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DOCUMENTS OF THE GENERAL FACULTY

EDUCATIONAL POLICY COMMITTEE
REPORT ON BEST PRACTICES FOR RETURNING GRADED PAPERS

On behalf of the Educational Policy Committee, Co-Chairs Archie Holmes (associate professor, electrical and computer engineering) and Paul Woodruff (professor, philosophy) have presented the following report for discussion by the Faculty Council at its meeting on January 26, 2004.


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Sue Alexander Greninger, Secretary
The Faculty Council

 

EDUCATIONAL POLICY COMMITTEE
REPORT ON BEST PRACTICES FOR RETURNING GRADED PAPERS

The committee was asked by the provost and by the Executive Committee of the Faculty Council to prepare this report. We asked all members of the Academy of Distinguished Teachers for their advice. The committee discussed the matter on December 8, 2003.

A. Principles

As an ethical matter, instructors should treat students and their work with respect.

As a legal matter, instructors must respect students’ privacy. We understand that no method for the public posting of grades falls within current legal guidelines.

B. Worst Practices

Leaving student work in a public place such as a corridor for students to collect. Anyone can read grades or comments. Students are very upset about this practice. It violates both ethical and legal principles, even when the papers are placed in sealed envelopes. This is a clear violation of FERPA.

C. Best Practices
1. Return papers directly to students in class, with the help of teaching assistants.
2. Do not put the grade on the front page of a test booklet or paper.
3. Use a service such as turn-it-in.com for marking and returning papers on the web.
4. Papers and tests not returned during the semester are kept in a secure
location (such as a locked office) for one long semester thereafter.

Posted on the Faculty Council Web site on January 23, 2004. Paper copies are available on request from the Office of the General Faculty, FAC 22, F9500.