Academic Policies

Pass/Fail Grades

P = Pass. Used only for a passing grade in a Pass/Fail course or when a student selects to register for a course on a Pass/Fail basis. The cutoff for pass is "C–". Semester hours in which the student receives a "P" count toward graduation, but not toward the GPA.

F = Failure. The grade of F is a failing grade and is included in the computation of both the semester and cumulative GPA.

Auxiliary symbols do not carry a quality point value and are not used in the computation of semester and cumulative grade point averages.

WP = Withdraw Passing. Given only to a student who withdraws from a course doing passing work in the middle third of the term. Does not count in the student's GPA.

WF = Withdraw Failing. Given only to a student who withdraws from a course doing failing work in the middle third of the term. Does not count in the student's GPA.

W = Withdrawal. Given only to a student who withdraws from all courses (i.e., withdraws from the College), or from specific curses in cases of emergency during the final third of the semester.

I = Incomplete. Used only when a student cannot, for emergency reasons, complete a course on schedule. Incomplete grades are not given because of procrastination. To receive credit for the course, the unfinished work must be completed within four (4) weeks of the close of the term. If a course is not completed within the extended timetable, the incomplete grade is converted to an "F".

Messiah College: Office of the Registrar

One College Avenue, Suite 3007
Mechanicsburg, PA 17055

717.691.6012

717.691.2366

Registrar@messiah.edu