Grading and Academic Policies


Grading Policy

PercentGradeGrade Points
90.0 - 100.0A4.00
87.0 - 89.9A-3.67
84.0 - 86.9B+3.33
81.0 – 83.9B3.00
78.0 - 80.9B-2.67
75.0 - 79.9C+2.33
72.0 – 74.9C2.00
69.0 - 71.9C-1.67
66.0 - 68.9D+1.33
63.0 - 65.9D1.00
60.0 - 62.9D-0.67
0 - 59.9E0.00

Letter grade to grade point conversions are fixed by UF and cannot be changed.

Grade Points4.03.673.333.02.672.332.01.671.331.00.670.

For greater detail on the meaning of letter grades and university policies related to them, see the Registrar’s Grade Policy regulations for graduate students.

Academic Policies

  • If you are a certificate student, a passing grade is a grade of “C” or higher.
  • In order to earn your certificate, you must have an overall GPA of 3.0 or higher
  • Please contact your academic advisor if you have specific questions about your grades or GPA.

Quizzes, Assignment submissions, and Discussion Board Participation Make-Up Policy

Students will be allowed to make-up quizzes, assignments, and discussion board activities for acceptable reasons as described in the Graduate Catalog. 

Any requests for make-ups due to technical issues MUST be accompanied by the ticket number received from LSS when the problem was reported to them. The ticket number will document the time and date of the problem. You MUST e-mail me within 24 hours of the technical difficulty if you wish to request a make-up.

Required Course Participation

This is an online course and therefore, attendance means you are expected to complete the course learning activities so that you meet the established deadlines.  Please note all faculty are bound by the UF policy for excused absences. For additional information, see the UF Attendance Policy.

Students who wish to drop from the course must do so by the drop/add deadline established by the Office of the University Registrar. Students must not assume they will be automatically dropped if they fail to participate in the course learning activities.

Student Expectations, Role, and Opportunities for Input

Expectations Regarding Course Behavior

Students are expected to participate in online collaborations such as the asynchronous discussion board. Students should make sure that discussion board comments are posted on the correct discussion thread. Discussion board comments should be clearly written, relevant to the topic of discussion, use appropriate grammar and spelling, and concise.

Communication Guidelines

In all course communications including emails and threaded discussions, students are expected to follow Netiquette Guidelines. These guidelines promote an environment that encourages everyone to ask questions and learn from each other. Discussion board posts that are not respectful of other opinions discourage a positive learning environment.

Academic Integrity

Students are expected to act in accordance with the University of Florida policy on academic integrity. As a student at the University of Florida, you have committed yourself to uphold the Honor Code, which includes the following pledge:

We, the members of the University of Florida community, pledge to hold ourselves and our peers to the highest standards of honesty and integrity.

You are expected to exhibit behavior consistent with this commitment to the UF academic community, and on all work submitted for credit at the University of Florida, the following pledge is either required or implied:

 On my honor, I have neither given nor received unauthorized aid in doing this assignment.

It is your individual responsibility to know and comply with all university policies and procedures regarding academic integrity and the Student Honor Code. Violations of the Honor Code at the University of Florida will not be tolerated. Violations will be reported to the Dean of Students Office for consideration of disciplinary action. For additional information regarding Academic Integrity, please see Student Conduct and Honor Code or the Graduate Student Website for additional details.

Please remember cheating, lying, misrepresentation, or plagiarism in any form is unacceptable and inexcusable behavior.

Online Faculty Course Evaluation Process

Students are expected to provide feedback on the quality of instruction in this course by completing online evaluations. Evaluations are typically open during the last two or three weeks of the semester, but students will be given specific times when they are open. Summary results of these assessments are available to students to view.

Support Services

Accommodations for Students with Disabilities

If you require classroom accommodation because of a disability, you must register with the Dean of Students Office within the first week of class. The Dean of Students Office will provide documentation of accommodations to you, which you must then give to me as the instructor of the course to receive accommodations. Please make sure you provide this letter to me by the end of the second week of the course. The College is committed to providing reasonable accommodations to assist students in their coursework.

Counseling and Student Health

Students sometimes experience stress from academic expectations and/or personal and interpersonal issues that may interfere with their academic performance. If you find yourself facing issues that have the potential to or are already negatively affecting your coursework, you are encouraged to talk with an instructor and/or seek help through University resources available to you.

  • The Counseling and Wellness Center (352-392-1575) offers a variety of support services such as psychological assessment and intervention and assistance for math and test anxiety. On line and in person assistance is available.
  • U Matter We Care.
    • If you are feeling overwhelmed or stressed, you can reach out for help through the U Matter We Care website, which is staffed by Dean of Students and Counseling Center personnel.
  • The Student Health Care Center at Shands is a satellite clinic of the main Student Health Care Center located on Fletcher Drive on campus. Student Health at Shands offers a variety of clinical services. The clinic is located on the second floor of the Dental Tower in the Health Science Center. For more information, contact the clinic at 392-0627, or check out their website.
  • Crisis intervention is always available 24/7 from the Alachua County Crisis Center: 352-264-6789

Do not wait until you reach a crisis to come in and talk with us. We have helped many students through stressful situations impacting their academic performance. You are not alone so do not be afraid to ask for assistance.

Software Use

All faculty, staff, and students of the University are required and expected to obey the laws and legal agreements governing software use. Failure to do so can lead to monetary damages and/or criminal penalties for the individual violator. Because such violations are also against University policies and rules, disciplinary action will be taken as appropriate. We, the members of the University of Florida community, pledge to uphold ourselves and our peers to the highest standards of honesty and integrity.

Student Privacy

There are federal laws protecting your privacy with regards to grades earned in courses and on individual assignments. See your privacy rights. 

Campus Resources

Academic Resources

E-learning technical support, 352-392-4357 (select option 2) or e-mail to

Career Resource Center, Reitz Union, 392-1601.  Career assistance and counseling.

Library Support:Various ways to receive assistance with respect to using the libraries or finding resources.

Teaching Center, Broward Hall, 392-2010 or 392-6420. General study skills and tutoring.

Writing Studio, 302 Tigert Hall, 846-1138. Help brainstorming, formatting, and writing papers.

Student Complaints Campus:


For Assessing Student Participation in Assignments and Discussion Board Activities

Total Points:

  • 6 points = 100%
  • 5 points = 83%
  • 4 points = 66%
  • 3 points = 50%
  • 2 points = 33%
  • 1 point = 17%
  • 0 points = 0%
Proficiency LevelDeficits Exist (0 Points)Meets Expectations (1 Point)Accomplished (2 Points)
Quality of Information
  • Reflections are descriptive: a reiteration of what was presented by instructor or read.

  • Serious misinterpretations or not interpretation of the information is evident.

  • Reflection is shallow and egocentric.

  • Information is summarized and not a reiteration of information provided by the instructor or in readings.

  • References are sometimes made to other readings or experiences.

  • Interpretations of information are precise and clear.

  • Interprets information in accurate and highly insightful ways.

  • Cites readings and prior experiences and explains how these references extend and refine insights.

OrganizationInformation is disorganized.Information is logically organized and most paragraphs are well organized.  One or two paragraphs could be better organized.Information is very well organized with well-organized paragraphs and sub-headings where appropriate.
MechanicsThree or more grammatical, spelling or punctual errors.1-2 grammatical, spelling or punctual errors.No grammatical, spelling or punctual errors.