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Laurentian University Senate Approves Compassionate Grading

Students will have increased options for their academic records

December 10, 2020 – After a robust conversation, the Laurentian University’s Senate voted in favour of a motion that will provide for  equitable and compassionate outcomes for all students, particularly those who have experienced the full force of the COVID-19 pandemic. This motion enables students to choose whether they would like to be assigned a “pass” or “fail” designation on their final transcripts for individual courses, rather than having their specific grade listed.


Many institutions across Canada, such as Concordia University, University of Toronto, and the University of Alberta among many others, have instituted compassionate grading options such as the pass/fail system. With this decision, the Laurentian University Senate is demonstrating its commitment to providing students with every opportunity to succeed.


Laurentian is proud of the leadership of our student association representatives who brought forward this motion before the University Senate.



“Students are at the core of our decision making, and this decision will offer flexibility at a time where they need it most. It is an unusual step, and one that we feel will have a positive impact on student success.” - Robert Haché, President and Vice-Chancellor of Laurentian University