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Cornell University School of Continuing Education and Summer Sessions

Grades

Grades

  • Grades for courses in all sessions or periods must be submitted through the Faculty Center. There is a tutorial available to assist you in this.
  • S/U Option: With the approval of the instructor, students have the option of electing letter grades (A+ to F) or the satisfactory/unsatisfactory (S/U) grading option. Please announce to your class and inform the School office whether or not you permit the S/U option. Instructors who approve the S/U option are requested to send students who choose this option to the School office to pick up a Change in Enrollment form before the deadline to change grades.
  • Grades are to be submitted within 72 hours of the final exam, project, or last day of class.
  • To access grade rosters in Faculty Center, you must sign up for Cornell’s two-factor authentication service. If you have already signed up for this service, then please proceed in Faculty Center.

Because students from other colleges and universities may not be familiar with the Cornell S/U grading option, you should make it very clear to those who select this option that credit reported with an "S" grade may not easily apply towards their degree. It should also be mentioned, for the benefit of any public school teachers who might be taking the course, that many school boards demand letter or numerical grades if courses are to be credited toward salary increases.

  • Assigning an Incomplete: The Summer/Winter Session policy regarding the assignment of an incomplete is essentially the same as the policy outlined in The Cornell University Faculty Handbook. Please read through this policy thoroughly.

An incomplete (INC) may be reported temporarily in place of a grade - not as a final grade. Assigning an incomplete is appropriate only when two basic conditions have been met: (1) the student has substantial equity at a passing level in the course, and (2) the student has been prevented by circumstances beyond his or her control, such as illness or family emergency, from completing all of the course requirements on time.

An incomplete may not be given simply because a student fails to complete all course requirements on time. In deferring completion of some major course requirement, a student might gain an advantage over his or her classmates by gaining additional time to do a superior job. This is not an option that may be elected at the student's own discretion.

An incomplete must be made up within a period of one year for courses offered through the School of Continuing Education and Summer Sessions. The instructor may set a shorter time limit than allowed by the School. An F and Incomplete form must be completed - indicating the reason for the incomplete and the time restriction allowed - signed by the instructor, and submitted to the Summer Sessions office.

If a student fails to complete all coursework within the time permitted (a maximum of one year), the incomplete will be converted to a grade of F. The option to make up the work is then lost. It is the responsibility of the student to see that all incompletes are made up within the deadline and that the grade change has been properly recorded with the Continuing Education registrar.

Faculty members should never give an incomplete because of pressure to meet the deadline for reporting grades. The symbol INC becomes a permanent part of the student's transcript, even when a grade is later submitted. All questions about this policy should be directed to the SCE Registrar (607.255.4987).

Forms for Reporting Final Grades

Grading will be done using the Faculty Center.