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Grade Appeals

The School of Sustainability follows the informal process for grade appeals outlined at:.


Canvas New Grade Post Policy

Check for changes to the muting behavior of the new gradebook in a previous release. This change redefines assignment-wide muting to an individual assignment level, making grades visible down to individual sections of a course, or hide previously posted grades if needed.

This change only benefits the New Gradebook. Instructors using the Old Gradebook must continue to mute and unmute individual assignments and release grades to all students at the same time. .

Grading Options

Ordinarily a grade of “A+,” “A,” “A-,” “B+,” ” B,” “B-,” “C+,” “C,” “D,” or “E” is given upon completion of a course, unless another grading option such as “audit” or “pass/fail” is indicated at the time of registration. Grading options cannot be changed after the close of the drop/add period. The instructor of a course has full discretion in selecting which grades to use from the available grading options.

Posting Final Grades

Instructions for how to post final grades from Canvas to People Soft.  

Including Grading Scheme

  • Gradebook
    Useful explanation of points:

  • Grading Scheme – Points/%/Grades
    In determining final grades, a student’s total score can be based on the number of points you choose and you must determine what % each assignment is of the grade. You can also use a simple or detailed grading scale, but you are limited to either a simple A, B, C, D, E or these letter grades below. There is no C- or D+ or F at ASU. If you list the simple A, B, C, D, E scale on your syllabus, you cannot use the + or – grades in your final grading even if they are available to you.
  • Points % Grade
    970 – 1,000 97 – 100% A+
    930 – 969 93 – 96% A
    900 – 929 90 – 92% A-
    870 – 899 87 – 89% B+
    830 – 869 83 – 86% B
    800 – 829 80 – 82% B-
    770 – 799 77 – 79% C+
    700 – 769 70 – 76% C
    600 – 699 60 – 69% D
    0 – 599 59% or less E
    EN – Failing for Not Participating
    XE – Academic Dishonesty

Incomplete Grades

Many times students will ask for an ‘Incomplete’ if they are not doing well in a course. However, Incompletes are only appropriate if a student has a passing grade in a course, but due to unforeseen circumstances that are beyond their control, cannot finish all of the assignments by the class end date. Please read additional information about incomplete grades here. After reading through ASU’s policy, if you feel that it is appropriate to award an Incomplete, you will need to fill out the Incomplete Grade Request with the student and assign the student an “I” when submitting grades. It’s advisable to only allow this option for a student that has a small amount of work left in the course and it’s also recommended that you select a reasonable deadline, not too far into the future to help keep the student on track.

Please turn the completed form into the SOS Student Services Center in Wrigley Hall, Room 108 so that an electronic copy can be kept on file. The form can also be scanned and emailed to (for undergraduate students) and (for graduate students).

If the student completes the course within the defined time period, you can then submit a Grade Change Request. You can do this by going into your grade roster and submitting a grade change or emailing the student’s information and the grade change to

Final Exams

Final examinations, when required, must be during the designated final exam period. A final examination may be defined as a final presentation, a final paper, a final project, etc. An examination does not necessarily have to be given in the form of a final “test.” After grades have been reported, final examination papers should be retained for at least one year.

Final Exam Schedules are determined mid-semester by the University Classroom Scheduling department. These schedules will be emailed to you, once available. Students may want to know when their finals are scheduled so that they can make travel plans. We advise the students do not make travel plans until after the last day of final exams, which is posted on the Academic Calendar on MyASU.

SOS Syllabus Template

  • The new and improved example of the SOS Syllabus Template is available. This includes all of the policies that need to be there for both ground and online students. There are also a lot of tips and examples to ensure you provide appropriate info. All you need to do is populate with course-specific info and instructor-/TA-specific info, and delete out anything that is specific to online/ground delivery.

    Download syllabus templates to modify.

  • Migration of Blackboard courses to Canvas Fall 2018 – Spring 2019
    The text of the syllabus has been copied directly into the syllabus template page in each of your courses in Canvas. The syllabus page in Canvas has been populated with the course description (copied from the ASU catalog) and course outcomes if they are available for your course. The Academic Integrity Agreement quiz has been added to the course introduction module.

ASU and SOS Resources

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