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Faculty are responsible for determining how to handle ungraded and unsubmitted assignments so Canvas can properly calculate final grades. There are two options to consider and each has its advantage and disadvantage. The options are: excusing missing assignments and setting the default grade on an assignment.

Remember that all course grades must be reported through KnightWeb.

Manually enter zeros (0) or excusing ungraded/missing assignments

Faculty can manually enter a grade of zero (0) or excuse missing assignments in SpeedGrader or directly in the Grades grid. The "Total" column will correctly display students' final grades. Students will see their final grade without having to uncheck the default setting in their grades view.

Canvas Guide: Excusing Missing Assignments

Set Default Grade on an Assignment

After grading an assignment (in SpeedGrader or by import), faculty can set a default grade of zero (0). This will assign a zero for all students who did not submit the assignment or are ungraded. To configure this setting, go to Grades and click the three vertical ellipses in the assignment's column header to display the assignment's menu. Select Set Default Grade, enter zero (0), click Set Default Grade. Be careful not to check the box to overwrite already-entered grades.

Canvas Guide: Set Default Grade for an Assignment

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