Temporary Grading Scheme Year-Long 2019/20 and Winter Term 2020 Courses

To convert your grade to a PCR, FNC, or W, please use the Temporary Grade Scheme Declaration for 2019 Year Long and 2020 Winter Courses feature on myInfo by selecting the Student tab and searching under the Grades & Transcript heading. Alternatively, simply click here

In light of the COVID-19 global health pandemic, Lakehead University has implemented a temporary change to the numeric grading scheme in recognition of the impact on student learning for Year-Long 2019/20 and Winter 2020 courses.

Note: The temporary grading scheme also applies to students enroled in the Lakehead-Georgian Partnership programs.

Our student-centred approach provides you with flexibility to account for the academic and personal challenges you may be facing.

For courses with a numeric grade, you will continue to receive a final numeric grade. 

Upon receipt of the numeric grade, for each course, you will then have the following options for Year-Long 2019/20 and Winter 2020 courses:

  1. Keep the numeric grade;
  2. Convert the numeric grade to a Pass (“PCR” Pass Credit) or a Fail (“FNC” Fail No Credit);
  3. Late Withdrawal/drop (“W”) the course with no academic penalty and no requirement to submit a Petition for Late Withdrawal. Exception: For the Faculty of Law, University Regulation X Withdrawal (c) Petitions will apply.

Please carefully review the Terms & Conditions stated below for specifics.

Final grades will be released by April 23, 2020. You will be required to submit a Grade Replacement Request by April 30, 2020. The Grade Replacement Request process will open through myInfo on April 23, 2020. 

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Late Withdrawal/Drop Option

In addition to the above option to Late Withdrawal/Drop a course after receiving your final grade, if you no longer wish to continue with a Year-Long 2019/20 or Winter 2020 course, you can submit a Late Withdrawal at anytime. Exception: For the Faculty of Law, University Regulation X Withdrawal (c) Petitions will apply.

To do so, email petitions@lakeheadu.ca from your Lakehead email indicating your Student ID and the Course Name, Code and Section you would like the Late Withdrawal. 

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Terms and Conditions

Please carefully review the terms and conditions associated with the options:

  • A PCR (Pass) grade will count as a credit towards program requirements, but will not be included in the average calculation. If the course with a PCR grade is a prerequisite for another course, it will be counted as such.
  • A FNC (Fail) will not count as a credit towards program requirements, nor will it be included in the average calculation.
  • A Late Withdrawal “W” is not considered a mark and will not be considered as an attempt in a course.
  • Only courses with passing numeric grades (50% or higher for undergraduate courses; 60% or higher for graduate courses) can be replaced with a PCR (Pass). As an exception, for the Faculty of Health & Behavioural Sciences, the numeric grade required to pass a course and to convert the numeric grade to a Pass/Fail will remain as stated in the Academic Calendar
    • An “Incomplete” (INC) grade for a course can be converted to a PCR or FNC after the Incomplete is cleared and the numeric grade is received as per the University Regulation “Incomplete Standing” (e)(f).  Students will then be permitted to select from the options within 7 days.
  • Only courses with numeric grades below 50% (undergraduate) or below 60% (graduate) can be replaced with FNC.
  • A FNC will not count as a failed course attempt per University Regulation V Standing (h) Repeating Courses.
  • Courses with a PCR or FNC grade value will appear on the official and unofficial transcript.
  • PCR, FNC and Late Withdrawal W revisions do not allow for a tuition adjustment.
  • PCR and FNC revisions are final, cannot be reversed or appealed.
  • In the event a student is found in violation of the Lakehead University Academic Integrity Code, the numeric grade for the course(s) will stand (if a student elected the option for a Pass/Fail or W Late Withdrawal, it will be reverted to the numeric grade).

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Special Exams

Special Exams will continue for Year-Long 2019/20 and Winter 2020 courses. University Regulation VII Special Examinations applies.

After completing a special exam, students will not have the option to change their numeric grade to a PCR, FNC, or W. That is, after completing a special exam, the numeric grade obtained will remain on the transcript.

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IMPORTANT! Seek Academic Advice - Impact on Various Academic Matters

Before submitting a Grade Replacement Request, it is highly recommended that you carefully consider potential impacts in choosing to replace a numeric grade with a PCR or FNC grade or a Late Withdrawal.

Please seek advice from Student Central as well as your Faculty Advisor to learn more about these options, impacts on your progression into the next year, as well as future goals you may have related to graduate studies, transferring to another institution, professional accreditations, etc.

  • Students that choose Pass/Fail will have the numeric grades from their previous term(s), along with any numeric grades from the current term, used to calculate their average for academic matters such as:
    • Academic standing/progression
    • First class standing
    • Medals
    • Renewable entrance scholarships
    • Students considering transferring to another post-secondary institution or interested in applying to post graduate/graduate studies may want to consider keeping the numeric grade as each post-secondary institution will treat the Pass/Fail based on their own admission policies.

More information on the implications of converting your grades can be found within the notices locations on the OSAP Academic Probation & Restrictions page, as well as the Entrance Scholarships page for returning students.

For more information, contact Student Central at studentcentral@lakeheadu.ca to learn more and to discuss your individual circumstances. 

Common Questions & Answers

When can I choose to change my grade from a numeric grade to a PCR, FNC, or W?
The Temporary Grade Scheme Declaration for 2019 Year Long and 2020 Winter Courses feature will be available online through myInfo from April 23rd until April 30th. Simply click the link above, or go to myInfo -> Student -> Grades & Transcript -> Temporary Grade Scheme Declaration for 2019 Year Long and 2020 Winter Courses
What if I don't see all my grades yet?
All grades were due by April 23rd. If you do not see your grade(s) for a specific course, your instructor might not have submitted them yet. You can connect with your course instructor, however you will be notified by email when any new grade is posted to your transcript.
Can I choose a PCR, FNC, or W for more than one course?
You can choose a PCR, FNC, or W for as many or as few courses as you'd like. There is no obligation to select a PCR, FNC, or W for any courses if you wish to keep all your numeric grades
Do I need to do anything if I want to keep all my numeric grades?
If you would like to keep your numeric grade, you do not have to do anything, as the numeric grade will be kept by default. Alternative, you can select "Keep this grade" through the Temporary Grade Scheme Declaration for 2019 Year Long and 2020 Winter Courses on myInfo, however submitting this form is not necessary if you plan to keep all your numeric grades.
How does a PCR, FNC, or W affect my scholarships?
For information on how a PCR, FNC, or W might affect your scholarships, please visit the Entrance Scholarship page. Ultimately, when it comes to calculating your scholarship renewal average, courses that are changed to PCR, FNC, or W will be excluded from the average calculation, and only remaining numeric grades will be used to calculate your average for the academic year.
How does a PCR, FNC, or W affect my OSAP Eligibility?
For information on how a PCR, FNC, or W might affect your OSAP, please visit the OSAP Academic Probation & Restrictions page.
How does a PCR, FNC, or W affect my future applications to post-graduate programs?
When it comes to future applications, each institution might look at a PCR, FNC, or W differently. For this reason, if you have questions about how a PCR, FNC, or W might affect an application to future studies, you will need to connect with the individual Admissions Offices to which you plan to apply in the future.
Are there any negative impacts of choosing a PCR?
There are virtually no negative impacts to choosing a PCR. This ultimately excludes the selected courses grade from your average calculation. For information on how this might affect an application to future studies, please see the above question.
How do I know whether to take a PCR or keep a numeric grade?
This is a tough question, and depends on your individual situation. If you're wondering if a PCR will benefit you, consider your average(s). Ultimately, converting a grade that is lower than your current average will prevent that grade from bringing down your average. In contrast, keeping a numeric grade that is equal to or higher than your current average will either increase your average or keep it the same. We encourage you to consider this when deciding on whether a PCR is best for you.