FAQ for business undergraduate students - Spring 2020

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The FAQ below was designed to complement the UVic FAQ on the subject of the new grading options in
place for the Spring 2020 term, as part of UVic’s response to the evolving COVID-19 situation.

Please find the sections that apply to your situation. If you have any further questions, please contact a
business academic advisor at .

Overall advice for all undergraduate business students

How will the Pass/Fail grading options work for UVic’s undergraduate business programs for the Spring 2020 term?

These guidelines are designed to help you make decisions about grading options for the Spring 2020
term. As a student, you still need to make the final decision yourself

“Pass” grades

  • will accumulate credit (if not DUP or MX) – therefore, a course that receives a pass will contribute to the required unit accumulation for admission, progression and graduation;

  • will make the course grade eligible for admission and progression, unless a % grade is necessary to reach overall GPA requirements (required-course GPA, 30-unit GPA, core GPA for exchange, etc.);

  • will be considered as a successful academic attempt; in instances where a student had to repeat  previous course that didn’t meet admission or progression criteria, this passing grade may be considered successful; and

  • will not impact GPA calculations (i.e. there is no letter grade value) and therefore will not be included in any GPA calculations (30-unit, required courses, etc.). 

“Fail” grades

  • will not accumulate credit – therefore a course that receives a fail will not contribute to the required unit accumulation for admissions and progression;

  • will not make the course eligible for admissions and progression;

  • will not be considered as a successful academic attempt; in instances where a student had to repeat a previous course that didn’t meet admission and progression criteria, this fail will not be considered successful; and

  • will not negatively or positively affect GPA.

Minimum required grades and GPA calculations

Progression to 3rd year BCom core: advice for current 2nd year BCom students and applicants into 3rd year

Admission and progression criteria for core remain the same:

  1. A minimum B- (4.0) average and no individual course grade lower than C+ for required
    courses
    • Note: Your Spring grading options depend on your in-progress required course GPA
      including your Fall 2019 grades. If it’s below the minimum 4.0, you should choose the
      grading options for Spring that will allow you to reach that minimum. If it’s at or above
      the minimum 4.0, you may choose and use a Pass in any Spring required course. If you choose to keep the assigned % grade instead it would need to be sufficient to maintain
      the minimum 4.0 GPA.
  2. A minimum B (5.0) average on most recent 30 units attempted
    • Note: Your Spring grading options depend on your in-progress 30-unit GPA including
      your Fall 2019 grades. If it’s below the minimum 5.0, you should choose the grading
      options for Spring that will allow you to reach that minimum. If it’s at or above the
      minimum 5.0, you may choose and use a Pass in any Spring course. If you choose to keep
      the assigned % grade instead it would need to be sufficient to maintain the
    • minimum 5.0
      GPA.
  3. A minimum of 30 awarded units of useable pre-core course work
    • Note: You still need to earn 30 units of useable pre-core course work before being able to
      progress to core. Earning units toward your pre-core 30 units has not changed with these
      grading options. If you were going to be able to use the units for a specific course with
      the “usual” % grading system, you will still be able use the units if you choose the Pass/Fail
      option and receive a Pass grade.

Good to know:

  • GPAs will be calculated using known letter grades (with the corresponding grade point value
    associated with each grade) and the unit value per course. See the GPA calculation information on
    UVic’s website.
  • Where a grade of “Pass” is present in the criteria, the impact of that grade will be neutral. For all
    intents and purposes, it will be ignored in the GPA calculation process.

1st year BCom students and applicants into 2nd year

The principles above are still valid, even for a required course. The most important is for you to be aware that you need to be “on track” with overall GPA requirements by the end of 2nd year, before progressing to core.

BCom core students

Is Gustavson using the same grading options?
Yes, the grading options outlined by UVic most definitely also apply to BCom students and core students. Gustavson follows the same grading scale as UVic, and is now following the same grading options offered to all UVic students.

How does this work for my exchange eligibility?
Pass/Fail grades will be omitted from GPA calculations for exchange eligibility. The minimum 4.0 GPA is still in effect, and you still need to receive passing grades in all core courses.

I have a conditional exchange offer depending on a higher Spring term GPA. Would I need to
choose % grades instead and still “reach” the 4.0 min in my core year?
Yes, if you need your GPA to go up, you should be choosing the grading options that will impact your
current 3rd year GPA. We are still maintaining the 4.0 minimum GPA requirement, in best interest of the
student’s academic success.

Other questions from any BCom students

How will my Spring 2020 GPA affect my MGB or MM applications for 2020 or 2021, or other
Masters programs applications?
Good question, the Pre-experience Masters Programs director at the Gustavson School of Business
confirmed that they will be excluding any Pass/Fail grades from admission GPA considerations. Only letter grade (% grades) received will be considered. We cannot comment on other Masters program at other institutions (you should check with them directly).

How will the Spring 2020 grading options impact my graduation GPA?
Please visit the UVic FAQ for more information on this topic.

I am working on CPA prerequisite courses. Will CPA accept Pass grades?
Please refer to CPABC’s message to learners from March 27, 2020 and check their COVID-19 site regularly for further updates.

Business Minor students

Can I choose Pass/Fail for a Business Minor course?
If you choose a Pass/Fail option for one of the five foundation courses that require a C+ minimum (COM
202, COM 220, COM 240, COM 250, COM 317) and you receive a Pass, you will be able to use that course as one of your Business Minor courses. But if you choose to keep the assigned % grade for this course, it would need to be a 65% to be acceptable toward your Business Minor.