Duquesne University School of Law

2.03 Grading Classroom Performance

  1. A student’s classroom performance may be incorporated into a course grade only in the following quantifiable ways, fairly applied to all students in a course:
    1. A professor may reduce students’ grades based upon class absences, no matter the reason for the absences, so long as the reduction is based upon policies announced at the start of a course and applied in a consistent manner to all students in the class during the semester.
    2. A professor may grade students on the quality of their performance on assigned tasks, such as presentations, exercises, and being “on call” for class discussion, so long as all students in the class are assigned the same or comparable tasks during the semester.
    3. A professor may reduce students’ grades based upon the their lack of preparation for classroom discussion, so long as all the students are required in the same manner to be prepared to contribute to classroom discussion and a record is maintained of all the students’ contributions during the semester.
  2. In courses in which grades are not based upon anonymous examinations, the professor shall make available to each student all the information from paragraph 1 that was used to calculate a final grade
  3. In courses where the final grade is based upon an anonymous examination, the professor shall submit to the Registrar a list of students assessing their classroom performance in compliance with paragraph 1, and the manner of calculation of final grades based upon the weighting of the examination and classroom performance, and the Registrar shall, after final examinations are graded by the professor, make adjusted calculations of the final grade, without the professor’s participation. The professor’s assessment of an individual student’s classroom performance and the calculation of final grade shall be made available to each student upon request within 30 days of the deadline for submission of final grades.