Optometry Student Handbook 2023-2024

College of Optometry (CO)—Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Vision Science 2023–2024 135 Letter Grade A AB+ B BC+ C CF Percentage Grade 93 and above 90–92 87–89 83–86 80–82 77–79 73–76 70–72 < 70 Equivalent on 4.0 Scale 4.00 3.75 3.50 3.00 2.75 2.50 2.00 1.75 0.00 If a student formally withdraws from the program three weeks prior to the end of the semester, with the endorsement of the program director, a grade of W will be entered for all courses for which the student was registered. Withdrawal from a course in the last three weeks of class will result in a grade of F, regardless of the student’s performance up to that point, unless unforeseen extenuating circumstances exist that compel the withdrawal. Students will not be permitted to withdraw from the program or to take a nonmedical leave of absence solely to avoid the award of failing grades. • For withdrawals prior to three weeks before the end of the term, a W will be issued for that course with the approval of administration. • For withdrawals during the last three weeks of the semester, an F will be issued for that course, unless extenuating circumstances exist. Grade Point Average (GPA) In calculating grade point average (GPA), the final grade received shall be used. GPA will be calculated using letter grades on a 4.0 scale, with weighting based on credit hours. Grade Disputes A student who wishes to dispute a grade in an examination, quiz, or any other graded exercise must give written notice to the instructor of record within five business days of the date that notification is sent to the student of the score on the exercise, quiz, examination, or encounter. (Business days exclude Saturday, Sunday, and university-recognized holidays.) The written notice must identify precisely what issues the student is disputing, and no additional claims may be added to the original one(s) once the disputation process is initiated. Documentation must be delivered to the instructor and to the program director. The instructor must respond to the student’s claim within five business days of the time the initial notice of dispute is delivered. The expiration of deadlines will be based on the time that the instructor subsequently becomes involved. In the event that the student disagrees with the resolution offered by the instructor, the student may appeal the decision to the program director with a written description of the dispute within five business days of notification of the instructor’s decision. The student may not include new material in this letter