For the Record - Faculty Edition

April 2014 • Volume 6 • Number 6
Final Grading Opens Today

Faculty can now begin submitting final grades for Spring 2014. Grades are due Monday, May 5 at 12:00 noon ET. All grades MUST be submitted by this deadline.

When: Any time between now and May 5 at 12:00 noon ET. No extensions, no exceptions.
Our students depend on timely submission of grades – you will delay students' graduation, degree progress, and potential employment by missing the deadline!

Where: eCommon – log in and select the Faculty tab. Log in now to make sure you can access eCommon. Login issues should be referred to the Help Desk at x8080 or

How: Review the Final Grading Instructions for a step-by-step guide to grade entry.

Giving an incomplete? Read the last tab on "Entering Incomplete Grades." If you have any questions, email

Common Grade Entry Problems

To help you successfully navigate the grading system, we'd like to draw your attention to the two most common issues we hear about this time of year.

The Green/Yellow Triangle - After logging on to eCommon and selecting the "Final Grades" option in the Faculty Grading Assignment section, you'll be shown a list of your current courses. You MUST click on the small green triangle that appears to the right of each course in order to access each course's respective grade entry page.

The triangle will appear yellow if you enter one or two grades for a course, log out and then revisit it later to finish your grading. Regardless of the change in color, you STILL need to click on the triangle to access the grade entry page.

Incomplete Grades - After submitting all of your grades for a given course, you will be prompted to submit any "INC" grades a second time. The system is merely trying to confirm that you intended to enter an Incomplete grade.

Simply click the submit button again and your grading will be complete.

Commencement 2014

We are all looking forward to celebrating the Class of 2014 on Sunday, May 11 at the Agganis Arena at Boston University, 925 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston – we'll be offstage giving diplomas to students. We hope to see you there!

If you have any questions about the ceremonies, please visit the Commencement website for additional information.

Entering "F" Grades

Just like last semester, if you need to enter a grade of "F" for a student, you will be required to also enter the student's final date of attendance in the class.

If you forget to enter the final date of attendance for any "F" grades, you will receive an error message prompting you to do so when you submit your grades.

The Final Grading Instructions reflect this change, so please review them before entering your grades!

Incomplete Grade Changes

Faculty, did you give an incomplete grade in Fall 2013? Don't miss the deadline to get it changed!

Instructors must submit a completed Grade Change Form to the Registrar's Office by 12:00 noon on May 5.

Forms are available on eCommon and may be faxed to us at 617-824-8654, or scanned and emailed from your Emerson email account to

Incomplete grades from Fall 2013 will change to Incomplete/Failure grades on May 6.

Dates to Remember:

May 5  Spring 2014 final grades due
May 5  Fall 2013 incomplete grade changes due
May 2 – 16  May Intersession
May 11   Commencement
May 16  Summer Directed Study contracts due
May 19  Summer courses begin


Quick Links:

Academic Calendar
Final Grading Instructions
Final Exam Schedule
Forms & Instructions Library