Academic Integrity

At Goodwin College, we value integrity as an essential component in our interactions with each other. We believe that the purpose of higher education is for students to learn to think critically and to express their own opinions using their own ideas. The concept of academic integrity in all intellectual pursuits is a value that is fundamental to academic life and scholarly practice. All students at Goodwin College are obligated to uphold high standards of academic integrity in their scholarship and learning. It is expected that students take personal responsibility for their work and acknowledge the ideas of others. Academic integrity means doing one’s own work and giving proper credit to others whose ideas and work a student is utilizing. It is the responsibility of each student to become familiar with what constitutes academic dishonesty and plagiarism and to avoid all forms of cheating and plagiarism.

Goodwin College defines academic dishonesty as including, but not limited to, (a) plagiarism: presenting, as one’s own, the ideas or words of another person or persons for academic evaluation without proper acknowledgement and (b) cheating: providing or receiving assistance in a manner not authorized by the instructor in the creation of work to be submitted for academic evaluation including papers, projects, and presentations.

The entire Policy on Academic Integrity is available in the Student Handbook and on the College website in the Undergraduate College Catalog.

Grading System

Grades are an indication of the standard of academic work performed. Throughout their program of study, students will be continually apprised of their academic progress. Students’ grades are provided at the end of each course. Students may view their unofficial transcript by logging into their Sonis account. Requests for official transcripts must be filled out online at: https://www.goodwin.edu/forms/transcript-request/. Students must pay a $10.00 administrative fee which can be paid by debit, credit, or PayPal. Official transcripts are released by the Registrar's Office only after all other offices have issued clearances for the student.  If students need their transcript expedited within 1-3 business days, there will be a $25.00 charge and the transcript must be picked up in person at the Registrar’s office. Personal checks will not be accepted for expedited requests.

Goodwin College uses the following academic grading system. The chart also describes the impact of each grade on a student’s academic progress.

Grade Quality Points Explanation Included in Credits Earned Included in Credits Attempted
A (93-100) 4.0 Excellent Yes Yes
A- (90-92) 3.7 Excellent Yes Yes
B+ (87-89) 3.3 Good Yes Yes
B (83-86) 3.0 Good Yes Yes
B- (80-82) 2.7 Good Yes Yes
C+ (77-79) 2.3 Satisfactory Yes Yes
C (73-76) 2.0 Satisfactory Yes Yes
C- (70-72) 1.7 Below Average Yes Yes
D+ (67-69) 1.3 Poor Yes Yes
D (63-66) 1.0 Poor Yes Yes
D- (60-62) 0.7 Poor Yes Yes
F (below 60) 0.0 Fail No Yes

Grades followed by an "R" on transcripts indicate that the course has been repeated.

Grades not used in the calculation of Grade Point Average:

Grade Quality Points Explanation Included in Credits Earned Included in Credits Attempted
P N/A Pass Yes Yes
TR N/A Transfer Credit Yes Yes
UG N/A Ungraded No Yes
CBE N/A Credit by Examination Yes Yes
AU N/A Audit No No
W N/A Withdrawn No Yes
INC N/A Incomplete No Yes
EC N/A Credit Awarded for Experiential Learning Yes Yes

Grade points are calculated by multiplying the number of quality points of each grade total by the total number of assigned credits for that course. The GPA is obtained by dividing the total number of grade points earned by the total number of credits attempted.

A student’s transcript identifies two different Grade Point Averages (GPA). The first is the Semester GPA, which is based on the courses taken only for that semester. The second is a Cumulative GPA (CGPA) that consists of all the courses a student has taken at the College and the grades received for those courses.

Appeal of Grades

Grades are part of the student’s permanent record. In rare instances, there can be situations in which course grades may need to be changed. These include computational errors, clerical errors, or the discovery of overlooked components in a student’s body of work. Students are able to view their final grades in Sonis and are responsible for checking their grades at the end of each semester. Students must appeal a final grade within one semester of the grade's issue date.

A student who believes that an error in grading has occurred may request a review by the instructor of the record until the end of the semester following the one in which the grade in question was earned. Students may appeal a grade by submitting a completed Grade Review Request available in the Registrar's Office. If the instructor believes the change is justified, the instructor will initiate the grade change, and the student will be notified. If the instructor does not agree with the grade change, the student may appeal the decision to the Department Chair within 15 days of the instructor's decision. If this process results in agreement that the grade should be changed, the instructor will initiate the grade change and notify the student. If the agreement is that a grade change is not justified, the Registrar will notify the student in writing with a copy to the instructor. If the problem is still not resolved, the student may appeal the grade to the Goodwin College Appeals Board, the final arbitrator of all grievances. All grade changes must be reported to the Registrar's Office.

Course Incompletes

An Incomplete is a temporary grade assigned by the faculty member. Course Incompletes are counted as credit hours attempted but not earned. Generally, if a student receives an “Incomplete,” (s)he has two (2) weeks from the end of the course to complete all course requirements in order to receive a grade for that course. If requirements are not met, the incomplete will be converted to an “F”. Academic standing will be recalculated after the “INC” is replaced with a grade. In both cases the final grade will then be included in calculating the student’s GPA and count as credits attempted. In cases where the Incomplete has been issued for a prerequisite course, the student may not be allowed to move on to the higher level course if the Incomplete has not been replaced with a satisfactory grade.

Credit Hours

Goodwin College complies with federal regulations defining the credit hour and describes all collegiate courses in semester credit hours. A credit is a unit of academic achievement that is awarded upon successful completion of a course and is not necessarily an indicator of credit transferability. Goodwin College offers three semesters in a calendar year. An academic year consists of the three semesters beginning in September. Each semester is 15 weeks in length. Two semesters constitute an academic year for purposes of financial aid. Day and evening courses are 15 weeks in length. For a complete description of the College's credit hour policy and procedures, refer to the College's website: http://www.goodwin.edu/policies/.

Satisfactory Academic Progress

All students must maintain Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP), defined as achieving minimum academic standards, progressing at a satisfactory rate toward program completion, and completing the program of study within the maximum time frame, in order to remain enrolled in the college. Graduate students must earn a Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA) of 3.0 and a rate of completion (PACE) of 66.7% throughout the course of their program.