Modules taken by first-year students in their first semester are ungraded for the record. The grades assigned by instructors in these modules, called ‘shadow grades’, are used to provide feedback to students but do not become part of the student’s academic record. The policy is intended to help students coming to the College from diverse backgrounds adapt to a shared academic culture and to learn without being distracted by the pressure to perform well for the record. This aim is compromised if shadow grades are used for other purposes.
Instructors convey shadow grades to their students individually. They also submit grades to Registry through their respective module facilitators. Registry is authorized to share grades of particular students with the student’s Assistant Dean at the latter’s request for the purpose of identifying students at risk. Shadow grades can be used only for this purpose. They are not to be shared with other faculty, used by CIPE in selecting students for fellowships or study abroad programs, used in writing reference letters, or for any other purpose.
Updated on 27 Nov 2017