Concordia adopts pass-fail grading for fall semester


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Concordia University will allow its students to replace their final grade with a pass or fail grade for one of their courses in the fall semester.

This measure was used by most Quebec universities in the last winter session after teaching was quickly switched to a virtual mode. It allows the student to drop the course with the failing grade so it doesn’t affect the student’s grade-point average.

“Students seem to be hardest hit by the physical and social isolation that comes with this extended period of telelearning,” said Anne Whitelaw, Concordia’s acting executive vice-president of academic affairs.

Students had the opportunity to choose a pass/fail option for all their courses last winter, but this time theywill only be able to take advantage of it in one of their courses this fall. They will have the same option in the winter session. 

Whitelaw said “not all students have an optimal learning framework to achieve their full potential during the pandemic,” but she stressed the quality of education was not compromised by the pass-fail measure.