Faculty Regulations permit class participation to be factored into the determination of final grades in upper-level exam courses.

For an exam course in which class participation is being taken into account in determining final grades, the faculty member must file with the Director of Academic Records the grades awarded for the written exams, as well as evaluations of students’ class participation, prior to the breaking of the anonymous code. The two grades can then be compared by the faculty member to determine whether the exam grade should be raised or lowered by one grade level where there is a substantial difference between the exam and class participation grades.

Faculty members who intend to take class participation into account in grading will announce and distribute in writing such intentions on the first day of class.

Students who make positive contributions to classroom discussion can also earn transcript notations which do not affect grades or grade point averages.