In addition to assigning the normal grades to graduate students (A, B, etc.), instructors must assign to each graduate student in each class one of the following marks:
J: Superb work
K: Excellent work, with some minor deficiencies
L: Significant strengths clearly outweigh weaknesses or omissions
M: Satisfactory: a rough balance of strengths and weaknesses
N: Significant deficiencies clearly outweigh strengths
O: Far below graduate-level work
It is expected that most marks awarded in the Department will be L, M, or N. Students who receive a large number of marks of N or worse each year will receive special scrutiny. A student who receives no marks lower than M is making satisfactory progress with respect to coursework in the Ph.D. program.
These marks must be assigned for work done in both 300- and 400-level classes and be accompanied by written evaluations.