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Dear Student,

On Friday, April 14, 2023 the Carleton University Senate passed a compassionate grading policy to ensure that students in the winter 2023 term are not unduly disadvantaged by the recent strike of Contract Instructors and Teaching Assistants.

All students will have the option to convert a passing final letter grade (D- and above) in any undergraduate winter 2023 or full-year (fall/winter) course to a grade of SAT (satisfactory). This ensures that changes in assessment due to the labour disruption do not affect students’ permanent records as SAT/UNS grades are not used in the calculation of CGPA.

Students graduating in June 2023 will have until May 19, 2023 to request this change. For all other students, the deadline is May 29, 2023.

Any final grade of F in any undergraduate winter or full-year (fall/winter) course will automatically be converted to a grade of UNS (unsatisfactory) – or NR (no record) where applicable – by the Registrar’s Office. An exception is a grade of F assigned as part of an academic integrity violation.

Students in a graduate winter and full-year (fall/winter) course must contact the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Affairs to determine whether the SAT/UNS grade mode may be used.

In all cases, should students opt for the SAT grade designation, the originally recorded grade will remain available through the Registrar’s Office in the event it is needed for other purposes. For example, if the course in question is a prerequisite for other courses, students may still be required to meet the minimum prerequisite grade, whether or not that grade has been replaced by SAT on the official transcript.

All undergraduate students will receive another message next week with more detailed information about the SAT designation, including FAQs and how to submit a request. Students eligible for the First-Year Grading Policy and students who have applied to graduate this spring will receive an additional email with more information from the Registrar’s Office.

Final examinations are beginning tomorrow, Saturday, April 15, 2023, and this is a demanding time of year for many students. We have resources available to assist you, from academics to wellness, so please reach out if you are in need of support.

Wishing you a successful end of term,

Suzanne Blanchard
Vice-President (Students and Enrolment)

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