Alternate grade options now available for 2021 Fall Term

The grade option flexibility available to Brock University students has been extended to include the 2021 Fall Term.

On Wednesday, Jan. 19, Brock University Senate approved the extension of the grade options for Fall Term courses. This provision was extended to support ongoing student success and to recognize the challenges students continue to face during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The grading options allow undergraduate students to choose how grades are presented on transcripts. Students may apply for a maximum of 5.0 credits to be used as credit/no credit options for Honours, four-year with Major and Pass degree programs. Students enrolled in certificate programs may apply the grade options to a maximum of 1.0 credit.

The grade options are:

  • Maintain the alpha/numeric grade assigned for the course (i.e., keeping the grade as is, which is the default option). The grade option procedure is optional. Students do not need to take any action if they wish to keep the grades received for full year and/or Fall Term courses.
  • Replace the alpha/numeric grade with a designation of ‘Credit during Disruption’ (CD) or ‘No Credit during Disruption’ (ND). The final mark will not appear on the transcript and will not be included in calculations of the student’s academic average.
  • Replace the alpha/numeric grade with a ‘Withdrawal during Disruption’ (WDD) code. Students can withdraw from the course without academic penalty.

Here’s what students need to know about the Fall Term options:

  • The use of grade options during disruption is limited to 5.0 credits for Honours, four-year with Major, and Pass degrees. The use of grade options during disruption is limited to 1.0 credit for certificate programs. These limits apply to the current Brock degree and include any previous courses where a credit grade options has been used, including CD options exercised for courses in the Fall 2021 session.
  • Students are responsible for reviewing all available information to understand the implications of converting a grade to a Credit during Disruption.
  • Students choosing the ‘Withdrawal during Disruption’ option will not receive a refund for the withdrawn course.
  • Grade options forms can be sent after final Fall Term grades are available.
  • The deadline for form submission to Records will be Thursday, Feb. 10.
  • The form can only be submitted once, and once submitted, the decision is final and cannot be reversed.

Please review the student FAQ on the Office of the Registrar website. This page will be updated as more information becomes available about grade options. Students are encouraged to contact an academic advisor with questions about application of grade options.

There are many other resources for students to support success in this remote learning environment. These include academic and exam supports, resources to support health and well-being, and social supports. Please visit the A-Z Learning and Student Health Services website for more information.

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