Wednesday, October 16, 2013 6:49 AM
The guidelines for determining final grades are detailed below. See also Withdrawal, 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." Students can access their 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 "current estimated grade" found in the grades area of MyGateway will reflect your current estimated grade based on available points at the time of an announcement indicating an update (NOTE: Test and Exam scores are not automatically included in the "current estimated grade." "Current estimated grades" will be updated with exam scores (usually) the day after an exam deadline, and an announcement will be made). Final grade calculations are made using the schema described below.
|As: 4 (9.8%)||Bs: 15 (36.6%)||Cs: 10 (24.4%)||Ds: 6 (14.6%)||Fs: 5 (12.2%)|
|Mean: 50 (77%)||Median: 51 (78.5%)||
Mode: 55 (84.6%)
|N: 41 out of 44 (93.2%)||
Range: 61-31 out of 65
|F range||38 and below|
Final grades will be calculated based on a total of 500 points. Students who submit work past a due date are subject to penalties, point deductions, or not having their work accepted for grading.
72 hour rule: Grade updates will be posted in MyGateway throughout the semester. Students are expected to review their grades on a regular basis--especially following a grade update. I work hard to let you know where you stand in the course at any given time--I expect you to show due diligence and concern as well. Concerns about posted grades must be addressed within 72 hours of grade posting, otherwise posted scores will be considered accurate and final, up to the time of posting.
Items included in calculating the point total:
Academic Dishonesty and other misconduct will not be tolerated. See the partial listing of conduct for which students are subject to sanction at the end of this syllabus. Or, view the entire document by visiting: http://www.umsl.edu/studentlife/dsa/student_planner/policies/conductcode.htm
Withdrawals: From the Office of the Provost--The close of the 12th week of the semester is the last point that a student may drop a class without compelling reasons. Having a low grade at the 12th week point is NOT a compelling reason to drop a class. If there is a compelling reason, e.g. serious illness or injury that incapacitates a student, being called up for military service, the death of an immediate family member, etc. Dropping after the 12th week requires approval of the instructor and the dean. Here’s the Bulletin policy:
To add courses to their original enrollment, students must get approval from their advisers. Students may not enter courses after the first week of a regular semester or the first three days of the summer session. Courses may be dropped, without approval and without receiving a grade, through the fourth week of a regular semester. Spring, summer, and fall session calendars include specific deadlines. Students who officially drop one or some of their classes may have fees reassessed and/or refunded based on the current fee reassessment schedule.
From the fifth through the twelfth weeks of the fall or spring semesters (for summer session, the third through the sixth weeks), students may withdraw from a course with an "Excused" grade, providing they are passing the course and receive the approval of their instructor, adviser, and dean's office representative. Otherwise, a failing grade is given.
Students not attending classes who fail to drop officially receive F or Y grades, depending on how much they participated in class. After the allowable period, "Excused" grades are given only in exceptional instances where the instructor's approval and dean's approval are given. These grades are recorded on the students' official records at the end of the term. If an F grade is recorded, it is counted in computing the grade point average. No partial credit is granted to students who withdraw from a course during any semester or otherwise fail to complete the work required for full course credit.
Written work submitted in this class will be subject to plagiarism checking using SafeAssign.
SafeAssign, a plagiarism detection software, is now available to all students and instructors. This tool checks your paper against proprietary databases of papers and the Internet. After submission, your instructor will receive an “originality report” containing results of the matching process. Your paper will also be added to UMSL’s internal section of the anti-plagiarism database to be used to compare future submissions by other students and to help protect your work from plagiarism.
You can also use SafeAssign yourself to check drafts of your papers. The English Department Writing Lab has created a free course site on MyGateway where you can go to find resources to help you in writing and citing papers properly. By enrolling in this course, you can submit drafts of your work to SafeAssign. You will then be able to privately view the “originality report” and make corrections to your work before submitting it formally to your instructor. Go to http://mygateway.umsl.edu/webapps/portal/frameset.jsp?tab=courses&url=/bin/common/course.pl?course_id=_36517_1 and then click on the “Quick Enroll” link to get access to the free course site.
NOTE: CONDUCT FOR WHICH STUDENTS ARE SUBJECT TO SANCTIONS FALLS INTO THE FOLLOWING CATEGORIES: http://www.umsl.edu/studentlife/dsa/student_planner/policies/conductcode.htm
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