DEALING WITH AN X GRADE IN DR. VíS CLASSES
There are four reasons that a student might receive an X grade in any of
1. The most likely
involves a failure to take a test or hand in a piece of work.
2. Another reason
involves handing in a piece of work that is due at the end of the semester
after the deadline.
3. An X can result from
a failure to follow instructions.
For example, I have
repeatedly made it clear in class that in most classes papers are to be submitted in a
light-weight, three pronged folder of the sort that I have exhibited in
class. They are not to be submitted in a considerably heavier,
three-ringed binder. If a student insists on using a three-ring binder,
that may become grounds for an X, as his/her work will be placed at the
bottom of all piles being corrected.
again, the failure to include a cover sheet on the final paper
containing the proper information.
Or once again, I clearly
specify that the paper and required evidence be drilled with a three
hole punch and placed neatly into the folder. Failure to do so may also
lead to the issuance of an X.
4. The final reason for
an X involves those relatively rare instances when I determine that a
student has cheated or committed plagiarism.
Let me stress that this
is a very unlikely occurrence. If, however, this is the case, I
shall try to contact the student by email as soon as possible to arrange
a meeting. In such a case, I need to speak with that person before
taking any action. Awarding an F grade would make that much more
In cases 2 and 3, the
grade will go through without any further effort on the student's part
He/she will simply have to be patient (and, if needs be, explain to
parents why the delay.) In cases 1 or 4, the student will have to deal
with me before there is any possibility of a grade being awarded..
Finally, if you have
received an X and none of these reasons can possibly apply, then get in
touch with me by email as soon as possible.