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Assignments, Grading, and Grades

Assignments for each course are described in the syllabus found within each Blackboard course closer to the start of each term. Students will be able to log into Blackboard on the first day of the term.

The grading system within a course is decided by the instructor. Some will use letter grades on assignments, some will use a numerical system, and some will use "satisfactory/unsatisfactory." In most cases, an assignment with a failing grade may not be redone. The grading criteria for each course is described on the course syllabus.

Your grades will be available after the end of the term approximately one week after the term ends. View your grades online at My OHIO in the Student Center (academic tab). If you are an Ohio University degree seeking student, the course grade will count in computing your quarter grade-point average and your cumulative GPA.

Lesson Submission

Some courses require that assignments be submitted via email while in other courses the assignments are submitted directly through the Blackboard course site. Your instructor's preference will be described on the syllabus.

When submitting a lesson:
(1) Keep a copy of your lesson submission until you receive the instructor's evaluation. If your lesson is lost in transition (a rare event), you won't end up redoing a lesson.

(2) Please understand that email transmission is not instantaneous. Your lesson might take several hours to reach your instructor. Generally, instructors will grade and return your lessons within 48 hours.


All communication from Ohio University faculty and staff will go to your university email account only. All online students must activate their free Ohio University CatMail account as soon as possible by visiting You will NOT be able to access your online course site until you activate your Ohio University email account and create a password. You will need your OHIO ID in order to complete the activation process.

Ohio University provides an easy-to-use, attachment friendly email system, access to important University announcements, and access to Web-based services like:

Even if you already have an email account that you plan to continue using while at Ohio University, you still must activate your university account. Note: You cannot access your Blackboard course site or receive important University communications (like your e-bill or grade report) without activating your OHIO ID and creating an email password.

During the activation process for your CatMail account, you will have the option to forward your CatMail to a pre-existing account. Please note: If you choose to forward your CatMail to another email account, you may not receive important Ohio University communications.

Academic Honesty

All work you do in this course is expected to be your own, even if you request assistance from some other person. You must also give credit in your writing for any information or ideas that you use from any other source. (Failure to do so is defined as "plagiarism.") Any form of cheating or plagiarism is not tolerated at Ohio University. An instructor who has reason to believe that academic misconduct has occurred may impose a range of penalties, including a failing grade in the course. Review the full policy on academic misconduct.

Discussion Boards

Some instructors will require students to participate in group discussions in Blackboard. These conversations can be a way for an instructor to assess a student's understanding of a topic or encourage written dialogue among classmates. Students and the instructor can post and reply to the topics over an extended period of time. The instructor will send out directions for how to post to the discussion board, or you can view instructions at bbsupport/howto/students/. Click on "How do I post to a discussion board."

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