New Grading and Evaluation Policy Incorporates No-point F as Part of GPA

By Alison Brust, records specialist, SUNY Empire State College

May 28, 2015

Stylized graduation cap logBeginning with the Fall 1 2015 term, SUNY Empire State College is adopting a new grading and evaluation policy. Grades will be recorded on a scale of A to D-, and F. The grade of F will be used in place of the No Credit (NC) grade used in previous terms. This change is significant, as the F grade has a quality point of 0.00 and, unlike the NC grade, is included in the grade-point average (G.P.A.) calculation. For studies/courses taken prior to Fall 1 2015, in which a student received an NC grade, the NC grade is not changed. NC grades are not included in the G.P.A. calculation.

Key points to remember when selecting study/course options for the Fall 1 2015 term:

  • Study/Course completion and passing grades in every term are important, as grades affect not only the student’s G.P.A., but their satisfactory academic progress (S.A.P.).
  • A failing (F) grade could negatively impact financial aid eligibility. For more information, visit
  • Students must maintain a G.P.A. of 2.00 in order to maintain good academic standing and graduate.
    • If you have completed at least 8 credits, but your G.P.A. is below 2.00, you may be placed on academic warning. If, while on academic warning, you are unable to regain a G.P.A. of 2.00 or greater, after earning 16 additional credits at Empire State College (for a total of 24 credits), you will be academically dismissed. A 2.00 G.P.A. is the minimum G.P.A. required for graduation.  
  • At the point of registration, a student may select a Pass/No Pass option (up to 12 credits of Empire State College study). This decision is made at time of registration and may not be changed during the course of the term. Please note that some studies may not be taken on a Pass/No Pass basis depending on the student’s concentration.
  • A grade of Pass (P) or No Pass (NP) in a Pass/No Pass study/course, an Incomplete (IN), a student-initiated Withdrawal (WD), or an Administrative Withdrawal (ZW) does not carry quality points and is not included in G.P.A. calculations. However these grades are included in the S.A.P calculation as credits attempted compared to credits earned.
  • The official student transcript will display all grades awarded by the college, including grades of A to D-, F, as well as Pass (P), No Pass(NP), Incomplete (IN), student-initiated Withdrawal (WD), Administrative Withdrawal (ZW) repeated studies/courses, and studies/courses in progress.

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