University of Pittsburgh

Grading Guidelines

  1. Limited enrollment courses are clinics, seminars, the first-year Legal Analysis and Writing course, and all courses in which the Dean has permitted an enrollment limit.
  2. Large courses are all courses taught by full-time faculty members that are not limited enrollment courses and all courses taught by adjunct faculty members with an enrollment of at least 15 students.
  3. Faculty members teaching first-year large courses and adjunct faculty members teaching large courses are required to utilize a median “B” grade.
  4. Faculty members teaching first-year large courses and adjunct faculty members teaching large courses are required to assign “A+,” “A” and “A-” grades to approximately 20% of the class.
  5. Faculty members teaching first-year large courses and adjunct faculty members teaching large courses are required to assign grades of “C+” and below to approximately 20% of the class.
  6. Full-time faculty members teaching large upper-level courses are encouraged to utilize a median “B” grade.
  7. Full-time faculty members teaching large upper-level courses are encouraged to assign “A+,” “A” and “A-” grades to approximately 20% of the class.
  8. Full-time faculty members teaching large upper-level courses are encouraged to assign grades of “C+” and below to approximately 20% of the class.
  9. Full-time faculty members teaching limited enrollment courses and adjunct faculty members teaching courses with enrollments of 14 or fewer students are encouraged to utilize a median “B+” grade.
  10. Faculty members teaching seminars and clinics may elect whether to grade the course on the current letter grade basis (in which case the B+ median guideline would apply) or on an Honors/Pass/Fail basis. For those electing the Honors/Pass/Fail option, a guideline of approximately 33% of Honors grades is recommended.
Effective Fall Semester 2014.

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