Grading policies are detailed in the Faculty Handbook. It is your responsibility to become familiar with these policies. In general, grading policies are:
Grades given for credit-bearing classes are A, A-, B+, B, B-, C+, C, C- and F (for failing work). Ds are not awarded for graduate work. Students may not take required courses pass (P)/no-pass (N), except for their 590 (capstone/thesis) course. Grades may not be changed except in cases of errors in calculating grades. If a student has not yet turned in all the required work, only a grade of Y (incomplete) or F may be given and later changed. Please let SCS know immediately if you are pressured in any way to alter a grade.
Grades given for credit-bearing courses are: A, A-, B+, B, B-, C+, C, C-, D, F. As there are no fixed guidelines, computing of grades left to discretion of the instructor to formulate a fair grading scale. You are asked to retain graded papers and examinations that have not been returned to students for at least six months following the end of the quarter. Assignment of a grade of X or Y requires submission of the Y Authorized Incomplete and X Unauthorized Incomplete forms. See the Faculty Handbook for details.
In rare circumstances, students may be granted an Authorized Incomplete, designated with a grade of Y. Students must get advance permission from you to receive an Authorized Incomplete if they are unable to complete course work to merit a final grade. Before you grant an incomplete, discuss the situation with the student to determine whether an incomplete grade is appropriate. Incompletes should not be given to allow more time to improve a grade, but may be allowed when a student's circumstances change and he/she is prevented from finishing a large portion of work for the course. Graduate students do not need to petition SCS for incompletes. Undergraduate students submit Student Affairs Committee petition. Please refer to the Faculty Handbook for incomplete grade procedures.
Final grades are submitted in CAESAR. SCS does not accept grades in any other form, including paper grade sheets or emails, or through the gradebook feature in Blackboard. Do not leave blank grades in CAESAR. Your NetID must be active to submit grades. A letter grade, or X or Y to indicate incomplete course work, should be assigned to each student.
Grading starts at the beginning of the final week of the quarter and concludes just after the end of the quarter. Your academic program will notify you of grading deadlines each quarter. If you encounter problems while trying to submit grades in CAESAR, please contact the Northwestern University Office of the Registrar at 847-491-5234. Timely grade submission is a matter of chief importance to the SCS Dean and to our students.
Any suspected instances of academic integrity violation should be reported immediately to the Assistant Dean of the program in which you are teaching. Please see the Faculty Handbook for policies and procedure.