Grading Policy and Student Evaluations

All Glenn Korff School of Music courses should have a syllabus articulating a specific grading policy.

The grading scale used by the University of Nebraska is:

A+ = 4.0
B+ = 3.33
C+ = 2.33
D+ = 1.33
A = 4.0
B = 3.0
C = 2.0
D = 1.0
A- = 3.67
B- = 2.67
C- = 1.67
D- = 0.67

A letter grade of W (withdrew in good standing), I (incomplete), P (passing with a C or better), and N (no pass) may also be given. W, I, P, and N are not assigned grade points and are not used in computation of a student’s grade point average. A designation of “No Report” is simply the absence of any letter grade indication.

Applied music lessons and degree required music courses are not offered for the Pass/No Pass basis. Students should consult with their appropriate academic advisor before registering for any course with the Pass/No Pass option.

Grades lower than C earned at UNL or transferred from other schools cannot be applied toward requirements in a major, but may be applied toward total hours.

A student who fails to maintain a 2.0 grade point average (GPA) will be placed on academic probation or suspended.

Important: For additional information concerning grading policies (use of the grade Incomplete and No Report, the Pass/No pass option, etc.), and drop/add policies, refer to the current Undergraduate Bulletin, or the published Schedule of Classes.

The Glenn Korff School of Music Grading Appeals Committee is appointed on an ad hoc basis by the Director. This committee is one in a sequence of steps available to any student who feels that he/she has been unfairly graded (1. Talk to the instructor; 2.
talk to your advisor; 3. talk to the Chair of the Undergraduate Committee; 4. Talk to the Director of the Glenn Korff School of Music; 5. go to the School of Music Grading Appeals Committee; 6. go to the Hixson-Lied College grading appeals committee). Most problems are resolved following step one, a talk with the instructor concerned. If the student is still dissatisfied, the student should go step by step through the procedural sequence.

If the appeal must go to the School of Music Grading Appeals Committee, the Committee may not only review the case but also interview both the student and the instructor. Following consultations with the parties involved, the committee renders a decision, including recommendations. If the student is still dissatisfied, the student's final option is to take the case to the College Grading Appeals Committee.

The Hixson-Lied College of Fine and Performing Arts policy on cheating is:
  1. Students are expected to be honest in all aspects of their academic work.
  2. Academic judgments about a student’s work (including questions of cheating) are the responsibility if the instructor. (Normally disagreements are resolved by means of a conference between the student and the instructor.)
  3. When a student has been judged by the instructor to have cheated the student may be given a grade of an F on that assignment by the instructor and if the work in question is the final examination or some large proportion of the work for the course, the F may be given for the whole course.
  4. If the student disputes the instructor’s finding of academic dishonesty, the matter shall be referred to the UNL Judicial Officer as required by the UNL policy on Academic Dishonesty.
  5. Appeals rights of the student
    • The instructor must inform a student of the right of appeal at the time the student is accused of cheating.
    • If a student feels he or she is treated unjustly, the student may take the case to his or her department or school’s Grading Appeals Committee.
    • The student may appeal the departmental committee’s decision to the College Grading Appeals Committee if he or she is not satisfied.
Student evaluations are part of the materials submitted for annual review, promotion, and tenure of the faculty. In addition, evaluations are used by the faculty members for possible course modification, syllabus revision, and/or reinforcement of course content, materials, and teaching method effectiveness. It is important to complete carefully and thoroughly the evaluations.

Faculty members cannot access the evaluations until after final grade rosters have been submitted.