Faculty has primary responsibility for assigning grades, but they do not give them; rather students must earn them. Grades represent an instructor’s impartial, professional evaluation of a student’s work on a given assignment or in a given course.
Misunderstanding arises occasionally when students confuse effort and efficacy. Some faculty place a high premium on effort; others look almost exclusively at results; most consider both.
At the outset of any course, the students taking it should receive, in writing, a clear statement of the course requirements and grading standards. Students who do not receive such a statement should promptly ask their instructor to provide it. In the unlikely event the instructor fails to comply, the requesting student has the responsibility to report that failure to the appropriate Division chair.
The Division Chair, in turn, has the responsibility to assist the requesting student to obtain, in writing, a clear statement of the course requirements and grading standards. If additional assistance is necessary, the student has recourse to the Dean of the College.
If a student wishes to appeal a grade, please visit the Grade Appeal policy web page.