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Pima County Community College District Board Policy

Board Policy Title:  Grading [Effective Jan. 1, 2007]
Board Policy Number: 
Adoption Date:  6/15/88
Revision Date(s):  6/9/99, 10/21/03, 3/14/07
Schedule for Review & Update:  Annually
Unit Responsible for Review & Update:  Provost/Executive Vice Chancellor, Academic and Student Services
Sponsoring Unit/Department:  Provost/Executive Vice Chancellor, Academic and Student Services
Motion Number: 4295, 5872, 6734
Legal Reference: 
Cross Reference:
Class Orientation, BP-3113

Grades earned at Pima Community College are recorded at the end of each session according to the following system:

A—Superior (4 grade points per credit hour)

B—Above Average (3 grade points per credit hour)

C—Average (2 grade points per credit hour)

D—Below Average (1 grade point per credit hour)

F—Failure (0 grade points per credit hour)


(‘C’ or better without grade differentiation ordinarily indicated by the College grading system.  A ‘D’ grade may be given at the student’s request and the instructor’s option.)


(A record of ‘Incomplete’ as a grade will be made at the student’s request and at the instructor’s option.  A student receiving a grade of ‘I’ will be provided with a standard form specifying the work necessary for completion of the course. After the student completes the work, or after the ‘I’ deadline set by the instructor, the instructor submits a Change of Grade form to the admissions office. If no Change of Grade form is submitted within a year, the ‘I’ will be automatically changed to ‘F.’)

IP—Work in progress in open entry/open exit course.

(A record of IP (in progress) as a grade will be made when a student is making satisfactory progress in a course that crosses sessions in start and end dates.  At the specified end date of the course, the student will be assigned a grade of ‘A,’ ‘B,’ ‘C,’ ‘D,’ ‘F,’ ‘I,’ ‘P’ or ‘W.’)


(This grade may be requested by the student only during the first two-thirds of any session.  This grade may also be given at the discretion of the instructor on or before the final grading date for the class.)  Effective January 1, 2007.

X—An X placed next to the grade indicates the grade was earned through the successful completion of a proficiency test. 


(To audit a course means to enroll in and to attend a class without working for or expecting to receive credit.  The symbol for audit, ‘AU,’ appears on the transcript of grades and on the class list by the student’s name.  Students auditing a class must register by the end of the official refund period and must receive the written permission of the instructor.)

Graduation requirements include a 2.0 overall grade point average (GPA) on a 4.0 grade point scale.  ‘D’ grades do not fulfill graduation requirements if they are received in core and general education courses.  ‘F’ grades do not fulfill any requirements.  The GPA is based only on work completed at Pima Community College.  A complete record of all credit courses attempted at Pima Community College is maintained for each student.