Modules taken by first-year students in their first semester are assessed, but these grades are not recorded in student transcripts. 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. This policy is designed to help students coming to the College from diverse backgrounds adapt to a shared academic culture, and to become more confident in exploring new areas of knowledge. This aim is compromised if shadow grades are used for other purposes.
Instructors will convey shadow grades to their students individually at the end of the semester. Course Facilitators will submit the shadow grades to Registry. Registry is authorized to share shadow grades with the Assistant Deans to support student advising, and with the Director of the Common Curriculum to monitor grading trends. 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.