The Desautels Faculty of Music has tried to anticipate your questions in regard to the grade options made available due to the COVID-19 interruption of the 2020 Winter term. If you do not find the answer in these FAQs, please reach out to Jennifer Wang, Undergraduate and Graduate Student Advisor by email: Jennifer.Wang@umanitoba.ca
Undergraduate students please note: the Desautels Faculty of Music’s minimum grade required to pass all music courses is a “C.” These FAQs therefore refers to “C” grades rather than the “D” minimum grade that other faculties might need for a student to pass when choosing the Pass* option. Undergraduate students shouldn’t select the Pass* option for any Music course.
Graduate students please note: you should not select the Pass* option for any of your courses, because the Pass* option is not equivalent to passing a course for Desautels Faculty of Music graduate students. (Desautels Faculty of Music graduate students must earn a “B+” grade or higher for Major Practical Study courses, and a “C+” grade or higher for all other courses, and the Pass* option does not correspond to this.) A grade of Pass will not count toward degree requirements. However, graduate students may still select the option to “exclude a grade from my GPA calculation”; see questions below addressing this option.
All students please note: “regardless of any choice made with respect to course grading, students will remain obliged to meet all existing admission, prerequisite, progression, degree, and graduation policies and requirements that may apply to them.” (approved by Senate Executive Committee, April 1, 2020)
Answer: In both cases, your grade will be excluded from your GPA calculation. If you choose to exclude a grade from your GPA, it will still appear on your transcript. If you choose the “Pass*” option, only the “P* (pass)” will appear on your transcript.
If you choose to exclude your grade from the GPA calculation but not select the Pass* option, AURORA will still use the grade you earned when it checks for prerequisites and degree requirements – it just won’t count the grade in your overall GPA calculation.
Choosing the Pass* option excludes the course from the GPA calculation and also removes the letter grade you earned from your transcript. AURORA won’t use a “P*” grade the same way it uses “C” or better grades for prerequisites or degree requirements.
Answer: No. Any student wishing to satisfy a prerequisite must obtain the minimum requirements for the prerequisite course that are indicated in the course description.
Even if you had earned the minimum prerequisite grade required prior to selecting the Pass* option, once you have selected the Pass* option, then you may not use that course with a grade of “P*” as a prerequisite to other courses.
You can select the “Exclude grade from GPA calculation” option and still use that course and grade (provided it meets the listed minimum) for program entry and / or prerequisite purposes.
Answer: If you should happen to fail a 2020 Winter Term course, the final grade for that course:
• Will appear on your transcript as “F*”; and
• Will remain on your record; and
• Will NOT count in the calculation of your GPA; and
• Will NOT be counted in the end of term assessment toward your maximum number of allowable F grades.
Answer: No. “F*” grades accrued during the 2020 Winter term (including spanned courses that end during the 2020 Winter term) will not be counted toward the maximum number of allowable F grades used by the Desautels Faculty of Music when we assess for a student’s eligibility to proceed.
Answer: It depends. Desautels Faculty of Music courses that a student may choose to exclude from their GPA calculation and/or choose to have marked using the “P*” option cannot be used to satisfy degree requirements, since a minimum grade of “C” is required for all Desautels Faculty of Music courses.
However, courses offered by another Faculty or unit that students may choose to exclude from their GPA calculation and/or choose to have marked using the “P*” option can be used to satisfy degree requirements. For example, a student taking a Women’s Studies course in the Faculty of Arts that chooses the “P*” option can still use that course to satisfy an elective requirement.
It is important to note that if a student makes the choice to exclude a grade from the GPA calculation or selects to have any of their courses marked as “P*”, those courses will not be used for minimum average grade calculations completed during graduation checking.
Answer: No. Students who choose to exclude a grade from their GPA calculation may use the credit hours of that course to satisfy load requirements for any of the following: scholarships, prizes, bursaries, medals. Accordingly, the grade for the “excluded” course(s) will not be used in any GPA calculation described in the specific terms of reference for each scholarship, prize, bursary, or medal.
a. Dean’s Honour List: It depends. To qualify for the Dean’s Honour list, students must complete a minimum of 80% course load in both terms and have a minimum Sessional Grade Point Average of 3.5. Courses students choose to exclude from the GPA calculation or have marked as Pass* cannot be used to satisfy the Dean’s Honour List minimum credit hour or grade requirements.
b. First Class Honours: It depends. Any course(s) a student has selected to be excluded from their GPA calculations (including opting for Pass* grade(s)) cannot be used to satisfy either the minimum credit hour or grade requirements for graduating with “First Class Honours”.
Answer: No. Faculties or schools who require specific grades in specific courses will not accept a grade of “Pass*” in any required course, unless they specifically say that they will in their admissions documentation.
However, students who choose to exclude an earned grade from their GPA calculation but also choose to have the grade remain on their record can use that grade to meet the course and/or adjusted GPA admission requirements of another Faculty at the U of M or another institution.
Students should also think carefully about how their target faculty or school may adjust the grade point average of applicants to their schools or programs. Selecting a grade of “P*” in courses now could have unintended consequences related to the adjusted grade point average calculation of their target faculty/school/institution. Before choosing the Pass* grading option, students are encouraged to contact the admissions office of their destination.