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Grading System and Academic Standing Policy (Undergraduate)

Classification number ACD 1510
Framework category Academic
Approving authority Academic Council
Policy owner Registrar
Approval date Minor Amendments May 18, 2018; February 26, 2019
Review date
Supersedes Academic Regulations – Undergraduate Academic Calendar 2016-2017

Purpose

The purpose of this Policy is to provide a framework that outlines the university’s undergraduate-level letter grade system, and academic standing regulations.

Definitions

For the purposes of this Policy the following definitions apply:

“Academic standing” means a student's official status of enrolment at the university as evaluated at the end of each semester; used to assess whether students are meeting the standards prescribed for continuing in the university and/or their programs.

“Cumulative grade point average (CGPA)” means the weighted average of the grade points awarded in all courses completed and included for the achievement of the degree and/or major the student is registered in.

“Deferred examination” means an Examination written outside of the originally scheduled day and/or time.

“Grade Reappraisal” means an avenue for students to request a review of a final grade.

“Transcripts” means the complete report of a student's academic record.

Scope and authority

This Policy applies to the undergraduate-level letter grading system and academic standing regulations.

This Policy does not apply to the graduate-level letter grading system and academic standing regulations. For more information regarding the graduate-level grading system or academic standing regulations, please refer to the Graduate Academic Calendar.

The Registrar, or successor thereof, is the Policy Owner and is responsible for overseeing the implementation, administration and interpretation of this Policy.

Policy

Grading System

  1. Final grades for all courses will be submitted to the Registrar's office on a letter grade scale.
  2. The following descriptions outline the quality of work associated with each letter grade. Percentage-to-grade equivalencies are included as a guideline for conversion.
    1. A+: Percentage 90-100; Grade Point 4.3; Grade Point Description: Excellent. Strong evidence of originality and independence of thought; good organization; capacity to analyze and synthesize; superior grasp of subject matter with sound critical evaluations; evidence of extensive knowledge base; an outstanding ability to communicate.
    2. A: Percentage 85-89; Grade Point 4; Grade Point Description: Excellent. Strong evidence of originality and independence of thought; good organization; capacity to analyze and synthesize; superior grasp of subject matter with sound critical evaluations; evidence of extensive knowledge base; an outstanding ability to communicate.
    3. A-: Percentage 80-84; Grade Point 3.7; Grade Point Description: Excellent. Strong evidence of originality and independence of thought; good organization; capacity to analyze and synthesize; superior grasp of subject matter with sound critical evaluations; evidence of extensive knowledge base; an outstanding ability to communicate.
    4. B+: Percentage 77-79; Grade Point 3.3; Grade Point Description: Good. Substantial knowledge of subject matter; some evidence of organization and analytic ability; a moderate degree of originality and independence of thought; reasonable understanding of relevant issues; evidence of familiarity with literature; an ability to communicate clearly and fluently.
    5. B: Percentage 73-76; Grade Point 3; Grade Point Description: Good. Substantial knowledge of subject matter; some evidence of organization and analytic ability; a moderate degree of originality and independence of thought; reasonable understanding of relevant issues; evidence of familiarity with literature; an ability to communicate clearly and fluently.
    6. B-: Percentage 70-72; Grade Point 2.7; Grade Point Description: Good. Substantial knowledge of subject matter; some evidence of organization and analytic ability; a moderate degree of originality and independence of thought; reasonable understanding of relevant issues; evidence of familiarity with literature; an ability to communicate clearly and fluently.
    7. C+: Percentage 67-69; Grade Point 2.3; Grade Point Description: Adequate. Student is profiting from his/her university experience; an acceptable understanding of the subject matter; ability to develop solutions to simple problems in the material; some ability to organize and analyze ideas; an ability to communicate adequately.
    8. C: Percentage 60-66; Grade Point 2; Grade Point Description: Adequate. Student is profiting from his/her university experience; an acceptable understanding of the subject matter; ability to develop solutions to simple problems in the material; some ability to organize and analyze ideas; an ability to communicate adequately.
    9. D: Percentage 50-59; Grade Point 1; Grade Point Description: Marginal. Some evidence that critical and analytic skills have been developed; rudimentary knowledge of the subject matter; significant weakness in the ability to communicate.
    10. F: Percentage 0-49; Grade Point 0; Grade Point Description: Little evidence of even superficial understanding of subject matter; weakness in critical and analytic skills; limited or irrelevant use of literature; failure to complete required work; an inability to communicate.
    11. CR: A grade of CR will be assigned for credit granted based on work experience.
    12. PAS or FAL: Courses designated for pass/fail grading will be assigned a grade of PAS (pass) or FAL (fail). For such courses, only failing grades will be included in the calculation of the grade point average.
    13. T: A grade of T will be assigned at the time that a transfer credit is awarded.
    14. WF: A failing grade of WF may be assigned if a student is administratively withdrawn for non-attendance.
    15. AW: A grade of AW may be assigned for administrative withdrawal.
  3. If a student's grade is not available when final grades are approved at the end of a semester, special designation will be temporarily added to his/her record.
    1. CO: If a course is continuing on in the subsequent Semester, a grade of CO will be assigned.
    2. DEF: If a deferred examination has been granted, a grade of DEF will be assigned.
    3. INC: If a portion of the work required for the course is incomplete, a grade of INC may be recorded. These grades may satisfy prerequisites for further courses on a temporary basis, but not beyond the end of the subsequent semester after which these grades revert to F.
  4. Credit will be granted only for those courses completed with a grade of D or better. Faculties may require higher grades in some courses to meet degree requirements. For further information regarding specific degree requirements, students should refer to the appropriate faculty website.

Grade Changes

  1. After grades have been officially approved and released, any grade changes must be submitted in writing to the Office of the Registrar. Grade changes may result from the submission of course work, the writing of a deferred examination, clerical errors, or an approved examination re-read. All grade changes must be approved by the course instructor and the dean or designate.

Dean's List and President's List

  1. Students in clear standing with a semester GPA of 3.5 to 3.79 on at least 80 per cent of a full course load at the end of a semester will receive the designation Dean's List on their Transcripts. Students in clear standing with a semester GPA of 3.8 or higher on at least 80 per cent of a full course load will receive the designation President's List on their Transcripts.

Academic Standing

  1. Academic Standing is calculated and recorded on academic Transcripts at the end of each semester for every full-time student. Academic Standing regulations are applied to part-time students after completion of 9 credit hours.
  2. Academic Standing is determined by the semester and cumulative grade point averages and the student's Academic Standing in the previous semester. The minimum cumulative grade point average required for graduation is 2.00.
  3. Academic Standing Scale:
    1. Clear Standing: Students are required to maintain a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.00 to remain in clear standing.
    2. Probation: Students whose cumulative grade point average falls below 2.00 will be placed on probation. Students on probation will be required to contact an academic advisor. Students on probation may continue their studies as long as they achieve at least a semester grade point average of 2.00. Students placed on probation remain on probation until their cumulative grade point average is 2.00 or higher.
    3. Suspension: Students will be suspended if they fail to fulfil the conditions of probation. Following a period of at least two semesters, a suspended student may apply for readmission to the university through the Registrar's office. Students may be required to agree to conditions for reinstatement.
    4. Dismissal: Students readmitted after a period of suspension will be readmitted on probation. Students who fail to comply with the conditions of reinstatement or whose performance would result in suspension for a second time will be permanently dismissed.
    5. Program Dismissal: Students who have been dismissed from a program may be eligible to move into another degree or major provided that they are not on suspension and are not prohibited from taking required courses pursuant to any academic regulation or university policy.

Reappraisals and Reviews

  1. Informal grade reappraisal
    1. Matters concerning term work normally fall within the authority of the instructor. If a student has a concern regarding course work, the student should make an appointment, as soon as possible, with the instructor so that any issues can be resolved quickly and informally.
  2. Formal grade reappraisal
    1. Students may make a formal request to the Registrar's office to have a final grade in a course reappraised.
  3. Non-Academic Grounds Grade review
    1. Students may submit a formal request to the Registrar's office for a review of a final grade if their academic performance in a course was affected by significant extenuating circumstances beyond their control. Extenuating circumstances normally involve a significant physical or psychological event that is beyond a student's control and debilitating to his or her academic performance. Evidence of these kinds of extraordinary situations should include official documentation from an appropriate professional.
  4. Academic Standing review
    1. Students may request a faculty-level review of their Academic Standing if their academic performance was affected by significant extenuating circumstances beyond their control.

Monitoring and review

This Policy will be reviewed as necessary and at least every three years. The Registrar, or successor thereof, is responsible to monitor and review this Policy.

Relevant legislation

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Related policies, procedures & documents

Grade Reappraisal and Review of Academic Standing Procedures