uses the grading symbols listed below. The grades A, B, C, and D may include
pluses (+) and minuses (-).
||Satisfactory (credit only, no grade points)
||Unsatisfactory (no credit, no grade points
||In process / Re-register
in credit classes may obtain grade information approximately eight (8)
days after the end of each quarter. Students may access grades at a campus
student information Kiosk, or through the Clark College web site, www.clark.edu.
Grade points are calculated by multiplying the number of credit hours
for each course by the decimal grade appropriate for the grade earned.
The quarterly GPA is computed by adding the total number of grade points
for the quarter and dividing by the total number of credits attempted
in courses that received a letter grade.
||Total Grade Points
22.5 by 8 computes to a grade point average of 2.81
The student's cumulative grade point average may be obtained by adding the
total number of grade points for all quarters and dividing by the total
number of credits attempted in the courses that received a letter grade.
An incomplete grade indicates that the student performed
at a passing level, completed most of the course requirements,
and intends to make up the missing work.
Incomplete grades may be assigned at the discretion of the
instructor if the student is unable to complete the work
because of illness or other circumstances beyond the student's
control. When assigning an incomplete grade, the
instructor must provide a date for which the work must be
completed, and the grade that will be entered on the student's
transcript if the work is not finished on time. The
incomplete grade remains on the student's transcript until
the specified date or until the student completes the
required work and the instructor submits an amended
grade to the Registration Office.
Students enrolled in variable credit or continuous enrollment
courses may be given a "Y" grade if their effort is not sufficient
to grant one (1) credit. Students must re-register and
pay tuition to continue the course. A "Y" grade may also be
used for courses which last more than one (1) quarter.
Students may request to enroll in certain courses on a pass/no
pass basis. Students must contact the Registration Office for
information about courses approved for this option. No more
than thirty (30) credits taken for pass/no pass will be allowed
toward the Associate in Arts degree, Associate in Science
degree or the Associate in Applied Science degree. Students
must earn a grade of "C" or better (2.00 GPA) to be given a
"Satisfactory" grade in a pass/no pass course. An
"Unsatisfactory" grade will be posted for students earning
less than a "C" grade. Students planning to transfer to a university
should contact that institution to determine their policy
for acceptance of pass/no pass courses.
Courses may be repeated to improve a grade earned, but
credit will be granted only once. When students notify the
Registration or Credential Evaluations Office that a course
has been repeated, the symbol "R" will be placed next to the
first grade, and only the last grade earned will be used in
calculating the grade point average. No courses may be
repeated more than twice (defined as two repeats in addition
to the original enrollment).
Students who plan to transfer to another institution should
be aware that their GPA might be recomputed. Repeated
courses will be received in accordance with the institution's
own requirements and policies. Students receiving financial
aid or Veterans benefits, or those participating in athletics,
should consult those offices prior to repeating a course.
Benefits or eligibility may be reduced or lost due to course
Qualified students may set aside a previous substandard
academic record, which does not reflect their true ability at
Clark College. Setting aside does not expunge the previous
record, but places a "set aside" notation on the student's
transcript, marking the term from which the College will calculate
a new GPA for determining probation, eligibility, or
honors at graduation. Students may not count credits set
aside to fulfill credit requirements for graduation. Students
should understand that the record to be set aside includes all
courses taken before the date selected by the student.
Students may set aside a previous record if:
Petition forms are available at the Registration
Office, Gaiser Hall.
- They have earned fifteen (15) credits at Clark College
beyond the quarter to be set aside.
- They have a 2.50 cumulative GPA at Clark College for these credits.
- The work to be set aside is at least one (1) year old.
Caution: Although Clark College makes provisions for setting
aside past records, students should not assume that other colleges to which
they transfer will compute the GPA in the same manner. Only the Clark College
record can be set aside; the College cannot set aside records from other
Students who believe an error has been made in recording
their grades should contact the Registration Office. If a
recording error has been made, it will be corrected. If an
error was not made when grades were posted, the student
should contact the instructor. Grade changes are made at the
discretion of the instructor. A"Change of Grade Form" must
be signed and submitted to the Registration Office by the
instructor. Grade changes and corrections made for Veterans
and Financial Aid recipients must also be reported to the
Office of Veterans Affairs and/or the Financial Aid Office.
Grade changes must be made no later than the end of the
second quarter following the quarter the student attended
An academic appeal refers to a claim by a student that a specific
grade assigned to the student by an instructor is the
result of an arbitrary or capricious application of otherwise
valid standards of academic evaluation or to a student's
claim that the instructor has made an arbitrary or capricious
decision or taken an arbitrary or capricious action which
adversely affects the student's academic standing.
The student must file a written complaint within ninety (90)
calendar days after termination of the course. The appropriate
instructional dean or supervisor may suspend this rule
only under exceptional circumstances such as extended illness,
sabbatical leave, or absence of one or both parties
involved in the complaint. Grade appeal process forms are
available through the instructional deans' offices or the
Office of Instruction.
Students having complaints relative to academic performance
evaluation should follow the steps below:
Step 1: The student should complete a grade appeal process
form and discuss the complaint with the instructor. If the complaint is
not resolved, proceed to Step 2.
Step 2: The student should speak to the appropriate division
chair. The division chair must notify the student within fifteen (15)
working days of the resolution after the meeting with the student. If
the student is not satisfied with the resolution, the student should proceed
to Step 3.
Step 3: The student will provide a written statement describing
the nature of the appeal to the instructional dean or supervisor. A meeting
will then be scheduled with the student, the instructional dean or supervisor,
and the instructor to discuss the appeal. The instructor will receive a
copy of the student's written material prior to the meeting. Adecision by
the dean or supervisor will be made within fifteen (15) days of the meeting.
The decision by the dean or supervisor will be final and cannot be appealed