A Flexible Grading System Implementation

The CIU Senate has decided to implement the “Flexible Grading System (FGS)” to eliminate the concerns of our students related to their overall academic success at the educational activities carried out on the digital platform due to the Covid-19. According to this, while it will be possible for our students to receive letter grades as it used to be, they will also have the option to choose to receive Successful or Unsuccessful (PS / PU) grade as they wish. In other words, the “Flexible Grading System (FGS)“ is the conversion of the pass and fail letter grades to pass/fail grades.
Information about the “Flexible Grading System (FGS)“  implementation is explained below in a question and answer form.

1. In which academic semester and for which programs the FGS is valid for?
The FGS will be applied according to the demands of our students limited to the 2019-2020 Spring Semester only once in associate, undergraduate, and graduate programs. The FGS grading option will be valid for all courses corresponding a 4-point grading system.

2. When and how will the applications be made?
The application dates for the transformation of the Letter Grades to the FGS system (PS/PU) will include the day determined in the 2019-2020 Spring Semester Academic Calendar for the Announcement of the Semester Grades and the first three working days following the announcement of the Re-sit/Make-up exam results. Our students will be able to use their PS/PU grade request right through the CIU-SIS without any need for permission/approval for each registered course.

3. Which letter grades are corresponding to the PS and PU?
In Associate and Undergraduate Programs; A-, B +, B, B-, C +, C, C-, D +, and D grades correspond to the PS (Successful) grade, F, and D- grades correspond to the PU (Failed) grade.
In Master's Programs; A, A-, B +, B, B-, C +, and C grades correspond to the PS grade, C-, D +, D, D- and F grades correspond to the PU grade.
In Ph.D. Programs; grades A, A-, B +, and B correspond to the PS grade, and B-, C +, C, C-, D +, D, D- and F grades correspond to the PU grades.

4. Which grade will be given to the course in case of absence?
NA (Absent/Unsuccessful due to attendance) grade will not be given in the Spring Semester 2019-2020.

5 Will the FGS request be made for the W and I grades?
For the W grade, the FGS grade cannot be requested, and regarding the regulation for the I grade, the FGS grade can be requested within 3 working days following the submission of the letter grade by the unit within 15 days.

6. Will the PS and PU grades are included in the semester (CGPA) and grade point average (GPA) calculations?
The PS and PU grades will not be included in the semester (CGPA) and grade point average (GPA) calculations. The coefficient multiplier of the PS and PU grades is zero. The PS and PU grades will be recorded in transcripts and explained as footnotes.

7. Will the PS grade be included in the graduation credit calculation?
The PS grade will be included in the graduation credit calculation.

8. Is it possible to convert the PS/PU grade back to a letter grade?
No. A course evaluation converted from a letter grade to the PS/PU grade upon student request will not be converted back to a letter grade system. The grade change can be made for a course only once.

9. How will the average (GPA) of the student who started taking courses for the first time in the 2019-2020 Academic Year Spring semester and whose all courses are PS/PU be calculated at the end of that semester?
If the student started taking courses for the first time in the 2019-2020 Academic Year Spring semester and whose courses are all PS/PU at the end of that semester, the grade point average will not be formulated since the grade point average for the 2019-2020 Academic Year Spring semester can not be calculated. The grade point average will be determined based on the letter grades taken in the following semesters.

10. How will the grade point average of the student who is in the second or at a higher semester of 2019-2020 Academic Year Spring Semester and whose courses are the PS/PU be formulated?
Student’s Grade Point Average, who is in the second or higher semester of the 2019-2020 Academic Year Spring Semester and whose courses are all the PS/PU, will not be calculated in the 2019-2020 Academic Year Spring Semester, however, the credits of the courses will be counted. The CGPA at the end of the 2019-2020 Fall Semester will be equal to the CGPA at the end of the Spring Semester.

11. How will the Academic Warning or Honor/High Honor status of the student who requests the FGS be determined?
Academic Warning or Honor/High Honor status will be determined based on the 2019-2020 Spring Semester grade point average which is calculated before the FGS request based on the letter grades.

12. How will the graduation degree and ranking of the student who requests the FGS be determined?
Graduation degrees and rankings will be determined based on the 2019-2020 Academic Year Spring Semester grade point averages, which are formed before the FGS requests and based on the letter grades.

13. Can a different grading system be applied for the existing courses in two different programs such as major, double major, or minor?
No. A different grading system will not be used for the existing courses in two different programs such as major, double major, or minor.
The Rector's Office shall be authorized for matters not mentioned here and/or not clear or for applications that cannot be submitted on time for a valid reason.