St. Mary’s University is committed to keeping our community healthy and safe during the COVID-19 pandemic and I want to assure you that we are taking every precaution to protect the health and well-being of the St. Mary’s community.

We know the COVID-19 pandemic has created challenges in the delivery of your classes and we have been working hard to ensure that no student is disadvantaged.

St. Mary’s is committed to providing letter grades for winter 2020 and our faculty and staff are here to help you successfully complete your term online. Letter grades remain the most meaningful indicator of student achievement.

We understand that you may have circumstances that are preventing you from completing your studies to your satisfaction at this time. Therefore, we have an option to help you complete your courses.

After you receive your final letter grade, you will have a one-time option to request your grade to be changed to a P (pass) or a W (withdrawal). Both are non-punitive grades and will not negatively impact your grade point average (GPA). Because you must have a C- to meet progression, a D+ or a D will calculate as a fail (F).

Before you make this request, please be aware of the following:

  1. If you are planning to apply for scholarships and awards for fall 2020, your eligibility may be impacted if you opt for P grades. Merit-based scholarships and awards are based on grade point average (GPA).
  2. If you are planning on transferring to another post-secondary institution, courses with a grade of P may not be accepted as transfer credit.
  3. Courses with P grades may negatively impact your acceptance to Professional Programs or Grad School.
  4. Courses with P grades will disqualify you from Dean’s Honour List designation.
  5. Courses with P grades will disqualify you from holding a position on Student Legislative Council (SLC) as a minimum GPA is a constitutional requirement.


  • Final Winter 2020 grades will be posted by faculty on or before May 6
  • Students must make a request to change any final grade to P/W by May 8. The request needs to be submitted to using the Official Grade Change Request Form that will be posted on the Registrar’s webpage by April 30.