Information About Assessed Grades

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Assessed Grade Form

What are assessed grades and am I eligible for this option?

Assessed grades are final grades based on work completed that comprises a defined proportion of the assignments in a course syllabus. Students may choose to opt for an assessed grade if they have completed a minimum of 70 percent of the coursework from the original course syllabus. Students do not need approval from their course director to choose the assessed grade option as long as 70 percent of the coursework has been completed. The assessed grade option can be chosen if coursework has been submitted but the grade is not yet known or received by students. Assessed grades will appear as normal on transcripts.

Students can decide whether they want to opt for the assessed grade option. Students always have the choice to complete all of the original assignments.

Please note that the assessed grade option is not available for students enrolled in the following:

  • Graduate programs
  • Osgoode Hall Law School JD program
  • Lassonde School of Engineering: BEng, BSc, and the BA in Computer Science and Computer Security
  • Schulich School of Business: 3rd and 4th level Accounting Classes
  • BCom: ADMS courses identified as necessary for accreditation in addition to ADMS courses which will have not achieved 70 percent of assessments by the end of classes

When do I have to submit the Assessed Grade form?

The deadline for students participating in continuing courses to exercise this option was Friday, August 31, 2018. That deadline has now passed.

What if I have not met the 70 percent threshold but have completed or submitted 60 percent of coursework?

If students have completed or submitted 60 percent of the coursework, course instructors are permitted to make changes to the number, kind, and weight of assignments (including tests and examinations) to help students meet the 70 percent threshold, provided that this will not disadvantage students. Instructors can make no more than a 10 percent change to the collective weight of assignments. Course directors will determine if minor adjustments to the value of graded components can be made so that the 60 percent can be raised to meet the 70 percent threshold. Course directors will communicate the re-weighted assignment scenarios to students. 

Participation grades can be applied in order the meet the 70 per cent threshold.

Students can decide whether they want to opt for the assessed grade option. Students always have the choice to complete all of the original assignments.

I have not completed 70 percent of the coursework on the original course syllabus, but due to exceptional circumstances would like to request assessed grades. Am I eligible for the assessed grade option?

Students in exceptional circumstances may request assessed grades on the basis of work that falls below the 70 per cent threshold. Such requests are dealt with on a case-by-case basis by individual course instructors in the first instance.

Examples of exceptional circumstances include but are not limited to:

  • Students who have applied to graduate in June 2018
  • International and exchange students facing the expiration of visas
  • Students who have an offer of admission to another institution commencing in the summer
  • Students who have firm travel plans that do not allow them to commit to an extended term date
  • Students who have employment which does not allow them to commit to an extended term date
  • Students who are participating in an exchange program that commences in summer
  • Students whose housing/living arrangements expire at the end of April

There may be other extenuating circumstances that can be provided on the form.

Can I revoke the assessed grade option?

Students who opt for an assessed grade by the deadlines specified above, but later decide to sit the final examination or submit the final assignment, will be deemed to have revoked (invalidated) the assessed grade.

Students can choose to write the final exam if that was part of the original grading scheme for the course included in the syllabus. If students decide to complete the course according the original grading scheme, they may not retroactively choose an assessed grade past the deadline and after writing the final exam.

Is the decision to revise the grading scheme to meet 70 percent completion made by the student or the instructor?

Instructors have the discretion whether to re-weight assignments, and how it should be done in order to preserve the academic integrity of the course. In some cases the nature of the course and the timing of the tests / assignments within the term will mean that it is not feasible to revise the grading scheme and conclude the course with only 60 percent of it completed.

I did poorly on the assignment that my professor has decided to re-weight. What are my options?

If a revised grading scheme is made available for courses where 60 percent of the work has been completed, a student may opt for an assessed grade using that revised scheme. If the assessed grade based on the revised scheme is not favourable, the student may complete the course on the basis of the original syllabus.

If I have a final worth 50 percent, will I be eligible for re-weighting of my assignments?

No. Re-weighting of assignments is only an option for courses where 60 percent of the coursework has been completed prior to the last day of classes (for courses that continued during the disruption).

Can I opt to write a final exam even if my course instructor has indicated that the class doesn’t have to?

Yes, you can choose to write the final exam if that was part of the original grading scheme for the course included in the syllabus. If you decide to complete the course according the original grading scheme, you may not retroactively choose an assessed grade past the deadline and after writing the final exam.

Are assessed grades final grades?

Yes.

Are assessed grades based on Assessed Grade Attestations final grades?

No. After you submit your Assessed Grade Request and Assessed Grade Attestation forms, they will be reviewed by your program and Faculty to verify your results. You can check your Grade Report to see your final grade.

The Assessed Grade Attestation form was available only to students who had applied to graduate in June 2018. Students in courses that were suspended could request an assessed grade based on information they provide about the grades they received and/or expected to receive on work that was submitted but not graded. Those assessed grades are subject to review and verification when assignments are completed. As a result, the assessed grades were subject to change.

Who do I contact if I have questions about the assessed grade option and my course status?

If you have questions about the assessed grade option or your eligibility to opt for an assessed grade, please contact your Faculty representative listed below. As this is a course-specific issue, Registrarial Services will be unable to assist with inquiries about the assessed grade option.

Arts, Media, Performance & Design
Office of Advising and Integrated Student Services
416-736-5135

Education
Laura Crane
416-736-2100, ext. 20053

Environmental Studies
416-736-5252

Glendon
416-487-6715

Health
Associate Dean for Students
Parissa Safai
416-736-2100, ext. 20896

Lassonde School of Engineering
ask@lassonde.yorku.ca
416-650-8215

Liberal Arts & Professional Studies
apcourse@yorku.ca
416-736-5220

Osgoode Hall Law School Assistant Dean, Students
Mya Rimon
mrimon@osgoode.yorku.ca
Associate Dean (Students)
Benjamin Berger
ads@osgoode.yorku.ca

Schulich School of Business
Student & Enrolment Services 
studentservices@schulich.yorku.ca 
(416) 736-5303

Science
Student Academic Services
416-736-5085