The grading system also officially includes the following alphabetical grade notations.
- I - Incomplete (See Grading Policies)
- K - Grade held temporarily pending disciplinary action.
- P/NP -- Pass and No Pass (See description below)
- X - Audit (No credit is earned. See description below)
- Y - Temporary grade due to geographic distance until final grade can be posted; also used for internship, thesis and practicum which require extra time.
- Z - Course is interrupted by military service assignment (See description below).
Credits that carry the letter grades of NP, X, Z and decimal grades of lower than 0.7 (undergraduate) and 1.6 (graduate) are not counted as the minimum credits required for graduation.
(P/NP) Pass/No Pass Option
Undergraduate students may elect to enroll for three (3) courses, a total of 15 credits, under the Pass/No Pass (P/NP) option. Only one such course may be within the degree or certificate program. The P/NP option must be declared at the time of registration and may not be requested after the quarter has begun.
The Prior Learning Assessment course (CO 300) is graded only on a P/NP basis and is not counted among the three courses that may be elected for grading under the P/NP option.
To receive a grade of “P” at the undergraduate level a student must have achieved at least 2.0 in the course. Otherwise, a grade of “NP” is received. Neither “P” nor “NP” grades affect the cumulative GPA, but the quarter credits earned from “P” grades count toward total degree or certificate credit requirements.
The P/NP option is unavailable to candidates for graduate degrees and graduate certificates. For graduate courses that are designated as P/NP, to receive a “P” the student must have achieved at least a 3.0 in the course.
(X) Audit Status
The option of auditing undergraduate and graduate courses is available to degree candidates and others whose objective is the acquisition of knowledge or skills that may be gleaned from instruction but who may not want to undertake the written assignments and examinations. Students must check the “Audit” category when they register. Auditors receive a grade of “X” which has no credit value. The regular tuition fee plus any applicable registration or other fees is charged. Alumni of City University of Seattle may also audit courses in their degree programs for a modest fee. Please see the appropriate section about “Auditing Fees” in the Finance Policy section for the details about regular student and alumni auditing fees.
(Z) Military Student Deployment
Special accommodations are administered to students who are in the military services and are deployed. They may exercise one of the following options.
- Be withdrawn from the course at 100% refund to their student account,
- Be withdrawn from the course at 0% refund and receive a "Military Credit Letter (MCL)" that allows them to retake the course in the future at no charge,
- Receive a grade status of "Z" which holds the course open. The Instructor of Record (IOR) must document with the Registrar's Office the students' progress to date so a future instructor may finish grading the remainder of the course only.
Because some students remain deployed over a long period of time and upon their return the instructor is no longer available or the course materials have changed, it is strongly recommended that the student is withdrawn from the course altogether at either at 100% refund or at 0% refund and receive a "Military Credit Letter (MCL)." Each case is considered on an individual basis between student and academic advisor.