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Regulations, Grading, and Policies

Some of the policies UFV has established are listed below. For a complete list of UFV policies please see UFV's online policy manual. For more information about UFV regulations inquire at Admissions & Records or Student Services.

Security and privacy

Grading and academic records

Academic standing


Student conduct

English language policies

Residency requirement

Subsequent degree

Accident and medical insurance

Security and privacy

Freedom of information and protection of privacy

UFV gathers and maintains information used for the purposes of admission, registration, and other fundamental activities related to being a member of the UFV community and attending a public post-secondary institution in the Province of British Columbia. In signing an application for admission, all applicants are advised that the information they provide and any other information placed into the student record will be protected and used in compliance with the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act, SBC 1992. Requests for information under the act should be sent to the Manager of Employee Relations.

Students and parents of students should be aware that information about a student cannot be released to a third party, including a parent, without a written, signed release from the student or a court order.

Confidentiality of student records

UFV will give information to government agencies for statistical uses, and will honour requests according to provisions of the B.C. Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act. The B.C. Provincial Education number (PEN) is required for research into student participation. Student personal information given on the application form is used to verify or assign a PEN. Any personal information used for research purposes will be in non-identifiable form.

Student names, addresses, telephone numbers, and ID numbers will be given to the Student Union Society to assist in the delivery of services and conduct of elections. Names and addresses of graduates are given to the UFV Alumni Association.

Security of your student records

To ensure that no unauthorized person can obtain access to a student’s records, students are expected to keep their UFV student numbers private and confidential. Students will be required to set a unique Personal Identification Number (PIN) to use student web services. It should be kept safe and secure. Students are responsible for any transactions made using their student number and PIN.

Grading and academic records

UFV’s grading system reflects a commitment to high academic standards while encouraging students to explore the curriculum. The following system is used for all courses taken after September 1, 1990:

Grade Points Interpretation

A+ 4.33
A 4.00  Excellent
A- 3.67
B+ 3.33
B 3.00  Above Average
B- 2.67
C+ 2.33
C 2.00  Average
C- 1.67
P 1.00  Pass (below average)
NC 0.00  No Credit (Fail)
I* Incomplete (see below)
WD* Course withdrawal prior to 40% duration of course
Not shown on official transcript
W* Course withdrawal after 40% duration of course
AU*    Audit

* These indicate a non-graded status. They are not included in calculation of the GPA, nor are they removed from a transcript if the course is repeated.

A P grade does not, unless stated otherwise, permit the student to pursue another course for which the graded course was a prerequisite.

Some courses may be offered on a credit or no credit basis. In such cases, students achieving a level equivalent to C- or better will be assigned a CR (credit) grade. Students achieving below the C- level will be assigned an NCR grade. Credit/No Credit courses will not be included in the GPA. There is no equivalent letter grade.

Grade point average

UFV calculates a grade point average (GPA) based on grades for all courses taken by a student. Semester and overall (cumulative) GPA show on the official transcript.

The UFV cumulative GPA includes only the higher grade of a repeated course. Course withdrawals and audit grades are not included in the calculations. Grades for courses transferred to UFV are not included in the UFV GPA. A student who has only audit grades has, by definition, a GPA of 0.

To calculate your GPA:

1. Multiply the number of credits for each course by the grade point value of the grade to determine course grade points. Omit any courses that have been repeated with a higher grade.

2. Add up the course grade points.

3. Divide the total course grade points by the total number of credits.

Incomplete grades

An I (incomplete) grade may be assigned by an instructor when a student has not completed all the requirements of a course but does not, in the opinion of the instructor, warrant an NC or other grade. Students given an I grade may earn a passing grade by fulfilling an agreement with their instructors to complete certain assignments within a specified time, normally not more than six weeks after the end of a course.


Students may obtain transcripts of their permanent records from the Admissions and Records office at a cost of $5 each.

Academic standing

Continuance in program

Each program has minimum requirements for continuance in the program. In addition, there are minimum requirements for continuance at UFV. These are given below and in policy 340.21 on the UFV website.

UFV encourages students to take responsibility for their success in their studies. To that end UFV will encourage students who do not meet minimum requirements to stop and reassess their goals.

Students in programs that have not set minimum continuance requirements must maintain a minimum UFV cumulative grade point average of 2.0 to continue in a program. Failure to do so may result in withdrawal from the program and/or loss of any registration priority for subsequent courses.

Note: The continuance policy is being reviewed to more clearly define the requirements. Once approved, the new policy may become effective as early as September 2008.

Academic warning

Students may be required to withdraw from a course or program because of poor academic performance. Before this action is taken, students are given a warning and an opportunity to improve their work. See also Continuance in Program.

Academic appeal

Students may appeal academic decisions or the application of UFV policies based on special circumstances. Appeals must be initiated by notifying the Student Affairs Officer as soon as is reasonably possible after an incident has taken place . For more information about this procedure, obtain an Appeal Guide from Student Services or visit the student affairs website at

Amendment of permanent record

A course and accompanying grade may not be deleted from the permanent record. However, only the higher grade of a repeated course is calculated into the GPA.

An instructor may change the grade of a student with the consent of the appropriate dean.

Deans' List

The Deans’ List recognizes those university students who have maintained a high academic standard throughout their course of studies. It is prepared for Convocation and the end of each semester.

To be eligible for the Deans’ List a student must:
(a) have successfully completed at least fifteen credits in a semester with a semester grade point average of at least 3.5; or
(b) have a documented permanent disability, which affects his/her ability to participate in full-time studies and have successfully completed at least nine credits in a semester with a semester grade point average of at least 3.5; or
(c) have completed all the program graduation requirements with a grade point average of at least 3.5 based on the credits earned while in the program or the previous five years, whichever is shorter, with a semester GPA of at least 3.0 in the most recent semester in which at least one graded course was completed; or
(d) be in an entry-level Trades program and have an average of 90% or higher in all courses.


It is the student’s responsibility to ensure that all program requirements are met. This should be done by regular program review and/or consultation with the appropriate department.

UFV recognizes a student’s graduation by awarding a degree, diploma, or certificate. Students must apply for graduation by completing a request to graduate form at the Admissions and Records office. This may be done once a student is registered in the final semester of the program. Students must apply to graduate no later than April 1, with program requirements completed by April 30, to be eligible for graduation the following June. There is a $25 graduation fee.

Students who intend to use credit from other institutions to meet graduation requirements for a UFV credential, need to apply for transfer credit at least three to four months before applying to graduate.

Graduation requirements

Graduation requirements for a program may change over time. Your graduation requirements for a program, major, or minor will be determined by the academic year in which you are formally admitted to the program or formally declare the major or minor. You will not be permitted to graduate using requirements that were in place prior to formal admittance.


UFV’s convocation ceremonies are held in the second week of June. The date, time, location, and format of each ceremony will be announced by the Convocation committee by the preceding November. Students must apply to graduate by April 1, and normally must complete all requirements by April 30.

Student conduct

UFV requires student behaviour to conform to that normally expected of university students in an educational setting. Students are expected to respect all persons on campus, maintain integrity in scholastic work, meet contractual obligations, conduct themselves in a mature manner, and obey the law. Failure by students to maintain a satisfactory standard of conduct may result in disciplinary action. For more information see UFV policy 310.12, Student Conduct.


Plagiarism is considered a serious breach of student conduct. Students should be aware that UFV has policies regarding academic dishonesty, including plagiarism and cheating. The policy defines plagiarism as follows:

• Plagiarism occurs when a student presents work or data as original when part, or whole, was written or composed by someone other than the student.
• Plagiarism occurs when paragraphs, phrases, sentences, or ideas within the work are taken from another source without referencing or citing the author.

When an instructor has evidence of plagiarism or cheating by a student, the instructor is entitled to assign a score of zero with the first incident, and to issue a written notice that any further incident will result in the student being required to withdraw from the course. With any further incidents of plagiarism or cheating, the student may be required to withdraw formally from the course. For more information see UFV policy 310.12, Student Conduct.

Harassment prevention

Under UFV’s Harassment Prevention policy, harassment is defined as aggressive, intimidating, or threatening behaviour that is inappropriate and unwelcome. It can include but is not limited to:

• behaviour that is considered discriminatory under the Human Rights Code of B.C., including offending or demeaning a person or group of persons on the basis of race, colour, ancestry, place of origin, nationality, family or marital status, physical or mental disability, age, sex, sexual orientation, political belief, or conviction for an unrelated criminal offence
• unwanted sexual attention, sexual solicitation, or sexually-oriented remarks or behaviour made by a person who knows or ought reasonably to know that such attention or solicitation is unwanted
• abuse of power, threatening behaviour or intimidation, or reprisals or the threat of reprisals against any participant in a complaint.

For more information see UFV policy 110.25, Harassment Prevention.


Smoking is banned from inside the premises of UFV.

English language policies

English language entrance proficiency (policy under review)

English is the language of instruction at UFV. UFV recognizes that applicants must have a level of English sufficient to participate and be successful in the learning process. Applicants to all university-level programs must be able to demonstrate language proficiency prior to admission. Meeting English language entrance proficiency meets language requirements for post-secondary courses, except for English and communications courses which have specific requirements.

Any one of the following can demonstrate acceptable language proficiency for beginning post-secondary studies:

• Primary language of English (i.e. the main language spoken and written since early childhood)
• Completion of grade 11 and 12 (including high school graduation) in an English language high school.
• Graduation from a degree or diploma from an English language accredited post-secondary institution. An official unopened transcript is required, and applicants need to contact the Admissions office directly.
• Any of the test scores or courses listed under English Language continuance proficiency policy, below.

For more information see UFV policy 340.29, English Language Entrance Proficiency.

English language continuance proficiency (policy under review)

UFV recognizes that students' success in programs depends in large part on their ability to be proficient in English and communications skills. One of the objectives in each program is to enhance students’ communication skills beyond the level at admittance. This policy establishes levels of proficiency in English and communications required for students to continue their studies.

Students in post-secondary programs (other than certificate programs) are expected to have met English language continuance proficiency once they have completed 31 or more UFV credits. Students who have not done so will be required to register in formal upgrading in order to meet the requirements in their next semester; if the prerequisite is not met by the end of that semester they will be placed on academic warning.

The continuance policy may be met by one of the following:

Completion of one of the following:
• English 12 or English Literature 12 with final grade of B
• Technical & Professional Communications with final grade of A
• UFV ENGL 081 or 091 with C+ or higher
• UFV CMNS 099 or ENGL 099 with C or higher
• UFV ESL WG84 with C+ or higher
• Level II of UFV's University Foundation certificate program
• Passing grade in ENGL 105, CMNS 115, CMNS 125, CMNS 155, or CMNS 165
• Passing grade in a university English course transferable to or taken at UFV

Achievement of the minimum scores listed for one of the following tests:
• CAEL (Canadian Academic English Language) score of at least 70
• Cambridge Proficiency Exam (Certificate of Proficiency in English) with minimum score of C
• CanTEST with minimum score of 4.5 in Listening and in Reading; 4.0 in Writing
• CPT (Composition Placement Test) at UFV with score of 48 or higher
• IELTS (International English Language Testing System) score of at least 6.5 with no band less than 6.0
• LPI essay score of 30/40 or higher, or level 5 or higher in the essay section
• MELAB score of at least 85
• TOEFL paper-based score of at least 570 plus TWE score of 4.0
• TOEFL computer-based score of 230 plus essay score of 4.0
• TOEFL iBT score of at least 88
• UFV English Language Assessment results equivalent to completion of Level II of UFV's University Foundation certificate program

Note: Other internationally recognized and/or articulated English language proficiency scores will be considered.

Students who have completed any of the above courses or tests through institutions other than UFV must submit official unopened transcripts or test scores to A&R.

For more information see UFV policy 340.30, English Language Continuance Proficiency. This policy is under review.

English language proficiency and a student's record

To help students recognize their compliance with the UFV English Language policies, UFV will determine and record an "English Language Policy value" in "test scores" on the student's academic record. The ELP value should be interpreted as follows:

100: Student has met English language entrance and continuance proficiency requirements.
080: Student has met English language entrance proficiency requirements.
070: Student has met University Foundations Level 2 entrance requirements.
060: Student has met University Foundations Level 1 entrance requirements.
• Missing ELP values, or values less than 060, may mean that insufficient data has been received from the student.

Residency requirement

In order to earn a UFV certificate, diploma, or degree, a student must complete at least 25% of the required credits for the credential at UFV. Some programs require that up to 50% of the required credits be completed at UFV. Please refer to the program information for further information. Transfer credits and credits earned through prior learning assessment, including course challenge, do not meet this requirement.

Subsequent degree

Students who have already completed a degree at the bachelor’s level may be granted an additional bachelor’s degree provided that the two degrees are in different areas, and that the student has met the program requirements. No more than 75 percent of the credits required for the additional degree may be applied from any previous degree. At least 30 upper-level (300-400) credits for the subsequent degree must be taken at UFV.

Accident and medical insurance

UFV holds an accident insurance policy covering all registered students except those enrolled in non-credit or apprenticeship programs. Students are responsible for arranging their own medical insurance.