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Graduate course policies

Final examination

Off-schedule final examinations (i.e., deferred examinations) are given only in accordance with the university policy as outlined in the Calendar. If you are unable to write a final examination due to illness, accident or family affliction, please see the Calendar's academic concessions and deferred status pages for detailed instructions on how to proceed.

Students are strongly advised not to make plans for travel or employment during the final examination period as special arrangements will not be made for examinations that conflict with such plans.


Percentage scores will be converted to letter grades according to the following university-wide standard table.

Passing grades Grade point value Percentage Description







90 - 100

85 - 89

80 - 84

Exceptional work.

Outstanding work.

Excellent work.





77 - 79

73 - 76

Very good work.

Acceptable work that fulfills the expectations of the course.









70 - 72

65 - 69

60 - 64

50 - 59

Unacceptable work revealing some deficiencies in knowledge, understanding or techniques.

Failing grades Grade point value Percentage Description
F 0 0 - 49 Failing grade.
N 0 Did not write examination or completed course requirements by the end of the term or session. This grade is intended to be final.

Grades under B will be reviewed according to the department's policies for unaccepatble grades.

Since this table has small differences from that used in the past, students who wish to enroll in programs with minimum grade requirements should contact those programs to inquire if admission grade standards might be relaxed.

Academic integrity

Cheating, plagiarism and other forms of academic fraud are taken very seriously by both the university and the department. See the university’s policy on academic integrity.


The university calendar states 'Students are expected to attend all classes in which they are enrolled.' (see undergraduate academic regulations).  Our courses are conducted on that basis. If you miss an announcement (information concerning midterms, corrections to assignment, etc.) because you did not attend class, you must accept the consequences of not having learned of the change.


If a calculator is allowed in tests and examinations in a course offered by the department, then the only acceptable calculator is the Sharp EL-510R or Sharp EL-510RNB. It may be purchased at the UVic bookstore or elsewhere for about $12. In some courses, calculators are not allowed.

Commitment to inclusivity and diversity

The University of Victoria is committed to promoting, providing and protecting a positive, supportive and safe learning and working environment for all its members.

Guidelines on religious observances

Where classes or examinations are scheduled on the holy days of a religion, students may notify their instructors, at least two weeks in advance, of their intention to observe the holy day(s) by absenting themselves from classes or examinations.  Instructors will provide reasonable opportunities for such students to make up work or missed examinations.

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