Renne Walker wrote:This policy answers my original question. Blind grading is as advertised, blind, any bumps (up/down) nearly takes a act of congress. Raising your hand in class or baking brownies for the prof is an exercise in wasted energy.
L. Grade Changes
After an instructor has submitted a grade to the Registrar, the instructor may change the grade only if it was incorrect as a result of an arithmetical, administrative, or other "mechanical" error, and the grade change has been approved by the Vice Dean for Academics. A grade may not be changed as a result of a reevaluation of a student's work except by vote of the faculty. This rule does not apply to changes as a result of a disciplinary proceeding or administrative irregularity. All grade changes must be approved by the Vice Dean for Academics.
I feel like I'm chasing my own tail a little bit, but: First, this policy does not prevent a professor from taking account of student participation. It just prevents the professor changing your final grade as a result of you whining at him/her after grades are submitted.
Second, just because a professor reserves the right to 'bump' grades doesn't mean they do it. Particularly at NYU, it is a tremendous amount of work to 'bump' grades because the curve needs to conform to a certain number of each grade. Thus if you bump a B+ to an A-, you probably need to find an A- to bump down to a B+, and that person may not "deserve" the downward bump. Professors are generally lazy, and are not going to kill themselves for all that.