COVID-19: Faculty of Education Updates: Grading

April 9, 2020 | 5:31 pm

Certificates and Diplomas – Grading

Grading for certificate and diploma courses now has an exceptional provision for the current term of being eligible for Credit/D/F grading or Withdrawal if a student does not wish to accept the assigned grade. This procedure is not normally allowed because these courses (usually undergraduate level) are offered in post-degree programs; however, Enrolment Services has been allowed to add this exceptional grading category.

The timeline for students to apply for a concession if they opt to not accept the assigned grade is the same as for all other courses this term, i.e., between April 22 and May 6, 2020. If there are any questions about which courses are eligible within a given certificate or diploma program, students or instructors should check with their program coordinator or advisor.


March 30, 2020 | 8:30 am

Academic issues [Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies]

  • As courses and assessments go online, we realize that this can entail many uncertainties. Your instructors have the capacity to alter the grading schemes or standing options for current courses if necessary, and requests for concessions are always available to you. In concordance with the Senate, we are also delaying the deadline for grade submission. The Assessment FAQ shows details sent to grad programs and course instructors; please connect with your course instructors for details regarding your own course(s) if you have not already heard from them.
  • We understand that interruptions in your ability to progress in your programs, whether because of personal circumstances, research curtailment, or other issues, may result in delayed completion of your program. We will therefore effectively extend deadlines for milestones (e.g. candidacy) and program completion by at least one term. Although process details of this are still being determined, please be assured that we will eliminate justification requirements for extensions related to the pandemic.
  • Final doctoral exams are successfully proceeding completely online, and will continue as such as long as necessary.
  • There will be a slight delay only in the granting of degrees, however the graduation ceremony has been indefinitely postponed.
  • We appreciate that some of you may decide to take a leave of absence for some period in the near future. While this may be feasible for some, please note that leaves come with certain restrictions, especially in terms of funding and student employment as outlined in our general FAQ.

March 26, 2020 | 4:45 pm

Grading Options

Further information about grading options for the current term, involving Credit/D/Fail, is provided on the School of Kinesiology website. (Most students using this provision, afforded only for undergraduate courses, are in KIN, but the provisions apply to Education courses.) Please note that the usual limit of number of credits and use only for elective courses will be waived when individual students submit their request. The period during which the provision may be requested is Apr. 22 to May 6.

A set of FAQs is being developed by the School and will be linked on this website. General UBC information may be found here: students.ubc.ca/enrolment/courses/creditdfail-grading (however, some limitations are being waived during this exceptional term).


March 25, 2020 | 4:55 pm
Updated on April 9, 2020 at 11:30 am

To all Education graduate and undergraduate students (including KIN, TEO):

We hope you are doing well during this extraordinary time, recognizing that you are understandably worried about your health and safety as well as those of your family and friends. You have been receiving communications from your department, program, school, advisors and others with updates, and we in the Dean’s Office are conveying information from central UBC administration, BC Health, Ministries of Education and Advanced Education, and others to keep our communities as informed as possible. Your instructors have been working hard to make alternate arrangements for course delivery, assignments, exam administration and other aspects of course instruction, and we recognize that this has had a significant impact.

You are no doubt concerned about how your programs will continue now and in the days ahead and what the various changes in delivery and other processes will mean to your overall progress. We know that some of you are juggling some very challenging situations requiring as much flexibility as possible. To that end, we would like to advise how grading will proceed, including the options from which you may select the one that best fits your circumstances.

Course Grading

A message to all undergraduate and graduate students that was sent today outlines options for grading for courses that are currently completing, underway and/or scheduled for upcoming terms for the foreseeable future:

  1. Those enrolled in undergraduate courses (including KIN students and those in certificate and diploma programs excluding TEO candidates) have the following options*:
    • accept assigned grade,
    • withdraw from course and accept “W” on your transcript (no course credit, no tuition refund), or
    • choose Credit/D or F standing
      • Credit: assigned when grade is 55% or higher. Degree credit earned.
      • D: assigned when grade is 50-54%. Degree credit earned.
      • F: assigned when grade below 50%. No degree credit earned.

*In the case of courses with an exam, the choice of option can be made after exam result is provided

If a student opts to not accept the assigned grade, the dates for applying for a concession listed above is between April 22 and May 6, 2020.

  1. Those enrolled in the Teacher Education Program (BEd degree) will be advised by the TEO as to alternate means by which your courses will be delivered, including information regarding fulfilling practicum requirements as these become known. Grading will continue to be provided on a Pass/Fail basis.
  2. Those enrolled in graduate courses have the following options:
    • accept assigned grade, or
    • withdraw from course and accept “W” on your transcript (no course credit, no tuition refund).

For those involved in practica, field experiences, certifications, etc., you will be advised by your program and/or Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies as to next steps for alternate experiences as these become known. Please reach out to your supervisors to discuss and adjust as necessary for the continuation of research projects and other aspects of your graduate work.

Please know that instructors, administrators, support staff, and advisors in your department, program and Faculty are here to support your progress and your wellbeing. We will continue to provide current information as we receive it. I encourage you to regularly check the COVID-19: Faculty of Education Updates site, your department, school or program website and to reach out to any of us in the Faculty if and as you need to.


March 23, 2020 | 4:45 pm

Grading and Concessions for W2

We are aware that students are concerned about grading and concessions. We are presently waiting for updated information from the Office of the Provost. As soon as we have the update, we will share it with the Faculty community.