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.
 

Grading Policy for the Spring 2020 semester:

All classes that as of the start of the semester had planned to offer a final exam will be graded on a mandatory Satisfactory(S)/No Credit (NC) basis, with an S being the equivalent of a grade of D or higher. 

All other classes, (i.e. classes where no final exam was scheduled as of the start of the semester), will be graded on an optional S/NC basis, with an S being the equivalent of a grade of D or higher. The faculty member will grade the exam as they would under existing grading policies (set forth above), and the student may convert the grade to an S or an NC with the deadlines and procedures previously specified by the Registrar’s Office, and set forth here. Any election would not count toward the two class maximum to which students are normally limited, as further described above.

These exceptional policies do not apply as to any course for which all work, including any final exam or paper, was completed before spring break.