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Student guidelines

General overview

These guidelines will assist you in being successful in Communication courses and programs.

You are required to attend the first meeting of the classes in which you are registered. You must notify your instructors in advance if you are unable to attend. You are responsible for meeting other attendance requirements specified by your instructors. For more information see UFV Policy: 62 Attendance.

  • You will be permitted to register for audit only if there is space remaining after credit students have had an opportunity to register.
  • Your instructor will specify expectation for a successful audit.
  • If an instructor allows you to change from credit to audit status, you must register for course audit through the Office of the Registrar no later than 30% of the course duration.

For complete information on auditing refer to the UFV Policy: 108 Course Audit.

You may formally declare a minor only after you have completed at least thirty credits in your program with a minimum of a 2.00 CGPA on all credits attempted, provided that you have also met the declaration requirements of the subject discipline. You can complete your formal declaration by seeing an Arts advisor.

All Communication and Critical Study Methodology courses are graded using UFV Policy: 101 Grading System‌.

A+ 90–100
A 85–89
A- 80–84
B+ 77–79
B 73–76
B- 70–72
C+ 67–69
C 63–66
C- 60–62
D 50–59
F < 50 (fail)

Grade Point Average

It is the policy of the University to calculate the Grade Point Average (GPA). The GPA will be recorded on the official transcript.

A+        4.33
A 4.0 — Excellent
A- 3.67
B+ 3.33
B 3.0 — Above Average
B- 2.67
C+ 2.33
C 2.0 — Average
C- 1.67
D 1.0 — Below Average
F 0.0 — No Credit (Fail)

— Course withdrawal prior to 40% duration of course. Not shown on official transcript
W* — Course withdrawal on or after 40% duration of course
AU* — Audit
*Not included in calculation of the GPA

Prerequisite Grades

A "D" grade does not, unless otherwise stated, permit a student to pursue another course for which the graded course was a prerequisite. A student may find it difficult to obtain transfer credit for a "D" grade. A minimum grade of C- is needed for prerequisite courses.


Plagiarism and Intellectual Honesty

UFV's policy on plagiarism is described in the UFV Policy: 70 Student Conduct‌.

Plagiarism is considered a serious breach of student conduct. Students should be aware that UFV has policies regarding academic dishonesty, including plagiarism and cheating. The policy defines plagiarism as follows:

  • Plagiarism occurs when a student presents work or data as original when part, or whole, was written or composed by someone other than the student.
  • Plagiarism occurs when paragraphs, phrases, sentences, or ideas within the work are taken from another source without referencing or citing the author.

When an instructor has evidence a student has cheated or plagiarize, he or she is entitled to assign a score of zero with the first incident, and to issue a written notice that any further incident will result in a course withdrawal. Should plagiarism or cheating re-occur, the student will be required to withdraw formally from the course.

Intellectual Honesty

The term "intellectual honesty" is broader in scope than "plagiarism," and means that all assignments that you present as yours — whether they include research, writing, or speaking — are entirely your own work. Research sources must be acknowledged fully and completely, using the appropriate citation method. Please be aware that you may be asked to produce your rough notes and drafts for assignments.

How Does This Affect You?

Your mark in Communication courses is based on the work you do over the term. It is important that you submit your own work. You may not submit work:

  • Copied from a book, article or online source.
  • Copied from online discussion postings.
  • That has been submitted for credit in another course.
  • That has been done by a friend or relative.
  • That has been written by a tutor or professional writer.


Please refer to the Office of the Registrar's dates and deadlines for semester withdrawal dates.

Prerequisites are requirements needed prior to, or concurrent with, your registration in a course. A prerequisite refers to a specific course (or other requirement) that you must complete successfully prior to registration. A minimum grade of C- is required.

Learn more about prerequisites and corequisites at UFV.

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