Section 310 - Grading Policy

Section 310 - Grading Policy

Lower Columbia College's grading system provides a method to indicate a student's performance and achievement in a variety of skills and programs. The system provides for permanent record of grade evaluations, which reflect successful course and program completion. The College operates on a quarter system. The quarter hour of credit is one unit of instruction.

Instructors shall distribute a written course grading plan to all enrolled students at the beginning of each quarter. Instructors are not obligated to use grading options, such as + or – in any specific course.

Grades at Lower Columbia College are reported in numerical fractions to the nearest tenth. The numerical grades are based on the letter grade system and general equivalents are as follows:

Numeric Grade Letter Grade Equivalent
4.0 A
3.7 A-
3.3 B+
3.0 B
2.7 B-
2.3 C+
2.0 C
1.7 C-
1.3 D+
1.0 D
0.0 F
0.0 I
0.0 N
0.0 NA
0.0 P
0.0 R
0.0 W
0.0 X

Grade Symbols:

  • I (Incomplete): 0 grade points/no credit. Incomplete grades may be issued only to those students whose work to date is passing, but not completed, at the end of the quarter. An instructor may submit a replacement grade up to one year from the date an incomplete grade was issued.
  • N (Audit): 0 grade points/no credit. A student may enroll for no credit in any course as an auditor upon registration and payment of the regular fees. During the course of a quarter, a student may also change to audit status observing all of the required procedures for a change of registration. Auditors are exempt from taking examinations but may participate in course work.
  • NA (Never Attended): 0 grade points/no credit. The instructor may assign a grade of "NA" at grading time for students who never attended class during the quarter.
  • Passing or Failing
    • P = 0.0 grade points for satisfactory completion of a course numbered 50 or below, or a passing grade for a designated pass/fail course.
    • F = 0.0 grade points for failing a course
  • R (Retake): 0 grade points/no credit. Students may retake courses in which failing or low passing grades have been received.
  • W (Withdrawal): 0 grade points/no credit. Students may initiate an official withdrawal prior to the date at which sixty percent of the quarter has passed and as published in the quarterly class schedule. Official withdrawals are the sole responsibility and prerogative of the student and must be initiated by the student.
  • X (Expunge – aka Grade Forgiveness): 0.0 grade points/no credit. Students returning to LCC after an absence of three or more years are eligible for grade forgiveness once they complete a minimum of 24 new credits at LCC with a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher on those new courses. Grade forgiveness applies only to courses taken prior to their absence. Grade forgiveness can only be used once. Full quarters, not individual courses, taken prior to the student returning to the college may be chosen for grade forgiveness. The original courses remain on the transcript with a grade of "X" (for expunged) and will not be figured into GPA calculations.


310.1 Academic Suspension

Any student who receives a quarterly GPA below 2.0 for any quarter will be placed on Academic Warning.

Any student with two consecutive quarterly GPA's less than 2.0 and/or whose cumulative GPA is less than 2.0 will be placed on Academic Probation and may be required by the college to enroll in College Success or other courses as determined by the college to assist with academic success.

Any student with three or more consecutive quarterly GPA's less than 2.0 and/or whose cumulative GPA is less than 2.0 is subject to Academic Suspension of up to three academic quarters. Students who are academically suspended must petition for reinstatement to the VP for Student Success at least 6 weeks prior to the quarter the student would like to re-enter the college.


Historic Information:

  • Amended by Cabinet per SBCTC Policy (removed "V" Grade) - June 29, 2016
  • Adopted by Leadership Team - November 30, 2015
  • Campus Review - October 29 – November 13, 2015
  • Approved by Leadership Team - October 26, 2015
  • Adopted by Leadership Team - November 25, 2013
  • Campus Review - November 1-18, 2013
  • Revision reviewed by the Leadership Team - October 28, 2013
  • Adopted - February 23, 2009
    • Replaces policies 403-403.4 approved July 1989


Resource/Reference/Procedure Title Unit Responsibility
LCC Catalog   VP Instruction
Academic Standards Committee Guidelines   VP Student Services
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