Grades

At semester's end, instructors submit a letter grade for each student in a course. If, because of serious illness or other emergency, you cannot complete all the work for a course, you may request assignment of a grade of "I" (Incomplete) in a course. If you fail to take a final exam in a course at the scheduled time, the instructor will record a grade of "X" (absence from a final exam). An "N" indicates that no grade has been submitted. A detailed discussion of grades is available in the Bulletin of Undergraduate Instruction.

Freshmen and sophomores who excel academically may be eligible for Dean's List and/or membership in the freshmen honor society Phi Eta Sigma.

If you receive low grades (Ds and Fs), it can result in an academic warning, academic probation, or academic withdrawal (see below). You are also at risk of not meeting Continuation Requirements. A summary of the consequences of D and F grades is below.

Grade Enrolled in: Result:
First Semester Freshmen
F 4 credits Academic warning
DD, DF, FF 4 credits Academic probation for succeeding semester
DD, F 4 credits Academic probation for succeeding semester
FFF 4 credits Academic withdrawal from Duke for two semesters
FF 3 credits Academic withdrawal from Duke for two semesters
All other semesters
F 4 credits Academic warning
Second D 4 credits Academic warning
DDD 4 credits Academic probation for succeeding semester
DDD 4 credits Academic probation for succeeding semester
DF 4 credits Academic probation for succeeding semester
FF (passing 3 credits) 5 credits Academic probation for succeeding semester
DDDD Two consecutive semesters Academic probation for succeeding semester
DDDF Two consecutive semesters Academic probation for succeeding semester
DDFF Two consecutive semesters Academic probation for succeeding semester
FF 4 credits Academic withdrawal from Duke for two semesters
F 4 credits Academic withdrawal from Duke for two semesters

Last updated: November 19, 2003