The Carleton University Senate has approved the use of flexible, compassionate grading options for undergraduate students in the Fall 2021 and Winter 2022 terms.

Specifically, Senate has approved that unsatisfactory (UNS) grades will replace any Fail (F) grade for the Fall 2021, and Winter 2022 terms. Senate has also approved the optional conversion of one (1) 0.5 credit passing grade to Satisfactory (SAT) for the Fall 2021, as well as one (1) 0.5 credit for the Winter 2022 term. Alternatively, students may instead request that a passing grade for one (1) full year (fall/winter) 1.0 credit is converted to SAT in the Winter 2022 term.

You will not need to request a UNS grade. With the exception of failing grades assigned as a result of an academic integrity violation, Fail (F) grades will automatically be converted to UNS by the Registrar’s Office for Winter 2022 term courses.

Once your final Winter 2022 term grades appear in Carleton Central, you will be able to request to designate 0.5 credit of these passing grades as SAT through the SAT Request Form.


If you have any additional questions regarding SAT/UNS and how your decisions may affect your program, or if you need academic advising, please contact us.

Frequently Asked Questions

Last updated April 12, 2022.

Answers to frequently asked questions are listed below in the following categories:

SAT/UNS versus letter grades

Converting letter grades to SAT/UNS

The implication of SAT on current academic progress

Long-term implications of selecting SAT instead of a letter grade

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