In addition to the campus-wide grading system the Leeds School of Business enforces the following policies:

Grade Point Average

A minimum scholastic cumulative grade point average of 2.00 is required at the university, including 2.00 cumulative for all business courses. If either of these GPAs drops below 2.0 you will be placed on Academic Probation for one semester, and if they do not return above 2.0 after one semester you will be placed on Academic Suspension for one Academic year. For graduation you must have a 2.00 cumulative GPA, 2.00 cumulative Business GPA, and a 2.00 GPA in your area of emphasis courses. Certificates also have GPA requirements for completion; see the applicable certificate page for details.

Beginning Fall 2008, students entering Leeds are required to have a minimum grade of C- in all area of emphasis courses.


Students must complete 30 hours of business courses in residence on the Boulder campus after admission to the Leeds School of Business, including all 18 hours in the area of emphasis and the 9 hours in the area of application. Students must be in residence at the campus awarding the degree, and must be registered as a business degree student, during the term of graduation.

Grade Changes

Final grades as reported by instructors are considered permanent and final. Grade changes will be considered only in cases of documented clerical errors and must be approved by the instructor and the associate dean of the Leeds School of Business.


Students in the Leeds School of Business may not use courses taken on a pass/fail basis to satisfy required business, required non-business, or elective business courses, with the exception of an approved academic internship.

  • Only non-business electives may be taken on a pass/fail basis.
  • A maximum of 6 hours of pass/fail credit may be applied toward the B.S. degree in business administration.
  • Pass/fail determination must be made within the first two weeks of the semester and is irreversible.

Incomplete Grades

The only incomplete grade given in the college is I. An I grade is given only when documented circumstances clearly beyond the student's control prevent the student from completing the course.

  • Generally, students should make up the missing work and not retake the entire course.
  • Students should not register for the class a second time, and the work should be made up with the instructor giving the I.
  • All I grades must be made up within one year or the I will be changed to a grade of F.

Failed Courses

Failed courses may be repeated, but the F will be included in the GPA.

Repeated Courses

As of Fall 2010, Course Repetition is no longer an option. All repeat courses will count in the GPA but will only be counted once towards degree progress.


Students may withdraw any time before the beginning of the final examination period.

Grade Appeal Policy

The following shall be the official policy of the academic units of the Leeds School, unless an academic unit submits an alternative procedure to the Dean for approval. When a student believes that a grade has been improperly assigned, and discussions between the instructor and the student have not led to any resolution of the problem, then the student may pursue the following steps:

  1. The student shall have the option of making a formal written appeal to the Division Chair for the instructor’s unit. The appeal must detail the basis for the appeal, including relevant written documentation, specify the remedy desired by the student, and must be submitted within 30 days of the end of the academic term in which the course was taken. The instructor will be provided the opportunity to respond in writing to the student’s appeal.
  2. The Chair will meet (together or separately) with the student and with the instructor who taught the course. If the Chair is unable to secure a solution mutually acceptable to both student and instructor, then
  3. The Chair shall appoint an ad hoc Grade Appeals Committee, which will review the dispute. This Committee shall consist of at least three impartial faculty members competent in the subject matter of the course in question. Members of this committee need not be from the Chair’s division. The Chair will provide the Committee with the student’s appeal and a written response from the faculty member.
  4. Within 30 days, the Committee will submit a report and recommendation to the Chair, and Chair will recommend to the instructor either 1) that the originally assigned grade stands; or 2) that a revised final grade be assigned.
  5. In cases where a change of grade is recommended and the instructor does not wish to accept the recommendation of the Chair, the Chair will forward the written materials associated with the appeal, together with the recommendation of the Chair, to the Dean (or a designee), who will make the final decision on the student’s grade appeal.