March 26: New grade options for winter term


To:                   Dalhousie students

From:              Teri Balser, Provost and Vice-President Academic

Date:               Thursday, March 26, 2020

Re:                   New grade options for winter term

To our Dal student community, we have heard your questions and concerns. We have developed a process to ensure the protection of your academic record, given the unusual and extreme circumstances of the 2020 winter term. We have come up with a number of academic options for you to consider once you receive your final grades.

Once grades have been posted to Dal Online, you will be able to choose one of the following options for each of your courses

If you receive a passing grade, you may:

  • keep final letter grade and earn the credit OR
  • request to have your grade changed to "PASS", which is GPA neutral and does give you credit for the course. This is a good option if you feel that your final grade is not reflective of your overall performance.

If you do not receive a passing grade, you may:

  • request to have the F grade switched to an “ILL”, which is defined on your transcript as “compassionate reasons, or illness”. Itdoes not give you credit for the course, but also does not negatively affect your GPA.

Depending on your circumstance, there may be other options available to you as well. More information will be made available in the Student Support Brightspace page in the coming days. If you recently withdrew from a course (special note, that the withdrawal deadline was previously extended to March 30, 2020), and wish to change your mind, please consult with an advisor at the Bissett Student Success Centre by or calling 902-494-3077 for next steps.

We wish you all the best in the coming weeks as you move forward with your classes and exams.  




Teri Balser
Provost and Vice-President Academic