The designation of Quality/Non-Quality (Q/NQ) grade has been devised to encourage students to take interesting and challenging courses outside their general area of knowledge. Quality work is C- or better; non-quality work is D+ or less. A student must request this grade designation during the fourth week of a fall or spring semester, or the eighth day of an interim or summer session. The grades Q and NQ are not counted in the cumulative average; both the Q and NQ grades, however, do appear on the student’s transcript. The student may reverse the Q/NQ designation and request to take the final grade earned, but to do so must inform the Registrar’s Office of this reversal within 30 days of the end of the semester in which the course was taken. Reversing the designation may occur only once per course and applies only to courses not offered Q/NQ only.
In addition to any courses offered Q/NQ only, no more than three courses may be registered for Q/NQ; Q/NQ options may be used in the general studies area and for electives, but not in the major. Students are limited to one Q/NQ course in each of the sophomore, junior and senior years. Any course first elected as Q/NQ and later reversed will count toward the maximum number allowed.