Monday, June 10, 2002 Volume 67, Issue 145



SGA votes in support of the 'Q' grade policy

By Greg Jones
The Daily Cougar

During a specially called senate meeting, the Student Government Association adopted a resolution on Wednesday supporting the Undergraduate Council's "Q" grade policy.

The Undergraduate Council's policy was agreed upon during its May 8 meeting. Changing or amending the grading system has been the focus of the council since Chairman Ross Lence suggested the UH policy be addressed. More than 25 years had passed since it was last changed.

The council also looked into the University's policy on incomplete grades.

During the May 8 meeting, the council voted overwhelmingly to add a letter grade of Q to the grading system for students who withdraw from a course they are currently failing.

A grade of W would be given to passing students who withdraw from a course. The current policy for dropping or withdrawing from a class will remain unchanged.

"We think the addition of the letter grade Q is better for the student body," said Byron McKinney, a sophomore hotel and restaurant management major.

The grade of Q would not be included in the calculation of a student's semester or cumulative grade point average.

The grade of Q may be assigned after the last day to drop or withdraw without receiving a grade and before the final day to drop or withdraw. Students will be permitted a maximum of five Q grades during their undergraduate studies. Any additional Q beyond that limit counts as an F for the purposes of calculating a student's GPA.

The new policy would not adversely affect a student's GPA provided the student doesn't exceed limit.

Any changes to the University's grading policy must be approved by Provost Edward P. Sheridan.

The SGA senate will next meet at 7 p.m. Wednesday in the Bluebonnet Room of the University Center. The senate is expected to further address the proposed grading policy as well as a grade replacement bill. Students are allowed to address the senate at the beginning of a meeting.

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