The University of Washington's academic policies are explained in the current UW Tacoma Catalog. Included below are some of the most important items.
Grade Point Average (GPA)
UW's GPA is based solely on courses with decimal grades taken in residence at all campuses of the University of Washington, including those with a DL (Distance Leaning) suffix taken through the UW Educational Outreach.
Grade Requirements/Academic Probation and Dismissal
BSN students must have a minimum grade of 2.0 in all required courses and electives. Students must also achieve a 2.0 grade in any repeated course (see BSN policy on repeating courses). To graduate from UW Tacoma with a baccalaureate degree, a cumulative 2.0 GPA is required. To remain in good academic standing, a 2.0 GPA is required. If a student fails to get a 2.0 GPA in the first quarter of study, an academic warning is issued. Failure to raise the GPA above 2.0 in the next quarter results in being placed on academic probation and being given an additional quarter to either raise the GPA to 2.0 or get a quarterly GPA of 2.5 until the cumulative GPA reaches 2.0. Failure to do this results in dismissal for low scholarship. If a continuing student's cumulative GPA drops below 2.0, no warning will be issued. The student will be placed on academic probation and given one quarter to either raise the GPA to 2.0 or get a quarterly GPA of 2.5 until the cumulative GPA reaches 2.0. Failure to do this results in dismissal for low scholarship.
Most courses use decimal grades (numerical grades with a range from 4.0 for an "A" to 0.0 for failing). Other grades that may appear on transcripts are:
S/NS: Satisfactory/Not Satisfactory
- Required BSN courses and 10 credits of upper-division electives cannot be taken S/NS. Only students taking additional coursework should opt for this grading option. A grade of 2.0 or higher must be recorded by the instructor for the grade of "S" to be awarded.
C/NC: Credit/No Credit
- Some courses are offered credit/no credit; all students in the course will receive a "CR" or a "NC." (The exception to this rule is in independent study, which allows a student to choose between graded or CR/NC.) To receive a "CR," a student has to earn a passing grade (2.0).
- This grade will appear if a student has made arrangements with the instructor to complete the course work over the following quarter. A student must be in good standing at the time of the request. An "I" grade will convert to a "0.0" if the student does not complete the work and the instructor does not submit a grade by the end of the next quarter (summer quarter does not count), or the student does not request and receive an extension. See an advisor, a faculty member, or the catalog for details.
X: No grade submitted
- The "X" grade serves as a placeholder in the computer system and will appear if no grade is submitted by the instructor. It will change as soon as the grade is submitted.
A warning notice will be given to a learner who is in danger of failing or who has less than a 2.0 grade at mid-quarter. The purpose of the notice is to notify the learner of the difficulty in ample time so that the situation can be rectified. Learners will be asked to sign the warning notice, indicating that it has been read; learners may note on the form the extent to which they agree or disagree. Warning forms are placed in the student's file, but are removed upon graduation.
BSN students must demonstrate satisfactory progress in the program to graduate. They must maintain an overall cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 2.0 and earn a minimum of 2.0 in all nursing, nursing related, and required program courses.
A BSN student may repeat a course once. Both the original grade and the second grade will be computed in the grade-point average but credit will be allowed only once. [See UW Tacoma campus policy.] Furthermore, a BSN student who fails two (2) required courses will not be allowed to continue in the BSN Program as this indicates unsatisfactory progress. A student may petition to continue in the program. The petition will be reviewed by the BSN committee. The student will be informed of the committee's decision. Approved by the BSN Committee on Nov. 26, 2013.
Grade Appeal Process
A student who believes he or she has been improperly graded first discusses the matter with the instructor before the end of the following academic quarter. If the student is not satisfied with the instructor’s explanation, the student may submit a written appeal to the director or the dean of the program that offered the course, with a copy of the appeal also to the instructor. This must be done no later than 10 class days after his or her discussion with the instructor.
The director consults with the instructor to ensure that the evaluation of the student’s performance has not been arbitrary or capricious. Should the director believe the instructor’s conduct to be arbitrary or capricious and the instructor declines to revise the grade, the director, with the approval of the voting members of his or her faculty, shall appoint an appropriate member, or members, of the faculty of that program to evaluate the performance of the student and assign a grade. The UW Tacoma Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs and the University of Washington Provost should be informed of this action.
Once a student submits a written appeal, this document and all subsequent actions on this appeal are recorded in written form for deposit in the student’s file.