Learning about your academic status
Academic Status (as outlined in the Academic Calendar)
A student’s academic status is determined by a session average and/or by a cumulative average (see below). The initial assessment average is calculated at the end of the academic session in which students have completed a minimum of three full-course equivalents for which grades have been assigned. Thereafter, the cumulative and session averages are calculated at the end of each academic session. Transfer credits are not included in the cumulative average or assessment average.
The session average includes all courses in the current session (Fall/Winter or Summer) for which a grade has been assigned.
The cumulative average includes all courses for which a grade has been assigned and excludes lower grades of courses that have been repeated. Cumulative average is used for the purposes of determining a student’s eligibility to graduate and for the President’s and Dean’s Honour Rolls.
Categories of Academic Status
There are five categories of academic status: (1) Good Standing; (2) Probation; (3) Conditional Probation; (4) Academic Suspension; and (5) Suspension—Academic Dishonesty.
1. Good Standing
Students are in Good Standing if their cumulative average is at least 60%.
Students are placed on Probation if their cumulative average is 50–59.9% or if they are returning from Academic Suspension.
Upon the next academic assessment, students will:
a) continue on Probation if their cumulative average is 50–59.9% and their session average is above 49.9%;
b) have their Probation lifted if their cumulative average is 60% or higher; or
c) be placed on Academic Suspension (see below) if their cumulative average OR session average is less than 50%.
3. Conditional Probation
Students who are accepted into the Fresh Start Program after being granted a petition against suspension by the Committee on Undergraduate Petitions will have an academic status of Conditional Probation for one calendar year. The student’s status will be reviewed at the conclusion of each session (August for Summer courses, April for Fall/Winter courses). Students must achieve a minimum session average of at least 50% for courses completed in the Summer session (if applicable) and the Fall/Winter session or Suspension will be reimposed. If at the end of the Conditional Probation year the cumulative average is above 49.9% but less than 60%, Probation is in effect (see 2 above).
4. Academic Suspension
Students are suspended from the University if their cumulative average is less than 50%. Students who had been on Probation are suspended if their session average OR their cumulative average is less than 50% upon the next academic assessment.
- First Academic Suspension: Students are suspended from the University for one calendar year.
- Second Academic Suspension: If a student is suspended a second time, the student will be suspended from the University for one calendar year (a second time).
- Debarment: If a student is suspended a third time, the student will be debarred from the University for a minimum of three calendar years.
For readmission to the University after a second Academic Suspension or Debarment, students must provide persuasive evidence that they are ready and able to complete a degree program (see Readmission, p. 287).
5. Suspension—Academic Dishonesty
Students may be placed on suspension by the dean for repeated violations of the Academic Integrity Policy (see Academic Integrity Policy, p. 301). Appeals of the dean’s decision should be made to the Special Appeals Committee. Students seeking clarification on the appeals process may consult an academic advisor or seek advice from faculty members. There is no time limit to reopen a grade in a case of academic dishonesty.