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Instructional Support

Audio/Visual Services and Equipment

Classroom and lecture hall support provides help with media stations, projectors, document cameras, and other instructional classroom technology. Educational Technology Services staff can also provide in-person orientation sessions to familiarize new users with the equipment.

Visit the Classroom Details page to find the technology and media available in every classroom and lecture hall. Also find information about each room's seating capacity, lighting, and more.

How to Report Issues in Lecture Halls/Campus Classroom Spaces

  • Email for information or issues that do not require immediate assistance.
  • Call (858) 534-5784 for immediate technical support.

Free podcasting of lectures is available to classes scheduled in a podcast-ready lecture hall. To signup or for scheduling questions, contact ACS/IWDC: (858) 822-3315,

Class Rosters

Class rosters can be viewed and downloaded by going to Blink and clicking on the Instructions Tools, then Class lists. Single Sign-On (SSO) userid and password are required.

New instructors need to self-register for a SSO.

Current instructors with a existing SSO can contact Nicole Daneshvar with access problems.


Find information about computing support for both graduate and undergraduate course computing needs.

Course Assignments

In Fall Quarter, teaching and quarter preferences are solicited from faculty for the subsequent academic year. In Winter Quarter, the course assignments are developed

Course Descriptions and Schedules

Creating New Courses

Graduate course proposals should be sent to David Lagakos, Vice Chair of Graduate Studies.

Undergraduate course proposals should be sent to Melissa Famulari, Vice Chair of Undergraduate Studies.


***Instructors should not sign add cards.***

Students with registration and waitlist issues should be referred to TritonLink and the Undergraduate Student Affairs Office in Sequoyah Hall, Rm. 245.

Concurrent Enrollment

  • Non-UC San Diego students may enroll in UC San Diego courses through University Extension/Concurrent Enrollment.
  • Extension students:
    • are not considered UC San Diego students
    • pay fees to Extended Studies
    • do not appear on UC San Diego rosters
    • do not receive UC San Diego transcripts for course work
  • Instructors will receive separate rosters by Extended Studies.

Educational Technology Services

Faculty Resources:

  • TritonEd – Learn about TritonEd, UC San Diego's Learning Management System
  • Classroom Support – Get support for technology in the classroom, including immediate help
  • Clickers – Find out more about the i>clicker student response system
  • Instructional ResourcesFind out about guidelines and services to enhance your teaching and help your students.
  • Instructional Technology - Learn about Online Education and how ITS and faculty create online content
  • Accounts and Passwords – Register Email and printing account, change passwords
  • Email – Check and manage your campus email
  • Grades - A step-by-step guide is available detailing how to submit electronic grades, designate an authorized grader, and submit grades changes.
  • Podcasting – Learn how to podcast your course
  • Google Apps for Courses at UC San Diego - Faculty can now utilize Google Apps for Education to share course materials, communicate, and collaborate with students


Graduate Course surveys are administered in-class by the Department during weeks seven and eight of the quarter. One copy of the evaluation summary will go to the faculty member, and one copy will be placed in the faculty member's file.

Undergraduate Course surveys are administered online by Course and Professor Evaluation (CAPE), a student-run organization. Students will evaluate you and the course during weeks eight through 10 of the quarter. Response rates can be very low without faculty encouragement. CAPE ( provides tips on increasing response rates from successful faculty. The CAPE results, as well as your actual grade distribution for the entire class, are reported here ( Finally, your student's written CAPE comments are not publicly available and are found here (

Teaching Assistant surveys: Academic Affairs will e-mail you a link to the survey in week 8 and you have until after final exams to complete the TA survey. We strongly encourage all faculty to submit their TA evaluations! Your responses play an important role in determining future TA assignments. Detailed comments are particularly important for TA awards and in determining which graduate students may teach their own class.

Lecturers & New Faculty surveys are administered in-class by the Department in mid-quarter. Evaluations will be distributed to the relevant instructor around the middle of the quarter and should be returned to the Graduate Advising staff in Sequoyah Hall, Rm. 243.


Blue Books / Scantron Forms are not provided by the Department.


  • are required for courses and students
  • cannot not be administered prior to Final Exam week
  • cannot be due (in the case of take-home exam) before starting time of the exam
  • require instructor or an appropriate substitute proctor (anyone who has taught a class at UCSD) to be present during Final Exam week, including the exam
  • must conform to start / end times posted on the campus final exam schedule
  • must allow for extended testing times for eligible students with disabilities
  • must be returned to student no later than one week after test


  • are not mandatory
  • require instructor or equivalent present for the exam
  • may be offered at an alternate time to accommodate students with an illness, family emergency, or religious conflict

Requests to hold midterms outside of regular course meeting times must be:

  • sent to Kelly Escobedo in week 3 of the prior quarter
  • printed in the course syllabus distributed to the class at the beginning of the quarter

Retention of Final Exams

  • are required for one full quarter following final exam period unless returned to students.  If you are using Gradescope, retain the final exams until you are confident all final exams were scanned in correctly.


Instructor of record for the class is solely responsible for grades assigned.

Academic Dishonesty (Cheating)

Reporting Student Misconduct


  • All grades assigned except "I"(Incomplete) and "IP" (In-Progress) are final.
  • No changes of a final grade may be made on the basis of revision or augmentation of a student's work in the course.
  • A final grade may be corrected when a clerical (recording) error or procedural error has occurred. A procedural error is defined as human error, such as misunderstanding or ambiguity regarding due dates for completion of assignments or the nature of assignments, as distinguished from matters of policy.

Electronic Grades (eGrades)

  • Web-based application that allows instructors to submit or change final grades for the students in their courses.
  • Will be used for all final grade collection and all grade entry and grade changes thereafter.
  • Grade entry for the current term opens at 8 a.m. on the first day of finals, and closes at 11:59 p.m. on the Tuesday after the last final is given.
  • After the deadline for the current term, there is a “blackout day” required for other end-of-term processing. On this day, no grades can be entered or changed for any term.
  • Sections not submitted by the closing deadline will be recorded with blank grades, which will lapse to a failing grade after one quarter.
  • step-by-step guide is available detailing how to submit electronic grades, designate an authorized grader, and submit grades changes.


  • May be assigned only if a student is not failing the course and cannot complete the course because of circumstances beyond his/her control.
  • For an undergraduate student, please consult the Undergraduate Intake Advisor; for a graduate student, please consult the staff Graduate Program Coordinator.
  • Coursework must be completed no later than the end of the subsequent quarter. The instructor may assign an earlier deadline.


Under no circumstances may a student's name, student ID, or Social Security number be posted with a grade in a public place.


Per Department policy, Gradescope is required for all courses (as of SS II, 2019.

New to Gradescope?

I. First, create an instructor account at
  1. Go to the Sign Up Form for Gradescope.
  2. Click the "Instructor" button.
  3. In the "SCHOOL EMAIL ADDRESS" field, enter in your OFFICIAL "" UCSD email address. (Do not use a departmental email address such as
  4. In the "SCHOOL" popup menu, choose "UC San Diego" from the list.
  5. In the "HOW DID YOU HEAR ABOUT US?" field, leave it blank.
  6. In the "INVITE CODE" field, leave it blank.
  7. Click the "Sign up as an instructor" button.
  8. If successful, a signup acknowledgement page should appear. Check your UCSD email account for a new "Welcome to Gradescope!" email from containing additional instructions to set up your Gradescope account (set your password, etc.). The email may take a few minutes to arrive.

II. Second, integrate Gradescope with your Canvas class

(Note:  Do not create the Gradescope course first!  Do this from within Canvas)

  1. Navigate to your Canvas course
  2. Go to Settings
  3. Select the Navigation tab
  4. Locate Gradescope
  5. Select the three vertical dots next to the tool and select Enable
  6. Select Save
  7. Select the Gradescope link on your side course menu to begin creating your Gradescope course

(See for updates)

III.  Add students

    Now you can use the "Sync Roster" option to update the class roster.

IV. Create a Gradescope assignment


Office Hours/Review Sessions

Faculty and Teaching Assistants must hold a minimum of two office hours per week per class, and should include information about their office hours on their syllabus.

To reserve a departmental space for office hours or to request use of a campus classroom/lecture hall for a review session, email Please provide the following: the course, the day(s), start and end time, and number of students expected. If you have a range of accetpable day/times, please include those as well.

Office hours and locations should be emailed to no later than the end of the second week of classes for posting outside of the Undergraduate Advising Office.


All syllabi, course reading lists, exams, and materials should be sent to UCSD Imprints for copying.  In order to ensure timely completion of your copy order, we recommend that such materials be submitted at least 72 business hours in advance. Imprints does NOT employ students at their main facility at the Campus Services Center to assure your transmitted documents remain secure.  Imprints will give exams priority over other copy jobs. 
  • HOW? Send course materials electronically to Imprints via their Print Connection website. You need to create an account to submit orders online.  Enter “Economics Department Fiscal Manager” as the fiscal contact; extension 858.822.1231; email is

For files that are not in an electronic format, use the same website to fill out a work order and request a pick-up of the hard copy.  You can have the completed work delivered directly to the mailroom in Econ 207; however, have midterm and final exams delivered to Sequoyah Hall (SH) Room 245.  A staff member will email you when they arrive; you may send a TA to pick-up the order.  For questions about ordering copies, please contact IMPRINTS Print Connection at (858) 534-3020.

For questions on what budget code to use, contact or call 858.822.1231.

Students with Disabilities

Students with disabilities may request a variety of accommodations that the University is required by law to provide. Students who wish to request an accommodation must provide the instructor with official documentation, signed by the Office for Students with Disabilities (OSD), describing the required accommodation. The most frequent request is for additional time on exams and/or a quiet location to take an exam.

Please visit OSD for more information on working with students who have disabilities. If a student with a disability contacts you and you cannot accommodate them, please refer them to the Undergraduate Student Services Office in Sequoyah Hall, Rm. 245, or You will be contacted by one of the Undergraduate Advisors for exam accommodations.

You can also include the following sample statement in your course syllabi:

Students requesting accommodations for this course due to a disability must provide a current Authorization for Accommodation (AFA) letter issued by the Office for Students with Disabilities (OSD) which is located in University Center 202 behind Center Hall. Students are required to present their AFA letters to Faculty (please make arrangements to contact me privately) and to the OSD Liaison in the department in advance so that accommodations may be arranged.

Contact the OSD for further information:
858.534.4382 (phone)

Students in Distress

Creating a Community of Care: Resources for Faculty and Staff to Support Students in Distress


Who is a student that may need support?

As faculty and staff, you play a crucial role in creating a community of care at UC San Diego by identifying and assisting students who show signs of emotional, physical, or psychological distress. If a situation appears imminently life-threatening, please call 911.

A student whose academic progress or functioning in the university environment is adversely affected due to a number of indicators outlined here, that are impacting their well-being and/or the well-being of others.


All course syllabi should be emailed to for inclusion in the Department's curriculum files.

It is strongly recommended that policies on the following be clearly stated in the course syllabus: grading, examinations, reports and papers, make-ups, due dates, and forms of aid and collaboration allowed.

Teaching Assistants / Readers / Undergraduate Instructional Assistants

Teaching Assistants

Departmental graduate students serve as instructional assistants to faculty who are teaching courses. The TA primarily assists the faculty member in charge of the course by conducting discussion or laboratory sections that supplement faculty lectures and by grading assignments and examinations.

TAs are typically required to:

  • attend all lectures unless otherwise notified
  • meet with discussion/lab section(s), if applicable
  • hold office hours
  • proctor quizzes, exams, and finals (instructor must remain present); Undergrad Instructional Assistants (UIA) are prioritized to proctor for students with disabilities
  • grade student work as requested by the supervising instructor

You will be informed of your Teaching Assistants prior to the start of the quarter. After the initial meeting, regular weekly meetings with the TA are highly recommended. Please be aware that TAs must be evaluated by the professors at the end of each quarter as a stipulation of the recent TA contract.

Supervision and Training of Teaching Assistants:

  • The Instructor of Record supervises, trains, guides, and evaluates each TA.
  • The Instructor will establish the specific responsibilities of each TA within the course and provide appropriate guidance as to how these responsibilities are to be met. Please see the ASE Duty Form for general duties expected of TAs.
  • The Instructor must visit each TA section at least twice during the quarter. Following that visit, the faculty member will meet with the student and provide meaningful feedback on what he or she observed and offer suggestions, as needed, as to how the TA might improve his or her teaching. Instructors must also provide a brief written evaluation of each TA to the Graduate Advising Office at the end of the quarter. Evaluation is formal and ongoing, and the results directly affect reassignment.
  • Instructors also hold regularly scheduled meetings of all of their TAs, as needed, at least four times a quarter.
  • The instructors must ensure that the workload of a TA does not exceed the 110 hours per quarter per section (25% TA) or 20 hours per week (50% TA).
  • TAs are encouraged to immediately bring any workload concerns to Diana Platero-Lopez.
  • TAs are required to read and sign the ASE Duty Form.

Tips for Working with TAs

Example TA Job Requirements


Readers are typically required to:

  • meet with the instructor prior to course to establish organizational guidelines
  • meet regularly with the course instructor to ensure ongoing communication regarding progress of students and course
  • attend all lectures unless otherwise notified
  • assist with course preparation (e.g. library research for articles, questions for exams, contacting Soft Reserves, etc.)
  • assist with proctoring exams
  • grade exams, papers and homework
  • responsible for class discussion boards
  • read and sign the ASE Duty Form

Undergraduate Instructional Assistants (UIAs)

UIA opportunities are available to undergraduate students who meet certain requirements. Students earn four units of upper-division credit with Pass/No Pass grading.

UIAs are typically required to:

  • attend all lectures unless otherwise notified
  • assist with office hours
  • assist with course preparation
  • assist with proctoring exams
  • assist with grading only Scantrons and objective questions

Contact the Tutor Coordinator for more information.

Teaching + Learning Commons Resources

In 2015, UC San Diego established the Teaching + Learning Commons to advance and improve how we teach and learn. Today, a suite of services and programs are in place to develop better instructors and more engaged learners. Our campus is committed to delivering an educational experience that prepares students who are capable of solving problems, leading, and innovating in a diverse and interconnected world.

The Teaching + Learning Commons is located on the first level of Geisel Library.

Faculty Brochure

Textbooks - Review and Desk Copies

Faculty members are asked for textbook preferences prior to the start of the quarter through VerbaCollect. The goal is to place textbook orders in time to meet the deadlines for the quarter (published on the Bookstore's website). The Bookstore cannot guarantee that late orders will be on the shelves by the start of classes.

Publishers typically allow one desk copy per 50 students enrolled in a class. If you request a desk copy, please find the correct representative’s information on the UCSD Bookstore’s Publisher Representative’s website.

If you request more than one desk copy, we ask that you take the additional copies to the Undergraduate Advising Office in Sequoyah Hall 245 for storage. This will help your TAs as it ensures they have access to desk copies as well.

TAs will be asked to check out books at the beginning of the quarter and return them at the end of the quarter. TAs can check out textbooks at the Undergraduate Advising Office in Sequoyah Hall, Rm. 245.

Academic Senate Policies

Grades / Grade Changes
Integrity of Scholarship

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