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Thursday, December 3, 2015

Academic Standing updates

Based on college feedback, the Academic Standing run dates have changed slightly for fall 2015, spring 2016, and summer 2016. They are:

  • Fall 2015: 1/1/2016-1/7/2016
  • Spring 2016: 5/20/2016-5/26/2016
  • Summer 2016: 8/26/2016-9/1/2016 (Disbursement of financial aid begins Aug. 29; these dates have been coordinated with the Office of the Registrar and Office of Student Finance, who don't anticipate any issues for students.)

The final Academic Standing run of summer 2015 will be Thursday, December 31. The full schedule can be found on the One Stop website.

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

FERPA: What should I do if I accidentally share a student’s private information with another student?

Unfortunately, even when we are careful, privacy breaches happen. For example, mis-typing a student’s email address can result in inadvertently sharing private data. If this happens, you should email abuse@umn.edu to report the incident. For more information, see the Information Security policy.

Grade entry best practices

As a reminder, fall 2015 grades (full semester and second 7-week session) are due on Wednesday, December 30 (see the complete list of grading due dates). Grades should be entered online by 11:59 p.m. on the date that they are due.

Verify access to grade rosters
Faculty, instructors, and their proxies should verify that they have access to all of their assigned grade rosters before the last day of instruction. To do this, access your Faculty Center in the MyU: Teaching tab and view the Grade Rosters for the classes you teach. When grade rosters are created (generally about twelve days before the last day of the term), those with access will see an icon that looks like a person inside a square next to the class in Faculty Center. Click that icon to view the roster. If you do not see the grade rosters you expect, please contact your department scheduler.

Class rosters and grade entry for courses owned by the School of Public Health are available only through the School of Public Health grading system. Faculty within the Medical School and the Law School typically do not access their grade rosters electronically and should contact their administrative support if they have questions.

Uploading grades directly from Moodle
Final grades entered in Moodle can be transferred directly into the grade roster within the Faculty Center. This guide to uploading gradebooks from Moodle to the final grade roster in PeopleSoft outlines the process. Those using this option should make sure that the final grade roster has been created prior to uploading from Moodle. It is important to note that once the grades have been transferred, they still must be reviewed and approved in Faculty Center.

New “NR” grade replacing grades that are left blank
Once the grading deadline has passed, NR (Not Reported), will be given to students who are not assigned a grade by their instructor. The NR will be treated like a blank grade was in the previous system (e.g., zero grade points, zero credits).

Additional resources available on One Stop Faculty website
How-to guides on entering grades, making changes to grades, and more are available in the Grades section of the One Stop Faculty website. Grading due dates, frequently asked questions, and grading and transcript policies are also available.

Tech tips

  • A good first step for those encountering difficulties is to clear their browser’s cache.
  • Browser type and version can affect grade entry. Those having trouble should try updating their browser or using another one. 
  • Grade entry will work on mobile browsers (e.g., phones, tablets). Some pages have been designed to respond to multiple screen sizes, and some have not. Non-responsive pages should still function, but may be less aesthetically pleasing and could present anomalies. 

Fall 2015 final exams

Final exams are quickly approaching. Please remind students to bring their U Card with them to their final exams; buildings may be locked. The full final exam schedule can be found on the One Stop website.

Auto-enroll waitlist process for spring 2016

The auto-enroll waitlist process for the Twin Cities campus began Monday, November 23 (a previous message said November 22) and will run through the first day of the session. Students can add themselves to a waitlist through the first day of the session.

If you encounter any issues with waitlisting or the auto-enroll process, please contact the ASR Training & Support Team at srhelp@umn.edu. More information on how students can add themselves to a waitlist can be found in this guide.