Course Policies

Grading Policy

The Writing and Critical Inquiry program follows the grading system established by the University. UAlbany uses a letter-based grading system and utilizes pluses and minuses (+/-) to allow for variations of the assigned grades. Possible grades are A, A-, B+, B, B-, C+, C, C-, D+, D, D-, E ("E" being the designation for failure). Each WCI instructor establishes the values assigned to his/her particular assignments and the division of points in his/her own classes. Students must earn a grade of "C" or above in order to fulfill the course requirement.

What if I don’t earn a C or better in UUNI 110?
Students must earn a C or better in WCI in order to fulfill the general education requirement for writing and critical inquiry. If you earn a C- or below, that grade will be figured into your GPA, but you will not fulfill the general education requirement. As a result, you will have to repeat UUNI 110 in the following semester.

What if I believe I have received an unfair grade in UUNI 110?
If you believe the course grade you have received for UUNI 110 is unfair, or if you feel a grade you have received on a specific assignment is unfair, you should first talk to your instructor about the situation. If talking to your instructor does not resolve your concern, then contact the Director of the Program in Writing and Critical Inquiry by calling the program office at 518-442-3347. (If you reach the program’s voice mail, leave a detailed message, including information about how to contact you by email or phone.) The program director will review your situation and make a recommendation to resolve it. If you are dissatisfied with the outcome of the program director’s review, you should contact the Office of Undergraduate Education at 518-442-3950.

Attendance Policy

Because WCI is inherently collaborative and interactive, all sections of the course have strict attendance policies. Failure to attend class can undermine a student's ability to achieve the goals of the course. Students should expect to attend all class meetings and should make sure they are familiar with their instructor's attendance policy.