Academic regulation I-13 - Distinctions

Approved by the Senate on February 28, 2017)

The University recognizes student merit by awarding many distinctions at Convocation.

Changes to distinctions cannot be made once the Senate has officially conferred degrees.

Students cannot change their graduation date or the date of their Convocation ceremony for the purpose of receiving a distinction.

The recipient of a medal or a plaque at the Fall Convocation must have a cumulative grade point average equal to or higher than that of the recipient of the same medal or plaque at the Spring Convocation.

13.1 Medals

(Approved by the Senate on February 28, 2017, and effective immediately)

 Governor General’s Gold Medals - graduate level

At the graduate level, three gold medals are awarded each year at the Spring Convocation. One is awarded to the student who has submitted the best doctoral thesis in one of the following faculties: Telfer, Arts, Social Sciences, Law or Education. The second medal is awarded to the student who has submitted the best doctoral thesis in the faculties of Science or Engineering, The third medal is awarded to the student who has submitted the best doctoral thesis in the faculties of Health Sciences or Medicine or in an interdisciplinary program.

Recipients are chosen by a Selection Committee under the authority of the Office of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies. 

Governor General's Silver Medals - undergraduate level 

At the undergraduate level, three silver medals are awarded each year to students who have obtained the highest cumulative grade point average (CGPA) (rounded to two decimal places) in an honours bachelor's or equivalent program. 

Two silver medals are awarded at the Spring Convocation, namely one in a humanities program and one in a science program. A silver medal is awarded at the Fall Convocation.

Each of the following faculties submits to the Strategic Enrollment Management (SEM) Office the name of a student who has distinguished himself or herself by the cumulative grade point average (CGPA): Arts, Common Law, Civil Law, Education, Telfer School of Management and Social Sciences (for the humanities) and Engineering, Science and Health Sciences, including the Honours Bachelor of Science in Translational and Molecular Medicine (for the sciences).

Determining the recipient in case of a tie

In case of a tie in the cumulative grade point average (CGPA) among several candidates for the Governor General’s Silver Medals, the average obtained in the compulsory courses for the completed program of study (rounded to two decimal places) is used to determine the recipient.  If there is still a tie, the recipient will be selected by the Vice-President Academic and Provost, based on the student’s academic record.

Gold and Silver University Medals - undergraduate level

Gold and silver University medals are awarded at the Spring and Fall Convocation ceremonies. One gold medal and two silver medals are awarded for each faculty to the top three students in each of the following two types of programs:

a) Honours bachelor’s 

b) Bachelor’s

To be eligible for a medal at the Fall Convocation, students must have obtained a cumulative grade point average equal to or higher than that of the recipient of the same medal at the Spring Convocation.

Determining the recipient in case of a tie

In case of a tie in the cumulative grade point average (CGPA) among several candidates for the gold and silver University medals, the average obtained in the compulsory courses for the completed program of study (rounded to two decimal places) is used to determine the recipient. If there is still a tie, the recipient will be selected by the dean of the faculty, based on the student’s academic record. 

13.2 Awards

(Approved by the Senate on December 4, 2006)

Students receiving an award at the Convocation ceremony must obtain a degree at the ceremony in question. Exceptionally, for awards conferred only once a year, the degree may be obtained at the previous Convocation, but in the same academic year (for instance, a degree may be obtained in the spring and the award conferred in the fall, but not the other way around).
 
Awards are conferred according to the criteria set out by the sponsors.

13.3 Plaques

(Approved by the Senate on February 28, 2017)

Each faculty is invited to award plaques to the best students in each of its disciplines. Plaques are awarded to students having obtained the highest cumulative grade point average (CGPA) in each of the faculty's programs. A minimum cumulative grade point average of 7.0 is required to obtain a plaque.
 
To be eligible for a plaque at the Fall Convocation, students must have obtained a cumulative grade point average equal to or higher than that of the recipient of the same plaque at the Spring Convocation.
 
In case of a tie between two or more candidates for the same distinction, the following factors help determine the recipient (in this order): the number of unitss completed, grades obtained for compulsory courses and the diploma grade point average.
 
 

13.4 Dean’s honour list

(Approved by the Senate on November 27, 2017 and effective immediately) 

Note: This regulation does not apply to the Faculties of Education, Medicine and to graduate studies programs.

The Dean’s Honour List is determined each term.

Only full-time students who have maintained a term grade point average (TGPA) of 8.5 or higher (7.5 in law programs) without any failures and who have completed at least 9 units with alphanumeric grades during the term will have their name placed on the Dean’s Honour List.

Students who are unable to complete 9 units with alphanumeric grades during the term due to their program’s requirements, but who otherwise meet the requirements stipulated in the preceding paragraph, shall also have their name placed on the Dean’s Honour List if, at the end of the term in question, they have maintained a cumulative grade point average (CGPA) of 8.5 or higher (7.5 in law programs).

Dean’s Honour List is indicated on the transcript for the term when it was awarded.

 

13.5 Citations

(Approved by the Senate on April 12, 2010)

At the six direct-entry faculties, namely the Faculty of Arts, Faculty of Engineering, Telfer School of Management, Faculty of Science, Faculty of Health Sciences and Faculty of Social Sciences, citations are awarded to students who complete the requirements  of an undergraduate degree, according to the following cumulative grade point averages:

SUMMA CUM LAUDE :          9.0 and above

MAGNA CUM LAUDE :           8.0 – 8.9

CUM LAUDE :                        7.0 – 7.9

At the Common Law and Civil Law sections of the Faculty of Law, citations are awarded according to the following cumulative grade point averages:

SUMMA CUM LAUDE :          8.5 and above

MAGNA CUM LAUDE :           8.0 – 8.4

CUM LAUDE :                        7.0 – 7.9

At the Faculty of Education, citations are awarded according to the following cumulative grade point averages:

SUMMA CUM LAUDE :           9.5 – 10.0

MAGNA CUM LAUDE :           9.0 – 9.4

CUM LAUDE :                        8.0 – 8.9

The Faculty of Medicine does not use citations.

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