Grading in RHET Department Courses
How will I be graded in RHET courses?
All courses will use a letter grade system. The final percentage grade corresponds to the letter grade as seen below.
Percentage Letter Grade
- There are no D-, IP, or I grades in RHET/CORE 1010 and RHET 1020 courses.
- There are no D-, or IP grades in RHET 2220, and all 3000/4000 level courses.
Who assesses my work in RHET courses?
Your instructor is the one who assesses your work. All instructors are well trained so as to offer consistent, fair, and valid grading across sections. Instructors use the same or similar rubrics for most major assignments. Also, faculty meet throughout the semester to discuss the nature of assignments and to grade sample papers to ensure similar grading.
How will I know at what level (or grade) I am performing during the semester?
Your instructor will be giving you detailed feedback throughout the semester, helping you to understand your writing and performance level for the course. If at any point in the course, you do not feel that you know your performance level, you should set up a meeting with your instructor. It is particularly important that you have an understanding of your performance level prior to the course drop deadline, so that you can make any necessary decisions or adjustments. If you feel you have insufficient feedback on your performance from your instructor and the course drop deadline is approaching, then you need to quickly seek a meeting with your instructor.
I’m having trouble completing all the work by the end of the semester. What options do I have?
For RHET 1010, CORE 1010, or RHET 1020, your options are limited, as there are no IP (In Process) or I (Incomplete) grades given in these courses. Thus, all grades for all students must be submitted at the end of the semester. No grades can be “delayed” until later. This means that all work for the course must be submitted in a timely manner and as per your instructor's guidelines. You may talk with your instructor about trying to extend the final assignments deadlines by a day or two, but this is up to the instructor’s discretion, as the instructor has to have enough time to submit final grades by the registrar's deadline.
For RHET 2220, 3000, and 4000 level courses, in some limited circumstances, an “I” (Incomplete) grade may be possible, but this is only for exceptional situations (medical emergencies, family deaths, etc). In most cases though, the work for the course must be submitted in a timely manner and as per your instructor's guidelines. You may talk with your instructor about trying to extend the final assignments deadlines by a day or two, but this is up to the instructor’s discretion, as the instructor has to have enough time to submit final grades by the registrar's deadline. In both emergency and nonemergency situations, you should speak to your instructor as soon as you can.
Can I appeal a specific assignment grade?
If you have a concern about a grade on a specific assignment, you should carefully review the assignment’s prompt, guidelines, any rubric that might have been given for the assignment, as well as any feedback the instructor gave on the graded assignment. After having carefully reviewed all of this, if you still feel your work should have earned a higher grade, then request a time to meet with your instructor. You should go to the meeting prepared to explain why according to the assignment details and rubric that you feel that your work deserves a higher grade. The ultimate decision for the grade though lies with the instructor.
Can I appeal the final course grade given to me by the faculty?
If you have a concern about your final grade in the course, you should attempt to meet with the instructor as soon as possible, and specifically before final grades have been submitted to the Registrar’s office. When you meet with your instructor, you should have evidence-based reasoning based on assignment prompts, rubrics, etc. to support why you believe your work deserves a higher grade.
After the final grade has been submitted by the instructor to the registrar, the instructor will have some availability to explain, but not negotiate the grade. Further details about the instructor’s availability will be in your syllabus. If you have questions or concerns about your final grade, you should be prepared to ask specific questions, specifically referencing assignment prompts, rubrics, syllabus policies, etc. Pay close attention to your instructor’s explanation, because while a student might not like their final grade, nevertheless, they can see through their instructor’s explanation that the grading was done fairly and as per grading guidelines.
However, in the rare cases where a student still feels that their grade is unjustified according to the course syllabus, assignment prompts, and given rubrics, then the student can go through an official academic grievance process. This process requires very specific steps and should be followed carefully. You can read about the academic grievance procedures by clicking here.