For the Record - Faculty Edition

December 2014 • Volume 7 • Number 3
Final Grading Is Open

Faculty can begin submitting final grades for Fall 2014. Grades are due by Friday, December 19 at 12:00 noon ET. All grades MUST be submitted by this deadline.

When: Any time between now and December 19 at 12:00 noon ET. No extensions, no exceptions.

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

Students rely on you to submit your grades on time. Late grades can delay their graduation, financial aid standing, and their employment.


Entering "F" Grades

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.

For more information, review the Final Grading Instructions.

Common Grade Entry Problems

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

  • The Green Triangle – After you've selected the "Final Grades" option in the Faculty Grading Assignment section of eCommon to get a list of your current courses, you must click on the small green triangle that appears to the right of the courses to access the actual grade entry page.

If you enter a few grades for a course and then revisit it later to finish your grading, the triangle will appear yellow. But you still need to click on it 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.


Incomplete Grade Changes

Did you give an incomplete grade in Spring or Summer 2014? Don't miss the deadline to get it changed!

Instructors must submit a completed Grade Change Form to the Registrar's Office by Friday, Dec. 19 at 12:00 noon ET. Forms are available on eCommon and may be faxed to 617-824-8654 or scanned and emailed to from your Emerson email account.

If you wish to extend the incomplete for another semester, you must send an email to with the name of the student, the course, and the term the student began the course.

Incomplete grades from Spring or Summer 2014 will change to Incomplete/Failure grades on Dec. 20, 2014.


Spring 2015 Begins January 20

Just a reminder that the Spring 2015 semester begins on January 20, the day after Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.

Happy Holidays!

Have a wonderful winter break and a happy new year! Thanks for making this semester a success!


Dates to Remember:

Dec 9 Last Day of Regular Instruction
Dec 9 Master's Theses and Projects Due
Dec 10 Reading Day
Dec 11 – 16 Final Exams
Dec 17 Residence Halls close at noon
Dec 19 Fall 2014 grades due at noon
Dec 22 Grades viewable online


Quick Links:

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