The University introduced an additional V grade for Semester 1 and 2, 2020, Summer 2020/2021, Semester 1, 2021 and Semester 2, 2021 (or in any non-standard teaching periods which conclude by 30th November 2021) results to ensure you don’t record a fail grade on your transcript if you unsuccessfully complete a subject.
How a V grade works
If you unsuccessfully attempt a subject, a traditional fail result will not be recorded on your transcript and your course Weighted Average Mark (WAM) will not be affected.
Instead of a traditional fail grade, you will receive a ‘V – No result recorded due to extenuating circumstances’ for the subject on your transcript.
Important things to note:
- Your subject fees will still be charged/accrue as usual – there is no automatic remission of debt for subjects that receive a fail or ‘V’.
- If the subject is a pre-requisite for another subject, you will still need to pass it before being able to progress to the follow-on subject (i.e. you will need to repeat it if you do not pass). You will need to check the Handbook to see when the subject is running again so you can plan your future enrolment.
- You may still be eligible to apply for the usual Special Consideration process if there are extenuating circumstances specific to your situation.
- A V grade will still impact the allowed period to complete your course and you may be assessed as part of the normal Academic Progress Review policy
- If the V grade subject is a core subject, you will need to reattempt the subject.
- If the V grade subject is an elective subject, you will need to either reattempt the subject or choose an alternative elective subject.
- If the V grade subject is a pre-requisite for a subject you want to take later in your course, you’ll still need to pass it before being able to take the follow-on subject (i.e. you’ll need to repeat a pre-requisite subject if you received a V grade for it).
Exceptions to receiving a V grade
- In proven cases of Academic Misconduct, an initial V or W grade may be replaced with a formal fail grade of either F or N with a mark between zero and 49.
- If you fail a clinical or industry placement subject, you may be assessed as part of the normal Academic Progress Review policy and subsequently, an initial V or W grade may be replaced with a formal fail grade of F or N with a mark between zero and 49.
Received a V grade and wondering what happens next?
To help you achieve your best, both academically and personally, we will have a number of support services available for you. Some services available to you include:
- the Academic Recovery LMS page for tips on how to achieve academic success and reach your full potential during your time at La Trobe
- Academic Recovery Workshops – register via the Academic Recovery LMS page
- academic support services, including the Learning Hubs
- Learning Hub workshops, covering themes like time management and tips for successful study habits
- a meeting with a learning advisor
- wellbeing services, including counselling and the AccessAbility Hub