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Academic Standing

NOTE: ALL ACADEMIC STANDING INFORMATION BELOW APPLIES TO CAREER AND PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMS ONLY.

Academic Standing for Certificate Programs

  • A minimum grade of C is required in all courses in a program, with the exception that a grade of D is allowed in one elective course if it is not a prerequisite to other courses to be taken in the program.
  • A maximum of three (3) unsatisfactory grades is permitted on a student’s record (excluding supplemental examinations). An unsatisfactory grade is a grade of F, J or D in required courses, and a grade of F, J or more than one D in elective courses. Even if an unsatisfactory grade is improved after a supplemental examination, the original grade remains on the student’s record and counts towards the total number of unsatisfactory grades.
  • Students who have more than three (3) unsatisfactory grades on their record will be required to withdraw from the program and will not be permitted to register in other courses or programs in the Department.
To graduate, students must complete all program requirements with a Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA) of at least 2.0, which will be computed over all courses taken in the program (including supplemental examinations and unsatisfactory grades, but excluding corequisite courses). If a student’s CGPA falls below 2.0, the student may be asked to withdraw.

Academic Standing for Independent (Special) Students (Undergraduate Programs)

Independent (special) students, although not formally registered in a program, are expected to demonstrate seriousness of academic purpose. Independent (special) students must complete all courses with a grade of C or better, including corequisite and prerequisite courses. A maximum of three grades lower than C (in any course offered through the Department of Career and Professional Development) is permitted on a student’s record. Grades below C include D (a conditional, non-continuation pass), F (a failure) and J (unexcused absence/failed).

Independent (special) students are permitted to repeat the same course only once. Independent (special) students who accumulate more than three grades below C in the Department and/or whose CGPA falls below 2.0 will not be permitted to register in other courses in the Department. Please note that even if a grade is improved by repeating a course, the original grade remains on the student’s record and counts towards the total number of unsatisfactory grades.

Academic Standing for Diploma Programs

  • Students must complete all courses with a minimum passing grade of B-. This includes all required courses, elective courses, corequisite courses, prerequisite courses and courses outside a student’s program of study. Students will be allowed to fail no more than two courses.
  • On the third failure, students will be asked to withdraw from the program immediately.
  • An unsatisfactory grade is deemed to be any grade below that of a B-. Please note that even if an unsatisfactory grade is improved by repeating a course, the original grade remains on the student’s record and counts towards the total number of unsatisfactory grades.

Students have a maximum of four years to complete a Diploma Program.

Academic Standing for Graduate Certificates

  • Students must complete all courses with a minimum passing grade of B-.
  • Students will be permitted a maximum of one (1) failure. On the second failure, students will be asked to withdraw from the program immediately.
  • An unsatisfactory grade is deemed to be any grade below that of a B-. Please note that even if an unsatisfactory grade is improved by repeating a course, the original grade remains on the student’s record and counts towards the total number of unsatisfactory grades.

Students have a maximum of two years to complete a Graduate Certificate in Management.

Academic Standing for Independent (Special) Students (Graduate Programs)

Independent (Special) Students must complete all courses, including corequisite and prerequisite courses, with a minimum passing grade of B-. Students will be permitted a maximum of two unsatisfactory grades on their academic record. Students who obtain three unsatisfactory grades will be asked to withdraw from the Department immediately. An unsatisfactory grade is deemed to be any grade below that of a B-. Please note that even if an unsatisfactory grade is improved by repeating a course, the original grade remains on the student’s record and counts towards the total number of unsatisfactory grades.

Note: Students who have failed to comply with the minimum standards set by the Career and Professional Department may not continue in their program and will have their registration cancelled. Once a student is asked to withdraw, he/she will not be permitted to register in other courses or programs in the Department, nor will they be permitted to exercise deferral privileges for the following term.

The School of Continuing Studies affirms the right of students to dispute substantive or procedural academic matters, including decisions about the student’s continuation in a program; or concerning any other decision with respect to the application of academic regulations and requirements to a student. A formal academic appeal must be made in writing directly to the Career and Professional Development Appeal Committee. This request must be accompanied by supporting documents which substantiate reinstatement.