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Undergraduate 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.

Grading

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

Passing grades Grade point value Percentage Description

A+

A

A-

9

8

7

90 - 100

85 - 89

80 - 84

Exceptional performance.

Outstanding performance.

Excellent performance.

These grades indicate a student who is self initiating, exceeds expectation and has an insightful grasp of the subject matter.

B+

B

B-

6

5

4

77 - 79

73 - 76

70 - 72

Very good performance.

Good performance.

Solid performance.

C+

C

3

2

65 - 69

60 - 64

Satisfactory.

Minimally satisfactory.

D 1 50 - 59 Marginal performance.
Failing grades Grade point value Percentage Description
F 0 0 - 49 Unsatisfactory performance. Wrote final examination and completed course requirements; no supplemental.
N 0 Did not write examination or completed course requirements by the end of the term or session; no supplemental.

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.

Attendance

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.

Calculators

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 EL-510-RNB. 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.

Mathematics and statistics assistance

The Mathematics and Statistics Assistance Centre is a large space where students can go to work, on their own or in groups, and to discuss math and stats problems.  The centre is staffed with talented teaching assistants who are happy to discuss primarily first and second year course material with you.

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