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For students

The Policy on Assessment of Student Learning (PASL) will come into effect
in Fall 2024!

What does PASL mean for me as a student? 

Central to the Policy on Assessment of Student Learning (PASL) is the idea that assessment should support student learning. This means that assessment should be used to help further your understanding of course content, and assess how effectively your learning of knowledge, skills, and values fulfills the course learning outcomes, rather than how you measure up against your peers.

PASL takes a less exam-centric approach to assessment. This means you could be assigned different kinds of assessment tasks that support the learning outcomes of the course.

PASL specifies that your instructors must clearly communicate their expectations to you about what you need to do to succeed at the assessment tasks. You can also expect to learn more about the details of how assignments will be assessed, which promotes equity, fairness, and consistency.

The Policy also includes some flexibility for instructors to make changes to assessment tasks, offer a choice of alternative tasks, and provide for reasonable accommodation of student needs.

Underpinning PASL is a University-wide commitment to align assessment practices with healthy teaching and learning environments that are key to your well-being and academic success. 
Unlike USAP (the current University Student Assessment Policy), PASL has a clear process for contesting assessment practices that do not respect the Policy. PASL outlines who to contact, how and when to do so, and when you can expect an answer.


Coming soon! Once we move closer to the Policy implementation date, we’ll be sharing more information on your rights and responsibilities under PASL. 

Related resources

Student Wellness Hub

Wellness is a central tenet of PASL.

Learn more about wellness and find resources to support your physical and mental well-being at the Student Wellness Hub.

Charter of Students’ Rights 

Do you know your rights as a McGill student?

Delve into the details of the Charter of Students’ Rights | Charte des droits de l’étudiant

Academic integrity

Integrity and honesty in assessments are key to upholding high academic standards.

Learn more about academic integrity and find resources to help you avoid dishonest work.

Office of the Dean of Students 

The Office of the Dean of Students plays a central role in upholding student rights and responsibilities and can facilitate solutions to problems and/or refer students to support services.


If you have questions about a particular situation or think a policy may have been applied unfairly, contact the Ombudsperson for confidential and impartial dispute resolution services.

Student Grievance Procedures

If you believe that your rights have been infringed upon, you may apply to the Senate Committee on Student Grievances.
See the Code of Student Grievance Procedures | Code de procédure pour le règlement des griefs étudiants


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Podcast aims to shift the conversation on assessment and well-being

Get some inspiration on improving well-being with the Teach.Learn Share podcast. Learn more.

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Help to spread the word about PASL!

Find promotional resources including an infographic slide, a poster, and an email signature to share with students and colleagues. Learn more.

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New resource! Examples of assessment tools

Find a bank of example rubrics and other assessment tools used by McGill instructors that you can adapt to your course context. Learn more.




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New podcast!

Tune in to Teach.Learn.Share, our podcast miniseries on assessment and well-being. Over five episodes, we invite you to join our conversations with members of the McGill community. Every episode will include concrete assessment strategies and calls to action to foster healthy learning environments.

What’s an assignment that really helped you learn?

Hear from students about the kinds of assignments they feel support their learning in this video series.

As part of this project, we surveyed students on their perceptions of learning and compiled assessment strategies for instructors.

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