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Grading System

Courses in the Faculty of Liberal Arts & Professional Studies are graded according to the following scale: Common Grading Scheme for Undergraduate Faculties

GradePoint ValueDefinition
B+7Very good
C4Fairly competent
D2Barely passing
E1Marginally failing

Grades in Courses

The point values in the middle column are used only in calculating students’ grade point averages; they are not used to calculate marks within courses.

Announcement in Class: The means of determining the final grade in a course must be announced in writing in each course within the first two weeks of classes. Such information must include the kinds of assignments, essays, examinations, and other components which make up the grade; their relative weights; and any other procedures which enter into the determination of the final grade. In exceptional circumstances, a previously announced marking scheme for a course may be changed, but only with the consent of all students. The new marking scheme must also be distributed in written form.

Feedback: Instructors must provide a mechanism by which students can be apprised of their progress; in particular, students must be able to make an informed decision on whether to withdraw from a course. Before the deadline for withdrawing from a course without academic penalty, students should receive graded feedback; normally 30% for full-year courses and 15% for one-term courses. (Different arrangements may apply for upper-level undergraduate and graduate courses.)

Converting Marks to Grades: In courses where percentages are used as a means of reporting grades on individual pieces of work, the following conversion table is to be used in converting percentage grades to letter grades, unless alternative provisions for scaling and/or conversion are announced to students in writing within the first two weeks of classes.


Release of Final Grades

(1) Fall/Winter Session: Grades are normally released in January for Fall Term courses and in June for Fall/Winter Term courses and Winter Term courses.

(2) Summer Session: Grades for courses taken in the Summer Session are normally released in September.

Grade Reappraisals

If you have any questions about a mark you received, either during a course or after a course is over, first approach your instructor. If you are not satisfied with the outcome, you may approach the Director of Undergraduate Studies for mediation. The Undergraduate Director can be contacted at

If at the end of a course, you feel that your grade was not justified, you may submit to the department a formal written appeal for reappraisal. Requests for grade reappraisals must be filed with the Department within 21 calendar days of the release of the final grade in the course. Students may question the marking of specific pieces of work or the overall course grade. Normally, only written work can be reassessed.

When a student asks for a reappraisal, the original grade may be raised, lowered or confirmed. The department's decision may be appealed to the Faculty of Liberal Arts & Professional Studies Executive Committee only on grounds of procedural irregularity or new evidence. Appeals must be submitted within 21 days of notification of the department's decision.