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Instructors' Authority and Responsibility to Assign Grades
This policy establishes the authority and responsibility of the instructor of record to assign student grades, subject to limited exceptions.
Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs
November 19, 2014
November 19, 2014
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Reason for Policy
Recognition of the authority of instructors of record to assign grades is required under Higher Learning Commission Assumed Practice 1.C. With the authority to assign grades comes the responsibility to do so. Late, missing, and placeholder grades are punitive to students who must meet completion and grade point average standards.
Consequences for Not Following Policy
Failure to assign a grade or to change a grade of I, IP, or NG by the deadlines established in this policy will be considered adequate cause for disciplinary action under Part II, Section 17 of the Faculty Handbook, unless the instructor has been incapacitated by illness, injury, has experienced the death of a relative, or has another special circumstance.
Grades Assessing the Quality of a Student’s Work – Grades of A, A-, B+, B, B-, C+, C, C-, D+, D, D-, and F for courses approved during the curriculum process to use the letter grading system; grades of S or NC, for courses approved to use the Satisfactory/No Credit system, and grades of P or F, for courses approved to use the Pass-Fail grading system. Grades of P or F may be used to assess the quality of a student’s work in a course approved for letter grading if approved by Census Date by the instructor of record, subject to limitations set forth in Grades, Quality Points, and Grade Point Average policy.
Grades That Explain Why the Quality of a Student’s Work Was Not Assessed – Grades of AU, AW, CW, GW, I, IP, MW, and SW.
Placeholder Grades -- The filing of grades for a course that do not assess the quality of each student’s work. This grading practice is evidenced by the assignment of the same grade to most students in a course and the subsequent change of those grades for most students.
For following policy: All individuals assigned as instructors of record for Fort Lewis College courses.
For enforcement of policy: Registrar, Department Chairs, and Deans.
For oversight of policy: Provost.
For communicating grade assignment and grade change procedures to instructors: Registrar.
For issuing timely reminders about grading responsibilities to the faculty: Registrar.
For reporting of late, missing, and suspected placeholder grades: Registrar.
For notification of policy: Policy Librarian