Grading and Rubrics


Students are expected to uphold Gonzaga University’s high standards of academic honesty. Academic misconduct is subject to an academic penalty by the course instructor and/or a disciplinary sanction by the University. All students need to be familiar with the Academic Honesty Policy.

Plagiarism is a form of academic dishonesty and in cases where it is confirmed, students will lose all credit for the respective assignment. Please note that ALL written work class must clearly and carefully acknowledge any sources of information consulted. This includes, but is not limited to course readings, news articles/stories, and any information from online sources. As these are upper-level courses, we expect that you are familiar with proper citation procedures and formatting. Further, all written submissions in courses must be double spaced and in APA style (APA Publication Manual, 6th Edition Revised). Guidance may also be found by clicking here.

Gonzaga University DPLS Grading Scale:

Percent Grade Description
A sustained creative and critical inquiry of subject
A- usually creative and critical inquiry of subject
B+ substantial understanding and integration of material
B adequate general understanding of material
B- below what is expected of a graduate student

In addition, the faculty has collaborated to construct rubrics for class papers, the candidacy paper, and the dissertation. The rubrics provided below will help students to understand some of the points of analysis faculty use in analyzing doctoral level scholarly work:

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