Grading Policies for Faculty
- Reading Days (fall and spring only) - No class
- Exam Policies
- Grades and Grading Policies
- Incomplete Grades
- S/U Grade Option
- E/U Grades and Financial Aid
- H Grades
- Posting Student Grades
The two days before the start of examinations in the fall and spring semesters, generally a Thursday and Friday, are designated reading days. No classes or exams are held on these days. Refer to UF Rule 6C1-7.055 (PDF).
Term examinations may be held during the regular class time or evening assembly exams and may be arranged for Monday-Friday from 8:20-10:10 p.m. (periods E2-E3) for the fall and spring terms and Monday-Friday from 7:00-9:25 (periods E1-E2) for the summer terms. If other classes are scheduled during an exam time, instructors must provide make-up class work for students who miss class because of an assembly exam.
Final examinations are determined by course meeting times except for certain large courses. Final examination times are published in the schedule of courses. No student is required to take more than three final exams in one day. If two exams are scheduled at the same time, assembly exams take priority over time-of-class exams. When two assembly exams or two time-of-class exams conflict, the course with the higher number will take priority. Refer to UF Rule 6C1-7.055 (PDF).
Grades and Grading Policies
Instructors are responsible for setting the grading scale in their courses. There is no standard. If a change of grade is needed, instructors should contact their department grade coordinator for the proper forms and procedures. Instructors submit grades to the Office of the University Registrar at the end of the semester using the secure Grade-A-Gator system. UF Grade Policies for Students
I and N Grades - Incomplete and No Grade Given
An incomplete grade may be assigned at the discretion of the instructor as an interim grade for a course in which the student has completed a major portion of the course with a passing grade, been unable to complete course requirements before the end of the term because of extenuating circumstances, and obtained written agreement from the instructor and arranged for resolution of the incomplete grade. Instructors are not required to assign incomplete grades.
I* or N* grades indicate the non-punitive initial-term receipt of an I or NG. A grade of I* or N* is not considered a failing grade for the term in which it is received, and it is not computed in the grade point average. However, if the I* or N* has not been changed by the end of the next term for which the student is enrolled and receives grades, it will be counted as a failing grade and used in computation of the grade point average.
For purposes of determining grade point average after the initial receipt of an I* or N* grade, the three summer terms are considered collectively as a single term. I* and N* grades are not assigned to graduating students; they receive punitive grades of I or NG.
An I grade should not be assigned to a student who never attended class; instead instructors may assign a failing grade or no grade at all, which will result in assignment of N*.
If make-up work requires classroom or laboratory attendance in a subsequent term, the students should not register for the course again. Instead, the student must audit the course and pay course fees.
If the make-up work does not require classroom or laboratory attendance, the instructor and student should decide on an appropriate written plan and deadline for completing the course.
When the course is completed, the instructor will submit a change of grade to the Office of the University Registrar. These procedures cannot be used to repeat a course for a different grade.
When all course requirements have been completed, the instructor will submit a change of grade to the Office of the University Registrar.
Grade changes will be accepted and processed by the Office of the University Registrar for a period of one calendar year after the term in which the course was attempted. This policy does not apply to incomplete grades.
Instructors should contact their department grade coordinator for the proper forms and procedures.
Any grade changes submitted after the deadline must be submitted to the appropriate college dean, accompanied by additional information or documentation justifying the extension. If the dean approves the exception, he or she will forward the grade change to the registrar's office.
Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory (S-U) Grade Option
Subject to college degree program and department guidelines, students may take elective course work and earn grades of S (satisfactory) or U (unsatisfactory). S-U grades do not carry grade point values and are not computed in the UF GPA. Such grades are included in a student's permanent record and are reflected on the transcript.
Students must obtain approval for the S-U option and may elect the S-U option for only one course each term. Courses taken to fulfill the Writing and Math Requirement (Gordon Rule) cannot be taken S-U. Instructors can assign grades of S or U only if the course is designated S/U in the curriculum inventory (screen 214) or if the student already has been approved for the S/U Option.
E and U Grades and Financial Aid
To accommodate federal financial aid requirements to determine whether students finished a term, the Office of the University Registrar and the Office of Student Financial Affairs created four new grade options to enable the university to document the status of students who receive failing grades and to reduce the need to return federal financial aid.
The university must return financial aid funds to the federal government if:
- UF cannot document that a student began attending all classes for which he/she was registered.
- A student ceases to attend all classes before the end of the term.
E and U Grade Options:
E - Failure
E0 - Never attended or participated; student's transcript will display an E grade and will be computed as such in all processing
E1 - Stopped attending or participating prior to end of term; student's transcript will display an E grade and will be computed as such in all processing
U - Unsatisfactory
U0 - Never attended or participated; student's transcript will display a U grade and will be computed as such in all processing
U1 - Stopped attending or participating prior to end of term; student's transcript will display a U grade and will be computed as such in all processing
H Grades for Correspondence Courses and Degree Candidates
Now that UF correspondence study courses have been incorporated into the student records system, students enrolled in correspondence courses receive the benefits and penalties attributed to attending traditional university courses.
An H grade, which signifies a deferred grade assignment, is normally assigned at the end of a term when a specific course's class calendar differs from the traditional course calendar. Now that UF correspondence study courses are part of the student records system, H grades will also be assigned to students who have additional time left to complete their correspondence course requirements after the end of the traditional grade cycle. While H grades for traditional courses become punitive at a date determined by the college, H grades for correspondence coursework generally become punitive 32 weeks after course enrollment.
There is one exception, however: H grades received by degree candidates (for undergraduate, graduate and professional courses, and regardless of delivery mechanism) will become punitive when degree certification begins. This is similar to the process used for I grades, which become punitive (and calculated as failing grades) at degree certification. If the degree candidate then finishes a correspondence course, the H grade can be changed as long as the course is finished in a timeframe acceptable to university policies.
Posting of Student Grades
Public posting of student grades using complete social security numbers or university student identification numbers (e.g., the UFID number), or any portion thereof, violates the Federal Educational Rights and Privacy Act. Consequently, faculty should not post student grades in this manner.
For the purpose of posting grades, faculty can assign, or allow students to choose, a unique and confidential identifier (e.g., a 4-digit number) and then post grades using that number, provided that the list is posted in random, not alphabetical order. The unique identifier cannot be part of the student's social security or UFID number.
Alternatively, faculty can institute a web-based system that allows students to look-up grades. The system should be secured by Gatorlink username and password. This function is available in the e-Learning course management system. Faculty using e-Learning can contact e-Learning Support Services in the Office of Academic Technology for technical assistance. Faculty using other course management systems can consult their designated technical support personnel.
Important note: Faculty cannot create Web sites that contain confidential student information unless this information is encrypted and password-protected.