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Grading

All faculty are responsible for providing earned grades at the end of each semester for students who are officially enrolled in their course. Grades can be recorded in Faculty Center during the grading period. A faculty member failing to report a grade will show up on a student’s official transcript as an NGR (No Grade Reported). Instructions and procedures can be found in Chatter.

Cornell University has established the following system of grade point equivalents for academic grades:

Letter Grade

Grade Point Equivalent

A+

4.3

A

4.0

A-

3.7

B+

3.3

B

3.0

B-

2.7

C+

2.3

C

2.0

C-

1.7

D+

1.3

D

1.0

D-

0.7

F

0

Incompletes

The grade of incomplete is appropriate only when two basic conditions are met (1) the student has substantial equity at a passing level in the course with respect to work completed. (2)The student has been prevented by circumstances beyond the student’s control, such as illness or family emergency, from completing all of the course requirements on time.

An incomplete may not be given merely because a student fails to complete all course requirements on time. Such a practice would be open to abuse; by deferring completion of some major course requirement, a student could gain advantage over his or her classmates by obtaining additional time to do a superior job. 

An incomplete is not an option that may be elected at the student’s own discretion. While it is the student’s responsibility to initiate a request for a grade of incomplete, reasons for requesting one must be acceptable to the instructor, who establishes specific make-up requirements and deadlines for completion. Generally, students are allowed a maximum of two successive semesters for completion of coursework.  However, the instructor may set a shorter time limit.

For additional information, please refer to university guidelines on incompletes.

("W") Withdrawals

After the 57th day in a semester, the notation "W" is entered on your record if your petition to withdraw from a course (for reasons of health, accident, or documentable factors beyond your control) is approved by the CALS Petition Committee. View more information about Withdrawals here.

Note of R (Yearlong courses) Grades

R is recorded for satisfactory progress at the end of the first semester of a two-semester course. Students enroll in such courses both semesters. The grade recorded at the end of the second semester evaluates the student’s performance in the course for the entire year.

View Grading Guidelines »

View S/U grading policy »

No change of elected grading option may be made after the drop deadline. There shall be no exceptions and no appeals.