Oklahoma State University Center for Health Sciences
Oklahoma State University Center for Health Sciences

Academic Information

Evaluation of achievement in a given subject is the official responsibility of the assigned instructor. Grading of achievement is based upon predetermined criteria that are announced to the students at the beginning of each course. For details regarding academic policies, please refer to the Academic Standards Handbook.

Academic Grading System

The grading standard for all College courses will be a numerical system ranging from 0 to 100 percent, with 70 percent as the lowest passing grade except for courses designated as pass/fail. Guidelines describing the method and factors involved in determining numerical grades will be presented in the course syllabus for each course.

Meaning of Grades Grade Points
A - Excellent (numerical range 90-100%)
B - Good (numerical range 80-89%)
C - Satisfactory (numerical range 70-79%)
D - Marginal (numerical range 65-69%)
U - Unsatisfactory (numerical range 64-below)
ST - Satisfactory
I - Incomplete
AU - Audit
W - Withdrawal
WP - Withdrawal in good academic standing
WU - Withdrawal not in good academic standing

Grades will be awarded based on students’

  • class preparations
  • class attendance and participation
  • examination scores
  • personal and professional conduct

A cumulative grade point average will be maintained for each student to be calculated as follows:

The total number of credit hours attempted for which a permanent grade has been assigned (A, B, C, D or U) will be divided into the total grade points earned.

Course Evaluation and Grade Posting Course Evaluation and Grade Posting

Each student has a responsibility as a professional to provide constructive evaluation of each course, clinical rotation, and instructor in the curriculum. In the first and second years, this responsibility will be met by participation in the course evaluations routinely administered by the Office of Academic Affairs.  The final grade for first and second year courses will not be posted with the registrar until the student has completed and submitted their evaluation of the course.  At the time grades are submitted, and until the evaluation is completed (online), a grade of “I” will be posted for that course.  For third and fourth year, the Site Evaluation Form is considered a requirement for each clinical rotation.  The Site Evaluation Form is due within seven days of completing each clinical rotation.  Failure to comply with the Site Evaluation deadline can result in being dropped a letter grade for the rotation, having to repeat the rotation or receiving an “N” non-cognitive grade.

Class Ranking

While the grade point average (GPA) is calculated as above, class ranking and academic awards are based on numeric grades. The rank is calculated based on the numeric grade earned multiplied by the credit hours in each course.

Non-Cognitive Academic Evaluation

Students are expected to conduct themselves in a manner consistent with the standards of the osteopathic medical profession. This expectation is embodied in the Requirements for Graduation “that the student exhibits the ethical, professional, behavioral and personal characteristics necessary for the practice of osteopathic medicine.” A non-cognitive academic evaluation of S (satisfactory) or N (needs improvement) is assigned in every course and rotation. Refer to the academic standards handbook for details.

If a student is required to repeat an entire course and does so successfully, the original grade remains unchanged on the transcript and a second entry of that course number will show the new grade.

Course Credit by Examination

Qualified students may be able to satisfy requirements of certain courses by demonstrating competence in the course subject areas by successfully completing a comprehensive examination. Students who are repeating an academic year under probationary status are not permitted to obtain course credit by examination.

Faculty members and the course coordinator responsible for the course determine a student’s eligibility to obtain course credit by examination with approval from the Dean.

Certain clinical education courses are excluded from credit by examination. Refer to the Student Handbook or the Academic Standards Handbook for this information.

Academic Dishonesty

Academic dishonesty is behavior in which a deliberately fraudulent misrepresentation is employed in an attempt to gain undeserved intellectual credit, either for oneself or for another. Read the full policy in the OSU-COM Academic Standards Handbook.

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