Keystone College Policies
The current grading system is presented below with the quality point equivalents used for calculating grade point averages (GPA):
Grade Quality Points
Term Grade Point Average (Semester GPA)
The term grade point average is calculated by dividing the number of quality points earned during the term by the number of credits attempted during the term. Only courses for which letter grades of "A," "A-," "B+," "B," "B-," "C+," "C," "C-," "D+," "D," or "F" have been earned are included. For a repeated course, only the most recent grade is used. Grades earned at other institutions are not included.
Cumulative Grade Point Average (Cumulative GPA)
The cumulative grade point average is calculated by dividing the number of quality points earned in all courses taken while at Keystone by the number of credits attempted for all courses taken while at Keystone. Only courses for which letter grades of "A," "A-," "B+," "B," "B-," "C+," "C," "C-," "D+," "D," or "F" have been earned are included. For a repeated course, only the most recent grade is used. Grades earned at other institutions are not included.
This grade indicates that the student has not completed the course requirements at the time that grades were reported to the registrar. The student must make arrangements with the instructor prior to the final exam if he/she wishes to receive a grade of incomplete. (Forms are available in the Office of the Registrar.) Instructors should agree to award a grade of incomplete only in the case of exceptional circumstances. Mere inability to submit work on time, or missing the final exam, do not constitute valid reasons for a student to be awarded a grade of "I". The deadline for the completion of the coursework is four weeks into the next semester. If the coursework is not completed within the specified time frame, the in-progress grade will become an "F."
IP (In Progress)
This grade indicates that a grade was not assigned at the time grades were printed. Use of an in-progress grade indicates that a course is continuing beyond the customary term. The deadline for completion of the course is four weeks into the next semester. If the coursework is not completed within the specified time frame, the in-progress grade will become an "F."
This grade indicates that the student received a grade of "C" or higher in a course graded on a pass/fail basis. Students earn the credits for courses with a grade of "P." However , the "P" is not included in the calculation of the semester GPA or the cumulative GPA.
This grade indicates that the student withdrew from the course during the second third of the term. The grade is not included in the calculation of the semester GPA or the cumulative GPA.
WF (Withdrew Forgiven)
This grade indicates the student has received an academic fresh start for the semester(s) indicated with WF grades. The grade is not included in the calculation of the semester or cumulative grade point average (GPA).
Grade reports for classes taken in the traditional or Weekender term are available to students at midterm and at the end of the term. Grade reports for classes take in intersession or summer session(s) are available only at the end of the term. According to federal law, grade reports are issued only to the student. Exceptions will be made upon written request by the student to send grades to parent(s) or guardian(s), or upon subpoena by court order. All grade reports are available through My KC, the College's on-line system.
By federal law, to obtain a transcript, the student must submit a signed, written request to the Office of the Registrar. Students may submit the request in person or by writing to: Office of the Registrar, Keystone College, One College Green, La Plume, PA 18440-1099. Exceptions will be made for transcripts issued to parents or guardians who provide documentation that the student meets the federal guidelines as a dependent student, or upon subpoena by court order.
Keystone College does not fax transcripts or accept faxed requests for transcripts. Transcript requests will not be processed until the required fee is paid. Transcripts are usually processed within three to five days of receipt of the request. However, the processing time may be longer during certain times of the academic year, such as registration periods, final exam week, and the week leading up to Commencement.
A $5 fee is charged for all transcript requests.
No records will be released if the student's financial account with Keystone College has not been cleared.
A student will earn term honors by meeting all of the following criteria:
1. Achieving the required semester grade point average (GPA) for the semester:
- President's List 4.00
- Dean's List 3.70-3.99
- Honors List 3.50-3.69
2. Earning a grade of "C" or higher in all courses completed during the semester.
3. Completing a minimum of 12 credits in non-repeated courses during the semester. Because "P" 3. grades are not used in calculating averages pass/fall credits cannot count in meeting the 12-credit minimum.
A student will earn graduation honors by meeting all of the following criteria:
1. Achieving the required cumulative grade point average (GPA) in non-repeated courses at the time of graduation:
- Summa Cum Laude 3.90 - 4.00
- Magna Cum Laude 3.70 - 3.89
- Cum Laude 3.50 - 3.69
2. Having no more than one-fifth of the total credits earned at Keystone toward meeting graduation requirements in pass/fail courses.
Department of Academic Affairs