Student Guidelines

These guidelines will assist you in being successful in Communication courses and programs.


Students are required to attend the first meeting of the classes in which they are registered and they must notify their instructors in advance if they are unable to attend. Students are responsible for meeting other attendance requirements specified by instructors. For more information see UFV Policy: 62 Attendance.

Audit Policy

  • Students will be permitted to register for audit only if there is space remaining after credit students have had an opportunity to register.
  • The instructor will specify expectation for a successful audit.
  • If an instructor permits a student to change from credit to audit status, the student must register for course audit through OREG no later than 30% of the course duration.

For complete information on auditing refer to the UFV Policy: 108 Course Audit. ‌

Declaration of Minor

Students may formally declare minors only after they have completed at least thirty credits in their program with a minimum of a 2.00 CGPA on all credits attempted, provided that they have also met the declaration requirements of the subject discipline. Formal declaration is completed by appointment with an Arts advisor.


All Communication and Critical Study Methodology courses are graded using UFV Policy: 101 Grading System. *Effective September 2016.

Grade    %
A+   90 - 100
A 85 - 89
A- 80 - 84
B+ 77 - 79
B 73 - 76
B- 70 - 72
C+ 67 - 69
C 63 - 66
C- 60 - 62
D 50 - 59
F < 50 (fail)

Grade Point Average

It is the policy of the University to calculate the Grade Point Average (GPA). The GPA will be recorded on the official transcript.

Grade    GPA
A+        4.33
A 4.0 --- Excellent
A- 3.67
B+ 3.33
B 3.0 --- Above Average
B- 2.67
C+ 2.33
C 2.0 --- Average
C- 1.67
D 1.0 --- Below Average
F 0.0 --- No Credit (Fail)

W -- Course withdrawal prior to 40% duration of course. Not shown on official transcript
W* -- Course withdrawal on or after 40% duration of course
AU* -- Audit
*Not included in calculation of the GPA


Plagiarism and Intellectual Honesty

UFV's policy on plagiarism is described in the Academic Calendar and UFV Policy: 70 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.

Intellectual Honesty:

The term "intellectual honesty" is broader in scope than "plagiarism," and means all assignments which you present as yours, whether they include research, writing, or speaking, are entirely your own work. Research sources must be acknowledged fully and completely using the appropriate citation method. Please be aware that you may be asked to produce your rough notes and drafts for assignments.

How Does This Affect You?

Your mark in Communication courses is based on the work you do over the term. It is important that you submit your own work. You may not submit work:

  • Copied from a book, article or online source.
  • Copied from online discussion postings.
  • That has been submitted for credit in another course.
  • That has been done by a friend or relative.
  • That has been written by a tutor or professional writer.

Prerequisite Grades

A "D" grade does not, unless otherwise stated, permit the student to pursue another course for which the graded course was a prerequisite. A student may find it difficult to obtain transfer credit for a "D" grade. A minimum grade of C- is needed for prerequisite courses.


Please refer to the Office of the Registrar Important Registration Dates for semester withdrawal dates.

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