Athabasca University has announced that it is extending its Temporary Compassionate Grading Policy to the end of the calendar year in order to support mental health and wellness. The policy allows learners to select one course per academic year that they achieved a passing grade on and mark it with a “P” for pass on their transcript. That course is unweighted and is excluded from their overall GPA. “We recognize the impact the COVID-19 pandemic has had on our learners and understand many learners may not have been able to achieve the grade outcomes they wanted,” said Anne-Marie Scott, Deputy Provost, Academic Operations. “This policy will provide a flexible grading option to mitigate the impact of that on a learner’s GPA.” The policy will be reviewed in December to determine whether it will be extended again. Athabasca Note: Archived stories may contain dead links or be missing source links.