Grading Systems:

    Grade points for each credit hour
A outstanding achievement and an unusual degree of intellectual initiative 4.0
B+ high level of intellectual achievement 3.5
B noteworthy level of performance 3.0
C+ performance beyond basic expectations of the course 2.5
C satisfactory work 2.0
D work of inferior quality, but passing 1.0
F failure--no credit 0.0
I work incomplete 0.0
AU audited course only--no credit 0.0
P pass--credit 0.0
NC No Credit 0.0
NP not pass--no credit 0.0
SA satisfactory work 0.0
UN unsatisfactory work (failure)--no credit 0.0
W official withdrawal from a course--no credit 0.0

Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory are used to report student performance in a course that does not permit regular grading. It is not an individual grading option as is P/NP, but applies to all students in the course. Credit earned with “SA” (Satisfactory) may be counted toward graduation but is not included in the grade-point average; however, “UN” (Unsatisfactory) functions as a failure in computing the grade-point average.


An “I” (Incomplete) may be given to a student who is unable to fulfill all requirements of a course due to extenuating circumstances. The student may petition the instructor before the close of the term to assign an end-of-term grade of “I” indicating incomplete performance. The instructor may agree to this grade when, as a result of serious illness or other justifiable cause, the work cannot be completed by the end of the term. An “I” (Incomplete) will not be granted to a student who has been excessively absent during the term or who has simply failed to complete the work of the course before the close of the term without an exceptionally good reason. Students must submit a Completion of Course Agreement form for an Incomplete to be assigned. This form indicates the work to be completed and the deadline for completion, which is set by the instructor, and should not exceed the maximum one year from the end of course time limit for clearing an Incomplete. Both the student and professor must endorse the form.

The responsibility for completing all course work rests with the student. After the deadline has passed, the student must re-register for and satisfactorily complete the course if credit is desired. Although the Incomplete carries no penalty and does not affect the grade-point average, student records will be audited periodically and students who show a consistent pattern of Incompletes may be placed on academic probation.

If an Incomplete is cleared and a final grade, either passing or failing, is assigned, the final grade is entered on the student’s permanent academic record in place of the “I”.

Grade Point Average (GPA)

A grade point average (GPA) is based only on work taken at Creighton University and is computed by dividing the total grade points earned by the total number of semester hours of credit attempted including hours for courses failed (unless repeated and passed) and excluding credit hours for courses graded AU, P, NP, SA or I.

Grade Reports

Grades are made available to students each mid semester and at the end of each term via the student's N.E.S.T. account.

Grade Appeals

The instructor has jurisdiction in determining grades; however, the student has the right to appeal a grade that the student believes to be in error. The appeal process may involve the following steps (the issue may be resolved at any level):

  1. The student confers with the instructor involved.
  2. The student and instructor (preferably together) confer with the chairperson of the department.
  3. The student and instructor (preferably together) confer with the Dean of the College or School to which the department is attached.
  4. In rare cases, when the foregoing steps do not resolve the issue, the student may initiate a formal written appeal to the Dean. Normally, the Dean will forward such appeal to the appropriate committee for its review and recommendation. A formal appeal should not be entered upon lightly by a student, nor lightly dismissed by an instructor. A formal written grade appeal may be made no later than the sixth week of the following semester.

Note: Nursing students should consult the College of Nursing Handbook for that school’s appeal procedure.