University of Guelph 2003-2004 Undergraduate Calendar

VIII--Undergraduate Degree Regulations and Procedures


Grading Procedures

Grading System

Release of Final Grades

Submission of Final Grades

Grading System

Two-semester courses constitute two course attempts and will appear as such on the student academic record. These courses are indivisible and the same grade will apply for each attempt. A refined grading system was approved by Senate on May 21, 1991 effective Spring 1992 as follows:



























Courses taken on exchange are graded using the Outstanding /Pass /Fail alternate grading system (refer to Exchanges, Section V--Special Study Opportunities; Exchanges). In addition, selected University of Guelph courses, approved by the Board of Undergraduate Studies, will use this alternate grading system.

Alternate Grading System


Outstanding (Pass)





Other Grade Notations






Deferred Privilege




In Progress


Mark Not Received


Withdrawn with Failure


Withdrawn No Penalty


Supplemental Privilege Failed

(XX denotes the original failing grade)


Supplemental Privilege Passed

(XX denotes the original failing grade)

Grading Procedures

Feedback to students on work completed or in progress is an integral part of teaching and learning in that it allows students to measure their understanding of material and their progress on learning objectives. Feedback often goes beyond grading-an indication of the standard achieved-to include comments on the particular strengths and weaknesses of a student's performance. While the nature and frequency of such feedback will vary with the course, the University of Guelph is committed to providing students with appropriate and timely feedback on their work. Particularly in 1000 and 2000 level courses, instructors are urged to provide some feedback prior to the 40th class day.

Resolution 1

That the assignment of grades at the University of Guelph be based on clearly defined standards, which are to be published in the Undergraduate Calendar for the benefit of faculty and students and that the definitions for each of the numerical grade range (letter grades) be as follows:

80 - 100 (A) Excellent. An outstanding performance in which the student demonstrates a superior grasp of the subject matter, and an ability to go beyond the given material in a critical and constructive manner. The student demonstrates a high degree of creative and/or logical thinking, a superior ability to organize, to analyze, and to integrate ideas, and a thorough familiarity with the appropriate literature and techniques.

70 - 79 (B) Good. A more than adequate performance in which the student demonstrates a thorough grasp of the subject matter, and an ability to organize and examine the material in a critical and constructive manner. The student demonstrates a good understanding of the relevant issues and a familiarity with the appropriate literature and techniques.

60 - 69 (C) Acceptable. An adequate performance in which the student demonstrates a generally adequate grasp of the subject matter and a moderate ability to examine the material in a critical and constructive manner. The student displays an adequate understanding of the relevant issues, and a general familiarity with the appropriate literature and techniques.

50 - 59 (D) Minimally Acceptable. A barely adequate performance in which the student demonstrates a familiarity with the subject matter, but whose attempts to examine the material in a critical and constructive manner are only partially successful. The student displays some understanding of the relevant issues, and some familiarity with the appropriate literature and techniques.

0 - 49 (F) Fail. An inadequate performance.

Resolution 2

That instructors must use evaluation criteria which measure quality of performance and not merely activity.

Resolution 3

That instructors are not to use predetermined, arbitrary distributions in the assignment of grades in individual courses.

Resolution 4

Part A

That, by the start of the course selection period for the semester in which the course will be offered, instructors will provide a course description for posting to the department web site. This course description shall include a brief summary of the course topics and requirements, the general format of the course, and the methods of evaluation.

Part B

That, by the first class meeting of the course (by the end of the first week of classes for distance education courses), the instructor must provide students with a written course outline that is a detailed description of course requirements, the methods of evaluation, and the timing of the evaluations.

Resolution 5

That the methods and/or timing of evaluation as indicated on the course outline should not be changed after the first class meeting except under strictly adhered to conditions. Notice of proposed change and of the class at which consent is to be sought, must be given at a previously scheduled class. Where the change is supported by the instructor and is consistent with University policies and procedures such change may be enacted with the unanimous consent of students. If unanimous consent of the students has not been obtained, the change may be enacted only with the approval of the chair of the department and only if alternative and equitable accommodation is available to students opposed to the change.

Resolution 6

That all term tests, assignments, laboratory reports, etc., should be returned to, or discussed with students, without undue delay and in any case before the last day of the examination period. If the material is necessary for the preparation of the final examination, it must be returned or discussed as soon as possible and in any case no later than three days before the examination.

Resolution 7

That departments must coordinate multiple section courses in terms of course content, evaluation procedures and final grades.

Department also refers to schools and to colleges (where multiple section courses are offered by, or coordinated by the Office of a College Dean).

Resolution 8

That each department must keep under continual review its grading procedures and matters that relate to academic standards to make sure the University's policies are being applied.

Resolution 9

That normally all courses at the 1000 and 2000 levels shall have final examinations and that exceptions require the approval of the Chair of the Department.

The Board of Undergraduate Studies has by formal resolution undertaken to do as follows:

Resolution 10

Senate resolved on June 21, 1977 that in determining grades for written assignments the instructor should take into consideration the student's ability to use correctly and effectively the language appropriate to the assignment.

Resolution 11

Senate resolved on March 21, 1978 that the chair should review, prior to the commencement of classes, the manner in which a faculty member intends to conduct a course and to determine final grades. If the chair disagrees with the faculty member's intention or subsequently with the implementation of the stated intentions, the chair will discuss his/her concerns with the faculty member. If agreement cannot be reached, the matter will be referred to an appropriate department committee which will advise the chair in reaching his/her decision. The advice may include a recommendation on examination procedures.

Submission of Final Grades

General Information

Undergraduate Program Services, Office of Registrarial Services, distributes the "Grades Due Report" forms to the departments one week prior to the examinations period for the semester. The "Grades Due Report" specifies the deadline date for submission of grades to Undergraduate Program Services, Office of Registrarial Services.

Instructor's Responsibilities

The instructor (department) is to retain all final examination papers and term assessments not returned to students for a period of one semester. The "Grades Due Report" form distributed by Undergraduate Program Services, Office of Registrarial Services, will carry the due date for grades for each course section. The due dates are established in accordance with the regulations of the Senate.

Grades must be submitted to Undergraduate Program Services by the deadline stated on the "Grades Due Report". The early submission of grades will assist in their processing. Grades that are not received prior to the printing of student grade reports are reported as "MNR" (mark not received).

Class lists are updated regularly on the Class List Web-site for departmental download. Lists downloaded from the Class List Web-site list all officially registered students in a class. The department must explain any changes to the list, e.g., in the case of:

Instructors must not grant an extension of time to any student beyond the final date for submission of grades. Instructors should report students who do not satisfy course requirements by assigning a grade of "INC" and noting incomplete work on an "Instructor's Recommendation" form.

Instructor's Recommendation Form

Instructors should only submit grades for students who have completed their final work for a course. If a student does not complete a final examination or final assignment, the instructor must enter "INC" (incomplete) on the "Grade Report" form and complete an "Instructor's Recommendation" form for the student. The "Instructor's Recommendation" form is available from the chair of the department. Departments must submit the "Instructor's Recommendation" form(s) along with the "Grade Report" form to Undergraduate Program Services, Office of Registrarial Services. The Academic Review Sub-Committee will contact the faculty and/or department chairs at the time of meetings if this procedure is not followed. The instructor's recommendations assist the members of the Academic Review Sub-Committee in making their decision. The instructor must complete all sections of the form for each student reported.

Student's Responsibilities

Students must have all final assignments completed and submitted to instructors by the deadline dates indicated in the course outline. Instructors cannot grant extensions beyond the deadline for submission of grades. Students who are unable to satisfy the submission deadlines established by the instructor and who wish special consideration for medical, psychological or compassionate reasons should request academic consideration (refer to Academic Consideration and Appeals).

Department Chair's Responsibilities

The chair of the department signs student grades in the designated area on the "Grade Report" form. The department chair's signature indicates that he/she believes that the grades for that course adhere to the academic regulations of Senate.

If the chair has reason to believe that the academic regulations of Senate have not been adhered to, he/she will consult with the faculty member and, if necessary, the college dean. If the chair, after such consultation, still believes that the academic regulations of Senate have not been adhered to, he/she must submit the grades without approval through the college dean to the Provost and Vice-President (Academic). The grades must be accompanied by a complete report. The Provost and Vice-President (Academic) will act to ensure that the academic regulations of Senate are adhered to.

The department chair should be available for consultation during the meetings of the Academic Review Sub-Committees.

The Board of Undergraduate Studies strongly encourages each chair, at his/her discretion, to conduct a periodic review of the methods of assessment, class averages, distribution of grades and failure rates in courses offered by that department to ensure that grade abuse does not occur (refer to Final Grades).

Program Counselor's Responsibilities

The program counselor reviews the list of "INC" (incomplete) courses, matching medical documentation, requests for academic consideration, and counselling files (refer to Deferred Privileges). The program counselor in conjunction with the Academic Review Sub-Committee assigns deferred privileges where appropriate and forwards decisions to Undergraduate Program Services, Office of Registrarial Services.

Registrar's Responsibilities

Undergraduate Program Services records the examination results; notifies students of their grades; notifies program counselors of incomplete grades; and records deferred privilege decisions (refer to Deferred Privileges).

Release of Final Grades

University grades are official on the day that they are issued to students. It is the responsibility of the Office of Registrarial Services to release the grades to the student and to record the grades on the student's official University transcript.

All grades are available through WebAdvisor. Students who require an official copy of their grade report can request an official transcript upon payment of the transcript fee.

Grade reports for students who have been advised by Student Financial Services, Office of Registrarial Services, that they are on academic sanction will not be released by Undergraduate Program Services until notification/authorization is received indicating that the account has been cleared to the satisfaction of Student Financial Services. To receive grades, students must clear their sanction by the last day of classes.

Students who are required to withdraw will be notified at their mailing address.

Summer Session grades are released approximately two weeks after the conclusion of examinations. The grades and the continuation of study status are considered to be unofficial until the end of the Summer Semester.

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