Due to the unprecedented challenge posed by COVID-19, The Carleton University Senate has approved the use of flexible, compassionate grading options for undergraduate students in the Winter 2020, Fall 2020, Winter 2021, Fall 2021 and Winter 2022 terms.

Specifically, Senate has approved that unsatisfactory (UNS) grades will replace any Fail (F) grade for the Winter 2020, Fall 2020, Winter 2021, 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 each of the following terms: Fall 2020, Winter 2021, Fall 2021 and Winter 2022. 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 2021 and Winter 2022 terms.

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.

The deadline to submit a request for SAT has passed. To request SAT please contact the Academic Advising Centre by email at academicadvising@carleton.ca and specify which courses and letter grades you would like to convert to SAT.


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 December 13, 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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