The importance of midterm exams or other early graded assignments cannot be over-emphasized; they are frequently the first gauge the student has as to how well or how poorly he or she is doing in a particular course. For this reason it is imperative that the Danger of Failing notices for sophomores, juniors and seniors as well as the mid-semester grades for freshmen are submitted to the Office of Academic Records in a timely fashion.
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 Faculty Tab of My.Fordham.Edu provides the ability to grade your courses online (see Teaching Resources 7.3.5 for more detail). Banner will list the classification, degree expected term and college of each student. This allows the faculty teaching their school's courses to report midterm letter grades for any freshmen in their courses and to identify those sophomores, juniors and seniors who are in danger of failing and report the reason for the poor performance using the rubric provided.
2.6.1 Fordham College at Rose Hill and the Gabelli School of Business
The period for midterm exams is listed in the University’s academic calendar. At this time in October and March, all instructors are expected to advise their students of their academic progress. Examinations given at this time should be administered within the scheduled class meeting.
Faculty are required to submit mid-semester grades, as described above. Similar forms will also be distributed by the HEOP office, and the Academic Advising Office for Student Athletes.
2.6.2 Fordham College at Lincoln Center
Since the dean's office closely monitors student performance, please respond expeditiously to requests for information on any student experiencing academic difficulty. If reached soon enough, many of our students can be helped to succeed through tutoring and academic advising. Note that each FCLC student is assigned a personal academic adviser. Should problems arise, the adviser is often in the best position to help. Faculty members are also required to submit mid-semester grades, as described above. Please be sure to use this opportunity to identify these students so that they may be warned about their unsatisfactory performance while there is still time for them to attempt to rectify their deficiencies or to withdraw from the course before the deadline.
2.6.3 Fordham School of Professional and Continuing Studies
Midterm exams should be administered in class during the weeks in October and March as designated in the University’s academic calendar. Instructors are also expected to advise students of their academic progress immediately thereafter, and are required to submit mid-semester grades,as described above.
Timely evaluation and notification is helpful to students in determining which corrective actions might be taken or whether it would be prudent to withdraw from the course prior to the deadline for doing so without academic penalty.
2.7 Reading Days
Reading days are listed in the Colleges’ academic calendars for FCRH, FCLC and GSB (day). They are usually the two days followingthe last day of classes. Mandatory classes are not allowed during this time, but optional review sessions may be scheduled.
The purpose of these daysis to give the student the opportunity for independent and more concentrated study prior to the examination period. The reading days, like the final examination days, are part of a state-mandated fifteen-week semester. It is understood that the readings done during this period are part of the student's regular course work, and under no circumstances are additional assignments to be given for these days. It is expected that faculty involved in teaching increase their presence on the campus during this period and be more accessible to their students byoffering additional office hours.
2.8 Final Examinations
It is expected that final examinations will be administered in each course, except in special cases where a final project is pedagogically appropriate. The day, time, and room for the final examination are scheduled by the Office of Academic Records. The current version of the final exam schedule can be found on Fordham’s website at www.fordham.edu/enrollment_services
(For evening courses in any college and for weekend courses offered in Fordham School of Professional and Continuing Studies, final examinations are scheduled for the same day, time, and room as the course itself.) A final examination may not be rescheduled without the written permission of the Associate Dean. Examination booklets will be distributed by the Departments.
All instructors are expected to retain copies of their students’ final examinations for at least one calendar year in case students request a consultation about them. Accrediting organizations require that final exams be kept on file. Each examination should be labeled with the course number and title, semester date and the instructor's name. The Dean's Office of each school will notify their faculty about the procedure for submission of these materials to their office after the exam is administered.
Final examinations may never be given during the last days of class prior to the final examination period, nor can they be given during reading days. For the current academic year, the Deans have scheduled common modern language final examinations on the afternoon of the second reading day. Take-home exams must be distributed in a timely fashion during the last week of classes and be due no earlier than the regularly scheduled examination date. Whether for an in-school examination or otherwise, all students and the instructor are required to meet for a last course session during the final examination period.
If a student has two or more examinations scheduled on the same day and time, he or she should arrange with the instructor to take one exam at another time. If that is not possible, the student should be instructed to see their Class Dean as soon as possible.
2.9 Absence from Final Examinations
A student may be excused from taking the final exam at the normally scheduled time and be given a grade of ABS only for illness, personal emergency, or some special contingency. See 3.2.1 for more detail.
If a student has permission to take a deferred examination, the procedure to do so varies by the college. In most cases, the deferred exam should be completed in a timely enough manner, so that the professor can grade the exam and submit a change of grade form. See Change of Grade Section 3.3 for more detail.
2.9.1 Fordham College at Rose Hill.
If there are students absent with an excuse from the final examination, copies of deferred examinations are normally left with the Chair, Associate Undergraduate Chair or secretary of the department offering the course when the final grade sheet is submitted. Faculty offering interdisciplinary courses will normally leave the deferred examination with their home department. The Chair, Associate Chair or secretary will arrange for the administration of the deferred examination and return of the examination to the instructor for grading.
2.9.2 Fordham College at Lincoln Center
If a student is absent without prior arrangement from the final exam, the instructor shall assign a grade of ABS and provide the Office of Academic Records with a copy of the final exam. The deferred exam will be administered by the Office of Academic Records and the completed exam returned to the instructor for grading. It is the student's responsibility to apply for the deferred exam and provide the necessary documentation of the excuse.
2.9.3 Fordham School of Professional and Continuing Studies
The ABS grade gives the student permission to take a deferred exam. No form is necessary for this grade. An ABS should not be given automatically, but only where the student has earned such consideration by his or her attendance and serious effort during the term. If it is necessary to give a student a grade of ABS, please submit a new exam to the PCS Office at the relevant campus. Students will be notified in writing that they have an ABS and the "deferred exam" will be administered by the Dean's Office on a scheduled day and time and then sent to the instructor for grading.
2.9.4 Gabelli School of Business
GSB faculty may give students with a valid excuse/absence from a final examination the grade of ABS This grade indicates that the student was absent from the final exam and that you are allowing them to make up this missed final exam or you are giving them the opportunity to make a case for why they should be allowed to make up the final exam. Students will be notified in writing that they have an ABS and will be instructed to contact their professor so that they may arrange to make up the exam with the faculty member directly or so they may make up the exam in the Dean's Office.This should be determined by the student and the professor. It is the professor’s responsibility to be prepared to offer the student a make-up exam and bewilling to either proctor ithim/herself or have the exam delivered to Elizabeth Cardiello in Hughes Hall, Room 500A, (extension 4100) so that the student may arrange to take the make up exam here in the GSB Dean's Office.
2.10 Postponement of Examinations
Rules for postponing final exams due to inclement weather follow the rules for the cancellation of classes due to weather (10.9). If the Vice President closes the university during the scheduled examination period, the Dean of the appropriate College in consultation with the Office of Academic Records will establish the new time for the examination.
2.11 Proctoring Examinations
In order to sustain a climate of academic integrity, extra care should be taken to develop alternative examinations and to proctor examinations during the allocated testing period.
2.12 Students' Evaluation of Educational Quality
Students' Evaluation of Educational Quality survey, known as SEEQ, is administered onliine each semester near the end of the term.