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:
||Letter Grade Equivalent
- 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
- 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.
- 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