Policies for Teaching Evaluations, Final Examinations, and Grading

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Teaching Evaluations

College faculty legislation requires departments to evaluate their teaching. This can be by either:

  • Online evaluation (Fall): Available to students beginning 8:00am on Monday, November 26th through 11:59pm on Friday, December 7.
  • Paper evaluations: should be completed in the last week of classes, and must be collected in ways that preserve student anonymity. The instructor should not collect them, and the instructor should not have access to teaching evaluations until after final grades are submitted.

Final Examinations and Other End-of-Semester Exercises

Deadlines to Enter Grades

  • Fall semester grades must be submitted via Faculty Center by 8:00am on or before the last day the university is open before winter break.
  • Spring semester grades must be submitted via Faculty Center on or before the day the university re-opens after commencement.

If you are not submitting your own grades, be sure your department office has your grades in time to meet the deadline. If you are unable to submit your grades by your department’s deadline, please contact College Registrar Melanie Holland Bell (255-4833).

Grading Process

  • Per university regulations, grades must never be transmitted via e-mail.
  • The Fall 2018 grade roster will be created on Wednesday, December 5.
  • Grades are entered into the grade roster in Faculty Center for each student individually, or multiple grades may be uploaded from an Excel spreadsheet.
  • The Grade Roster status should never be changed. If the grade roster status is changed to "Ready for Review" you will not be able to enter any more grades. If you accidentially change the status to "Ready for Review," please e-mail as_advising@cornell.edu to have the Grade Roster unlocked.
  • Please assign everyone on your grade roster a grade.
  • ​When assigning a grade of INC (incomplete) or F (failing) grade, you must also complete the on-line reporting form found here by the grading deadline, 8:00am on Friday, December 21. ​Choose the “Failing & Incomp” tab at the top of the page to search for an individual student or filter (using “more options”) to find your class roster and complete the appropriate form.

Incomplete Grades

A grade of Incomplete (INC) may not be given merely because a student fails to complete all course requirements on time. An Incomplete is only permissible when two basic conditions are met:

  1. The student has substantial (normally > 50%) passing equity in the course, e.g., all requirements have been completed satisfactorily except for a term paper or final exam.
  2. The reason(s) for failure to complete all course requirements is convincing to the instructor and beyond the student's control.

This policy is in place to prevent abuse; deferring the completion of some major course requirement could give a student an advantage over his or her classmates by obtaining additional time to do a superior job. The option of an incomplete is purely an instructor decision, and may not be elected at the student’s own discretion. Any student making up an incomplete should not sign up for the class again. On the incomplete form that must be completed on https://olgaa.cornell.edu, the instructor will be asked for the following information:

  • Reason for issuing an incomplete
  • Work that remains for the student to complete
  • The percent of the course's work that is outstanding
  • Tentative grade for course work completed to date
  • Deadline for completion of the remaining work
  • The outcome if the student fails to complete the required work (either change to F/U, provide a grade based on completed work, “freeze” the incomplete).

Grades of R

An R is a temporary grade and must be assigned after the first half of a two-semester course. The grade assigned at the end of the whole course is the final grade for both halves.

Changing Grades

The college accepts grade changes only when you explain that the original grade was assigned in error. It is not permissible to allow a student to complete a course or hand in additional work after you have submitted a grade for that student; you should not change a grade simply due to pressure from a student, unless the grade you assigned was wrong. (See the 2010 Faculty Handbook, Changes in Grades.) If necessary, refer students to College Registrar Melanie Holland Bell (255-4833). Official grades can be changed by using OLGAA, the On-Line Grade Adjustment Application.