Grading in the First-Year Sectioned Courses

It is the sense of the faculty that inequity in grading in the first-year sectioned courses should be avoided. In first-year sectioned courses, faculty members should distribute grades as follows:

A+, A, A- 30 percent (plus or minus 3 percent)
B+, B, B- 65 percent (plus or minus 3 percent)
C+ and below 5 percent (plus or minus 3 percent)

No faculty member shall sign a grade report deviating from this distribution without attaching thereto a written explanation of the reason for the deviation. Faculty members grading courses that are subject to this prescribed distribution are encouraged within the prescribed parameters to distribute grades such that the mean of the grades awarded, expressed as GPA, is 3.3 plus or minus 0.05.