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Unsatisfactory Grading

Unsatisfactory Grading is open. Select one of the two indicators below for your course by October 14, 2022 at 12:00 p.m.. Either option can be selected using My Charlotte. Please refer to the midterm grading instructions for more information.

1. Unsatisfactory Progress

Web grading capability will be available to assign Unsatisfactory Progress grades for any students who are not performing at acceptable levels in your course. From the grade drop-down box, select the correct grade for the appropriate student.  If you are unable to access your class list to assign unsatisfactory grades, please contact Hope Ringley in the Office of the Registrar. Please note that this process is only to solicit unsatisfactory progress, not a grade for all students.

If you have a student who has stopped attending or never attended class, award that student an unsatisfactory grade (F for undergraduate level and U for graduate level). This informs the student that he/she is currently enrolled in the class and runs the risk of an unsatisfactory final grade, provided proper procedures are not followed.

Report only students with unsatisfactory progress by using the following notations:

  • Undergraduate students: record only D or F grades
  • Graduate students: record only C or U grades

Last date of attendance: The last attend date is not required for midterm grades. However, it can be entered at midterm if the student has stopped attending/participating in classes. The last attendance date will move to the final grading page at the end of the term. It can be edited again at final grading, if the student returns to the course. This provides an additional flag for advisors to intervene earlier in the term.

2. Courses with All Satisfactory Grades

Select “All grades for the course are satisfactory for this course. No grades to report.”

Graduate School Moves to Reese Building

The Graduate School and Graduate Admissions will soon have a new location to serve the UNC Charlotte community and prospective students near the center of campus in the Reese building. Beginning on Monday, October 10, the Graduate School will be located on the fifth floor of Reese. Subsequently, Graduate Admissions will welcome prospective students to its new location on the first floor of the Reese building. Staff will continue to work in the Cone University Center, Room 268 until Graduate Admissions moves to Reese. More information.

Nominations Sought for First Citizens, de Silva Awards

The Graduate School invites nominations for the 2023 First Citizens Bank Scholars Medal and 2023 Harshini V. de Silva Graduate Mentor Award. The First Citizens recognizes a senior full-time faculty member for outstanding scholarship, creativity, and/or research. Last year’s honoree was Dr. Jean-Claude Thill, Geography and Earth Sciences. The Harshini V. de Silva Award recognizes a full-time member of the graduate faculty who exemplifies outstanding graduate mentoring.  The 2022 award recipient was Dr. Adam Reitzel, Department of Biological Sciences. More information.

Submit an Event for International Education Week

The Office of International Programs (OIP) invites faculty and staff to submit globally focused events that will occur on campus during International Education Week to be publicized via OIP’s online calendar and printed publications. Additionally, faculty and staff are encouraged to apply for up to $250 in supplemental funds from OIP per event to defray costs associated with the programming. Event submissions will close on Friday, October 21. This year, International Education Week will be celebrated from November 14 to November 18. For more information and to submit your event, please visit the Office of International Programs website.  

International Education Week is a collaborative effort between the U.S. Department of Education and U.S. Department of State. The purpose of the week is to celebrate the incredible opportunities afforded to us with international education. In doing so, we observe our human diversity, intercultural connections, and cultural understanding.  During International Education Week, participants can expect globally-focused dialogue, lectures from experts in the field, performances from diverse cultures, films from around the world, and so much more. UNC Charlotte plays a special role in shaping awareness as we proudly serve a diverse student, faculty and staff population.

File Storage Resources for Faculty

It can be overwhelming to figure out where and how to save files as faculty. Check out this resource guide which is designed to help faculty figure out what options are available and which is best for their file needs. For questions, contact the OneIT Service Desk.

Atkins Library Book Club - Common Reading Experience

The Atkins Library Book Club is partnering with UNC Charlotte's Common Reading Experience for its fall 2022 book club discussion. Scott Ellsworth, the author of this year's common reading text, The Ground Breaking: An American City and Its Search for Justice, will speak to the UNC Charlotte community on Thursday, October 13 in the Student Union. Ellsworth teaches in the Department of Afroamerican and African Studies at the University of Michigan. This is his second book about the Tulsa race massacre of 1921 and its aftermath. More information.

  • Thursday, October 13, 7:00 PM, Student Union 340

Roundtable Discussion with Ambassador Stefan Schluter

The Office of International Programs invites the campus community to attend an International Speaker Series event featuring German Ambassador (ret.) Stefan Schlüter, Program Director at the Diplomatic Academy in Berlin. Ambassador Schlüter will participate in a roundtable discussion on “Setting New Priorities in Foreign, Security and Energy Policy in Germany.” Faculty members are encouraged to consider offering extra credit for student attendance. The International Speaker Series is a long-standing initiative that offers the campus community an opportunity to hear from internationally renowned experts in various fields. The topics that speakers address range from economics, to globalization, to foreign policy. More information.

  • Friday, October 14, 3:00 - 4:00  PM, Student Union 263 (Pre-register)

Open House - Saturday, October 15

The Office of Undergraduate Admissions is partnering with faculty, staff and students from over 40 departments for an Open House on Saturday, October 15. Prospective and admitted first-year and transfer students and their guests will be welcomed to campus for a full day of information sessions, tours, and opportunities to Explore Charlotte.

  • Saturday, October 15, 9:00 AM - 2:00 PM, campus-wide

Film Screening: “Fighting for Family”

The Center for Professional & Applied Ethics, Office of Interdisciplinary Studies, Migration Research Network, and Cato College of Education are hosting a film screening of Fighting for Family followed by a panel discussion with the director and community organizers. The film highlights the refugee experience in North Carolina, the school to prison to deportation pipeline, and the power of resilience and community resistance. This event is the first in a series on "Immigrant Inclusion, Integration, and Citizenship in Charlotte" funded by an Inclusive Excellence Grant from the UNC Charlotte Office of Diversity and Inclusion.

  • Tuesday, October 18, 5:30 PM, Rowe 130 (Register)

Center for Teaching and Learning Workshops

Teaching with Poll Everywhere

This workshop will introduce faculty/staff to Poll Everywhere, and how to use the student response software in classroom and other learning spaces. During the workshop participants will explore how to get registered and create polling content within Poll Everywhere. We will guide you on downloading your class roster from Canvas into Poll Everywhere and how to export grades from the polling responses into Canvas.

  • Tuesday, October 11, 3:00 - 4:00 PM (Register)

Canvas Assignments and Gradebook

Ensure your Canvas assignments and gradebook are organized so students can track their grade throughout the semester and learn tips and tricks to make grading easier. In this workshop, you'll learn how to use the Canvas Assignments page to set up your Gradebook to calculate course grades. You’ll also learn how to create and grade assignments, enter grades with SpeedGrader, and use rubrics for communicating expectations of quality.

  • Thursday, October 13, 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM (Register)

Viewpoint Diversity and Civil Discourse in the Classroom

College is designed to teach students how to think - not what to think. An inclusive classroom must provide opportunities for students to form and express diverse viewpoints while respecting differing viewpoints of others. This workshop will provide techniques and resources to help faculty engage students in safe and respectful discussions around diverse viewpoints and perspectives. This workshop counts towards the Essentials of Teaching and Learning Certificate.

  • Tuesday, October 18, 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM (Register)

Upcoming Events from the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences

Powwow at UNC Charlotte

The Native American Staff and Faculty Caucus is co-hosting the Annual Powwow at UNC Charlotte with the Native American Student Association.This event aims to build community among Native Americans in the region and to build awareness of the Native cultures among the Charlotte community and beyond. More information 

  • Saturday, October 29, 12:00 PM, Northeast Recreational Field Complex

Personally Speaking: Rituals, Runaways, and the Haitian Revolution 

The College of Liberal Arts & Sciences, together with The Dubois Center at UNC Charlotte Center City and J. Murrey Atkins Library, presents its next Personally Speaking series event. Crystal Nicole Eddins, Ph.D. will present Rituals, Runaways, and the Haitian Revolution: Collective Action in the African Diaspora, which explores how enslaved people’s resistance leading up to the Haitian Revolution offers interesting lessons about collective action.│

  • Tuesday, November 15, 6:00 - 8:30 PM, The Union at Station West (Backdrop Coffee) (Register)

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Dissertation Defense

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Latest AA News

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