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Introduction

In most faculties, individual courses are normally graded as follows:

Percentage (%) Letter Grade
90-100 A+
85-89 A
80-84 A-
76-79 B+
72-75 B
68-71 B-
64-67 C+
60-63 C
55-59 C-
50-54 D
0-49 F (Fail)

Instructors are responsible for providing written guidelines to all students at the start of each course, outlining how the final grade for the course will be calculated, and including any related policies such as arrangements that may be made for students who are unable to complete a test or other graded work because of short term illness or for other reasons. Guidelines made available on the Web meet this requirement (students who are unable to access the Web should ask their instructor to provide these guidelines in an alternative format).

If a student in a baccalaureate program who receives a "T" standing in a graduating essay or other course approved by the faculty completes the course within 12 months of the end of the term in which the student first registered for the course the "T" standing will be replaced by the grade assigned. If the course is not completed within 12 months the "T" standing will be replaced by a grade of zero (or "F" standing in a Pass/Fail course).

The Faculty of Dentistry and the schools of Library, Archival and Information Studies, Nursing, and Rehabilitation Sciences define Fail (F) as below 60%. The Faculty of Medicine defines Fail (F) as below 60% unless otherwise specified in the course Policy and Procedure Manual.

For master's students registered in the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies, Fail (F) for individual courses is defined as below 60%:

Percentage (%) Letter Grade
90-100 A+
85-89 A
80-84 A-
76-79 B+
72-75 B
68-71 B-
64-67 C+
60-63 C
0-59 F (Fail)

However, only 6 credits of pass standing (60-67%) may be counted toward a master's program. For all other courses, a minimum of 68% must be obtained. Some graduate programs may require a higher passing grade for specific courses.

For doctoral students registered in the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies, Fail (F) for individual courses is defined as below 68%. Some graduate programs may require a higher passing grade for specific courses.

Percentage (%) Letter Grade
90-100 A+
85-89 A
80-84 A-
76-79 B+
72-75 B
68-71 B-
0-67 F (Fail)

Faculties, departments and schools reserve the right to scale grades in order to maintain equity among sections and conformity to University, faculty, department, or school norms. Students should therefore note that an unofficial grade given by an instructor might be changed by the faculty, department or school. Grades are not official until they appear on a student's academic record.

A few programs of study make provision for an "Honours Standing", which is explained in the appropriate faculty and school entries. However, in most faculties where "Honours" is used, it is applied to a study program where expectations in terms of achievement and level of study are higher than in other programs.

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