Grading Policies

GRADING SCALE AND GPA

The grading scale at the UNT Dallas College of Law consists of the following letter grades, along with the numerical equivalent used for calculating grade point average (GPA).

A+ 4.30
A 4.00
A- 3.70
B+ 3.30
B 3.00
B- 2.70
C+ 2.30
C 2.00
C- 1.70
D 1.00
F 0.00

The lowest passing grade is a D. 

In addition, the College of Law uses the following grades:

HP High pass
P Passing grade in a class graded on a pass/fail basis
W Drop or withdrawal without penalty
WF  Drop or withdrawal with a failing grade
Incomplete
IP In Progress. For multi-term courses or a series of courses in which the final grade will not be given until the completion of the multiple terms or series; the final grade when assigned at the end of the series will be applied to all courses within the series.
Credit/
No Credit
A grade of "no credit" will not be calculated within the grade point average; however, if a student receives a grade of no credit, he or she does not earn the credit for that course and, if the course is required, the student must repeat the course. The faculty may authorize a course to be graded on the basis of credit/no credit when, in the faculty's judgment, this method of grading is appropriate given the nature and purpose of the course.

Grade point average is calculated by dividing the total number of grade points by the total number of semester hours attempted. The grade point average is rounded to the third decimal. The number of semester hours attempted includes all courses with grades from A through F, and WF.  

In general, letter grades will correspond to the following levels of achievement: A=Exemplary; B=Good; C=Fair; D=Poor; F=Failure. Because the grading scale includes “plus” and “minus” for A, B, and C, the use of plus or minus corresponds to a level of achievement deemed plus or minus the level just noted.

The College of Law has several non-credit-bearing requirements; specifically, the Community Engagement Requirement; the Mentorship Requirement; and the Practice-Related Technology Requirement. The faculty member or members responsible for overseeing these requirements will indicate whether a student has completed a requirement in a given semester, in a given year, or in its entirety, as applicable. The Office of the Registrar, through its processes and degree audit, will maintain ongoing tracking of student progress towards completing these requirements. If a student has not completed work or activities for the requirement at the end of a semester in which such work or activities must be completed, a hold will be placed on the student’s registration for the next semester.

GRADING PRINCIPLES AT THE COLLEGE OF LAW

The faculty of the UNT Dallas College of Law has adopted grading policies. In adopting these policies, the faculty has taken into consideration extensive literature relating to assessment and grading (in higher education generally as well as in law school), and input from experts in assessment. Further, in adopting these policies, the faculty has taken into account the College of Law’s core educational design principles (including program-level learning outcomes based on competencies; course learning outcomes mapped to program outcomes; and use of multiple formative and summative assessments tied to course outcomes and program outcomes). 

GRADING POLICIES

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