MED notations

What to do if a long-term medical situation interferes with your final exams

If you missed a final examination due to a long-term illness, you may apply to replace you grade with a MED notation. This page explains when you may apply for a MED notation, how to do it, and when you will write your replacement final exam.

Be sure to review all the university regulations concerning “MED” notations in the undergraduate calendar.

What does an MED notation mean?

A MED notation on your transcript indicates that you were unable to write a final examination and/or complete other assignments due to a long-term medical situation.

A MED notation provides a student with two options. The student can either write the deferred exam or keep the MED notation on their transcript.

A MED notation does not affect the GPA.

If the student decides to write the deferred exam, the final grade in the course will replace the MED notation on the transcript.

A long-term medical condition is an illness or condition that has been ongoing throughout the term and has severely interfered with your ability to complete course assignments or write the final exam.

You cannot apply for a MED notation if you experience a short-term illness just before the exam or the exam period, but you may apply to defer your exam. Learn more about DEF notations.

INC notations

Be sure to review all the university regulations concerning INC notations and late completion of course work in section 16.3.5 in the undergraduate calendar.

You must complete any outstanding assignments and submit them by the deadline:

Term Deadline
Fall February 15
Fall/Winter (6-credits) or Winter May 30
Summer September 15

Check with your instructor; some may have earlier deadlines than those stated above.

Incomplete course work and INC notations

If you have been granted an INC notation for outstanding assignments, but you feel that you cannot complete these assignments due to a long term illness, do apply for a MED notation.

The MED notation has no grade point value in the calculation of a student’s GPA. The MED notation will stay on a student’s Concordia transcript if the assignments/requirements are not submitted and/or the deferred final exam is not written. If a student chooses to have the MED notation remain, and the course is required for their degree, they would be required to re-register for it at a future date.

Learn more about writing replacement examinations.

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