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Dear Student,

Last week the Carleton University Senate approved the use of Satisfactory (SAT) and Unsatisfactory (UNS) grades for winter 2023 term and full-year fall/winter 2022-23 term undergraduate courses. You now have the choice, at your discretion, to convert any or all of your passing winter 2023 term and full-year fall/winter 2022-23 term grades to the alternative notation SAT.

There is a SAT/UNS FAQ webpage that covers a variety of questions and information relating to SAT/UNS. We encourage you to review this webpage in full prior to making your decision to designate any of your winter 2023 term and full-year fall/winter 2022-23 term grades as SAT.

Please note that an additional communication with further details will be sent to all students who are also eligible for the First-Year Grading Policy, are writing deferred exams or have applied to graduate this spring.

Requesting SAT/UNS
Once your final winter 2023 term or full-year fall/winter 2022-23 term grades appear in Carleton Central, you will be able to request (on a course-by-course basis) to designate any of these passing grades as SAT through the Registrar’s Office SAT Request Form. We strongly encourage you to wait until all of your winter term grades have been posted before making this request. Once the change is made it cannot be reversed.

Any failing grade will automatically be converted to an UNS grade by the Registrar’s Office – students do not need to take any action. The UNS grade has no impact on the calculation of your CGPA, however, it is considered an unsuccessful attempt at a course. Please note that a failing grade will not be converted to an UNS grade if it is a result of an academic integrity violation.

Submission Deadlines
For students who have applied to graduate in spring 2023, requests for SAT must be submitted by May 19, 2023. For all other undergraduate or special students, requests must be submitted by May 29, 2023. Requests submitted after these dates will not be considered.

Planned Course(s) and Grade(s) Option
You can use the Planned Course(s) and Grade(s) option in your Academic Audit to determine how opting for SAT in any of your courses instead of a letter grade will impact the progress in your program, your CGPA and your graduation eligibility.

Undergraduate Scholarships and Deans’ Honour List Awards
Information about how SAT/UNS will affect the renewal of entrance scholarships, general in-course scholarships and the Deans’ Honour Lists is available on the Awards Office website.

Meeting Minimum Prerequisite Requirements
If you chose to request that a grade be designated as SAT, you may still be required to meet the minimum prerequisite grades for future courses, regardless of whether the grade has been replaced by the alternative SAT notation. The original letter grade will remain accessible to the university for internal purposes only but will not appear on your transcript.

Meet with an Academic Advisor
If you have additional questions regarding the SAT/UNS designation and how it may affect your program, or if you need academic advising, please contact to meet with an academic advisor. For students in the Sprott School of Business or the Faculty of Engineering and Design, please contact your department for faculty specific advising.

Wishing you a successful end of the winter term,

Suzanne Blanchard
Vice-President (Students and Enrolment)

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