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3 Grades

3.1 Due Dates for Final Grades

Semester final grades are due within three (3) calendar days of the final examination date in the fall semester and within two (2) calendar days of the final examination in the spring semester. It is critically important that this deadline be observed in the spring semester to enable the clearance of seniors for graduation. Even one or two late ungraded classes can be extremely disruptive to the colleges and to many students. 

In the extraordinary event that this is impossible, the instructor must notify both the Office of Academic Records and the dean’s office. 

Required Reporting: There are 4 reports which are required for all instructional staff. These reports must be filled out via your my.fordham account. Academic Records will contact you via your Fordham email with instructions when these reports are coming up. The reports and tentative dates are noted below:

1. Initial Student Attendance(identified as Last Date of Attendance on my.fordham) - the week following the end of add/drop (check the Academic Calendar for due date of Round 1 Last Date if Attendance);
2. Midterm Grades for Freshmen and Danger of Failing for Other Students (identified as Midterm Grades on my.fordham) - the week following midterm week (check the Academic Calendar for due date of mid-semester evaluations) ;

3. Late Semester Student Attendance(identified as Last Date of Attendance on my.fordham) - the 8th or 9th week of classes(check the Academic Calendar for due date of Round 2 Last Date if Attendance);
4. Final Course Grades (identified as Final Grades on my.fordham) - begins the week of final exams extending for fall grades through the University opening day in the spring semester and for spring grades through commencement day in spring semester (check the Academic Calendar for these events).

The Final Grade Roster may indicate a W by a student’s name. This indicates that after the Add/Drop period, the student withdrew from your course by completing an Add/Drop Form with their dean’s approval. The last day for students to withdraw from a course without incurring a WF is listed in the academic calendar.

 The Faculty Tab of My.Fordham.Edu provides the ability to grade your courses online (see Teaching Resources 7.3.5 for more detail).

3.2 Grading System 

The University grading system includes both grades that can only be given by the instructor of the course and grades that can only be given by other College offices, most notably the Dean’s Office and the Office of Academic Records.

3.2.1 Grades Given by Course Instructors

The most common grades, given by instructors, are letter grades representing levels of academic achievement. These letter grades, their description and their quality points are indicated below: 

Letter     
Grade     
Description Quality
Points
   
A
Excellent; Honors-level work, outstanding.
4.00
A-
Still excellent.
3.67
B+
Very Good; High Level of performance.
3.33
B
Good; Solid & above average level of performance.
3.00
B-
Good; Still above average.
2.67
C+
Average level of performance.
2.33
C
Satisfactory; Acceptable level of performance.
2.00
C-
Minimally acceptable.
1.67
D
Passing, but unsatisfactory; Below average performance.
1.00
F
Failure. Inferior performance.
0.00

 While circumstances may vary, a consistent pattern of giving predominantly very high grades will be viewed with concern. Grade inflation hurts students by undermining the University’s reputation with graduate and professional schools. For further information on grades visit: http://www.fordham.edu/enrollment_services and first select the Grades/Transcripts/Duplicate Diplomas on the left and second select Explanation of Transcript on the left.  NOTE:  The use of approximate percent is at the discretion of the instructor.

Other less frequently used grades are:

NGR: No Grade Reported for Pending Academic Integrity Violation Cases

Students involved in pending academic integrity violation cases will be graded NGR by their instructor until 
notified by the Chair of the relevant Academic Integrity Committee.

P or F for courses taken on a Pass/Fail basis

Sophomores, juniors and seniors are allowed to register for one elective course per year on a Pass/Fail basis. Credit will be granted for a passing grade and no credit awarded for a failing grade. Since there is no numerical equivalent, as noted above for grades representing academic performance, the grade is not computed in the student's GPA index.

No courses used to fulfill a core, major, or minor program requirement may be taken on a P/F basis. Once chosen, the P/F option cannot be rejected in anticipation of a high letter grade; conversely, the likelihood of a low letter grade is not grounds for a belated request for a P/F. In order to take a course on a P/F basis, the approval of the appropriate class dean or associate dean is required.

All internships are graded on a P/F basis only.

ABS Absence from Final Examination

If a student does not appear for the final exam without prior arrangement with the instructor, the instructor should report a grade of ABS. Such absence may be excused only for illness, personal emergency, or some special contingency. Written documentation of the reason for the absence must be provided to the Class Dean within five University working days of the examination date. In the case of illness, an official doctor's note should be provided; in other situations, a written explanation by the student will be sufficient. This documentation will be used to determine whether approval of the request for a deferred examination will be granted. If the request is approved, the deferred examination must be completed by the date specified on the academic calendar, otherwise the ABS will be changed automatically to an F. If the request is rejected, then a grade of F should be recorded as the grade for the final examination. The instructor will then be asked to submit a final course grade, utilizing the grade change form available in department offices and the Dean’s Office.

INC Incomplete Course Assignments, Excluding Final Examination

When a course requirement, other than the final examination, has not been met, the instructor may report a temporary grade of INC. This grade, however, should only be used for rare and compelling reasons, including illness, personal emergency, or some special contingency. An undergraduate student must fill out an Undergraduate Petition for Grade of Incomplete (available from their class dean) prior to the final examination. The petition should include documentation regarding the cause. In case of illness, an official doctor’s note should be provided; in other situations, a written explanation by the student will be sufficient. The student must give the petition to the instructor prior to the final examination. The instructor must sign and submit the completed Undergraduate Petition for Grade of Incomplete to the Office of Academic Records (with a copy to the Class Dean of the student's home school) before marking and sending in the INC grade. The grade of INC will not be allowed unless the Petition is on file.

If the requirements are not completed by the date specified on the academic calendar, the INC will be changed automatically to an F. To avoid this, instructors should use the grade change form available in department offices and/or the Class Dean’s Office to report the change prior to the deadline.

No grade of INC may be awarded to seniors in their spring semester without the express permission of the Senior Dean and then only under extreme situations.

AF: Failure for excessive absence in a course. (Used in PCS only) This mark is equivalent to an academic performance of F with the additional information that this F is associated with excessive absence inthe course.

S or U for courses taken on a Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory basis.

These grades are only used for zero credit courses.

3.2.2 Grades Given by Class Deans and Academic Records

W and WF

Instructors do not award grades of W or WF. Class Deans or Assistant Deans alone award a grade of W (withdrawal without academic penalty) when the student withdraws from a course with their permission before the deadline stipulated in the academic calendar. Normally, the Office of Academic Records records a grade of WF (withdrawal with academic penalty – F is calculated into thestudent’s GPA index) when the student ceases to attend a course without seeing their class dean for formal approval.  See also Section 1.2.

NGR No Grade Reported

When a grade is left blank by the instructor, the Office of Academic Records will record a grade of NGR.

IP In Progress

When a course is part of a year long sequence or else clearly continues beyond a single semester, the Office of Academic Records records IP on the first semester and continuing semesters until the work is completed.

3.3 Change of Grade

When changing the temporary grades of ABS, INC and the NGR imposed by Academic Records, the instructor should submit a change of grade form to the Class Dean prior to the deadline identified in the academic calendar. These forms are available in department offices and in the Class Dean’s Office. For changes in letter grades indicating academic performance (A through F), the instructor should submit the change of grade form to the Dean or the Associate Dean of the student’s home college. Once a letter grade indicating level of academic performance has been submitted to the Office of Academic Records, however, there will have to be an extraordinary reason to change it. This generally consists of a clerical error (reporting or calculating) on the part of the instructor. Students desiring a change of grade should follow the procedure for appealing a course grade which is detailed in Section 5.


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