Grade Expectations

After being admitted to the Bachelor of Arts in General Studies Degree program, only grades of "C" or above will be accepted. A student will not receive credit toward the degree for any course in which a grade of D is earned. However, grades of D and F earned after admission into the Bachelor of Arts in General Studies Degree Program will be calculated in a student's cumulative grade point average. For students who have been in the program and taking classes, only D and F grades earned after Fall 2002 will be included. D's and F's earned before Fall 2002 will not affect GPA. Further, the grade point average at graduation must be 2.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale.

Previously earned grade point averages (GPA) from other institutions do not transfer. Only EIU grades, regardless of when those grades were earned, will be used to calculate your Eastern GPA. Returning EIU students who previously amassed failing grades will be on academic warning until they are able to raise their GPA to a 2.0 or better.

 

Grade Appeal Policy

 

Eastern Illinois University faculty members are responsible for assigning appropriate grades. The University will not review the judgment of a faculty member in assessing the quality of students’ work. If, however, a student believes that a faculty member improperly assigned a semester grade due to one or more of the Grounds for Grade Appeal described below, the student may appeal the grade by following the procedures detailed at http://castle.eiu.edu/auditing/045.php. Students are responsible for reading the Grade Appeal Policy and for complying with all procedures and meeting the deadlines established in the policy. All grade appeals are handled individually.

Grounds for appealing semester or term grades are:

  • A mathematical error in the calculation of the grade or a clerical error in recording of the grade that remains uncorrected;
  • The assignment of a grade to a particular student by application of more exacting requirements than were applied to other students in the course;
  • The assignment of a grade to a particular student on some basis other than performance in the course;
  • The assignment of a grade by a substantial departure from the faculty member’s previously announced standards.
 

In general, the Grade Appeal Policy requires the student to confer with the faculty member who assigned the grade, but it provides opportunity for further formal review—by the department chair, the College Grade Appeal Committee, and the dean—if this conference does not result in a mutually agreeable resolution. For a course taken in the fall semester, the Grade Appeal Request must be received no later than the Midterm Day of the following spring term. For a course taken in the spring semester or summer term, the Grade Appeal Request must be received no later than the Midterm Day of the following fall term.