Grading

Final grades for all students and mid-term grades for day school freshmen and new day school transfer students must be posted via Br. LUWIS. Please submit these grades no later than their due date. It is expected that you will inform all your students about their mid-term grades and keep them informed about their academic progress during the semester. You can access Br. LUWIS from the Tools menu of the portal.

It is highly recommended that you use the Gradebook in your Canvas course as the best way to provide students with up-to-date grade information.  For more information, see the Grading and Providing Feedback page of the Faculty Guide to Canvas.

If the class contains a majority of first-year students, some formal evaluation of these students should begin in the first six weeks of the semester so that the mid-term assessment/advisement can be conducted on a firm basis. You are encouraged to use the GradesFirst system throughout the semester to identify first-year students in particular who are struggling in some way or who may be exhibiting at-risk behaviors in your class. Doing so will initiate communication with the students’ advisers and the Assistant Director in the Center for Academic Achievement, who will then reach out directly to the student. For more information about using GradesFirst to file early alert/at risk reports, contact Melissa Gallagher (x5115).

UNDERGRADUATE

In assigning grades, faculty have the option of using +/- grading system (Note: There are no A+ or D- grades.) Those faculty who do not wish to use +/- grades may assign A, B, C, D, F, etc. Please include an explanation of your grading policy on your syllabus which you distribute on the first day of class.

A = Superior I = Incomplete
B = Very Good W = Withdrawal
C = Average M = Military Leave of Absence
D = Passable S = Satisfactory
F = Failure U = Unsatisfactory
X = Audit

A “+” adds 0.33 to the numerical equivalent of a grade and a “-” subtracts 0.33 from that numerical equivalent. For example, B+ = 3.33, B = 3.00, B- = 2.67

Incomplete

The Incomplete grade (“I”) grade is a provisional grade given by an instructor to a student who has otherwise maintained throughout the semester a passing grade in the course, but who has failed to take the semester examination or complete the final project for reasons beyond his or her control. All “I” grades that have not been removed within three weeks of the last regular examination of the semester become Fs. When it is physically impossible for the student to remove this grade within the time limit, he or she must obtain a written extension of time from the Assistant Dean of his or her school.

Withdrawal

The W grade is assigned when a student officially withdraws from a course prior to its completion. It is the student’s responsibility to contact their Dean’s Office to request a withdrawal. The request must be filed on or before the “Last day to withdraw from a class,” as published in the Academic Calendar located in the current edition of the graduate catalog and on the University Web site.

GRADUATE

The Graduate Catalog details the academic policies and procedures related to graduate education. The following is the breakdown and definitions of grades distributed for courses completed:

A indicates the demonstration of a superior level of competency
A– indicates the demonstration of a very good level of competence
B+ indicates the demonstration of a good level of competency
B indicates the demonstration of an average, satisfactory level of competency
B– indicates the demonstration of a less than average level of competency
C indicates a level of competence below that expected of graduate work.
F indicates failure to demonstrate even a marginal level of competency
I indicates work not completed within the trimester period
M indicates a military leave of absence
W indicates an authorized withdrawal from a course unit after the trimester has commenced.
S indicates a satisfactory level of competence
U indicates an unsatisfactory level of competence
X indicates audit

The grade points awarded for each letter grade are as follows:

A = 4.00 B– = 2.67
A– = 3.67 C = 2.00
B+ = 3.33 F = 0.00
B = 3.00

Incomplete

An Incomplete grade (“I”) is a provisional grade given by an instructor to a student who has otherwise maintained throughout the semester a passing grade in the course, but who has failed to take the semester examination or complete the final project for reasons beyond their control. “I” grades are not granted to students automatically. Rather, the submission of an “I” grade is at the discretion of the course instructor to whom the student must make the request for an “I” grade. A student who receives a grade of “I” for a course must complete the remaining work within the timeframe of the next semester immediately following that in which the “I” was submitted (regardless of whether the student is enrolled in course work or not during that subsequent semester). The instructor sets a time limit for completing the work no later than the last day of final examinations of the following semester. If the work is not completed successfully within that time, the “I” will remain on the transcript permanently. The student must re-register for the course and complete the course with a satisfactory grade to receive credit for the course. When it is impossible for the student to remove this grade within the time limit, they must obtain a written extension of time from their program director, as well as the dean of their school.

Withdrawal

The W grade is assigned when a student officially withdraws from a course prior to its completion. It is the student’s responsibility to contact his/her Graduate Director’s Office to request a withdrawal. The request must be filed on or before the “Last day to withdraw from a class,” as published in the Academic Calendar located in the current edition of the graduate catalog and on the University Web site.