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Winter 2020 Course Grading Update

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New Credit (CRD/CRV) / No Credit (NCR) Grades for Undergraduate and Chang School Courses

Last updated: June 19, 2020, 11:45 a.m.

For winter 2020 courses only, the university, with the unanimous support of the Deans, is providing students with the option of choosing to replace final undergraduate and Chang School course grade(s) with a credit (CRD/CRV) or no credit (NCR) grade.

Within 10 days of final, official grades being posted in RAMSS, students may request that a letter grade or multiple letter grades for W2020 courses be replaced. The request(s) will be submitted to and processed by the Office of the Registrar.  

Students will use a W2020 COVID-19 Grade Replacement Request form to submit their request and should note the following:

  • May 14, 2020: The W2020 COVID-19 Grade Replacement Request form will be available
  • May 22, 2020 (noon): The deadline for graduating students to submit a grade replacement request
  • May 29, 2020 (4 p.m.): The deadline for all other undergraduate and Chang School students to submit a grade replacement request
     

Terms and Conditions

Last updated: May 6, 2020, 11:45 a.m.

  • The CRD/NCR option will be available for any course that is graded in the winter 2020 term.
  • A CRD grade will count as a credit towards program requirements, but will not be included in the GPA calculations.
  • A NCR grade will not count as a credit towards program requirements, nor will it be included in the GPA calculations.
  • Only courses with passing letter grades can be replaced with a CRD; INC’s cannot be replaced.
  • Only courses with grades of F, FS, FLD or FNA can be replaced with NCR.
  • A NCR will not count as a failed course attempt per Senate Policy #46 - Undergraduate Grading, Promotion, and Academic Standing (the "GPA Policy").
  • Courses with a CRD or NCR grade value will appear on the official and unofficial transcript.
  • CRD and NCR revisions are final, cannot be reversed or appealed, and do not allow for a tuition rebate.
  • Additional procedural details, found below on this page, outline the applicability and impact of grade replacements for specific circumstances, including but not limited to: the Fresh Start (Student Success) program, students with probationary academic standing, and programs and courses with academic standing and/or graduation variations.
  • The following conditions apply to students with cases involving Policy 60: Academic IntegrityPDF:
    1. Students who have a finding of academic misconduct and have been assigned a Disciplinary Notation (DN) in a Winter 2020 course may not request a grade replacement for the same course. 
    2. Students who have an outstanding investigation of academic misconduct for the Winter 2020 term are not eligible for a grade replacement until a decision is issued. Once the decision is issued:
      1. If there is no finding of academic misconduct, the student has up to five (5) calendar days from the date of the decision to request grade replacement.
      2. If there is a finding of academic misconduct, the student is ineligible to make a request for a grade replacement for the same course.
    3. Students who are found to have engaged in academic misconduct (a DN is assigned) after a grade replacement is already processed on the academic record for the same course will have the grade replacement reversed.
       

Important Considerations

Last updated: May 6, 2020, 11:50 a.m.

Students must carefully consider potential impacts in choosing to replace a letter grade with a CRD, CRV or NCR grade. Students are advised to seek advice from their program departments as needed before submitting the request form.

Considerations include, among others:

  • Some accreditation or certification organizations may not accept a CRD, CRV or NCR course to meet their minimum requirements.
  • Graduate schools may require specific grade values in certain courses or to use in GPA and/or CGPA calculations.
  • Some faculties have minimum letter grade requirements for specific courses. For example, the Ted Rogers School of Management (TRSM) requires that students achieve a minimum B- grade in MKT100 course in order to choose the Marketing Major. Students are advised to check with their program departments regarding any impacts on future academic pathways prior to submitting a grade change request.
  • Awards and scholarships may require a letter grade in a particular course and/or to calculate a minimum GPA or CGPA. Since CRD, CRV or NCR replace letter grades, students opting for these designations would not be eligible to receive awards that require specific grades (e.g. highest grade in a course). Minimum CGPA requirements remain in effect for awards and scholarships.
  • To maintain good standing with OSAP, you are required to pass a full-time course load as defined by OSAP (three or more courses, or two or more courses if you have a permanent disability indicator on your OSAP application). Students who select an NCR grade will not receive a credit for their course. As such, if you do not have passing grades for a full-time course load for your winter 2020 term, you are at risk of being placed on OSAP Academic ProbationNew window.
  • Academic appeals on the basis of COVID-19 and the impact of the transition to on-line learning and examinations are not eligible for consideration under Senate Policy #134. The university has provided students with flexibility and the means of mitigating the impact of COVID-19 through the creation of CRD/CRV and NCR grading options, as well as an extended course drop date. If a student submits both a request for a CRD/CRV or NCR grade replacement for a course as well as a formal grade appeal, the formal grade appeal will take precedence and the CRD/CRV/NCR request will be cancelled. See Policy #134PDF for eligible grounds for the submission of academic appeals.
     

CRV and NCR Grade Replacement Information for Students in Programs with Academic Standing and/or Graduation Variations

Last updated: April 20, 2020, 10:25 a.m.

If you are a student in a program that has extra course grade conditions specific to your program or a graduation variation, you should note the following:

  • A CRV* option will be available for students who pass a course with the minimum grade required according to the specific program variation requirements. Some exclusions apply - see excluded Programs and Courses
  • Only courses with passing letter grades that meet or exceed the minimum variation requirements can be replaced with a CRV; INC’s cannot be replaced.
  • A CRV grade will count as a credit towards program requirements, but will not be included in the GPA calculations.
  • NCR will not count as a credit towards program requirements, nor will it be included in the GPA calculations. NCR for required courses will need to be repeated and may be subject to probationary contract conditions.
  • Courses with grades of F, FS, FLD or FNA, or grades below the minimum threshold required for your specific program variation requirements can be replaced with NCR.
  • Courses with a CRV or NCR grade value will appear on the official and unofficial transcript.
  • CRV and NCR revisions are final, cannot be reversed or appealed, and do not allow for a tuition rebate.
  • The following conditions apply to students with cases involving Policy 60: Academic IntegrityPDF:
    1. Students who have a finding of academic misconduct and have been assigned a Disciplinary Notation (DN) in a Winter 2020 course may not request a grade replacement for the same course. 
    2. Students who have an outstanding investigation of academic misconduct for the Winter 2020 term are not eligible for a grade replacement until a decision is issued. Once the decision is issued:
      1. If there is no finding of academic misconduct, the student has up to five (5) calendar days from the date of the decision to request grade replacement.
      2. If there is a finding of academic misconduct, the student is ineligible to make a request for a grade replacement for the same course.
    3. Students who are found to have engaged in academic misconduct (a DN is assigned) after a grade replacement is already processed on the academic record for the same course will have the grade replacement reversed.


*CRV is the equivalent of CRD for courses and programs with academic standing variations and/or graduation requirement variations.

 

CRD/CRV/NCR Information for Probationary and Fresh Start Students

Last updated: May 6, 2020, 11:45 a.m.

If you are a student with a probationary contract in W2020, you should note the following:

Probationary Students

  • Your term GPA will be recalculated after letter grades have been changed to CRD, CRV or NCR
  • Your program will treat a CRD/CRV as a passed grade but it will not be included in your GPA calculation
  • If you replace all of your winter 2020 letter grades with CRD/CRV/NCRs, you will in effect have no term GPA to calculate; your probationary status and contract will be extended for your next term of enrolment
  • If you replace one or more of your winter 2020 letter grades with CRD/CRV/NCRs, your term GPA will be recalculated. If your new term GPA is below 1.67 (or below the specified term GPA required per your probationary contract) but your cumulative GPA is above 1.0, and you meet any other probationary or required standing variation requirements, you will be able to continue on probation for the next term of enrolment
  • If you replace one or more of your winter 2020 letter grades with CRD/CRV/NCRs, your term GPA will be recalculated. If your new term GPA is below 1.67 (or below the specified term GPA required per your probationary contract) AND your cumulative GPA is below 1.0, your program department will review and decide on whether or not your probationary contract will be extended into the next term of enrolment. If not extended, the appropriate RTW or PPW academic standing will be applied

Fresh Start Students

  • If you are currently enrolled in the first term of the Fresh Start/Student Success (EAP1) program you may choose to replace one or more passing letter grades with CRD/CRV. CRD/CRVs will be acceptable for meeting the individual course requirements. If you choose one or more NCR replacements for required courses you will need to repeat the Extended Academic Probation (EAP1) term in your next term of enrolment.
     

2019/2020 Dean's List Criteria

Last updated: May 29, 2020, 1:05 p.m.

CRD/CRV/NCR grades will not be factored into the Dean's List eligibility criteria. The GPA used for eligibility will be based on your top six letter grades earned in undergraduate courses in the fall 2019/winter 2020 terms. In addition, based on final grades earned across the two terms, you will have:

  • Carried an average course load of 4 billing units or higher for the two terms of the 2019/2020 academic year
  • Obtained a minimum GPA of 3.5 (or higher for specific faculties)
  • Obtained a clear standing
  • Obtained passing grades in all courses
  • You are clear of any DN notations on your academic record for both fall 2019 and winter 2020 terms (per Policy #60: Academic Integrity)
  • You meet any other applicable Faculty-specific criteria

Students achieving the Dean's List honour will receive a letter of congratulations from the Dean and a notation on their academic transcript. The Dean's List notation will be updated on the record for students in full time programs by the end of June 2020. Letters of congratulations will follow later in the summer. For students in part time programs and co-op students, the notation will be updated on the record by the end of the spring/summer term.


Yeates School of Graduate Studies (YSGS) Students

Last updated: June 19, 2020, 11:45 a.m.

Grad students, we’ve been thinking about how this will impact you too. Ryerson has taken a number of steps to recognize this extraordinary situation and the impacts it is having on you. Given some of the complexities related to graduate education, the NCR/CRD option is not currently available for graduate courses. We want to ensure that grad students continue to have options available to them which will support their success.

Here are some actions we've taken immediately: Ryerson has extended the deadline to drop graduate courses to April 9, 2020 so that graduate students can have sufficient time to determine whether they are comfortable continuing in a course. YSGS has also extended the final date to clear outstanding graduation requirements for spring convocation (including submission of the MRP/thesis/dissertation) by two weeks to May 22 at 12 noon. Finally, Ryerson has taken steps to continue graduate supervision, MRP/thesis/dissertation defences, and graduate student funding during this challenging time.

The final date to drop a graduate course has been extended to May 19, 2020. For W2020 only, graduate students may choose to drop one or more courses after viewing their final, official grades. Starting at 8 a.m. on May 14, students may send their requests directly to the Registrar's Office.

  • April 9, 2020 - Last date to drop a winter 2020 graduate course prior to final evaluation procedures and grading
  • May 14 to May 19, 2020: The W2020 COVID-19 GS Graded Course Drop Request Form will be available
  • May 19, 2020 (Noon): The final deadline for graduate students to submit their request to drop one or more winter 2020 graduate courses

Notes:

  • Dropped courses are not refundable, are final, and cannot be reversed
  • Dropped courses will not appear on the academic transcript
  • Dropping a course may impact your eligibility to graduate
  • The last day to add a course in the S/S 2020 term is May 15, 2020
  • Graduate studies students can drop a course by April 9 (the date for all students) through self-service or wait until they see their final grades, and request the drop between May 14 and 19 (noon) via the Registrar's Office

For the latest information from YSGS on the response to COVID-19, please visit the YSGS website.
 

Questions?

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