Grading/Cheating Policy, & Final Grade
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Spring 2020 Grading Policy (Temporary Grading Policy Change)
April 2, 2020
 
      As students transition to emergency remote learning and meet the challenges and disruptions resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic, Middlesex County College would like to reduce their anxiety while supporting academic success. Students will have the option to convert traditional letter grades to "Pass" or "No Credit" after final grades are submitted. No final grades of "F" will be awarded in the Spring 2020 semester. Students who failed a class will be assigned a grade of "No Credit" and the course will have no impact on the calculation of the students' grade point average (GPA).
 
      Students will have 30 days after final grades are posted to opt to change their final course grades to "Pass" for grades of a "C" or higher. The "Pass" grade will have no impact on the calculation of students' grade point average (GPA). Students may opt for "No Credit" instead of a grade of "D." By choosing the "No Credit" option, students will not receive credit from the course, and the course will have no impact on the students' grade point average (GPA).
 
      The process for students to file for a "Pass" or "No Credit" grade will be communicated later in the semester. Advisors will assist students in understanding the consequences of opting for the "Pass" and "No Credit" grades in relation to the completion of their program of study, transfer, and meeting pre-requisites for other courses or programs (such as competitive admission health programs). This policy does not apply to the Spring 2020 Semester first 7-week term that ended in March.
 
      Additional information and FAQs will be available for students on the Registration website. We did not want to delay getting this message out as we finalize the procedural details.
 
      Stay safe,
 
     Linda B. Scherr, Ph.D., Vice President, Academic Affairs
 

    The burden of proof of both long and short term mastery of skills or concepts lies with the students. Mastery is demonstrated by significant achievement on tests, exams, and homeworks and quizzes.

    Students having disabilities who choose to disclose the disability must obtain official college recognition of the disability in order for the teacher to make any accommodation.

    If a test, assignment, or exam is not completed at the instructor-scheduled time, the grade of NG with the equivalent of ZERO (on a 0 to 5 scale) is assigned. THERE ARE NO MAKE-UP TESTS, QUIZZES, ASSIGNMENTS. THERE IS NO EXTRA CREDIT.

    If the instructor believes a student has cheated, copied, permitted another student to copy work, or participated in any unauthorized collaboration, the grade of CH with the equivalent value of TWO ZERO GRADES will be assigned & the scale below is modified to include one additional grade. Grades other than the final exam are sometimes curved by the instructor.

The MAT090 grade will be the same grade as the credit course grade.



    This is not the traditional 4.0 grading scheme used at most colleges.

    With this grading scheme, a student earns credit for failing a test so the highest grade is not a 4.0 for an A but a 5.0 for an A. The mathematical and general definitions of each grade are listed below.

    This page permits a student to determine "WHAT YOU NEED" in order to end the semester with a desired grade. EACH STUDENT IS REQUIRED TO TAKE THE FINAL EXAM, even if a negative "needed" points is determined below.




1st:     For each item, enter a number representing your grade.
The computer will weight the grade for you.
 
Item weight grade A- B- C- D- NG
1. TestA 10 % 54.5 43.5 32.5 21.5 10
2. TestB 10 % 54.5 43.5 32.5 21.5 10
3. Test 220 % 54.5 43.5 32.5 21.5 1 0
4. Test 320 % 54.5 43.5 32.5 21.5 1 0
5. Quizzes, HW   20 % 54.5 43.5 32.5 21.5 10
6. Final Exam20 % 54.5 43.5 32.5 21.5 10
 
2nd:     Press to determine the total number of points earned, .
 
3rd:     In the table below, press "Needed" for the grade you wish to earn.
 
Final Grade for Course
Range     Grade Is: Additional Points:
25-23     A 
22.5 & up    A-  
21.75 & up    B+ 
20 & up    B  
19.75 & up    B-  
19.25 & up    C+  
15 & up    C  
10 & up    D  
Final Grade for Course
Range
A 92 % 25-23 here use 23
A- 89 % -22.5 here use 22.5
B+ 87 % -21.75 here use 21.75
B 82 % -20.5 here use 20
B- 79 % -19.75 here use 19.75
C+ 77 % -19.25 here use 19.25
C 70 % -17.5 here use 15
D 60 % -15 here use 10
 
 
 
 
 
4th:     Use the table in step 1 and this table to see what it will take to earn the grade you wish.
  Consider only the items yet to be graded and your ability to achieve a
certain grade on that item and find a way to earn the "NEEDED" points.
 
    DO NOT CHANGE A GRADE YOU'VE ALREADY EARNED.
 
    ASSUME NO + OR - GRADES WILL BE GIVEN.
 
 Repeat steps 2, 3, and 4 as needed.
 
 
5th:     Use this table to compute your current average.
Compute Your Current Average
 
Item Item weight &
your grade as
a % of 100%
1. TestA 10 % average of items
2. TestB 10 % 1 & 2  
3. Test 2 20 % 1, 2, 3  
4. Test 3 20 % 1, 2, 3, 4  
5. Quizzes, HW 20 % 1, 2, 3, 4, 5  
6. Final Exam 20 % 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6  

GradePointsDefinition
A5 usually better than one standard deviation above the mean
A-, A/B, and B+4.5 
B4 usually between .25 and 1 standard deviations above the mean
B-, B/C, C+3.5 
C3 usually within .25 standard deviations of the mean
C-, C/D, and D+2.5 
D2 usually between .25 and 1 standard deviations below the mean
D- and F+1.5 
F1 usually more than 1 standard deviation below the mean
NG,0no grade
CH,*cheating

* Indicates the instructor believes the student has cheated, copied, permitted another student to copy work, or participated in any unauthorized collaboration. The grade of CH with the equivalent value of TWO ZERO GRADES will be assigned. The grade of CH is worth 0 points and the weight of the item is twice the original weight so the table listed below can not be used to compute the final grade. The former weight of x, in this case x % of the grade, is changed to 2x, or (2x/(100 + x))(100)% of the grade.

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