Grades

Learn about the flexible grading option for the fall 2020 term, as well as other information related to grading at UCalgary.

Flexible grading option for fall 2020

As part of ongoing efforts to support student mental health and wellness, the university is giving students the option, for any one course completed in the fall 2020 term, to either accept their final grade or opt for a flexible grading option. 

If you are an undergraduate student, you can select one of your fall 2020 courses for the flexible grading option. You must have achieved a grade of D or higher for the course. The grade will become unweighted and will not be included in your GPA calculation. 

  • If the grade for the course is C- grade or higher, the letter grade will be changed to "CR”. 
  • If the grade for the course is D or D+, the letter grade will be displayed on your records as a D* or D+* respectively. 

If you are a graduate student, you can request an unweighted “CR” to replace your final letter grade for one of your fall 2020 courses. You must have achieved a final mark of B- or higher in the course. 

The application to request a flexible grading option will be available from December 14, 2020, to January 15, 2021, in the footer of your Student Centre. 

Please ensure your official final grades have been posted in your Student Centre before submitting a request.

It is important to consider the long-term impacts of requesting a CR grade before you submit a request, as the change will be reflected on your official transcript. For example:

  • CR grades may affect your ability to meet admission requirements for future programs, including graduate schools and professional programs. 
  • CR grades may not be accepted or recognized for transfer credit at other institutions based on their institutional regulations.  
  • CR grades may impact your eligibility for scholarship consideration. 

Once you have requested a flexible grading option, your decision is final and cannot be reversed.  

FAQ

Questions? Check the frequently asked questions below and, if you still have questions, please contact your Enrolment Services team. We'd be happy to help! 

CR stands for "completed requirements." A CR grade indicates that the course has been successfully completed, but since it has no point value, it holds no weight in your GPA calculation. 

No; you can choose a flexible grading option for only one course complete in the fall 2020 term.  

Undergraduate students can request an unweighted D or D+ for one course in which they achieved a D or D+ grade, OR they can request a CR grade for one course in which they achieved a C- or higher. Graduate students can request a CR grade for a course in which they achieved a grade of B- or higher. 

Once you have received your official final grades in your Student Centre, you can consider if you would like to submit a request for a flexible grading option. The application to submit a final grading option will launch December 14, 2020 in your Student Centre, and close January 15, 2021.

We would like you to be aware of potential long-term impacts to requesting a CR grade so that you can make a thoughtful, informed decision. Please note that: 

  • CR grades may affect your ability to meet admission requirements for future programs, including graduate schools and professional programs. 
  • CR grades may not be accepted or recognized for transfer credit at other institutions based on their institutional regulations. 
  • CR grades may impact your eligibility for scholarship consideration. 

No; all F grades will remain unchanged. F grades have a point value of 0.00 and will be included in term GPA calculations. 

The fastest way to confirm that your request has been processed is to check your Student Centre. Once your request has been processed, it will be reflected there.

Most submissions, provided they meet the criteria, will be processed by January 22. If your final grade was not posted in your Student Centre at the time of your submission, you may experience a processing delay.

No; once you request a flexible grading option, your decision is final and cannot be reversed. 

Yes. If you have been approved for a deferred final exam, you can wait to request a flexible grading option. Once your deferred final exam has been graded, you will be able to submit your request (provided you meet the application criteria).

Please note: a deferred final exam does not meet a prerequisite for a winter 2021 course. You may want to contact your advisor for more information about prerequisites.

Yes. Courses with CR grades can still be used as prerequisites.

If you receive a CR, it will be recognized as completing the course. Connect with your advisor for confirmation of graduation requirements.

Grades in D2L reflect your course progress and results, but they are not considered official. Please refer to your Student Centre to verify your official grade.  

If your courses are designated as University of Calgary courses, then this applies to you. Students at Red Deer College, Medicine Hat College and other collaborative sites who are taking UCalgary courses at these locations can request the flexible grade option.

The University of Calgary continues to look for ways to best support students during this challenging time. A decision on whether flexible grading options will be available in winter 2021 has not yet been made.  

No; if you are choosing to accept all your final grades as they are, you do not need to take any further action. 

Follow these steps to access the request form:

  1. Log into your Student Centre.
  2. Scroll to the footer of your Student Centre and look for the "My Academics" column.
  3. At the bottom of "My Academics," click on the link that says "Request Flexible Grading." This will take you to the form.

Application form

The application to request a flexible grading option is available in your Student Centre.

How to access:

1. Log in to your Student Centre.

2. Scroll to the footer of your Student Centre and look for the "My Academics" column.

3. At the bottom of "My Academics," click on the link that says "Request Flexible Grading." This will take you to the form.

Related links

Students can view their official grades in their Student Centre.


More information about UCalgary grading

Hoping to learn more about how grading works at the University of Calgary? These frequently asked questions are a good place to start.

When do my grades become available?

Fall semester grades will be available by mid-January and winter semester grades will be available in May (typically 15 days after the term end date). For detailed instructions, click here.

What is the University of Calgary grading system?

The university uses a 4.0 grading scale. Details of the grading system can be viewed in the University Calendar.

How can I find out my grades without requesting a transcript?

Your statement of grades (courses and credits) is available in your Student Centre.

How do I appeal a grade?

If you've concerns about how you were graded on any course work you're encouraged to discuss this with your instructor as soon as possible and before initiating a formal reappraisal procedure. If you'd like to initiate a formal reappraisal please fill out the Reappraisal of Final Grade Form.

What is the deadline for requesting a grade reappraisal?

Requests must be received by these dates: 
Fall Session – March 1
Winter Session – June 30
Spring Session – August 15
Summer Session – October 15