Grades

Grading policy is governed by the Berkeley Academic Senate and each school or college. Grades are posted to the official transcript the day after instructor approval. Students can view their grades in CalCentral.

Go here for detailed information on grading policies and regulations. Please note that the grades P, S, NP, U, I, and IP carry no grade points and the units in courses so graded are excluded in determination of the grade-point average.

 

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Check My Grades

To access grades before the end of the term, use the GPA calculator in CalCentral. To do this, select the current term card and look at the GPA calculator. Students’ grades are displayed when they are posted, however, please be patient: in some cases, grades may take up to one day to appear after posting.

After the term ends, final grades will appear on the term card.

 

Appeal a Grade

If you believe your instructor submitted an incorrect grade because of a clerical (for example, computational) or procedural error, please speak directly with your instructor.

If you believe that your instructor has used nonacademic criteria (for example, race, religion, gender, or politics) in assigning your grade, you can appeal the grade. Begin the process by speaking with your instructor and/or the Students Ombudsperson.

Your next step is to try to resolve the issue by speaking with the department chair. If you cannot resolve your dispute informally, there is a formal procedure you can follow that is outlined in the Berkeley Academic Guide under "Academic Policies."

Resolve an Incomplete Grade

FOR GRADUATE STUDENTS
The method of replacement of the I grade by a final grade will be determined by the Dean of the Graduate Division and the Graduate Council. 

FOR UNDERGRADUATE STUDENTS
Summer 2016 and prior: 

  1. Complete the course work as agreed upon with your instructor by the deadline.
    • Fall term: First day of instruction of following fall term.
    • Spring and summer terms: First day of instruction of following spring term.
  2. Complete the Petition to Remove an Incomplete Form
  3. Turn in completed course work and the Petition to your instructor. Do not re-enroll in the course to remove your incomplete.

Fall 2016 and after:

  1. Complete the course work as agreed upon with your instructor by the deadline.
    • Fall term: First day of instruction of following fall term.
    • Spring and summer terms: First day of instruction of following spring term.
  2. Instructors will change grades for Incompletes.

Note: The I grade has no effect on the GPA.

Request an Extension for an Incomplete Grade

If you are unable to finish a course on time, you may request an extension from the Dean of your College or School prior to the completion deadline (see "Resolve an Incomplete Grade" above).

Repeat a Course

You may repeat a course only if you received a grade of D+, D, D-, F, or no pass (NP).

If you earned a grade of D+, D, D-, or F, and have taken the course only once:

  • You must take the course for a letter grade.
  • Both grades will show on your transcript, but only your most recent grade will be calculated into your GPA.

Note: If you have repeated more than 12 units of credit, the above does not apply.

If you earned an NP, and have taken the course only once before, you may:

  • Repeat the course for either a letter grade, if allowed in the course
    OR
  • Take the course a pass/no pass basis

12-Unit Repetition Limit

  • Repeat the course for either a letter grade, if allowed in the course.
    • On a pass/no pass basis.
    • If you repeat courses in which you received a D+, D, D–, or F, the units are counted only once and only the most recently earned grades and grade points are used for the first 12 units repeated.
    • If you repeat more than 12 units, your grade-point average is based on all grades assigned and total units attempted.

Freeze an Incomplete Grade

If you are unable to complete your work by the completion deadline, your I (incomplete) grade will be converted (or lapsed) to an F (or NP if the course was taken pass/no pass basis). The F grade will be included in computing your GPA.

However, you may request to freeze an Incomplete grade by submtting a Petition to Retain Incomplete Grade Permanently on Record Form with the Dean. (Follow the same completion deadlines that are noted in "Resolve an Incomplete Grade" on this page.) No more than two I grades can be frozen.

Note: Please discuss this with an adviser. Once the I grade is frozen, you cannot repeat the course, nor may the grade be removed by taking an equivalent course.