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8. Grades and Examinations

8.1 Grading Policy

Effective September 2015 all courses offered by the College are graded or designated as follows:

1. Final Grades

    Grade Point Value
A+ 90% to 100% 4.0
A 80% to 89% 4.0
B+ 75% to 79% 3.5
B 70% to 74% 3.0
C+ 65% to 69% 2.5
C 60% to 64% 2.0
D+ 55% to 59 1.5
D 50% to 54% 1.0
F 0% to 49%      (Not a Pass) 0.0
OR DNA Registered but did not attend and did not officially withdraw 0.0
EXC Excellent -
SAT Satisfactory -
UN Unsatisfactory -
TC Transfer Credit -
CTC Conditional Transfer Credit -

2. Temporary Grades

SUP Supplemental privilege granted for whatever reason (see 8.6)
DEF Deferred examination granted (see 8.7)
INC Specific work needs to be completed before final grade will be assigned (see 8.8)
IP In Progress


3. Other Designation

DNA Registered but did not attend and did not officially withdraw
WD Withdrew from course officially before deadline (without penalty)
DNC Did not complete
*** Officially withdrew from College
ADV Advanced Standing
EXM Exemption
ATT Attendance Satisfactory
AEG Aegrotat (see 8.5)


(Note: For degree programs, the minimum grade required for promotion is an average of C+ (65%) in courses in the main field of study, and a C (60%) in all other courses.)

8.2 Grade Point Average (GPA)

There will be four separate GPAs calculated and presented to students studying at Seneca College.

Term GPA

  • The grade point average for all graded courses which are attempted in a single term

Cumulative GPA

  • The grade point average for all graded courses regardless of the term

Program GPA

  • The grade point average of all graded courses applicable to a specific credential requirement.

Graduating Program GPA

  • The grade point average of all graded courses used toward the credential requirement upon graduation.

8.3 Calculating GPA

Information on how to calculate your GPA is available here.

8.4 President's Honour List

The President's Honour List recognizes consistently outstanding achievement by students.

President's Honour List standing is granted to full-time students who have achieved a grade point average of 4.0 for the academic term. Students who have an accommodation approved by Counselling and Accessibility Services for the equivalent of a full-time course load are eligible for this standing.

President's Honour List standing may also be granted to students in Continuing Education who have consistently maintained a 4.0 cumulative grade point average throughout a one-year period (3 consecutive terms), provided that the student has been registered in a minimum of four courses from Continuing Education during that period.

8.5 Aegrotat Standing

If the student does not officially withdraw, but could not write the examination or complete a portion of the term work due to illness or any other equally compelling reason, he/she may be accorded Aegrotat Standing (AEG). Where AEG is awarded, it represents the minimum pass for graduation purposes. A student who is awarded Aegrotat Standing may request permission to write a deferred examination. If such a student achieves a grade higher than the minimum, this will be the grade credited for the course.

8.6 Supplemental Privilege

A Promotion Committee may recommend "Supplemental Privilege" (for full-time students - in not more than 2 courses in a 5 course term) for a student who has failed to meet the minimum requirements for a course. The privilege entitles the student, on payment of a fee, to write an examination in that course or to complete other prescribed work as directed by the Promotion Committee.

No grade higher than a minimum pass for graduation purposes may be attained through removal of a supplemental condition.

8.7 Deferred Examinations

A deferred examination privilege may be granted for circumstances arising on compassionate grounds; e.g., death in a family, illness, or other circumstances beyond the student's control.

Documentation of the extenuating circumstances must be provided by the student.

The responsibility to grant deferred examinations rests with the Chair or designate. Notification to the Promotion Committee will be provided.

The student's grade will be determined in the same manner as if the student had written the final examination. The normal supplemental examination fee will be waived for deferred examinations.

8.8 Incomplete Grade

With the approval of the Promotion Committee a student may be given the grade "INC" (Incomplete). In this case the student will receive a letter indicating work yet to be completed and the date by which it must be submitted to satisfy the course requirements. The notation "INC" will be changed to "F" if the assigned work is not completed by the designated date.

8.9 Good Standing

Students will only be eligible to graduate with a Seneca College certificate or diploma if they have maintained an overall good standing (1.7 Program GPA) in their current program of study.

Students in degree programs will be eligible to graduate when they have obtained an average of C+ (2.5 GPA) in courses in the main field of study, and an average of C (2.0 GPA) in all other courses.

8.10 Minimum Acceptable Performance

Students who are not successful in two or more term courses during a regular day term may be required, on the recommendation of a Promotion Committee, to withdraw from full-time and/or part-time studies for at least one term. Part-time or partial load students will be assessed in terms of minimum acceptable performance relative to the number of courses carried.

For degree programs, the minimum requirement for graduation is an average of C+ (2.5) in courses in the main field of study, and an average of C (2.0) in all other courses.

8.11 Evaluation

Monitored evaluation of no less than 30% will normally be a required element of the modes of evaluation.

8.12 Assignment Submission

Assignment deadlines will be communicated to students in writing. It is the responsibility of the student to submit all assignments by the published submission deadline.

Any student in need of an extended deadline must negotiate an extension with the faculty in advance of the published deadline. Only under extenuating circumstances will late assignments be accepted without communication prior to the deadline. Documentation of the extenuating circumstances must be provided by the student upon request. At the discretion of the faculty, deductions may be applied for any late assignment submissions.