Final Exams and Practicum Placements (Winter 2020)

The Faculty of Health Sciences’ main priority is to bring you the most accurate and updated information regarding final exams, practicums and different options for the courses taught this semester. We are committed towards your academic success and remain available to support you virtually!

Faculty of Health Sciences Directives for Requests for Grade Deferrals

Final exam Deferrals – We cannot accommodate deferred exams or assessments at this time.

In the case of take-home exams, term papers or other forms of assignments submitted during the official exam period, the original date scheduled for these evaluations is maintained. However, professors will accept late submissions for up to 7 days. Thus, students who experience a short duration illness or incapacity (less than 72 hours) will still be able to complete and submit the evaluation.

In the case of online exams that replace the in-person exams originally planned in the course outline, the scheduled date during the official exam period is maintained. All deferred exams for courses of the winter 2020 session are delayed until such time as in-person interactions return to normal. A deferred grade will be considered only in exceptional circumstances. If a student wishes to defer the final exam, they must complete a request for a deferred mark form, signed and supported by the professor, and must submit it to the School along with supporting documents that support the student’s arguments with regards to their exceptional circumstances. The School will approve or not the request for a deferred final exam.

  • In principle, COVID-19 is not in itself a valid reason. If your learning conditions are directly impeded by medical reasons or other reasons related to COVID-19, you can fill out the COVID-19 self-declaration form prepared by uOttawa along with a letter explaining your exceptional circumstances and, if applicable, supporting documents, including a statement by the professor explaining why he/she supports your request. Each request will be assessed individually.
  • The process offered by uOttawa Health Services by which a student requesting a medical certificate confirming a short duration illness (72 hours) must go to the clinic to obtain a stamped certificate will not be accepted de facto and is not necessary. You should instead send an email explaining your exceptional circumstances as soon as possible to the professor. Then you can fill out the request for a deferred mark form and submit it along with a letter explaining your exceptional circumstances and if appropriate, additional supporting documents including a statement by the professor explaining why he/she supports your request. Each request will be assessed individually.
For the few exceptional circumstances requests that will be approved by the School:
  • If 65% or more of the final mark for the course has already been assigned, the student-accumulated grade in the course will be converted on the basis of 100%. The student will not have the opportunity to write a deferred exam.
  • If less than 65% of the final mark for the course has already been assigned:
    • The student will need access to a computer connected to a stable internet connection, as well as a built-in camera, microphone and speakers for distance proctoring.
    • The deferred exam may have a different format than that described in the course outline and different than the online exam administered during the final exam period.
    • Only one deferred exam will be administered per individual course, no matter the number of students approved. The date of the deferred exam will be determined by the School.
Interdisciplinary School of Health Science (Course codes: HSS and POP)

The School authorizes and recommends the following to professors:

Note: This does not apply to research project courses HSS4900/4901. 

  1. If 65% or more of the final mark for the course has already been assigned, it is recommended that professors offer students the option to not write the final exam.* If a student does not complete the final exam, the course grade will be calculated on the basis of the work submitted before the end of the semester. In such cases, the student-accumulated grade in the course will be converted to a 100% basis. 

    *Nursing and Nutrition students must write the final exam. (e.g. HSS1100/1101 and others please consult your class roster in VirtuO)

    The final evaluation (an online exam, take home exam, research paper or other), must however be maintained for students wishing to complete the final evaluation.
  2. Professors who teach courses with assessments scheduled before the end of the session (for example, essays or take-home work) may/can accept late work without penalty and without justification for at least 7 days after the expected submission date.
  3. We encourage professors to try to adapt the final exam design to ensure learning outcomes are evaluated. It is ok to deviate from the syllabus description of the final exam to accommodate the distance exam format. 
  4. Professors should announce on Brightspace the ‘rules’ of the exam (e.g. duration, time to answer each question, randomization measures- etc.) to students. They should know what to expect and be prepared.
  5. In all cases, the School will offer each student, after having received their alphanumeric grade, the ability to convert their grade into a Satisfactory or Non-Satisfactory. During the first week of April, the School will communicate with professors and students to explain how to proceed with the request and the submission of an S / NS score. Please note that an S / NS grade has no impact on students’ cumulative grade point average from the previous session, either up or down. It may, however, affect academic standing. Therefore, when making this decision, we strongly suggest that students weigh the pros and cons carefully. An e-mail will be sent to students on this matter.
  6. Final exam Deferrals – We cannot accommodate deferred exams or assessments at this time. A deferred grade will be considered only in exceptional circumstances and approved by the School. If the student chooses to defer the final exam, they must complete a DFR form and submit to hss-adj2@uottawa.ca.
School of Human Kinetics (Course codes: APA and LSR)

The School authorizes and recommends the following to its professors:

  1. If 65% or more of the final mark for the course has already been assigned, it is recommended that professors offer students the option to not write the final exam.If a student does not take the final exam, the course grade will be calculated on the basis of the work submitted before the end of the semester. In such cases, the student-accumulated grade in the course will be converted to a 100% basis.

    * Note that this does not apply for internships and 4th year research projects.
  2. The final evaluation originally planned in the course (as per Academic Regulation 9.2 – an in-class exam, take home exam, research paper or other), must, however, be maintained for students wishing to complete the final evaluation.
  3. Professors who teach courses with assessments scheduled before the end of the session (for example, essays or take-home work) may/can accept late work without penalty and without justification for at least 7 days after the expected submission date.
  4. We encourage professors to try to adapt the final exam design to ensure learning outcomes are evaluated. It is ok to deviate from the syllabus description of the final exam to accommodate the distance exam format. 
  5. Professors should announce on Brightspace the ‘rules’ of the exam (e.g. duration, time to answer each question, randomization measures, etc.) to students. They should know what to expect and be prepared.
  6. In all cases, the School will offer each student, after having received their alphanumeric grade, the choice to convert their grade into a Satisfactory (S) or Non-Satisfactory (NS). During the first week of April, the School will communicate with professors and students to explain how to proceed with the request and the submission of an S / NS score. For more info see below “How you wish to be graded”.
Guidelines for outstanding deferrals (midterms and other assessments that were granted deferral prior to the transition to online courses):

Under the current circumstances, it is not possible for the School to accommodate these deferred assessments.

For students who have completed less than 30% of the course assessments due to pending deferrals, the Faculty of Health Sciences encourages them to withdraw from the course without penalty (new deadline for course withdrawal is April 4, 2020).

Students who have completed greater than 30% of the course assessments, but are also awaiting a deferral, have 3 choices:

  1. Drop the course without penalty (until April 4th).
  2. Complete the final exam, and the total accumulated in the course can then be transformed to 100%.
  3. Have the remaining midterm weight transferred to the final exam.

In the last two cases, the School will offer each student, after having received their alphanumeric grade, the choice to convert their grade into a Satisfactory or Non-Satisfactory.

Financial reimbursements cannot be guaranteed for withdrawals, but provided the student has the adequate medical (or other exceptional circumstance) documentation to obtain the deferred evaluations (previous to the online transition), reimbursement will be considered. Students requesting reimbursements should write a justification of their situation directly to the Vice Dean, Academic fssvd@uottawa.ca

Choose How You Wish to Be Graded…

The traditional grading system at the University of Ottawa is ‘alphanumeric’. Your score in a course is converted to a alpha or letter grade (A+, A, A-, etc). Each letter grade is then converted to a number based on the 10-point grading scale. Academic Regulation 10.1

There is another grading system used by a few courses called ‘satisfactory/non-satisfactory’. For students in French Immersion you may have encountered this system in the past. 

Satisfactory -50% or greater as the final course mark

Non-Satisfactory- less than 50% as the final course mark

You have a choice. Which grading system do you wish to appear on your transcript?

Please note that a S/NS score has no impact on your cumulative average for the previous session, either upward or downward. Converting to S-NS can, in some cases, adversely impact your eligibility to graduate, to obtain or continue to receive scholarships, as well as admission to professional faculties and graduate studies. So, when making this decision, we strongly suggest that you carefully weigh the pros and cons. For any questions, please contact healthsc@uottawa.ca The Academic Office is also developing a fact sheet to help guide you.

Alphanumeric- uOttawa letter grade

Satisfactory/Non-satisfactory Grade

-used to determine your CGPA

-not included in your CGPA

-may be required for post-graduate programs (e.g. graduate school, medical school, other professional programs)

-if you choose this option, this course will not increase (or decrease) your overall CGPA

-all post-graduate schools (e.g. graduate schools, medical schools, other professional programs) around the world will have to deal with admission marks from the COVID-19 Winter semester.

-many Universities are considering the Satisfactory/Non-satisfactory option, so probably everyone will have to look at Winter 2020 semester as a special case

-yes, you can still review your grade, discuss with professor and if necessary, request a grade review/appeal, however the grade appeal must be based on the marking of the exam, not the COVID-19 situation.

- this option recognizes that your performance may be impacted by the sudden switch to online learning, and the overall impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic

We will communicate instructions on how to enter your choice before the exam session.

School of Nursing (Course codes: NSG and SAI)

Important follow-up regarding the suspension of clinicals

2nd and 3rd year Nursing Students:

While the faculty is creating curriculum activities to help support the attainment of clinical course learning outcomes, we know that you also need to register for upcoming courses in the fall and winter

Registration to Fall Courses

A DFR mark does not prevent you from registering for your fall courses. If the only pre requisite course(s) you are missing to register for your fall courses are DFR marks for your suspended clinical course(s), this will not prevent you from registering for your fall courses. However, if you were not successful in other courses throughout the year that are pre requisites for fall courses, you will not be able to register into the next year courses, which is normal practice.

Clinical course activities

For students who had their clinical suspended or cancelled due to Covid 19 and who were successful in the theory course, rest assured that faculty is creating deferred curriculum activities* to help support the attainment of clinical course learning outcomes and progress to your next year of study without creating a delay in your planned graduation date. These deferred clinical course activities will be mandatory and the first part will be asynchronous (meaning you can do them around your work schedule). The online portion of the activities will be available in June-July to build in flexibility for students to move through the material. In August we will have in person, if the context permits it. Each clinical course will have its own specific content to allow for the variability across the clinical courses and different campuses.

* Note that these activities are available only to those who have successfully completed their theory courses this term as well as successfully completed all other course work in the fall 2019. If you have been unsuccessful in the theory course, you will register to concurrent theory and clinical courses next year. Please contact the Academic Office for course scheduling.  


Suspension of all in-person skills laboratories, simulations, and clinical practica until at least August 4, 2020 for 2nd and 3rd year University of Ottawa BScN Collaborative Program students

Given the situation in Ottawa and the surrounding region we will be suspending all in-person skills laboratories, simulations, and clinical practica until at least August 4, 2020. If the suspension of in-person activities must be extended further, we will let you know as soon as possible. In the meantime, Nursing professors are creating virtual activities for online delivery over the summer in an asynchronous fashion to accommodate those of you who have summer jobs. These activities aim to support students’ whose course has been suspended. Suspended clinical courses will be assigned a deferred mark until such time that all the remaining activities are completed to ensure you have met the objectives of the courses. These virtual mandatory activities will be augmented by in-person activities, when these are allowed, to enable all of you to progress to the next year of the program.

So, there will be some of you who have completed all your courses and will return to University as planned in the usual fashion. However, specific programming targeting the clinical/lab courses will be created for those of you who did not have the opportunity to complete your clinical courses due to COVID-19. This will take some time to finalize so please be patient. Rest assured we will be in touch with those who have clinical/lab course work to do this summer. Again, this will be delivered at a distance and asynchronous so that it will not disrupt your summer work schedules.


Additions to the CEO for NSG 4245 for consolidation students

As previously communicated via the Faculty of Health Sciences website, the School has undertaken a process to evaluate each student's attainment of learning outcomes for consolidation. This has been done in collaboration with Faculty advisors and preceptors. In order to document this assessment for each student, some additions have been made to the CEO for NSG 4245.

Preceptors will be asked to document:

  1. How many clinical hours their student has completed
  2. Whether or not each student has attained the expected learning outcomes for the course

The revised CEO will reflect answers to these questions and will indicate whether or not a student is required to complete learning activities to determine if they have reached the outcomes to finish the course. In this instance, the student receives a DFR grade until learning activities are completed.

Preceptors and Faculty advisors will soon receive a set of instructions on how to complete this new section in the CEO. Once this is completed, students will be able to see their status on the CEO.


The School authorizes and recommends the following:

  1. All students in the School of Nursing must complete their final evaluations for all NSG courses (e.g. online exams, major papers). This may be different than other schools or faculties on campus. The School of Nursing offers professionally accredited programs and we are obliged to evaluate all course learning objectives to ensure that students have been evaluated for and meet entry to practise competencies.
  2. Professors who teach graduate courses with assessments scheduled before the end of the session (for example, essays or take-home work) may accept late work without penalty at the discretion of the professor, with the exception of the PHCNP courses that have scheduled exams.
  3. We encourage professors to try to adapt the final exam design to ensure learning outcomes are evaluated. It is permissible to deviate from the syllabus description of the final exam to accommodate the distance exam format.
  4. Professors should announce on Brightspace the ‘rules’ of the exam (e.g. duration, time to answer each question, randomization measures- etc.) to students. They should know what to expect and be prepared.
  5. In all undergraduate cases, the School will offer each student, after having received their alphanumeric grade, the choice to convert their grade into a Satisfactory or Non-Satisfactory. During the first week of April, the School will communicate with professors and students to explain how to proceed with the request and the submission of an S \ NS score.Please note that an S/NS grade has no impact on students’ cumulative grade point average from the previous session, either up or down. It may, however, affect academic standing. Therefore, when making this decision, we strongly suggest that students weigh the pros and cons carefully. Information will be posted on the Faculty’s COVID-19 web page to inform students on this matter.
  6. Final exam Deferrals –It will be difficult to accommodate deferred exams or assessments at this time. All deferred exams for nursing undergraduate courses of the winter 2020 session are delayed and it may be until such time as in-person interactions return to normal or more robust online proctoring can be assured before deferred exams can be offered. This may affect enrolment into future courses that have prerequisites.A deferred exam will be considered only in exceptional circumstances and approved by the School. If the student chooses to defer the final exam, they must complete a DFR form signed by the professor and submit it to undergraduate.NUR@uOttawa.ca.

4th-year students only:

In Ontario your education is based on reaching entry to practice competencies, not necessarily solely on the number of in-hospital/agency clinical hours - although these hours are essential in gaining entry to practice competency, helping you gain confidence, and being ready to practice as new independent RNs.

At present, we are examining each student’s file to determine competency to this point. Our process has three main goals:

  1. Help us determine if continued clinical is needed on an individual basis to ensure competencies are met;
  2. If competencies are not met, help us determine if there are any specific ways to help gain those competencies that may not require in-hospital/agency placement;
  3. If competencies require in-hospital/agency placement, help us determine if the competencies can be achieved in less clinical hours.
School of Nutrition Sciences (Course code: NUT)

L'École autorise et recommande le suivant :

    1. Examen final : Comme nous sommes un programme agréé par le Partenariat pour la formation et la pratique en nutrition (PFPN), nous devons nous assurer que vous avez atteint toutes les compétences essentielles à la pratique enseignées dans chaque cours (voir les syllabus de cours). Ainsi, les examens finaux sont obligatoires dans tous les cours du Baccalauréat ayant une cote NUT, afin d’assurer l’atteinte des apprentissages essentiels. Nous sommes en communication avec les professeurs des cours hors programme (ex. BIO, ANP, CHM, PSY) pour évaluer la situation. Nous prendrons les mesures nécessaires, au besoin, pour que les compétences enseignées dans ces cours qui n’ont pas été évaluées le soient dans des cours NUT ultérieurement. Sachez que la date et l’heure de vos examens finaux sont maintenues à l’horaire. Vous devrez suivre les directives de vos professeurs des autres programmes concernant les modalités relatives à leurs évaluations finales.

      Notation : Comme à l’habitude, vos professeurs vous donneront une note alpha numérique à la fin du cours. Toutefois, vous aurez le choix de recevoir une note « S – satisfaisant » (si vous obtenez ≥65% dans les cours NUT et >50% pour les autres) ou « NS – non satisfaisant » au lieu d’une note alpha numérique si vous prenez cette décision éclairée*. Vous serez informés sous peu de l’échéancier dont vous disposerez pour communiquer votre décision à vos professeurs.

      *Veuillez noter qu’une note S/NS n’a aucun impact sur votre moyenne cumulative, ni à la hausse ni à la baisse. Cela pourrait toutefois affecter votre rendement scolaire, l’obtention du grade (si votre moyenne est en-deçà de la moyenne requise) ou possiblement l’obtention ou le maintien de bourses ou l’admission aux facultés professionnelles et aux études supérieures. Ainsi, au moment de prendre cette décision, nous vous suggérons fortement de bien peser les pour et les contres, afin de prendre la décision qui est dans votre meilleur intérêt. Un site web sera mis à votre disposition pour vous guider dans votre décision. Pour toutes questions, veuillez communiquer avec scsante@uOttawa.ca ou 613-562-5853. Durant la première semaine du mois d’avril, la Faculté des sciences de la santé communiquera avec les professeurs et les étudiants pour expliquer comment procéder pour demander et inscrire une note S/NS.
    2. Droit d’appel : Vous conservez votre droit de demander une révision de note et de faire appel de la note attribuée. Toutefois, vous devrez bien justifier la raison de votre appel. En principe, COVID-19 n’est pas, en soit, une raison justifiable. L’École des sciences de la nutrition jugera si les raisons de l’appel sont raisonnables pour déclencher le processus de révision de note. La vice-doyenne aux études (programmes) jugera si les motifs sont raisonnables pour tout autre type d’appel ou d’exceptions.
    3. Examens différés : Comme les autres écoles de la Faculté des sciences de la santé, l’École des sciences de la nutrition va éliminer les examens différés pour tous les cours de la session d'hiver 2020. L'attribution d'une note différée ne sera envisagée que dans des circonstances exceptionnelles, à la discrétion de la directrice adjointe de l’École. En principe, COVID-19 n’est pas, en soit, une raison justifiable. Les examens différés devront se faire en personne, sur le campus, donc possiblement dans plusieurs mois.
    4. Abandon : Tout étudiant peut abandonner un cours jusqu’au 4 avril. Si pour des raisons exceptionnelles, vous avez accumulé 30% ou moins de votre note finale dans un cours, nous vous suggérons fortement d’abandonner le cours sans pénalité avant le 4 avril, à condition de soumettre la documentation adéquate qui justifie les circonstances exceptionnelles qui ont mené à des évaluations différées pour ce cours. Nous vous recommandons d’en discuter avec le Bureau des études pour en connaitre les conséquences sur votre cheminement académique (scsante@uOttawa.ca ou 613-562-5853).
    5. Étudiants SASS : Veuillez communiquer avec vos professeurs pour connaitre les changements dans les modes d’évaluations finales. Après avoir reçu les indications de vos professeurs, si vous n’êtes pas en mesure de suivre vos cours à distance et/ou examens selon le modèle choisi par vos professeurs, veuillez communiquer avec SASS par courriel à adapt@uottawa.ca pour discuter de vos besoins d’accommodements scolaires. L’intégrité et la continuité de vos études demeurent primordiales.

    Questions and answers about practical training courses in nutritional sciences (French only)

    Question 1 : Est-ce que mon stage de formation pratique en nutrition qui devait commencer en mai ou juin aura lieu?

    Réponse : Les décisions au sujet des stages en nutrition devant commencer en mai ou juin sont en train d’être prises. Un suivi à cet effet sera fait avec vous dès que possible par l’équipe de la formation pratique du Programme.


    Question 2 : Qu’est-ce qui se passera avec mon stage en nutrition qui devait prendre fin en mars, mais qui a été suspendu dû à la COVID-19?

    Réponse : Notre programme de formation professionnelle est en train de déterminer comment il appuiera chacun de ses étudiants, afin de leur permettre d’acquérir les compétences qui n’ont pu être atteintes lors du stage suspendu. Votre équipe de la formation pratique sera en lien avec vous, afin de vous informer et de discuter des mesures qui seront mises en place pour vous appuyer dans la complétion de votre stage.

    Si votre stage était presque terminé lors de l’arrêt des stages et que vous avez été en mesure de le continuer à distance, sous la supervision de votre superviseur, il est possible que vous puissiez démontrer l’atteinte des différents indicateurs de performance requis. Votre équipe de la formation pratique confirmera le tout individuellement, en faisant l’analyse de votre dossier.

    S’il ne vous a pas été possible de poursuivre votre stage à distance lors de l’arrêt des stages, votre équipe de la formation pratique proposera de reprendre les semaines manquantes lorsque l’Université et les milieux de stages le permettront. Votre équipe de la formation pratique traite individuellement chaque cas, dans le but de trouver la meilleure des solutions. L’information à ce sujet vous sera transmise dans les meilleurs délais. Si vous êtes inquiets, n’hésitez pas à communiquer avec les coordonnatrices de la formation pratique. Elles sont là pour vous aider.

    School of Rehabilitation Sciences (Course codes: ERG, REA, ORA and PHT)

    Mise-à-jour

    En raison de la situation sanitaire reliée à la pandémie COVID-19, d’une manière générale, les stages de l’école des sciences de la réadaptation sont suspendus au moins jusqu’au 6 juillet 2020. Le directeur de votre programme d'études communiquera avec vous si la situation change. Si des exceptions sont permises (par ex. formation à distance), elles vous seront communiquées par la coordonnatrice de la formation clinique. 

    Proposition (information ESR)

    Suivant la suggestion du Sénat de l’Université, le Comité de direction de l’École de sciences de la réadaptation a décidé de permettre aux étudiants des quatre programmes de l’École inscrits à un cours au trimestre d’hiver 2020 ou au printemps/été 2020 de choisir de recevoir une note « S – satisfaisant » ou « NS – non satisfaisant » ou une note alpha numérique comme note finale.

    Le seuil pour « S – satisfaisant » a été établi à 65%.

    Les étudiants peuvent faire ce choix après avoir rempli toutes les exigences d’un cours incluant l’examen final et après avoir reçu leur note alpha numérique finale. La procédure pour transmettre ce choix n’a pas encore été finalisée et vous sera communiquée lorsque disponible. La sélection de « S – satisfaisant » ou « NS – non satisfaisant » comme note finale ne retire pas à l’étudiant le droit de faire appel de sa note finale. Veuillez noter qu'un résultat satisfaisant / non satisfaisant n'a aucun impact sur votre moyenne cumulée pour la session précédente, ni à la hausse ni à la baisse. La conversion à satisfaisant/ non satisfaisant peut, dans certains cas, avoir un impact négatif sur votre admissibilité aux diplômes, à l'obtention ou au maintien des bourses, ainsi qu'à l'admission aux facultés professionnelles et aux études supérieures. Donc, lorsque vous prenez cette décision, nous vous suggérons fortement de bien peser le pour et le contre.

    Courses offered through the Faculty of Medicine and the Faculty of Sciences

    These measures were discussed and approved by the Director of Undergraduate Education for Cellular and Molecular Medicine (CMM):

    (ANP, PHA and PHS students)
    1. Final exams will still take place however, they will be held online. The original exam schedule will be followed. Your professor will provide further information in Brightspace as to the format of the exam that you will be given as this may vary depending on the course.
    2. The Faculty will offer to each student, after receiving the final alphanumeric mark, the possibility of choosing between the alphanumeric final mark or a final mark of Satisfactory / Non-Satisfactory (S/NS), for each of their courses. Please note that a S/NS score has no impact on your cumulative average for the previous session, either upward or downward. Converting to S-NS can, in some cases, adversely impact your ability to obtain or continue to receive scholarships, and/or your admission to certain programs (professional faculties and graduate studies). So, when making this decision, we strongly suggest that you carefully weigh the pros and cons. For any questions regarding how it will affect your cumulative average, please contact your home faculty. During the first week of April, Christina Sardella from the CMM Office will contact you to explain how to request an S / NS score.

    These measures apply only to the undergraduate courses of the Faculty of Science.

    The Faculty of Science will allow S/NS marks to be assigned to your Winter 2020 term courses for the courses it offers, after your final letter grade has been entered into the system. It will be your choice, on a course by course basis. The administrative procedure will be communicated to you at a later time.

    As might have already been communicated to you by your professor in a course offered by the Faculty of Science, your professor has been given the liberty, by the Science Executive Committee, to assign a mark based on results obtained up to now. However, this is at the discretion of the professor. In some courses, enough marks have been entered and enough material has been previously tested to assign a letter grade that has true meaning. Only the professor in your course can make the decision if it makes sense for their course. If it is offered, the professor has the right to redistribute the weight of the final onto what they feel are evaluations more reflective of the student’s true mastery of the material. Typically, this will mean that the weight of the final is distributed back onto the midterm exams. The precise formula will be communicated to you by your professor, if the option to not write a final is offered. If a student has written no midterms in a course that had one or more midterms, the student must write the final exam.

    In all courses offered by the Faculty of Science, a final exam will be offered if one was already scheduled before the cancellation of in-person classes. It will either be an online exam of normal duration or a take-home exam with a longer period of time to complete (to be determined by the professor). If you wish to write a final exam but cannot because of the current COVID-19 pandemic (either because of illness or any other issue directly or indirectly related to the pandemic), you retain your right to write a deferred exam at a later date. You will only need to fill out the self-declaration form the University has put in place. Note, however, that once you write a final exam, you cannot return to a letter grade based solely on marks obtained before the final exam, even if your professor had previously offered the option to do so.

    To summarize, speaking only of courses offered by the Faculty of Science (courses from other faculties may have different rules in place): every Science course currently in your final exam schedule will have a final exam offered. For some of your Science courses, your professor is permitted to offer you a mark based solely on results obtained before the start of the exam period. In all Science courses, you will be offered the opportunity to change your letter grade to S/NS once you know your letter grade.

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