Grading System

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The quality of coursework at LCCC is indicated by letter grades. Each letter grade carries “credit points” which are used in computing the student’s cumulative grade point average.

A Superior quality – 4.00 credit points per semester hour.
B High quality – 3.00 credit points per semester hour.
C Average – 2.00 credit points per semester hour.
D Below average – 1.00 credit points per semester hour.
F Failing – 0.00 credit points per semester hour.
FAW Failing Administrative Withdrawal due to insufficient pursuit of course completion – (0.00 credit points per semester).
P Proficiency/articulated credit – not computed in average.
S Satisfactory – not computed in average.
U Unsatisfactory – not computed in average.
I Incomplete – not computed in average.
AU Audit/no credit – not computed in average.
X Examination credit – not computed in average.
XP Transfer credit – not computed in average.

Students must declare S/U grade option by the end of the eighth scheduled week of the semester. Students must declare the audit grade option by the end of the second scheduled week of the semester. Written declarations must be completed in Enrollment, Financial, and Career Services division. Incompletes must be arranged prior to the final examination by written contract with the course instructor.

Deadlines for credit courses offered differently than the traditional semester calendar will be calculated proportionately to and consistent with institutional policy.

Grade Point Average Cumulative

A student’s cumulative grade point average is computed at the conclusion of each semester by dividing the total number of credit points earned by the number of credit hours the student has attempted up to that time. The following example will illustrate:

Semester Hours Attempted Grades Received Credit Points
3 A 12.00
5 B 15.00
3 D 3.00
2 F 0.00
13 30.00

30 divided by 13 = 2.31                                                     

Students considered in good standing must maintain a minimum 2.0 grade point average.

Midterm Grades

Midterm grades reflect the students’ progress through the 50 percent point in time of the term. In some cases, they represent about half of the grade in the course. In other cases, much of the coursework is yet to be completed and graded. The intent of the midterm grade is to inform students of their current progress to date in the term in an effort to help them stay enrolled in class and improve their success rate. If students have questions concerning their midterm grade, they should contact their course instructor.

Midterm grades will be reported by the faculty member at the 50 percent point of the term for all courses except for those considered dynamically dated (sessions less than five weeks in length). Students who are not actively pursuing course completion may receive a grade of FAW and may be withdrawn from the course at a 0 percent refund of tuition and fees. Midterm grades will be available to students online through their MyCampus account.

Course instructors have the option of using either the standard grades or satisfactory/unsatisfactory for midterm grades. Standard grades are defined as A, B, C, D, F or FAW. Satisfactory/unsatisfactory grades are defined as S, U or FAW.

Midterm grades are not entered on the student’s permanent record with the exception of grades of W, AU or FAW.

Grade Reports

Grades are available to students online and are recorded on the student’s permanent academic record. Suspected errors must be reported to the Records office within three weeks of the last official day of the semester. Transcripts will be withheld from students with outstanding obligations to the College.

Grade and Course Expectation Appeals

It is the responsibility of faculty to exercise professional judgment in the conduct of courses to which they are assigned, to evaluate the student’s performance, to assure fair and equitable treatment of all students and to strive to communicate requirements and expectations to students in a clear and timely manner. It is the responsibility of students to carry out the requirements and assignments of the course, to recognize that variation in teaching techniques and styles are an integral part of the learning process and to understand that they have an equal share of responsibility for their individual success in the course.

Students who are concerned about unfair treatment have the responsibility to raise the question with the faculty member to obtain clarification of the situation. If the student feels that further review is necessary, she/he may appeal to the academic division dean responsible for the course, who will review all the facts and viewpoints surrounding the matter in an attempt to reach a satisfactory agreement. The dean’s decision may be appealed to the provost/vice president for academic and learner services who will review the matter and render a decision. The review by the provost/VP ALS will include communications with other areas of the College and/ or the president’s office.

At all levels of review, the rights of a student will be given consideration; however, equal recognition will be given to the need for faculty to contribute to a student’s learning and development using a variety of techniques and approaches.

View the Student Grievance Procedure and online form.


A faculty member and a student may agree to enter into a contract whereby a grade of incomplete (I) is reported for a specific course. A contract between the faculty member and student must be negotiated and signed prior to the final examination and the reporting of a grade of I.

Conditions under which an incomplete contract can be formed: The student was unable to complete the course due to circumstances and conditions beyond her/his control and there is a reasonable possibility that the student will be able to complete the course requirements within the contracted time.

Conditions of the contract: The student must meet the conditions of the agreed upon and signed contract.

  1. In such cases the student and faculty will sign a contract stating materials and activities the student must successfully complete and the date by which the student must complete those. 
  2. Faculty member will set the date to complete the course requirements considering the work to be done, her/his professional schedule and the schedule of the student. 
  3. If the student does not complete the course requirements within the contracted time, an F will be recorded for the course in the permanent record of the student.