### Grading Policies and Class Test Statistics- WS 2008

Monday, March 24, 2008 11:26 AM

The guidelines for determining final grades are detailed below.  See also, Delayed Grade and Extra-Credit guidelines.

All course grades will be posted in the online grade book in the class MyGateway site. Individual grades can be accessed via the My Gateway web site.  Select "Tools" and click on "My Grades." The grades in MyGateway are for individual tests, quizzes, and assignments only. Final grade calculations are made using the schema described below. The "total points earned" found in the grades area of MyGateway will reflect your final grade.

Test 2

 As: 3 (9.7%) Bs: 13 (41.9%) Cs: 8 (25.8%) Ds: 4 (12.9%) Fs: 3 (9.7%) Mean: 76 Median: 80 Mode: 88 (4, 12.9%) N: 31 (34) Range: 98-50

Test 1

 As: 8 (22.2%) Bs: 9 (25%) Cs: 10 (27.8%) Ds: 4 (11.1%) Fs: 5 (13.9%) Mean: 77.6 Median: 78 Mode: 94 (5, 13.9%) N: 36 (38) Range: 94-44

Grading:

Final grades will be calculated based on a total of 800 points. Items included in calculating your point total:

NOTE: All course grades will be posted in the online Grade book in the class MyGateway site.  Students can access there individual grades via the "My Grades" link located in the "Tools" area of the class MyGateway site.  The grades in MyGateway are for individual tests, quizzes, and assignments only.  The "total points earned" found in the grades area of MyGateway will reflect your final grade.  Final grades will be based on the following scale:
 744 and above A 720-743 A- 696-719: B+ 664-695: B 640-663: B- 616-639: C+ 584-615: C 560-583: C- 536-559: D+ 504-535: D 480-503: D- 479 and below: F

Percentages displayed for "current estimated grade" (also test scores) in the MyGateway grade book represent letter grades as follows:

 93% and above A 90-92% A- 87-89%: B+ 83-86%: B 80-82%: B- 77-79%: C+ 73-76%: C 70-72%: C- 67-69%: D+ 63-66%: D 60-62%: D- 59% and below: F

Extra Credit: The idea of "extra" credit is an oxymoron.  There is only credit! THERE IS NO EXTRA CREDIT in my classes.  If you are having difficulties with the course work, get help as early in the semester as possible.  Adding more work will NOT help you, and if you cannot do the regular work adequately, any additional work will not be to your benefit.  More IS NOT (necessarily) better.  Rather than worrying about doing more work-FOCUS on the regularly assigned work and do it to the BEST of your abilities.

Delayed Grade Policy: If a student is unable to complete test 4 (due to exceptional circumstances), a Delayed Grade can be negotiated.  Students MUST contact the instructor by 5:00 pm on the last day of test 4 to document their reason for being unable to complete the test, and to request a delayed grade.  If students DO NOT initiate the request for a delayed grade, a score of ZERO (0) will be assigned for any uncompleted work.

Delayed grades MUST be made up by the end of the following semester (Summer and Interim Semesters excluded).  Failure to make-up a delayed grade by the end of the following semester will result in an F being recorded for the course grade.  Delayed grades WILL NOT be extended past one semester unless exceptional circumstances (as decided by the instructor) are evident.

Delayed grades MUST be made up by the end of the following semester (Summer and Interim Semesters excluded).  Failure to make-up a delayed grade by the end of the following semester will result in an F being recorded for the course grade.  Delayed grades WILL NOT be extended past one semester unless exceptional circumstances (as decided by the instructor) are evident

Individual grades can be accessed via the My Gateway web site.  Select "Student Tools" and click on "View Grades."

NOTE: CONDUCT FOR WHICH STUDENTS ARE SUBJECT TO SANCTIONS FALLS INTO THE FOLLOWING CATEGORIES:

1. Academic dishonesty, such as cheating, plagiarism, or sabotage. The Board of Curators recognizes that academic honesty is essential for the intellectual life of the University. Faculty members have a special obligation to expect high standards of academic honesty in all student work. Students have a special obligation to adhere to such standards. In all cases of academic dishonesty, the instructor shall make an academic judgment about the student's grade on that work and in that course. The instructor shall report the alleged academic dishonesty to the Primary Administrative Officer.

a. The term cheating includes but is not limited to: (i) use of any unauthorized assistance in taking quizzes, tests, or examinations; (ii) dependence upon the aid of sources beyond those authorized by the instructor in writing papers, preparing reports, solving problems, or carrying out other assignments; (iii) acquisition or possession without permission of tests or other academic material belonging to a member of the University faculty or staff;(iv) knowingly providing any unauthorized assistance to other student on quizzes, tests, or examinations.

b. The term plagiarism includes, but is not limited to: (i) use by paraphrase or direct quotation of the published or unpublished work of another person without fully and properly crediting the author with footnotes, citations or bibliographical reference; (ii) unacknowledged use of materials prepared by another person or agency engaged in the selling of term papers or other academic materials; (iii) unacknowledged use of original work/material that has been produced through collaboration with others without release in writing from collaborators.

c. The term sabotage includes, but is not limited to, the unauthorized interference with, modification of, or destruction of the work or intellectual property of another member of the University community.

2. Forgery, alteration, or misuse of University documents, records or identification, or knowingly furnishing false information to the University.

3. Obstruction or disruption of teaching, research, administration, conduct proceedings, or other University activities, including its public service functions on or off campus.

4. Physical abuse or other conduct which threatens or endangers the health or safety of any person.

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