Alternative Final Grade Option at UWinnipeg

On April 8, the UWinnipeg Senate passed the motion to adopt an alternative GPA calculation system.  University of Winnipeg Students, including Undergraduate, Honours, and Graduate Students, will now be able to choose to include or exclude grades in their GPA calculation for any course work completed at the University of Winnipeg in Fall/Winter 2019-2020 and Winter Term 2020.

We would like to thank every student that brought their concern to us and advocated for it to their faculties. We hope this measure eases some of the academic burden you’re facing due to pandemic.

Students in Winter 2020 courses, or spanned courses that they have completed over Fall 2019/Winter 2020, for which a standard letter grade is typically received, will be able to request that the grade be excluded from the calculation of their GPA. A notation will be made on the student’s transcript indicating this choice. This option must be exercised no later than May 28, 2020;*

Students who have received academic penalties or have academic penalties pending as a result of being found guilty of academic misconduct in specific courses during 2019- 2020 are not eligible to make use of this option.

Students in Winter 2020 courses, or spanned courses that they have completed over Fall 2019/Winter 2020, for which a standard letter grade is typically received, are able to request a grade of “S” (for “Standing”) for their course instead. A notation will be made on the student’s transcript indicating this choice. A “Standing” categorization will not be factored into their GPA calculation. This option must be exercised no later than May 28, 2020;* and

If exercising either option, students must be aware that grades excluded in the calculation of their GPA will not be used in calculating GPA for the purpose of program progression and/or overall graduation GPA requirements. Students who require a certain grade to continue with program progression must ensure not to choose the “Standing” option offered.

Where specific course grades, other than “Standing”, are required to satisfy UW pre-requisite requirements, for entry into other courses, or admission to other programs, and to satisfy any other program requirements, course grades will continue to be used. A grade of “Standing” cannot be used to satisfy a pre-requisite where a letter grade is normally required.

Please visit UWinnipeg’s list of frequently asked questions on final grading options for further information and considerations related to the grading options.

Academic and Career Services Advisors can also provide guidance on these alternative grading options. Students can contact them at 204.786.9257 or


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