Academic regulation I-13 - Distinctions

(Approved by the Senate on September 23, 2019 - effective immediately)

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

Academic distinctions are not awarded for certificates since a certificate is not a degree.

A medal or a plaque is awarded at the Fall Convocation to a student who has obtained a cumulative grade point average equal to or higher than that of the recipient of the same medal or plaque at the Spring Convocation.

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

No decision regarding distinctions can be retroactively modified as a result of a repeated course or of an academic reset request.

Once the Senate has officially conferred degrees, awarded distinctions cannot be revoked.

13.1 Medals

(Approved by the Senate on January 20, 2020 and effective May 1, 2020)

Note: At the undergraduate level, students must have completed a minimum of 60 units in a program of studies to be eligible for a Governor General or University medal.

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 average of class averages of all the courses on the transcript is calculated for each candidate. The candidate with the lowest class average will be the recipient of the medal since he or she is deemed to have had the harder set of courses. 

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 average of class averages of all the courses on the transcript is calculated for each candidate. The candidate with the lowest class average will be the recipient of the medal since he or she is deemed to have had the harder set of courses.

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 January 20, 2020 and effective May 1, 2020)

Note: At the undergraduate level, students must have completed a minimum of 60 units in a program of studies to be eligible for a plaque.

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 7.00 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 in the cumulative grade point average (CGPA) among several candidates eligible for a plaque, 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 average of class averages of all the courses on the transcript is calculated for each candidate. The candidate with the lowest class average will be the recipient of the plaque since he or she is deemed to have had the harder set of courses.

13.4 Dean’s honour list

(Approved by the Senate on January 20, 2020 and effective on May 1, 2020)

Note: This regulation does not apply to the Faculty of Education, Graduate studies programs, or the Faculty of Medicine, except for its undergraduate program in Translational and Molecular Medicine (TMM). 

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 names 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 requirements, but who otherwise meet the requirements stipulated in the preceding paragraph, will also have their names 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).

Students who have a reduced course load approved by the Student Academic Success Service that recognizes they cannot be registered full time for medical reasons, but have maintained, at the end of the term in question, a cumulative grade point average (CGPA) of 8.5 or higher (7.5 in law programs), will also have their names placed on the Dean’s Honours List.

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

 

13.5 Citations

(Approved by the Senate on October 22, 2018, effective January 2019)

In the Faculties of Arts, Engineering, Science, Health Sciences, Social Sciences, Telfer School of Management and the Honours Bachelor of Science in Translational and Molecular Medicine offered by the Faculty of Medicine, citations are awarded to students who complete the requirements of an undergraduate degree, according to the following cumulative grade point averages:

SUMMA CUM LAUDE:          9.00 – 10

MAGNA CUM LAUDE:          8.00 – 8.99

CUM LAUDE:                        7.00 – 7.99

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:          8.50 – 10

MAGNA CUM LAUDE:          8.00 – 8.49

CUM LAUDE:                        7.00 – 7.99

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

SUMMA CUM LAUDE:           9.50 – 10

MAGNA CUM LAUDE:           9.00 – 9.49

CUM LAUDE:                          8.00 – 8.99

The Faculty of Medicine does not use citations, with the exception of the Honours Bachelor of Science in Translational and Molecular Medicine.

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