2011-2012 Undergraduate Catalog

THE ACADEMIC PROGRAM

ACADEMIC REGULATIONS

Grading and Academic Record


Grading Scale

Letter Grade Equivalent

Explanation

4.0

A

MERIT
Merit grades range from 4.0 (outstanding) to 2.0 (satisfactory). Courses in which students earn merit grades can be used to satisfy the major and curricular requirements.

3.7

A-

3.3

B+

3.0

B

2.7

B-

2.3

C+

2.0

C

1.7

C-

PASSING

1.3

D+

1.0

D

0.0

F

FAILING

Once reported to the registrar, a grade may be altered by the faculty member who originally submitted the grade, or by the department or program chair on behalf of the absent faculty member, by submitting a change-of-grade form with a notation of the reason for the change. Once reported to the registrar, no grade may be changed after one year except by vote of the faculty.

The Committee on Academic Standing

The Committee on Academic Standing (CAS) reviews the records of all students whose work has failed to meet the academic standards of the College or who have otherwise failed to make satisfactory progress towards the degree. Upon review, students must meet the requirements set by CAS in order to regain good standing at the college.

1. Satisfactory Progress Toward the Degree

Units: Before the start of the junior year, a student must have completed a minimum of fifteen units. At the end of her second, third or fourth semester, any student who is unable to present a viable plan to meet this expectation and who has not been granted an exception by the Special Cases Committee will be brought to the attention of the Committee on Academic Standing.

Acceptance into a Major Program: By the end of the sophomore year, every student must have declared a major. At the end of her fourth semester, any student who has failed to meet this expectation and who has not been granted an exception by the Special Cases Committee will be brought to the attention of the Committee on Academic Standing.

Completion of requirements: Before the start of the senior year, all students must have completed the physical education requirement, including the swim-proficiency test, as well as all distribution, foreign language and quantitative requirements. At the end of her junior year, any student who is unable to present a viable plan to meet this expectation and who has not been granted an exception by the Special Cases Committee will be brought to the attention of the Committee on Academic Standing.

Exceptions: students may bring requests for exceptions to the Special Cases Subcommittee of the Committee on Academic Standing. Exceptions are routinely made for McBride Scholars who enroll on a part-time basis.

2. Academic Standard of Work

The Merit Rule requires that a student attain grades of 2.0 or higher in at least one half of the total number of courses taken while at Bryn Mawr. She may be excluded from the College at the close of any semester in which she has failed to meet this requirement and is automatically excluded if more than one-half of her work falls below 2.0 at the close of her junior year. A student who is excluded from the College is not eligible for readmission.

The Standard of Work in the Major requires that every student working for an A.B. degree maintain grades of 2.0 or higher in all courses in her major subject. No student may choose as her major subject one in which she has received a grade below 1.0 or one in which her average is below 2.0. A student receiving a grade below 2.0 in any course in her major subject (including a course taken at another institution) is reported to the Committee on Academic Standing and may be required to change her major. At the end of the junior year, a student having a major subject average below 2.0 must change her major. If she has no alternative major, she is excluded from the College and is not eligible for readmission.

Repeated Failure: A student who has incurred a failure or an NC following a previous failure or NC will be reported to the Committee on Academic Standing.

Deterioration of Work: A student whose work meets these specific standards but has deteriorated will be reported to the Committee on Academic Standing.

3. Procedure: Committee on Academic Standing (CAS)
Every January and June, the Committee on Academic Standing (CAS) reviews the records of all students who have failed to meet the academic standards of the College or to make satisfactory progress towards the degree. Upon review, students must meet the requirements set by CAS in order to regain good standing at the college.

A student whose record is reviewed by CAS receives an official report from the Committee which specifies the standards she must meet by the end of the following semester or before returning to the College. The student's parent(s) or guardian(s) receive a copy of this report. The student also receives a letter from her dean. Any student whose record has been reviewed by the committee is put on probation the following semester, or the semester of her return if she has been asked to withdraw. She will be required to meet regularly with her dean during her probation. Faculty members will be asked to submit mid-semester reports for students whose work has been unsatisfactory. Students who meet the standards specified by the committee during the semester on probation regain good standing.

Any student whose record is reviewed by CAS may be required to withdraw from the College and present evidence that she can do satisfactory work before being readmitted. The CAS may also recommend to the president that the student be excluded from the College. An excluded student is not eligible for readmission to the College.

4. Readmission process for students who have been required to withdraw

When a student is ready to apply to return, she must contact her dean to obtain an application. Students who hope to return in September must submit all application materials by May 1. Those who hope to return in January must submit their materials by November 1.

Applications are reviewed by CAS in June and in December. A student must demonstrate that she has met the expectations set by CAS and present evidence that she can do satisfactory work before being readmitted.