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Grading Scale

The schedule of grades used by the University and the range marks represented by each grade is as follows:


Students are not guaranteed automatic re-entry into their programme if they fail more than half of the total points they are enrolled in for the year, including IC grades.

Other notations:

If students are unable to complete a paper for any reason, they have the option to withdraw from the paper. This will be shown as a WD on their record. WD is NOT a failing grade and the following time limits apply:

  • WDFR (Withdrawn Full Refund) – Students may withdraw at any time during the first two weeks of a paper and receive a full refund of fees.
  • WD (Withdrawn) – After the initial two week period, students may withdraw up to six weeks from the paper start date however they will not receive a refund of fees unless there are circumstances beyond their control and they can apply for compassionate withdrawal.

If students withdraw from a paper more than six weeks after it starts, they will receive an IC, which is a failing grade.

Absence from classes or failure to submit items for assessment does not constitute withdrawal from a paper. If students do not withdraw from a paper using the procedures outlined in the University’s Change of Enrolment regulations they are considered to be still enrolled in the paper and remain liable for any prescribed fees.

Compassionate Withdrawal:

If, after the deadline for deletion or withdrawal, students consider that they are unable to complete a paper because of exceptional circumstances beyond their control, they may apply in writing to the Head of Student and Academic Services for late deletion or withdrawal. The application must include an account, with appropriate evidence if available, of the circumstances that prompted the application.

Students should be encouraged to seek advice first from their Faculty, or from the Assessment and Graduation Office, about whether they might be entitled to special consideration.


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