The COVID-19 pandemic has affected students across the university, creating challenging conditions within which to work, study and learn. Exceptionally, Concordia will allow students to choose either to receive a pass or a letter grade for work completed in the Winter 2020 semester. By placing the choice in the hands of students, we recognize that some students will want to retain a letter grade for Winter 2020 and Fall/Winter 2020 courses, while others will prefer to receive a pass notation when they have successfully completed their course.
As of April 27, the form to request a pass notation will be available. If your Winter 2020 or Fall/Winter 2020 grades are in (and if your courses are eligible for the pass option), you will be able to request the change from a letter grade to a pass notation. Please read through the “Making an informed choice” section below.
Log into MyConcordia.ca and go your your Student Centre. Within the "Academics" section, you will see "Fall/Winter 2020 and Winter 2020 students: Request a Pass or Disc".
Students will be able to access the form multiple times in case all the grades are not available at the same time
Students will not be able to change their mind once they have requested a change.
Students will have to check the legal agreement section.
The deadline to request a pass notation is May 15. If a student does not request a pass notation before May 15, the assigned grades will remain.
All changes will be reflected on the student record after May 15.
Students must request a pass notation on a course by course basis; students may elect to choose a pass notation in one course and a letter grade in another.
A student’s selection of a pass notation instead of a letter grade is final and cannot be reversed.
Students may not retroactively choose a pass notation for courses they dropped (DISC) earlier in the semester.
In cases where a student’s grade is not posted before the May 15 deadline, the student will have to submit a Student Request to the Department/Faculty in which the course is housed to request the PASS notation.
Students who receive an F grade will have that grade automatically converted to a DISC so there is no need to send a request.
Undergraduate students who have requested a late completion of an assignment AND whose professor has added an INC notation to the grade (ex. B- INC) will be able to request a PASS notation once the professor has submitted the final grade and has removed the INC notation. The student can then submit an email request (contacts above) to have the grade changed to PASS. In the email request, the student must include written confirmation from the department informing the Office of the Registrar that the grade has been changed from the INC notation to whatever the final grade is.
Students will receive credit for a course with a pass notation; however, the pass notation will not directly affect any GPA calculation. See below for additional information about repeated courses.
GPA will be calculated on the basis of courses in Summer 2019, Fall 2019 and Winter 2020 for which letter grades have been assigned
All eligible courses taken in the Winter 2020 term or Fall-Winter 2019-2020 term with an F grade, will automatically be changed to DISC; students will receive no credit for the course nor will those courses affect any GPA calculation.
Eligible F grades will be automatically converted to a DISC notation as of May 15. Please note that no partial tuition refund will be given to courses that automatically convert from an F to a DISC.
If I am retaking a course and choose the PASS notation, which grade will count in my GPA calculation - the one for the first time I took the course or the one for the retaken course? Neither the PASS notation nor the grade for the previous attempt of the course will be included in your GPA calculation. The PASS notation indicates that the course has been successfully completed. With a repeated course, the grade for the previous attempt of the course is removed from the GPA calculation if a student selects the PASS notation, and this may affect you GPA.
Will my cumulative GPA change if I choose the PASS notation for a repeated course? The PASS notation will remove the original grade from all GPA calculations. Depending on the number of completed credits, and the difference between the original grade and your cumulative GPA, you may see a change in your cumulative GPA.
If I am retaking a course and choose the PASS notation, which grade will appear on my transcript - the one for the first time I took the course or the one for the retaken course? Both the PASS notation and the grade for the previous attempt of the course will appear on the transcript, but neither will be included in the GPA calculation.
How will the PASS/DISC option work with Deferred or Supplemental exams? Can I opt for PASS/DISC? Deferred final exams from previous semesters are NOT eligible for the PASS/DISC option. If a student requests a deferral for a Fall-Winter 2019-20 term or Winter 2020 term final exam, then the PASS/DISC option will be made available after the deferred exam is completed and a final letter grade has been assigned.
Supplemental final exams for courses completed in a previous semester and being written this term (Winter 2020) are NOT eligible for the PASS/DISC option.
If I have requested late completion of course work and the professor has agreed and has assigned a grade with an INC notation, can I still opt for the PASS/DISC Option?
The PASS/DISC option will only be available once the INC notation is removed. If the INC notation is removed after the May 15 deadline to apply for the PASS/DISC option, then you will have to submit a Student Request to your Faculty/Department to request the PASS or DISC.
The following courses have been designated as ineligible for selection of a pass notation because they are governed by regulatory bodies and/or because they measure competencies on the basis of which access to a higher level course is assessed. If you have any questions, please contact your undergraduate program director or program advisor:
ARTE 230, 330, 340, 398, 352, 354, 424, and 425
Canadian Athletic Therapists Association
CATA 263, 348, 365, 439, 441, 475, 485, 495
Internal applicants must demonstrate mastery in math and/or science courses for the Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Arts (all Mathmatics disciplines). Admissibility will be determined on the basis of successful completion of the majority of the math and science profile courses listed below, with the required academic grades by program. Refer to the admission requirements for your program of interest at concordia.ca/programs.
Internal applicants must demonstrate mastery in math and physics courses. Admissibility will be determined on the basis of successful completion of the majority of the math and science profile courses listed below, with the required academic grades by program. Refer to the admission requirements for your program of interest at concordia.ca/programs.
BENG: MATH 203, 204, 205 PHYS 204/224, 205/225
BCS: MATH 203, 204, 205 (*note that BCS Computer System option required the same profile as BENG)
Internal applicants must have a minimum B- average in MATH 208 and MATH 209 for consideration. You may opt for a pass in one of these two courses in specific circumstances. Complete details are available at the JMSB Transfer Students page.
Students in conditional or failed standing, who have achieved grades that will increase their GPA;
Students in fields where performance in certain courses is a consideration for employment;
Students seeking to be awarded a prize or honour calculated on the basis of a GPA;
Students who are repeating a class to improve their GPA should be reminded that a pass notation does not contribute to the GPA;
Students receiving or applying to an in-course scholarship or academic merit based award will need to obtain a letter grade in 12 of the 24 credits successfully completed over the 2019-20 academic term.