The Carleton University Senate has approved the use of flexible, compassionate grading options for undergraduate students in the Fall 2020 and Winter 2021 terms.

Specifically, Senate has approved that unsatisfactory (UNS) grades will replace any Fail (F) grade for the Fall 2020 and Winter 2021 terms. Senate has also approved the optional conversion of one 0.5 credit passing grade to Satisfactory (SAT), for the Fall 2020 term and one 0.5 credit passing grade to SAT for the Winter 2021 term. Alternatively, students may instead request that a passing grade for one full year (fall/winter) 1.0 credit is converted to SAT in the Winter 2021 term.

SAT/UNS grades are not used in the calculation of CGPA, which means that changes in academic performance due to the current disruption will not affect students’ permanent records.

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 Fall 2020 and Winter 2021 term courses.

Once your final Fall 2020 term 0.5 credit grades appear in Carleton Central, you will be able to request to designate one of these passing grades (minimum D-) as SAT through the SAT Request Form after December 14, 2020.

Use the Hypothetical Course(s) and Grade(s) Option

You can use the Hypothetical Course(s) and Grade(s) option in your Academic Audit to determine how opting for SAT instead of a letter grade will impact your progress in your program, your CGPAs, your graduation eligibility and so on.


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 November 30, 2020.

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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