessive “W”s shall be used in calculation of “Progress Probation and Dismissal.”
Administrative Symbol “EW" Excused Withdrawal
The purpose of the "EW" non-evaluative symbol is to permit a student to withdraw from a course for reasons beyond their control. Excused Withdraw shall not be counted in progress probation or dismissal calculations nor shall it be counted towards the permitted number of withdrawals or counted as an enrollment attempt.
Administrative Symbol "MW" Military Withdrawal
The "MW" symbol may be used to denote military withdrawal.
Administrative Symbol “IP” In Progress
The administrative symbol “IP” is established to indicate course- work “in progress.” The symbol “IP” is not a grade; therefore, it has no value in calculating unit credit or grade point average. The required coursework to remove the “IP” must be completed by the end of the term following the date the “IP” was granted. If a student is assigned an “IP” at the end of a term and does not complete that course during the subsequent term, the appropriate faculty member will assign an evaluative symbol (grade) to be recorded on the student’s permanent record.
Administrative Symbol “RD” Report Delayed
Only the Director of Admissions and Records can assign the administrative symbol “RD”. It is to be used when there is a delay in reporting a grade due to extenuating circumstances. It is a temporary notation to be replaced by a permanent grade/symbol, as soon as possible. “RD” shall not be used in calculating grade point averages.
Administrative Symbol “I” Incomplete
Incomplete academic work for unforeseeable emergency and justifiable reasons at the end of the term may result in an “I” symbol being entered by the instructor on the student’s permanent record. Based on a written agreement between the instructor and student, a student may complete the course work by no later than one year following the end of the term to receive an appropriate letter grade. If the student does not complete the course work before this deadline, the right of the student to make up the work is forfeited and the “I” will be replaced with the alternate letter grade assigned by the instructor at the time the incomplete was assigned.
A “Conditions for Removal of an Incomplete” form will contain the following documentation and shall be maintained by Admissions and Records.
- The condition(s) stated by the instructor for removal of the “I”;
- The letter grade to be assigned if the work has not been completed within the designated time limit;
- The signature of the student.
After a student has completed the required course work, the instructor will submit a Grade Change Form. The “I” symbol shall not be used in calculating units attempted or for grade points.
Academic Grade Point Average
The Academic Grade Point Average (GPA) is an index of the quality of a student’s work. To enable the calculation of the GPA, eligibility for honors and recognition, and other scholastic status, letter grades are converted to numerical form using the grade value as previously defined. Grades earned in non-degree applicable courses will not be used when calculating a student’s degree applicable grade point average. All developmental courses are only graded on a “P” (pass) and “NP” (no pass) basis; neither of these grades is considered in computing GPA. The GPA is calculated by dividing total grade points by total units attempted. Points are determined as follows:
A = 4 points per unit
B = 3 points per unit
C = 2 points per unit
D = 1 points per unit
F = 0 points per unit
|Course Taken||Units Attempted||Grade Received||Grade Points||Total Grade Points|
|34 Divided by 14 = 2.43 GPA|
Spring 2020 Grading Options
In recognition of the substantial disruption caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, which necessitated a move to fully online instruction for the remainder of the Spring 2020 semester, San Jose City College has adopted the following grading options and policies. These options take full advantage of guidelines and expectations from the California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office, including the charge to protect students from negative impacts to their success and progression:
CCCCO Executive Order 2020-01 – Provisions for Excused Withdrawal (EW)
CCCCO Executive Order 2020-02 – Provisions for Pass / No Pass Grading (P/NP)
CCCCO Memorandum FS 20-02 – Clarification on Apportionments, Withdrawals & Fee Refunds
CCCCO Memorandum ES 20-10 – Guidance on Grading Policies and Term Extension
Students who complete at least 6 units of work each semester with grades yielding a semester GPA of 3.50 or better are recognized for academic distinction by a notation on the semester grade report and transcript. Optional “P” (pass) and “NP” (no pass) grades will exclude a student from any scholastic honors. Mandatory “P” grades will not exclude a student as long as the student has earned at least 6 units of grades “A”, “B”, “C”, or “D” within the semester.
Students must earn between a 3.5 and a 3.99 grade point average.
Students must earn a 4.0 grade point average.
Honors at Graduation
Graduation with Honors is granted to graduating students who earn an overall grade point average of between 3.5 and 4.0 in all units attempted from all accredited post-secondary institutions. To be eligible for Honors at graduation, students must have converted all optional "P/NP" grades to the earned letter grade.
Catalog Rights for Degree or Certificate Consideration
Students who maintain continuous enrollment, meaning they attended at least one semester or summer session during the academic year, may choose to graduate under the catalog in effect at the time they first enrolled at San Jose City College or any catalog up to the time of graduation. Students who are considered returning students, meaning those who did not attend for one year or more before returning to San Jose City College, must follow the catalog requirement in effect at the time or re-enrollment. For the purpose of catalog rights, the academic year begins each fall and ends with the subsequent summer session.
Continuous Enrollment is important in deciding which catalog a student may select to determine degree or certificate requirements. A continuously enrolled student is defined as one who attended San Jose City College at least one semester or summer session during the academic year. Any notation mark (“W”, “IP”, “NP”, “AL” etc.) in a semester qualifies as an attended semester.
A discontinued degree is one that was once offered by San Jose City College but which is no longer offered. To be considered for an Associate Degree in a discontinued program, the student who has maintained continuous enrollment may petition for the Associate Degree within seven years of the time that a program is discontinued.
CERTIFICATES NOT POSTED ON OFFICIAL SAN JOSE CITY COLLEGE TRANSCRIPTS OR OFFICIAL RECORDS:
Per Title 5 regulations certificates of achievement are noted on the student’s transcript. However, Certificates of completion, proficiency, specialization, skills, and career are not reflected on the student’s San Jose City College transcript or official records.
Academic Probation and Dismissal
A student who has attempted at least 12 semester units of college courses and has a cumulative grade point average of less than 2.0 will be placed on Academic Probation I.
A student on Academic Probation I who does not raise his/ her cumulative grade point average to 2.0 or higher in the following semester will be placed on Academic Probation II.
Veterans lose certification for Veterans Benefits after two semesters of academic probation; refer to Veterans Office in the Student Center.
A student on Academic Probation II who does not raise his/ her cumulative grade point average to 2.0 or higher in the following semester of attendance will be dismissed. The first time a student is dismissed, he or she may apply for readmission (see section on readmission after dismissal).
Removal of Poor Academic Status
Once a student on academic probation raises his or her cumulative grade point average to a 2.0 or higher, s/he will be taken off Academic Probation status and will become a “student in good standing”.
Progress Probation and Dismissal
Progress Probation is determined by the percentage of cumulative units with grades of “W”, “NP”, and “I” (Poor Progress grades). A student who has attempted 12 cumulative semester units of college coursework will be placed on Progress Probation I if 50% or more of the cumulative units attempted do resulted in Poor Progress grades.
A student on Progress Probation I who does not reduce his/her percentage of cumulative poor progress units to below 50% will be placed on Progress Probation II.
If a student on Progress Probation II continues to have 50% or more of his/her cumulative units made up of Poor Progress grades in the following semester, s/he will be dismissed. The first time a student is dismissed, he or she may apply for readmission (see section on readmission after dismissal).
Removal of Poor Progress Status
In order to reverse poor progress status and become a student in good standing, a student must reduce the cumulative units of “W”, “N”, or “I” grades to less than 50% of his/her total units attempted.
Readmission after Dismissal
A student must petition for readmission following dismissal. The petition must contain
- an explanation of the situation which resulted in dismissal,
- a plan for future success, and
- a proposed list of classes for the coming semester. The student has the burden to clearly justify readmission
Students who are dismissed must have their Petitions for Readmission evaluated by a counselor. The counselor reviews the petition and recommends changes in the plan for success or the list of classes. The counselor may also require that a semester or more intervene before readmission.
- Approved petitions are valid for one semester only.
- Petitions for Readmission are available in the Counseling Office.
- Students who are readmitted will continue to be on dismissal status if their performance does not meet minimum academic standards as outlined in the previous section.
Credit by Examination
The San José-Evergreen Community College District supports the general proposition that the full value of classroom learning experience cannot be measured by any examination. Students who have achieved equivalent knowledge, understanding, and experience to that required by regular college courses may receive units of credit based on successful completion of a comprehensive course examination approved by the College and discipline faculty. Students may apply for Credit by Examination for any course that appears on the current list approved for credit by examination.
Any student applying for Credit by Examination will be expected to have had extensive experiences which have prepared them in the subject matter and for which they can provide acceptable evidence of those experiences at the time of application. The student must be registered at the College and in good academic standing.
II. Application and Administration
A student may apply for Credit by Examination through the petition process for approved courses listed in the Catalog. The petition must be approved by the appropriate discipline faculty and by the Division Dean. Applicable fees/and or tuition must be paid at the Office of Admissions and Records. Arrangements for completing the examination and the actual administration will be made between the student and the instructor after the petition is approved. The examination itself may take a variety of forms, including written, oral, demonstration or a combination of methods.
III. Awarding of Credit
Upon completion of the examination, the administering instructor will verify the course and number of units to be received and will assign an appropriate grade. Students shall be offered a pass/no pass option if that option is normally available for the course. The student must achieve a grade of “C” or better to be awarded credit.
Credit by Examination coursework may not be counted as part of the 12-unit residency requirement necessary for graduation from the College. The amount of credit which may be earned and counted toward graduation at the College is limited to 12 semester units. No credit will be entered on the student’s permanent record until the student has completed 12 other units of study at SJCC. The course cannot duplicate any high school diploma requirements or college course which college credit is granted upon admission to SJCC. Students may not challenge a course that was previously challenged, nor may they subsequently take a course for which credit by examination was granted.
Also see AP 4235 titled Credit by Examination.
Advanced Placement Examinations
San José City College grants academic credit for successful completion of examinations of the Advanced Placement (AP) Program, International Baccalaureate (IB) and College Level Examination Program (CLEP). Credit awarded based on minimum passing scores may be applied differently for the AA/AS degree and for transfer; therefore, students are advised to consult with a counselor for information on how their scores will be applied based on their educational goals. Students may not receive duplicate credit for AP exams and the equivalent courses taken at the college.
The charts on pages 64-67 displays how credit is awarded for the following:
- San José City College AA/AS degree – units and GE equivalency
- CSU General Education Breadth pattern and units toward CSU transfer admission
- IGETC (Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum) – GE pattern for CSU and/or UC
In order to receive academic credit toward the AA/AS degree and/or CSU GE Breadth/IGETC certification for exams, students must submit the official score reports to the Admissions and Records Office.
Also see AP 4236 titled Advanced Placement Credit.