Academic bankruptcy involves a student’s request to retroactively withdraw from one academic term of work because of extreme personal, emotional, or financial circumstances so devastating that it became impossible for the student to perform academically at a level approximating the usual record of achievement. The summer sessions are considered one academic term. The following specific regulations apply to any petition for academic bankruptcy:
- Academic bankruptcy is never granted for an academic term in which the student is currently enrolled, nor for the previous academic term.
- Petitions must be filed prior to graduation.
- No more than one petition for academic bankruptcy may be approved during the student’s academic career at The University of Alabama.
- If the petition is approved, the grades for all courses taken during the academic term in question will be recorded as “W” (“Withdrawn”).
- The application for academic bankruptcy is filed in the dean’s office of the academic division in which the student is enrolled. Once a student has been enrolled in an academic division for two terms, that division has the authority to grant academic bankruptcy for a term in which the student was enrolled in another academic division.
GRADES AND GRADE POINTS
Grades are awarded for University of Alabama undergraduate courses according to the following table of letter grades and values:
|B||3.0||N||No Grade Reported|
|NA||Never Attended (only assigned after census)|
Policy on grading. In undergraduate courses at The University of Alabama, passing grades are “A+,” “A,” “A-,” “B+,” “B,” “B-,” “C+,” “C,” “C-,” “D+,” “D,” and “D-.” The “F” and “I” (“Incomplete”) grades cannot be modified with a “+” or “-.” Four grade points are given for each hour of “A”; three for each hour of “B”; two for each hour of “C”; and one for each hour of “D.” The plus sign added to a grade raises the points awarded by one-third point per hour. A minus sign lowers the points awarded by one-third point. For example, each hour of “C+” earns two and one-third (2 1/3) grade points. Where departmental or other regulations require a minimum grade in a course or courses (for instance, the requirement to complete all prerequisites with grades of at least “C”) a minus sign shall be appended to the minimum grade: that is, a “C” indicates “any kind of C.” The syllabus for each individual University of Alabama undergraduate course specifies the criteria upon which work in the course will be graded. NOTE: A cumulative grade point average of 4.0 is the highest GPA an undergraduate can receive.
In all freshman composition courses, the following grades may be reported: “A+,” “A,” “A-,” “B+,” “B,” “B-,” “C+,” “C,” “C-,” and “NC” (“No Credit”). The “NC” grade is not included in the computation of the student’s grade point average. A grade of “C-” or higher is required in all freshman composition courses and is a prerequisite for advancement to another English course at The University of Alabama.
In introductory math courses the following grades may be reported: “A+,” “A,” “A-,” “B+,” “B,” “B-,” “C+,” “C,” “C-,” and “NC” (“No Credit”). Specific math courses where a grade of “NC” may be reported are MATH 100, MATH 110, MATH 112 and MATH 115. The “NC” grade is not included in the computation of the student’s grade point average. A grade of “C-” is required in math introductory courses and is a prerequisite for advancement to another math course at The University of Alabama.
In computing the number of credit hours attempted, each enrollment in a course is counted (any required course in which an “F” is earned must be repeated and passed; again, hours in freshman composition for which “NC” was reported are not included in GPA computations). In some academic divisions, a student who has obtained the dean’s permission may repeat a course for which he or she has already earned credit. Each enrollment is counted in the number of credit hours attempted and in the computation of the grade point average; however, only the final enrollment may be applied to the requirements for the degree.
Incompletes and failures. If a grade of “F” is earned in a required course, the student must repeat the course and earn a passing grade in order to receive credit that will be applied to the requirements for the degree. Grades of “I” (“Incomplete”) must be removed within 12 months of the end of the term in which they were awarded but prior to the student’s graduation or the grade of “I” will be changed to “F.” The “I” may not be used as a means to re-enroll in a course during a subsequent semester. A grade of “I” may not be used to satisfy a prerequisite requirement.
Pass/fail option. A student who is in good academic standing may request permission to receive a grade of “P” (“Pass”) or “F” (“Fail”) for a course, instead of the conventional “A+,” “A,” “A-,” “B+,” “B,” “B-,” “C+,” “C,” “C-,” “D+,” “D,” “D-,” or “F.” A grade of “P” does not affect the grade point average; however, a grade of “F” received in a course that the student has chosen to take under the pass/fail option is computed in the grade point average. Use of the pass/fail option is subject to the following regulations:
- The student must be a sophomore, junior, or senior with a grade point average of 2.0 or higher in order to use the pass/fail option.*
- Only elective courses may be taken pass/fail.
- A maximum of four courses or 12 credit hours (whichever comes first) may be taken pass/fail while a student is earning an undergraduate degree.
- Only one course each fall semester, spring semester and summer term may be taken pass/fail.
- Once the deadline to add a course has passed, a student may not rescind the decision to take a course with the pass/fail option.
- A transfer student must have completed at least 15 credit hours at The University of Alabama with a grade point average of 2.0 or higher in order to use the pass/fail option.
These regulations apply only to courses for which the student elects the pass/fail option; courses that are offered only on a pass/fail basis are exempted.
NA/DO grades. A “DO” (dropped out) grade is assigned when the student has attended at least one class meeting or has participated in a class activity and has subsequently stopped attending or participating. The “DO” grade is converted to a grade of “W” at the end of the term. The “DO” grade will not be displayed on the transcript.
A grade of “NA” (never attended) is assigned when is has been determined that the student has never attended or participated in any class meeting or activity. The grade of “NA” is only assigned after the official University census date. The grade of “NA” will carry the same effect as a grade of “W” and will appear on the transcript.