Grading System and Policies
Grades are used to indicate the quality of work or level of proficiency achieved by individual students. Each faculty member is responsible for informing students of the policies and standards upon which course grades will be assigned in the course syllabus.
Grade Point Average
A student’s semester grade point average (GPA) is determined by dividing the total number of earned points by the total number of semester hours for which the student received a grade. The Lincoln College cumulative grade point average (GPA) is computed by dividing the total grade points earned by the total semester hours attempted, excluding any hours for which a withdrawal (W) was received. Only Lincoln College course work is considered in computing the GPA.
Note: While non-credit bearing, developmental courses are not computed in the graduation grade point average, those courses are computed in the Academic Standing GPA as indicated in the Academic Standing policy later in this catalog.
Final grades are submitted to the Office of the Registrar at the end of the term or session and are used to compute the student’s cumulative and/or term grade point average. Final Grades are posted in MyLynx and recorded on the student’s official transcript.
After final grades are submitted to the Office of the Registrar, no grade changes can be made except for a demonstrable error which must be acknowledged by the individual faculty member and approved by the Division Chair and the Dean of Faculty and Instruction.
During the fall and spring semesters, mid-semester grades are submitted to the Office of the Registrar at the end of the eighth week of 16 week-classes (see the Academic Calendar for exact dates.) The mid-semester grades are essentially progress reports and are not computed in a student’s permanent grade point average. A copy of the mid-semester grades is available to students via the MyLynx web-portal.
Note: Mid-semester grades are not reported and are not issued for summer sessions or Accelerated (ABE) Program courses.
Academic Course Grades
Grades for all students are reported to the Office of the Registrar at the close of each semester. Letter grades are used as follows:
A indicates excellent work and carries a weight of 4 quality points for every credit hour in the course.
B indicates good work and carries a weight of 3 quality points for every credit hour in the course.
C indicates average work and carries a weight of 2 quality points for every credit hour in the course.
D indicates poor work and carries a weight of 1 quality point for every credit hour in the course.
F indicates failing work and carries no quality points for every credit hour in the course.
I A grade of Incomplete (I) may be given only when the criteria listed below under “Incomplete Grades” are met.
Transcript Mark Definitions
W The mark of Withdrawal (W) will be given when a student withdraws from a class prior to the posted deadline or from a class after the posted deadline for their campus program but has a grade of C or above.
WF The mark of (WF) will be given when a student withdraws or is administratively withdrawn from the class after the posted deadline for withdrawal in the specific campus program and the student is doing “D” or “F” work. This mark is calculated as an “F” in the grade point average.
AU The mark of Audit (AU) is given when the student enrolls with the purpose of attending the class but not receiving credit. Audited courses are only allowed in the Traditional Academic Programs and are not permitted in the Accelerated (ABE) Programs. Permission to audit must be obtained from the instructor and the academic advisor before registering, and the student must satisfy all pre-requisites for the class he or she wishes to audit. The instructor has the final decision as to the conditions under which a student is permitted to audit the class, i.e., attendance, homework, and class participation policies. If the student does not abide by the instructor’s policy, permission to audit may be revoked. Audited classes do not count toward the fulfillment of degree requirements. A student enrolled in any class with “Audit” status may not convert to “For Credit” status after the 7th day of the semester in traditional academic programs.
TR The mark of Transfer (TR) is noted on Lincoln College transcripts when the student received transfer credit from another accredited institution.
R Repeated course. See Course Repeat Policy below.
Course Repeat Policy
Students who originally earned a D, F, W or WF in a course may not repeat the same course at Lincoln College more than two times.* If a student elects to repeat a course, only the last repetition is included in the student’s Lincoln College cumulative grade point average and used for awarding credit towards a campus or degree requirement. All grades earned will be recorded on the student’s official transcripts and other institutions may include repeat grades in evaluating the student’s record.
*Exception: IDS 105 (Freshman Seminar) may only be repeated one time. Students who are required to enroll in IDS 105 and who do not pass the course after the second attempt will be dismissed from Lincoln College.
Students seeking an exemption from this maximum number of course repeat policy must submit a request to the Division Chair or Lead Faculty member of the academic program in which the course is offered, and must demonstrate a compelling need for the exception. Any request must be approved by the Division Chair or Lead Faculty and from the Dean of Faculty and Instruction.
A grade of Incomplete (I) may be given only when the following criteria are met.
- The student’s absence from class was the primary reason for failure to complete the requirements of the course.
- The student’s absence and failure to complete the requirements of the course was due to a bona fide cause (such as an illness). The instructor may require official, written documentation of the cause.
- The student completed at least two-thirds of the work of the course at a passing level.
- The instructor agrees to assist the student in completing the work within the specified timeline. An incomplete is not granted automatically. In many cases, the appropriate course of action for the student is withdrawal from the course.
No instructor is required to offer an incomplete grade to any student even if the student meets all of the above criteria. If the instructor is willing to issue an incomplete, he/she will submit an Incomplete Grade Agreement to both the Division Chair and the Dean of Faculty and Instruction for approval. If approved, all work must be completed within the following timeframes:
- Traditional Academic Courses: No later than six (6) weeks from the end of the semester/term
- Accelerated (ABE) Program Courses: No later than two (2) weeks from the end of the ABE session in which the Incomplete was received.
If the work is not completed within the specific time frame above, the student’s grade will automatically revert to the default grade determined by the instructor at the time the incomplete grade was issued. The default grade is determined by the percentage of points currently earned out of the total semester/session points possible.
Grade appeals by a student in any campus program concerning individual assignments, test grades, and/or final course grades may be made by the following procedure according to the delivery modality in which the student is enrolled:
- The student meets with the faculty member/instructor, who explains why the student received the grade.
- If, after meeting with the faculty member, the student is not satisfied that the assigned grade is accurate, the student may appeal, in writing, to the appropriate faculty supervisor within two weeks of the grade being posted. (In traditional programs (the Lincoln Campus) the faculty supervisor is the appropriate division chair and in the ABE programs the faculty supervisor is the ABE Director of Faculty.)
- The faculty supervisor reviews the appeal and makes a recommendation to the faculty member within one week of receipt of the appeal.
The faculty member’s decision is final. The student will be notified by the appropriate faculty supervisor of the decision, in writing, immediately.
Accessing Student Grade Reports
You can access your grades on My Lynx by following the steps below.
- Visit MyLynx.
- Enter your MyLynx username (generally, your first initial and full last name) and password (First character of your last name, capitalized, your 4 digit birth year, and first three characters of your birth month, in lower case).
- Click on the “Grade Report” link on the left side of the screen.
- Locate the term for the grades you would like to see.
- There is also a choice between viewing your mid-term grades or final grades.