Missing Assignment Grading Policy

The Missing Submission policy lets you automatically apply a grade for all missing submissions in the New Gradebook. A submission is labeled missing when the due date has passed and it has not been submitted. Only submissions with a status of Missing will be affected by the Missing Submission policy. The Missing Submission policy is set per course.

The Missing Submission policy allows you to define a grade that will be granted for missing submissions as a percentage of the total points possible. The percent entered is multiplied by the total points possible on the assignment and the resulting value will be awarded to missing submissions. For example, if the Missing submission grade is set to 20% and the assignment is worth 10 points, all missing submissions for that assignment will be awarded a grade of 2 points (10 points possible x 20% = 2 points awarded). To award all missing submissions with a grade of 0, the Missing submission grade can be set to 0%.

Notes:

  • If a submission is received after the due date, the Missing label will be automatically replaced by the Late label. However, any label can be manually removed in the Grade Detail Tray.  
  • Setting a Missing Submission policy affects all assignments in a course, including assignments with due dates in the past. To exclude a specific assignment, mark the submission as something other than Missing in the Grade Detail Tray.
  • Applying a missing submission policy will not affect previously graded missing submissions. Therefore, the Missing Submission policy should be set up when a course is created prior to creating assignments.
  • The Missing Submission policy will not affect submissions in closed grading periods or submissions for concluded enrollments.
  • The Missing Submission policy will not be automatically applied to No Submission, On Paper, or External Tool assignments. However, a Missing label can be added in the Grade Detail Tray.
  • Enabling a Missing Submission policy in the New Gradebook will remove the option to revert to the old Gradebook.
  • Go to Grades
  • Click Settings
    New Gradebook Settings
  • View the Late Policies tab
  • Click the Automatically apply grade for missing submissions checkbox. Selecting this checkbox will automatically apply the grade you set for any missing submissions in the course.
  • Set a percentage in the Grade percentage for missing submissions field.
  • Click Update

New Gradebook Missing Policy

Late Assignment Grading Policy

The Late Submission policy allows you to automatically deduct points on all late submissions. A submission is labeled late when it has been submitted past the due date. Only assignments with a status of Late will be affected by the Late Submission policy. The late policy will be applied to a submission when it is graded.

The Late Submission policy allows you to define a percentage of the total points possible on an assignment that will be deducted for late submissions. Points can be deducted per day or hour the submission is late. For example, if the Deduct field is set to 10%, the interval is selected for Day, and the assignment is worth 10 points, 1 point will be deducted per day. If a submission is 2 days late, and the student is awarded full points, their final grade on the assignment would be 8 points (2 days late x 1 point deduction per day = 2 point Late Penalty).

Additionally, you can define the lowest possible grade that can be given to a student. For example, if the Late Submission policy is set to deduct 10% per day for late submissions, and a student submits 8 days late to an assignment worth 10 points, the student's grade would be 2 points if they were awarded full credit on the assignment (8 days late x 1 point deducted per day = 8 point Late Penalty). However, if the Lowest grade possible is set to 60%, the student's grade will be adjusted to 6 points.

Notes:

  • Setting a Late Submission policy affects all assignments in a course, including assignments with due dates in the past. To exclude a specific assignment, mark the submission as something other than Late in the Grade Detail Tray.
  • For the calculation of the Late Penalty, days late will be rounded up to the next whole number. For example, if a student submits 1.3 days late, the Late Penalty will treat the student as 2 days late. This behavior also applies for hour durations.
  • Applying a deduction to late submissions will automatically affect any previously graded submissions. Therefore, the Late Submission policy should be set up when a course is created prior to creating assignments.
  • The Late Submission policy will not affect submissions in closed grading periods or submissions for concluded enrollments.
  • The Late Submission policy will not be automatically applied to No Submission, On Paper, or External Tool assignments. However, a Late label can be added in the Grade Detail tray.
  • Enabling a Late Submission policy in the New Gradebook will remove the option to revert to the old Gradebook.
  • Go to Grades
  • Click Settings
    New Gradebook Settings
  • View the Late Policies tab
  • Click the Automatically apply deduction to late submissions checkbox.
    Note: Selecting this checkbox will automatically apply the deduction you set for any late submissions in the course that have previously been graded as well as apply to future late submissions you grade.
  • Set Deduction
    To set the percentage you want late submissions to be deducted, set a percentage in the Deductfield. Then set the interval for which you would like Canvas to deduct points in theFor each late drop-down menu. Available interval options are Day or Hour.
  • Set Lowest Possible Grade
    To set the lowest grade a student can be awarded for a late submission, set a percentage in the Lowest possible grade field.
  • Click Update

New Gradebook Late Policy

Notes for both Course and Assignment Grade Policies:

  • If you make changes to an assignment with hidden grades, the total score as you see it (in both the Gradebook and the student Grades page) will be affected. However, students will not see any changes when they view their Grades page. Once you post the assignment grades, the total grade in the student's view will update accordingly.
  • Students can see peer review comments when assignment grades are hidden. However, students cannot see instructor comments until after the assignment grades are posted.
  • If you post grades for an assignment with varied due dates, all students will receive score results at the same time.
  • Viewing the Total Column in the Gradebook may be restricted when multiple grading periods are enabled.
  • In Quizzes, Students will not be able to see their quiz responses in Quizzes while quiz grades are hidden.
  • Enabling a posting policy will not affect a student's ability to access their assessment scores in New Quizzes. Student visibility of New Quizzes scores must be managed from the assessment settings menu.

Grade Policy for the Course

Course post policies will apply to all course assignments. and be set automatically, which will be visible to students as soon as they are entered,by default.

If you select a manual posting policy, grades will be hidden by default and will remain hidden until you have posted grades for each assignment. Selecting a manual posting policy will not apply retroactively to grades that have already been entered. Any grades that have already posted will remain visible. To hide grades for an assignment that has already been graded, you can hide grades from the assignment's Options menu.

When assignment grades are hidden, students will not see their grade for the assignment, grade change notifications, or submission comments.

      • Go to Grades
      • Click Settings
        New Gradebook Settings
      • Click the Grade Posting Policy tab.

To post grades automatically, select the Automatically Post Grades option.
New Gradebook Posting Policy

To manually post grades for students to view, select the Manually Post Grades option.
New Gradebook Posting Policy Manual

      • Click the Update button.

Grade Policy for an Assignment

In the New Gradebook, you can select a grade posting policy for an individual assignment. You can also set a grade posting policy for a course. Assignment-level posting policies will override course-level policies for that assignment. Posting policies can be set to automatic or manual.

If you select an automatic posting policy, assignment grades will be visible to students as soon as they are entered.

If you select a manual posting policy, grades will be hidden by default and will remain hidden until you have posted grades for the assignment. Selecting a manual posting policy will not apply retroactively to grades that have already been entered. Any grades that have already posted will remain visible. To hide grades for an assignment that has already been graded, you can hide grades from the assignment's Options menu.

When assignment grades are hidden, students will not see their grade for the assignment, grade change notifications, or submission comments.

  • Go to Grades
  • Hover over the assignment column header and click the Options (three vertical dots)icon.
    New Gradebook Grades Options
  • Click the Grade Posting Policy link.

To post grades automatically, select the Automatically option.
New Gradebook Assignment Automatically

To post grades manually, select the Manually option.
Gradebook Assignment Grade Policy Manual

  • Click the Save button.