By the start of the term, every department must identify, for each course offering, the instructor responsible for the course.
- Instructor responsibility
- The instructor who is in overall charge of a course offering is accountable for all grades given to students. Responsibility for grading or evaluating student work in a course may be assigned to a teaching assistant or grader but ultimate responsibility remains with the instructor for the course. All individuals who grade or evaluate student work in a course must have a formal affiliation with the course (e.g., as instructor of record, teaching assistant, paid grader).
- Instructors in charge of a course with multiple sections or laboratories must take reasonable steps to ensure that grading across sections or laboratories is consistent.
- If the instructor in charge of a course has left the institution or is no longer available, the department or academic unit has the authority to handle grades and grade changes for the course. The department or academic unit should assign a regular faculty member to be accountable for grades after the course has ended.
- Students in every course must be clearly informed via the syllabus or class schedule of who is ultimately responsible for assigning grades in the course.
- Student questions about grades
- Students have the right to request and receive an explanation for a grade during and after the course but have no right to challenge the academic merits of any grade.
- Students may seek an explanation for a grade until the end of the following semester (not including summer session). The instructor is obligated to provide an explanation for a grade within a reasonable time if a request is made by the end of the following semester. The instructor is not obligated to reconsider the grade.
- If a student does not receive an explanation for a grade from the instructor within a reasonable time of making a request, the student may consult the director of undergraduate studies, director of graduate studies, or department chair for assistance in obtaining an explanation. Students also may seek assistance from the campus student conflict resolution office.
This policy is not applicable to the Duluth campus.
Reason for Policy
This policy clarifies both the accountability and responsibility for assigning grades; and for responding to requests for explanations about the grades.