Instructors are encouraged to become familiar with Faculty Senate Policies 47-00, 48-00, and 49-00 regarding grades. Please pay particular attention to the two main components of policy 47-20, Basis for Grades:
- This policy emphasizes that students’ grades are to be based on the instructor’s judgment of student scholastic achievement. The instructor is considered the academic authority within a course he or she is teaching, with the backup of the academic unit offering the course.
- This policy states that the basis for grades must be provided to students in writing at the start of the course. An explanation of how final course grades are determined should be stated in the course syllabus, but you should review that document to confirm that your grading basis is properly relayed. You are encouraged to be familiar with the published grading system and to use it in determining student grades.