Appeals for Credit Standing

What does Credit standing mean?

Credit standing (CR) in a course is reserved for situations in which a student, who has completed and passed all of the work of the course, including the final examination, but because of illness or other extenuating circumstances beyond his or her control, earned a substantially lower grade than might have been expected, normally a grade of C or lower (see Academic Regulation 6).  A course with credit standing will not be included in the student’s GPA but can be used as credit earned toward a degree program.

If my appeal for Credit standing is granted, what will appear on my transcript?

If your appeal for Credit standing is granted, the course will appear on your transcript with a CR notation.  A course with credit standing will not be included in the student’s GPA but can be used as credit earned toward a degree program.

If I fail a course can I request Credit standing?

No.  If you did not pass the course you are not eligible for Credit standing.  See Academic Regulation 10.2 http://www.queensu.ca/artsci/academic-calendars/regulations/academic-regulations/regulation-10

Is there a limit of how many CR and/or AG grades I can have?

Yes there is a limit.  Students may be granted aegrotat and/or credit standing for a maximum of 36.0 units during their entire program. 

Why is credit standing only recommended in cases where the grade is C or lower? 

We only recommend Credit standing in cases where the final grade is C or lower, otherwise it is usually in the student’s best academic interests to keep the grade earned as-is.  While Credit grades do not affect the GPA it is generally best to have as many evaluative, measureable grades on your transcript as possible.  Otherwise, your transcript can become difficult to evaluate.

Will you contact my instructor if I appeal his or her course?

In the case of an appeal for Credit or Aegrotat standing the Faculty Office will contact the course instructor to confirm eligibility for the CR or AG grade and request general feedback.  This information supplied by the instructor is included with the appeal and will be taken into consideration along with the other information provided.  No other information related to the appeal is released to the instructor unless the student has granted permission to release it.

In the case of a re-read request, the work to be re-read is sent to the Department Head, together with the student’s description of their specific concerns with the grading.  The Department Head will forward this material on to the original course instructor, and to a second, unbiased faculty member with expertise in the subject matter to review the work.  Upon receipt of the reviewers’ reports, the Department Head will assess the reports and transmit his/her recommendation to the Associate Dean (Studies). 

What is the difference between Credit standing and Aegrotat standing?

Aegrotat standing in a course is reserved for situations in which a student, who has completed and passed at least 60 per cent of the work for a course, but because of illness or other extenuating circumstances beyond his or her control, is unable to complete all the work of the course.  In this case, the student may be awarded a final estimated grade based on the work completed along with the notation “Aegrotat: Estimated grade”.  Credit standing (CR) in a course is reserved for situations in which a student, who has completed and passed all of the work of the course, including the final examination, but because of illness or other extenuating circumstances beyond his or her control, earned a substantially lower grade than might have been expected, normally a grade of C or lower. If this appeal is granted, the low grade will be removed from the transcript and replaced with CR.  A course with a CR notation will not be included in the student’s GPA but can be used as credit earned towards a Degree Program.