Policies & Resources

Important Departmental & University Policies

This page contains policies for courses and programs offered by the Department of Anatomy & Cell Biology.  Review this information carefully and speak with your course instructor, the ACB Undergraduate Program Advisor or your Science advisor at SOUSA if you have any questions.

Departmental Grading Policy

The Department of Anatomy & Cell Biology will NOT revise/upgrade marks except on sound academic grounds. Once computed, the marks in a course will NOT be altered/increased arbitrarily. Decimal points will be “rounded off” as follows: if the final aggregate mark is computed to be 79.5%, the mark will be reported as 80% (an A-); a final aggregate mark of 79.4% will be reported as 79% (a B+). These marks are FINAL and non-negotiable.

Departmental Midterm Exam/In-Course Assessment Deferral Policy

A midterm exam or other in-course assessment (i.e. quiz, assignment, paper, etc.) in a course administered by the Department of Anatomy & Cell Biology may only be deferred in the case of a justified absence due to serious illness or significant extenuating circumstances AND when valid documentation1 is received by the Course Coordinator within FIVE working days of the original midterm exam or due date.

If the deferral request is accepted by the Course Coordinator, students may be offered one or both of the accommodations below, depending on the grading structure of the course:

a) Add the weight of the midterm exam/in-course assessment to the final exam or another course component
b) Write a deferred midterm exam/submit a deferred assessment which will be scheduled/due within 10 days of the original midterm exam/due date2

1. Valid documentation includes:

  • A medical note, dated and signed by a licensed healthcare professional clearly indicating: the name of the student, the date that the student was seen, the date(s) that they were unable to attend school/complete a midterm exam/submit an in-course assessment due to illness which must include the original midterm exam or due date.
  • Documentation regarding serious extenuating circumstances such as an obituary or other relevant notice/letter
  • A fully completed and signed PDF iconStudent Self-Declaration Form (to be used only when no other supporting documentation is available and only for courses administered by the Department of Anatomy & Cell Biology)

2. This option is only required in cases where adding the weight of the midterm/assessment to the final exam would make the final written exam worth more than 75% (Article 6.1.3, Student Assessment Policy)

Please note:

  • Students who have already written a midterm or submitted an in-course assessment may NOT request a deferral (Article 3.4.5, Student Assessment Policy)
  • In cases of incidental illness (e.g., a cold, headache, nausea, etc.) which affects a student’s study time but where the student was recovered on the day of the assessment, a deferral will NOT be granted.
Departmental Policy on Requests for Substitute Biologically-Oriented Courses (Effective Fall 2020)
  • All Biologically-Oriented Course (BOC) substitutions must be approved in advance. Retroactive requests will NOT be considered.
  • A maximum of 6 credits of program courses can come from approved course substitutions.
  • Requests will only be considered for 400 and 500-level courses which are biologically-oriented, offered by the Faculty of Science, and related to the Anatomy & Cell Biology program.
  • Requests must include the reason why the student thinks the course is an appropriate substitute and an explanation of how this course will fit within the student’s program/career goals (i.e. related to their ANAT 432 project, related to course X and Y which they are also taking, prerequisite for a graduate/professional program, allows the student to learn a specific skill or topic not available within the BOCs, etc.).
  • Send requests by email to undergradadvisor.acb [at] mcgill.ca, include the most recent syllabus for the requested course, and allow at least a week for the request to be reviewed and answered (i.e. don’t wait until the last day of the Add/Drop period to make a request, as it may not be possible to review it in time).

Please note:

  • No substitute course requests are accepted for Advanced Anatomy Courses (AAC), only those courses on the approved AAC list will count towards the Anatomy & Cell Biology program requirements.
  • Students in the ACB Liberal program can count any of the courses on the BOC (and AAC) lists for the ACB Major and Honours programs without needing special approval.

University Policy on Reassessments and Rereads

Final Examinations: Reassessments and Rereads

In accordance with the Charter of Students' Rights, and subject to its stated conditions, you have the right to consult any written submission for which you have received a grade. You also have the right to discuss this submission with the examiner. If you want to have a formal final examination reread, you must apply in writing:


  • via Service Point if you are a student in the Faculty of Arts or the Faculty of Science.

You should check with that office regarding application deadlines for formal rereads.

Taken from Programs, Courses and University Regulations 2022-2023 (last updated Jan. 26, 2023).

Reassessments and Rereads: Faculties of Arts and Science (including B.A .& Sc.)

There are two recognized types of impartial reviews: reassessments and rereads:

  • reassessment of coursework completed during the term (term papers, mid-terms, assignments, quizzes, etc.)
  • reread of a final exam

In both cases, rather than recorrect the work and then grade it as they would have done themselves, reviewers assess the appropriateness of the original grade based, for example, on the application of the grading key to the student's work. If a grade is deemed unfair, it is changed, whether the new grade is higher or lower than the original, i.e., the reviewer's grade takes precedence over the original grade.

Reassessment of Coursework

These reassessments are administered and conducted solely by the units involved according to procedures specified by the units and made available to staff and students. Requests for such reassessments must be made within 10 working days after the graded material(s) has been made available for students to view. Reassessments should normally be completed within 20 working days of the request.

Rereads of Final Examinations

Deadlines to request final exam rereads:

  • March 31 for courses in the Fall term
  • September 30 for courses in the Winter and Summer terms

Exam reread fees apply; refer to the Student Accounts website for fee amounts and information.

For students pursuing a Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Science, or Bachelor of Arts & Science:

  • Requests for a final exam reread must be made via Service Point;
  • It is strongly recommended, but not required, that you consult with the instructor of the course before requesting a reread of a final exam.

Students from outside the Faculties of Arts or Science who are taking a course administered by the Faculty of Arts or Science must submit final exam reread requests directly to the Student Affairs Office of their Faculty for approval.

Reassessments and rereads in courses not in the Faculties of Arts and Science are subject to the deadlines, rules, and regulations of their relevant faculties.

Taken from Programs, Courses and University Regulations 2022-2023 (last updated Jan. 26, 2023).
University Student Assessment Policy

University Student Assessment Policy

The University Student Assessment Policy includes all disparate policies with regard to all types of student assessments. This policy is meant to protect students from excessive workloads, and to ensure that all students are treated equally.

This policy applies to undergraduate and graduate courses offered by the University that are evaluated by any form of assessment. Except where otherwise indicated, this policy applies to all faculties, including those which administer their own examinations.

You can consult the policy on the Secretariat website.

Taken from Programs, Courses and University Regulations 2022-2023 (last updated Jan. 26, 2023).

Student Resources

SOUSA (Science advisors and BSc degree information/regulations)

Key academic dates (Add/Drop dates, withdrawal deadlines, etc)

Student Wellness Hub (Access to all health and wellness services available to students)

Local Wellness Advisor (Wellness support for students in the Faculty of Science, including one-on-one appointments and group programming)

Student Services (Scholarships and Student Aid, Career Planning Service, etc.)

Family Care Hub (Resources for those with child and family care responsibilities)

Learning Resources from TLS (Workshops, How I Learn Best, Learning in your 2nd Language, etc.)

Academic Success Workshops (Note-Taking Strategies, the Art of Taking Exams, Skills for Time Management, etc.)

Learning Strategies from Tutorial Services (Resources on topics such as test taking, time management and remote learning)

McGill Writing Centre (Writing courses and 7 hours of free writing tutoring each semester)

MACSS (ACB undergraduate students' society)

Undergraduate Research for BSc students (396 Research Project courses, NSERC/SURA funding, etc.)

Jobs in Research (Information and job postings compiled by CAPS)

AFMC Medical School Admissions Requirements guide (Information on Canadian medical school requirements from the Association of Faculties of Medicine of Canada)

Unofficial Guide to Canadian Medical School (Written and researched by current students in Canadian medical schools)

MedSpecs (SSMU club for students interested in exploring medical careers)

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