UManitoba approves temporary compassionate grading plan

December 6, 2020

The University of Manitoba senate has voted in favour of a temporary alternate grade point average calculation system. The new system will allow students to exclude one grade from their GPA in the fall and winter terms, or exclude one grade from a full year course. The dropped grade will stay on the transcript, but is excluded from GPA calculation, which is used for performance-based requirements. “Students needed this,” said Kristin Smith, UManitoba’s Students’ Union VP of advocacy. “They needed their university to make a nod to the fact that online learning in the fall has not been all it was promised to be — and for many, that it’s caused irregular educational and mental health outcomes.” Winnipeg Free Press | CBC (MB)