Each Faculty member is encouraged to read the full Responsibities of Academic Staff with Regard to Students (ROASS) sections in the Undergraduate Calendar.

It is the responsibility of all academic staff members to familiarize themselves about the course information that must, under ROASS , be provided in writing to students during the first week of class. Getting this right ensures that we meet our obligation to students and avoid the potential for appeals on the basis of a breach of this part of ROASS.

It is important that instructors be available for a reasonable amount of time for consultation by students registered in their courses. The times should be known and can be published in the information sheet handed out during the first week of classes and/or posted on the instructor's office door or notice board. Professors are busy people but we should do our level best to explain to students in a reasonable manner why we cannot see them at a particular time and ask them to make another appointment. It is very important that students find us fair minded and reasonable, for the impression we leave with them will become a lasting memory of the Faculty.


Funding allocations for TA and graders is based on a faculty member’s teaching load, research and service commitments, class size and the complexity of the grading process for that course. Adjustments to initial allocations are made at the beginning of each term.


In the Faculty of Architecture, a grade of C is a failure for Pre-Master’s and Master’s students, but a passing grade for undergraduate students. A grade of D is a failure for undergraduate students.

Because a D requires the course to be repeated, some instructors may, on a cursory examination, think that D’s and F’s are the same and treat them all as F’s. They are not. First, a D indicates to the student that he/she has performed marginally rather than an outright failure. Second, a successful appeal on a D-grade will normally result in a C and therefore passing the course. On the other hand, it would be an exceptional circumstance for an F to be changed to a C on appeal. Third, a D give the student 1 grade point in calculating GPA whereas an F gives 0.