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Exams and Grades

Learn more about Summer Sessions course examinations, grades, grading options, and grade policies.

Examinations

All examinations will be held in their regularly scheduled classrooms or online, unless otherwise specified by your instructor. Your examination schedule is subject to change, as exams are occasionally rescheduled because of special circumstances.

Final exams are typically on the last day of your Summer Sessions course, however, dates are at the discretion of the instructor.

Learn more about requesting exam accommodations on the Accessibility page.

Grades

Grades reflect the quality and quantity of your work submitted throughout your Summer Sessions course. Each instructor determines the individual grade components for their course and their percentage value in the calculation of your final grade. You should check the course syllabus for more information on your instructor’s grading policies.

Grading Scheme

Undergraduate students who complete the requirements of an undergraduate Summer Sessions course may earn one of the following grades:

Letter GradePerformance Level & Details
AExcellent
A-
B+
BAbove average
B-
C+
CMinimum satisfactory grade
C-
D+Not used by faculty in the Hajim School of Engineering and Applied Sciences
D
D-Minimum passing grade (not used by faculty in the Hajim School of Engineering and Applied Sciences)
EFailure
XEFailure: academic dishonesty
IIncomplete: given only when there are circumstances beyond the student’s control, such as illness or personal emergency, that prevented the student from finishing the coursework on time
WWithdrawal: a permanent final grade assigned to credit students who officially withdraw from courses by the withdrawal deadline. W grades may not be changed to letter grades and do not result in any tuition refund.
NNo grade reported: signals that the student never appeared in class or that the student attended but did not complete the course and did not arrange for an incomplete grade.

Graduate students (including those who have already completed a bachelor’s degree at another institution) who complete the requirements of a graduate Summer Sessions course may earn one of the following grades:

Letter GradePerformance Level & Details
AExcellent
A-
B+
BGood
B-
CPoor
EFailure
XEFailure: academic dishonesty
IIncomplete: given only when there are circumstances beyond the student’s control, such as illness or personal emergency, that prevented the student from finishing the coursework on time
IEIncomplete and failure
WWithdrawal: a permanent final grade assigned to credit students who officially withdraw from courses by the withdrawal deadline. W grades may not be changed to letter grades and do not result in any tuition refund.
NNo grade reported: signals that the student never appeared in class or that the student attended but did not complete the course and did not arrange for an incomplete grade.

Grading Options

Incompletes

If you are a current undergraduate student, enrolled in a degree-seeking program at the University, you may request an incomplete grade when there are circumstances beyond your control, such as illness or personal emergency, that prevent you from finishing your Summer Sessions coursework on time. Learn how to request an incomplete on the College Center for Advising Services’ website.

Please note: If an incomplete grade is awarded in a Summer Sessions course, you are not permitted to audit the course and complete the work the following summer. Additionally, if you earn an incomplete grade during the fall or spring semesters, and wish to complete the work by registering for the course over the summer, permission of the instructor is required and additional charges to audit the course will apply.

Non-matriculated (visiting) students are NOT allowed to request incomplete grades for University of Rochester courses in any semester, including Summer Sessions.

Satisfactory/Fail Option

The satisfactory/fail (S/F) option allows current undergraduate students enrolled in a degree-seeking program to take a course so that the only grade appearing on the transcript will be either an S (satisfactory) or an F (fail).

However, this option is NOT available for Summer Sessions courses to all students, regardless of academic level or student status.

Grade Reports

All students can view and print their grades through UR Student. Official transcripts can also be requested online. Grades are no longer mailed to students.

Missing Grades

If you are missing a grade, contact your course instructor. If there is no grade listed in UR Student, it is most likely that the grade has not been received. If your instructor replies that your grade has been submitted, contact the Office of the University Registrar.

Grade Appeal Procedure

If you believe that an error in grading has been made, you should follow the guidelines provided in the syllabus or by the course instructor for a grade appeal. If specific guidelines are not provided, we encourage you to approach the faculty member as soon as possible after the grade is received to discuss the matter.

If the instructor determines that a grading error was made, they will be responsible for correcting the error. If a grade change is not applicable, the instructor is encouraged to provide you with sufficient information to help you understand the decision. Most concerns about grading are resolved in this way.

In the event that a satisfactory resolution cannot be reached, you have the option to request a formal review of the matter by submitting a complaint form.

Associated College and University Policies

Grade Release Policy