Here is a packet of helpful information regarding grading. This includes step by step instructions on how to enter grades, deadlines, policies and support information.
Quick Tips for Grading (Please feel free to email me to add your quick tip):
- Log into faculty center (www.facultycenter.cornell.edu). Make sure to click on the "Grade Roster" icon (icon looks like a little blue person pointing to the left). This is the 3rd icon from the left next to your class. Gradebook is not being used by the University at this time and will give you an error if you click on it.
- Once your grade roster is open, enter your grades and hit "Save.” This is all you need to do. Do not change the Approval Status to "Ready for Review" this will lock you out of the grade roster if you need to make changes. Contact me (SLL33) if you change the approval status and I can change it back for you as long as the grades are not posted. You only need to hit "Save" and your grades will post at 2pm.
- Grades post daily at 2pm during the grading period. You have until 2pm to change your grade before they post. Once posted, a Manual Grade Form is needed to change it.
- Don't forget to Review, Review, Review and Save, Save, Save frequently!!! The grade roster times out after 5 minutes of inactivity. This means if you are entering grades that will take longer than 5 minutes please save every 4 minutes so you do not lose your grades.
- If you are uploading your grades please save the file as "Tab Delimited (.txt)." I have found that the CSV or comma delimited upload does not work.
- The numerical designation for the term for Spring 2013 is "2517".
- Enter "V" for Audit grades. All audit grades need to have a grade entered for them. Please do not leave them blank.
PeopleSoft Support for Faculty and Staff
If you are experiencing problems with faculty center please call the Office of the University Registrar helpdesk at 607-254-4795 or send an e-mail to email@example.com.
5.0 ACADEMIC POLICIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
Taken from Pages 82 - 84 of the Cornell University Faculty Handbook
Only the instructor of the course has the responsibility and authority to judge the quality of a student's work and assess the appropriate grade. No one can overrule instructors and require them to go against their judgment of the work. Grading must not be arbitrary or capricious or influenced by illegal discriminatory considerations. To avoid the influencing of grades by improper consideration or student pressure, a grade, once given, may only be changed if an error in the original grade is claimed by the instructor. The instructor should be willing to review the basis of an assigned grade with an inquiring student and correct the grade if an error is found. The evaluation of the quality of the student's work is solely up to the instructor, but the grade must not contain a punitive element for an offense against academic integrity if the student has been found innocent of this offense by a duly constituted board.
In May 1965, the University Faculty adopted the Cornell University Grading System, a letter system of grading with shadings of pluses, minuses, and variations in grade-point values, as well as a system of symbols to be used in lieu of grades. The grading system is attached as appendix 8. It is also available from the Office of the Dean of Faculty and available online here.
The S-U System
Alongside the letter-grade system stands an S-U System, in which S means satisfactory, as defined by performance that would be graded C- or higher and U means unsatisfactory, as defined by performance that would be graded below C-. Grades of S and U are not given grade-point values or taken into account in computing grade-point averages. The purpose of the S-U System is to encourage students to venture into courses outside their main areas of familiarity without great risk to their academic record. The border between S and U is not the same, however, as that between pass and fail in the letter-grade system. Credits toward the fulfillment of graduation requirements are earned for courses evaluated S but not for those graded U. The various schools and colleges differ in the restrictions they place on the election of SU grading over letter grading. But in those courses where college rules and course procedures allow it, the election is a student option that must be exercised within the first three weeks of the beginning of the term. Students may not defer the decision in the hope of first seeing the letter grade they are likely to earn.
The symbol of Incomplete is only appropriate when two basic conditions are met:
- The student has substantial equity at a passing level in the course with respect to work completed
- The student has been prevented by circumstances beyond his/her control, such as illness or family emergency, from completing all of the course requirements on time.
An Incomplete may not be given merely because a student fails to complete all course requirements on time. Such a practice would be open to abuse; by deferring completion of some major course requirement, a student could gain advantage over his or her classmates by obtaining additional time to do a superior job. This is not an option that may be elected at the student's own discretion.
While it is the student's responsibility to initiate a request for an Incomplete, reasons for requesting an Incomplete must be acceptable to the instructor, who establishes specific make-up requirements. An Incomplete allows a specified amount of time determined by the student's college of registry, for completing course work. The instructor has the option of setting a shorter time limit than that allowed by the student's college. Several colleges require that a statement signed by the instructor be on file indicating the reason for the Incomplete and the restriction, if any.
The consequences of failure to complete all course work within the time permitted will depend upon the policy of the student's college of registry. Some colleges convert the Incomplete symbol to a grade of F; others let the Incomplete stand on the student's transcript. In either case, the option to make up the work is lost. It is the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences policy to revert all incomplete grades to an "F" upon graduation.
It is the responsibility of the student to see that all Incompletes are made-up within the deadline and that the grade change has been properly recorded with the student's college registrar.
Faculty under no circumstances should give an Incomplete due to pressure to meet the deadline for reporting grades. The symbol Incomplete becomes a permanent part of the student's transcript, even when a grade is later submitted.
Late grades should be avoided. They often result in unwarranted academic actions or even in students not being able to graduate on time. Furthermore, late grades must be posted by hand at considerable expense and do not appear on grade slips and may prevent students from receiving recognition for academic achievement.
Changes in Grades
Each semester's work is an entity and grades are to be assigned for work completed during the normal period of the semester. Subsequent changes in grade may be made only in the event that the instructor made an error in the assignment of the original grade. As a matter of equity, grades must not be changed after the end of a semester because a student may have subsequently done additional work.
Posting of Grades
Posting of student grades by name or a personally identifiable number is prohibited under the terms of the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 (FERPA). However, a student waiver authorizing disclosure of educational records by means of a personally identifiable number (e.g. a student ID number) is acceptable provided that such consent is in writing, dated and signed by the student. [NOTE: A name or social security number must never be used for this purpose.] If instructors use this method, the waiver must be for a specific course; must be for a specified period of time (semester, academic year, etc.); must specify the records to be disclosed; and must be retained by the instructor of the course for a period of one year after its expiration. Students should not be coerced into signing a waiver, as the law requires that it be voluntarily given. Instructors may post grades for students who do not want their student ID number used by establishing a unique identifier known only to that student and the instructor.