Health Sciences Bulletin

Academic Regulations and Procedures

Grades & Academic Standards

Assignment of Grades

Final grades are recorded in the fall at the end of the term and at the end of module session 3, and in the spring at the end of the term and at the end of module session 8, except in courses designated by the school as part of a grading sequence in which a final grade is given only after the sequence has been completed.

Grading and the Grading System

The Health Sciences Schools follow University requirements pertaining to Grading and the Grading System for all Undergraduate students.

For Graduate Students, the Health Sciences Scools Schools follow the Grading Policies for all Graduate students, with the exception of the Retake/Repeat Policy which is outlined below.

Note: The School of Medicine uses the Honors/Pass/Fail grading system as described in the School of Medicine section of this Bulletin.

Grading System: 

A letter grading system is used by the Schools of Health Technology and Management, Nursing (refer to the School of Nursing for specific grading policy), Social Welfare, Basic Sciences, Graduate Nutrition and Public Health programs. The School of Dental Medicine uses the letter grading system, without plus or minus grades, for all didactic and laboratory courses, including basic sciences courses, except those specifically identified by the school. 

A Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory (S/U) and/or Satisfactory/ Failure (S/F) grading system is used for selected courses in the Schools of Health Technology and Management, Nursing, Social Welfare, Graduate Nutrition and Public Health programs and for all clinical courses and seminars in the School of Dental Medicine. The School of Dental Medicine also uses an honor grade of (H).  The School of Medicine uses the Honors/ Pass/Fail grading system as described in the School of Medicine section of this Bulletin. 

The Schools of Health Technology and Management, Nursing, Social Welfare, Basic Sciences, Graduate Nutrition and  Public Health programs may use plus or minus grades for students of these schools. 

Grades are assigned point values as follows: 

A = 4.00 (superior work) 

A- = 3.67 

B+ = 3.33 

B = 3.00 (good work) 

B- = 2.67

C+ = 2.33 

C = 2.00 (satisfactory work) 

C- = 1.67 

D+ = 1.33

D = 1.00 (minimum passing work)

F = 0.00 (failing work) 

S = (indicates satisfactory work) 

U = (indicates unsatisfactory work) 

The letter grades D and D+ may not be assigned to graduate students in a graduate level course in the schools of Social Welfare, Dental Medicine, Graduate Nutrition, the Public Health program and the School of Nursing PhD in Nursing program. 

The following are also used in the grading system: 

Incompletes 

Incompletes (I) may be given at the discretion of the instructor when a student is unable to complete all course requirements because of circumstances beyond his or her control. Incomplete (I) grades are used by the Health Sciences programs and the Schools of Medicine and Dental Medicine as described in the school section of this Bulletin. If a grade is not reported by the deadline date appearing in the academic calendar, or if the instructor does not extend the period for completing the course requirements, the grade of I will automatically be changed to U or I/F as appropriate. The grade of I/F will be averaged as F when computing the grade point average (GPA) or determining other aspects of the academic standing of the student. Under unusual circumstances, an instructor may extend the period for completing the course requirements. In such cases, the instructor must notify the respective schools’ Deans Office in writing of the new deadline. 

No Record 

An instructor may assign a grade of No Record (NR) for students in the Schools of Health Technology and Management, Nursing, Social Welfare and Public Health Program.

The Schools of Dental Medicine and Medicine do not use the NR grade. The NR grade is assigned for students who have never (to the instructor’s knowledge) participated in the course in any way, but appear on the final grade roster for the course. Undergraduate grades of NR that have not been replaced by a final grade or by withdrawal (W) by the end of the ninth week of the fall semester (for spring NR grades) or by the end of the ninth week of the spring semester (for fall NR grades) will be converted to one of the following grades: N/F for letter graded course, N/U for courses graded A-C/U or S/U. The grade of N/F will be treated as a failure (F) for the purposes of academic standing and will be averaged as a failure (F) in the computation of the student’s GPA.

Graded/Pass/No Credit Option (GPNC)

Graded/Pass/No Credit Option (GPNC) may not be used by undergraduates in the School of Health Technology and Management, School of Social Welfare and School of Nursing. 

Reserved/Registered 

A Reserved (R) grade is used by the Schools of Health Technology and Management, Medicine, Nursing and Social Welfare to indicate attendance during the first course in a sequence for which a final grade will be assigned only at the completion of the second course in the sequence. R grades are not computed in the GPA. 

Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory or Satisfactory/Failure 

A Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory (S/U) or Satisfactory/Failure (S/F) grading basis may be used by the Schools of Health Technology and Management, Nursing, Social Welfare and Public Health Program in specially designated courses where finer grading distinctions are impractical, and an S/U grading policy is announced in the course description provided by the school. No other grades may be assigned in such courses. The School of Dental Medicine uses S/U grading and adds an Honors (H) grade for all clinical courses and seminars, and those specifically identified by the school. F grades are computed in the grade point average, S and U grades are not computed in the GPA. 

Withdrawal

A mark of W is recorded when the student withdraws from a course after the add/drop deadline noted on the academic calendar for Undergraduate and Graduate students. The W is not calculated into the grade point average.

Repeating/retaking Courses

With the approval of the program director, a student may repeat or retake a course. All grades having assigned points and credit hours will be included in the grade point average, but a given course which has been repeated may be counted only once in satisfying degree requirements. Definition: Repeating-to take a course again that is marked as "may be repeated. Examples include topic's courses, teaching seminars or internships. Retaking-to take a course again that is not marked as "may be repeated".

Academic Renewal Policy

Students who have not been enrolled at the University for at least 10 consecutive semesters and/ or have previously earned a degree or certificate from Stony Brook University, may be eligible for academic renewal. For graduate level students, an exception to this policy can be made at the discretion of the Health Sciences Schools. In this policy, the student’s cumulative grade point average and cumulative credit total will be calculated based on course grades earned as of the date of academic renewal, although the original grades and grade point average remain on the transcript. After academic renewal, students must earn 55 credits in residence to be considered for degrees with distinction. For eligibility requirements, see a representative in your Health Sciences School.

degree progress report

For more information on the degree progress report for Undergraduate students, please follow this link

Academic Standing

The academic standing of Health Sciences students is subject to the policies of the school in which the student is enrolled. Each school has a committee on academic standing which is advisory to the dean. Appeals from decision of deans are directed to the senior vice president for Health Sciences.

Similar procedures are followed in cases where academic dishonesty is alleged to have occurred. Refer to the academic standing requirements for each in subsequent “School” sections of this Bulletin.

Academic Integrity

Intellectual honesty is the cornerstone of all academic and scholarly work; academic dishonesty is viewed as a serious matter. Detailed policies and procedures for hearings and other matters are provided in the “School” sections of this Bulletin.

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