Academic Calendar Winter/Summer 2017

Grading and Academic Standing

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 the Office of the Registrar. For additional regulations for graduate level programs, see the General regulations for Graduate studies in the Graduate studies section of this calendar.

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 at UFV:

Grading systems

There are two grading systems at UFV, the letter grading system and the credit/no credit grading system, outlined in sections A and B, below. The grading system for a course is established through the undergraduate or graduate course approval process.

Other grades and notations are listed in section C.

A. Letter grading system (grades applicable to the GPA)

Letter grades are used for most academic, technical, and career oriented courses. Letter grades also may be used for non-credit courses, in which case the grades do not apply to the GPA.

Standard percentage equivalencies are used to determine the final letter grade. The final percentage will be rounded to the nearest using standard mathematical practice (i.e. if the first digit after the decimal place is 5 or higher, rounding is to the next higher integer) before converting to a letter grade.

Undergraduate and preparatory level grading scale

Grade

Percentage equivalent

Grade point value

A+

A

A-

90-100

85-89

80-84

4.33

4.0

3.67

B+

B

B-

77-79

73-76

70-72

3.33

3.0

2.67

C+

C

C-

67-69

63-66

60-62

2.33

2.0

1.67

D

50-59

1.0

F

<50 (fail)

0.0

Note 1: Some programs may require that courses be completed with a specified letter grade higher than a D; this requirement will be specified in the UFV academic calendar. In these cases, courses graded D or higher, but lower than the program minimum, will not meet the requirements for these programs but may be accepted as elective credits in other programs.

Note 2: Some programs, to meet external accreditation and/or certification standards, require a higher minimum percentage to pass program courses. In such cases a fail (F) grade may be assigned at a higher percentage.

B. Credit/no credit grading system (grades not applicable to the GPA)

Credit/no credit grading may be used in courses where students are graded on the basis of broad performance evaluation or acquisition of defined skills, such as for practica, work placements, internships, or non-credit courses.

Grade

Interpretation

CR

Credit granted

NCR

No credit granted

C. Other grades and notations (not applicable to the GPA)

The grades in this section are used for particular purposes and may be used with either letter grading or credit/no credit grading, as required.

Permanent grades

Grade

Interpretation

AEG

Aegrotat standing. A compassionate pass, approved by the dean, based on satisfactory term marks when a student is unable to complete a course due to serious, documented extenuating circumstances.

AU

Audit. No credit is granted for the course.

AN

Audit expectations not met. No credit is granted for the course.

W

Withdrawn. No credit is granted for the course.

TRF

Transfer credit granted. Successful completion of course(s) when a grade equivalent cannot be determined.

Temporary notations

Temporary notations are used in specific circumstances when a final grade is not available. They will be replaced by a permanent grade, when available.

Grade

Interpretation

I

Incomplete. Course requirements to be completed at a pre-determined time.

IP

In Progress. Course or thesis work continues into the next semester.

NGR

No grade reported.

For the graduate grading system, see General Regulations for Graduate Studies.

Grade Point Average

A semester GPA and cumulative GPA is calculated after each semester and is recorded on the student’s official transcript. The cumulative GPA is defined as the numerical average of grades based on all courses taken at UFV within a particular level of study, e.g. preparatory, undergraduate, graduate, etc.

When a course or an equivalent course is repeated, only the higher grade is included in the GPA calculation (see Course Repeat policy for further details).

Grades which are not included in the GPA calculation include but are not limited to withdrawals, audit grades, temporary grades, and courses graded on a Credit/No credit basis. Grades assigned for assessments, including course challenges and portfolio assessments, are not included in the GPA calculation.

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 a fail 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.

Final grade appeal

Students who have cause to appeal may appeal final grades. Students may not appeal individual items of work inclusive of examinations, quizzes, projects, assignments, practicums, or field work assessments except in the context of an appeal of the final grade.

For more information about final grade appeals see UFV's Final Grade Appeals policy (217) or visit the Office for Academic Integrity and Appeals website.

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 department head.

A course and accompanying grade may not be deleted from the permanent record, except as follows:

  • An instructor may change the grade of a student with the consent of the appropriate dean.
  • A late withdrawal may be granted in extenuating circumstances. If granted, a grade of “W” (withdrawal) is assigned. For more information, please see the course withdrawal section.

Note: Although grades for all attempted courses remain on the student’s permanent record, only the higher grade of a repeated course is calculated into the GPA.

Transcripts

Students may obtain official transcripts of their permanent records from the Office of the Registrar at a cost of $10 each.

Academic standing and undergraduate continuance

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

The Undergraduate Continuance policy applies to all undergraduate students attending UFV. A student’s academic standing, based on grade point averages, determines his or her enrolment status and any conditions associated with that status, including the ability to continue as a student of UFV. For additional details on Academic Standing, see ufv.ca/admissions/faq/academic-standing-faqs/.

Continuance requirements for graduate studies are in the General regulations for Graduate studies section of this calendar.

Standing required for continuance

All students accepted into a program at UFV are expected to maintain acceptable standards of scholarship. Specifically, they are expected to maintain a minimum 2.0 CGPA on all courses. Some programs may have a continuance requirement which is higher than the institutional standard.

Undergraduate continuance policy

Academic standing will be governed by UFV’s Undergraduate Continuance policy (92). A student’s undergraduate grade point average determines their academic standing at the university and conditions associated with that status, including the ability to continue as an undergraduate student at UFV. Students must maintain an undergraduate CGPA of at least 2.00 to remain enrolled and in good academic standing at UFV. Failure to meet the minimum CGPA requirements will result in restrictions on registration and may eventually lead to a student being withdrawn from the university. Academic standing will be permanently reflected on a student’s academic record and will appear on the transcript.

The academic standing of all students enrolled in undergraduate courses (i.e. courses considered university studies or college-level career, technical, or academic studies, up to and including completion of a bachelor degree) will be determined after nine credits applicable to the CGPA have been attempted, at nine credit intervals until 27 credits applicable to the CGPA have been attempted, and then at the end of every semester.

One of the following statuses will be assigned at each checkpoint:

  • Good academic standing, when a student has a minimum CGPA of 2.00.
  • Academic warning, when a new student or a student who has been in good academic standing has a CGPA less than 2.00 at a checkpoint.
  • Academic probation, when a student on academic warning has a CGPA below 2.00 at the next checkpoint.
  • Continued academic probation, when a student on academic probation has a semester GPA of 2.00 but the CGPA is less than 2.00 at the next checkpoint.
  • Required to withdraw, when a student on academic probation has a semester GPA and CGPA below 2.00 at a checkpoint.

If a student on academic warning or academic probation achieves a CGPA of 2.00 or above at the end of a semester, the student will be returned to good academic standing. Students will be notified by the registrar or designate when they are placed on academic warning or probation, continued on probation, or required to withdraw.

Students on academic warning or probation are limited to registering in a maximum of 10 credits per semester except with permission of their program advisor, if applicable, or by a coordinator, associate director, or director responsible for advising, or their designate(s). Students requesting permission to take more than 10 credits must provide a written rationale and a plan for being successful with a heavier course load.

For assistance, see an Advisor or contact advising@ufv.ca.

Required to withdraw

A student who has been required to withdraw under the Undergraduate Continuance policy (92) is not permitted to pursue undergraduate studies at UFV for a defined period as follows:

  1. The first time a student is required to withdraw, he or she is not eligible to attend for the following two semesters.
  2. A student who is required to withdraw a second time is not eligible to attend for four semesters.
  3. A student who is required to withdraw a third time will be considered for readmission only upon appeal after a minimum of three years. During the withdrawal period, students may be permitted to enroll in preparatory level courses. Courses taken at another recognized post-secondary institution while required to withdraw from UFV will be considered for transfer credit upon readmission but will not affect the UFV CGPA.

For further information on the requirements for applying for re-admission, see UFV's Undergraduate Continuance policy (92).

Academic renewal

Academic renewal is a provision to allow returning undergraduate students who performed poorly in the past to eliminate their previous low grade point average (GPA).

Academic renewal may be available to a student who:

  • has returned to UFV undergraduate studies after at least three years (36 months) absence from UFV undergraduate studies; and
  • had an undergraduate cumulative GPA (CGPA) below 2.0 at UFV prior to re-admission; and
  • has completed at least 15 UFV undergraduate credits applicable to the GPA, with a minimum 2.0 GPA calculated on all undergraduate courses attempted, since re-admission.

Students who have graduated with a credential are not eligible, except when the credential was developmental level or non-credit and none of the previous undergraduate courses were used to meet graduation requirements.

A student who wishes to request academic renewal must first consult with an Advisor, then submit a request to academicwarning@ufv.ca.

Academic renewal, if approved, excludes all undergraduate UFV courses taken prior to re-admission, including passed courses, from the calculation of CGPA and program requirements. Academic renewal will be granted to a student only once.

For full details on academic renewal, see UFV's Academic Renewal policy (224).

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