New England College of Optometry 2014-2015 Catalog
 
 
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Academic Policies

Resolution of F Grade

A grade of “F” may be resolved by repeating the entire course at the next regularly scheduled course offering OR by taking a special examination within 5 weeks following the term in which the grade of “F” was earned.  The instructor of record will have the right to decide which of these options is to be chosen.  In extenuating circumstances, a reasonably equivalent course may be allowed with the approval of the Vice President/Dean of Academic Affairs or designee.

A student receiving an “F” in the Spring Term is advised to remain in the Boston area if he/she is going to be allowed to take a special examination or is required to repeat the course if it is offered over the summer.

A student who makes up an “F” grade by taking a special examination will have the grade transcribed as “FD”, which is equivalent to a “D” grade and will be used for GPA calculation.  Academic warning or probation will remain for the term even though the change from an “F” to “FD” may qualify for the removal of academic warning or probation.

If taking a special examination does not satisfactorily resolve the grade of “F”, the student will be required to repeat the entire course at the next regularly scheduled course offering.  This may require a modified program which may extend a student’s graduation date.  When a student repeats the course in which an “F” was earned, both grades will be transcribed on the student’s transcript and will be used for GPA calculation.