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Academic Standing

Academic Standing

Academic Standing is based primarily on your cumulative grade point average (CGPA), but may also be affected by your term grade point average (TGPA). Academic Standing is assessed in January for the Fall term, in May for the Winter term, and in September for the Summer term. Academic Standing in each term determines whether you will be allowed to continue your studies in the next term and whether any conditions will be attached to your registration.

Decisions about Academic Standing in the Fall term are based only on grades that are available in January. Grades for courses in which you have deferred examinations and Fall-term grades for courses that span the Fall and Winter terms do not affect your Academic Standing for the Fall term, even though they will ultimately affect your Fall TGPA. Therefore, Academic Standings for the Fall term are designated as "Interim". Interim Standing decisions are mentioned below only if the rules for them differ from those for regular Standing decisions.

If you are not in Satisfactory Standing, you are strongly advised to consult with Naomi Neuburger or Heather McCombie in the BCom Student Affairs Office about your course selection before the withdrawal deadlines.

Satisfactory/Interim Satisfactory Standing

Satisfactory/Interim Satisfactory Standing

If you are in Satisfactory Standing, you may continue in your program.

  • New students are admitted to Satisfactory Standing.
  • Students with a CGPA of 2.00 or greater are in Satisfactory Standing.

Probationary/Interim Probationary Standing

Probationary/Interim Probationary Standing

If you are in Probationary Standing, you may continue in your program, but must carry a reduced load (maximum 14 credits per term) and raise your TGPA and CGPA to return to Satisfactory Standing (see above). You should see your student adviser to discuss your course selection.

If you are in Interim Probationary Standing, you may continue in your program, but should evaluate your course load and reduce it as appropriate. You are strongly advised to consult with your student adviser, before the withdrawal deadlines, about your course selection for the Winter term.

  • If you were previously in Satisfactory Standing, you will be placed in Probationary Standing if your CGPA falls between 1.50 and 1.99.
  • If you were previously in Probationary Standing, you will remain in Probationary Standing if your CGPA falls between 1.50 and 1.99 and your TGPA is 2.50 or higher (although the TGPA requirement will not apply to the Summer term).
  • If you were previously in Interim Unsatisfactory Standing, you will be placed in Probationary Standing if your CGPA falls between 1.50 and 1.99 and your TGPA is 2.50 or higher.
  • If you were previously in Unsatisfactory Standing and you were readmitted to the BCom program by the Director, you will be placed in Probationary Standing if your CGPA is lower than 2.00. To remain in the program, you must satisfy the relevant conditions specified in your letter of readmission.

Unsatisfactory Readmitted Standing

Unsatisfactory Readmitted Standing

If you were previously in Unsatisfactory Standing and you were readmitted to the BCom program by the Director, you will have your Standing changed to Unsatisfactory Readmitted Standing. You course load is specified in your letter of readmission, as are the conditions you must meet to be allowed to continue in your program. You should see your student adviser to discuss your course selection.

Unsatisfactory/Interim Unsatisfactory Standing

Unsatisfactory/Interim Unsatisfactory Standing

If you are in Interim Unsatisfactory Standing, you may continue in your program, but should evaluate your course load and reduce it as appropriate. You are strongly advised to consult a student adviser, before the withdrawal deadlines, about your course selection for the Winter term.

If you are in Unsatisfactory Standing, you have failed to meet the minimum standards set by the Faculty. You may not continue in your program, and your registration will be cancelled.

Appeals for readmission by students in Unsatisfactory Standing should be addressed to the Director, BCom program, no later than July 15 for readmission to the Fall term and November 15 for the Winter term. Readmission will be considered only when proof of extenuating circumstances that affected academic performance can be provided (i.e., medical or other documentation) along with reassurances of future improvement. If you are in Unsatisfactory Standing for the second time, you must withdraw permanently.

  • You will be placed in Unsatisfactory Standing (Winter or Summer term) or Interim Unsatisfactory Standing (Fall term) if your CGPA falls or remains below 1.50.
  • If you were previously in Probationary, Unsatisfactory Readmitted, or Interim Unsatisfactory Standing, you will be placed in Unsatisfactory Standing if your TGPA falls below 2.50 and your CGPA is below 2.00.
  • If you were previously in Unsatisfactory Standing and you were readmitted to the BCom program by the Director and you have not at least satisfied the conditions to attain Probationary Standing that were specified in your letter of readmission, you will be placed in Unsatisfactory Standing.

Incomplete Standings

Incomplete Standings

Standing awaits deferred exam.

Standing Incomplete

If you have an Incomplete Standing in the Winter or Summer term, you may register for the Fall term, but your Standing must be resolved by the end of the add/drop period for that term. If your Incomplete Standing changes to Satisfactory, Probationary, or Interim Unsatisfactory Standing, you may continue in the program. If your Standing changes to Unsatisfactory Standing, you may not continue in your program, and your registration will be cancelled.

If your Standing changes to Unsatisfactory and you wish to ask for permission to continue in your program, you must meet with Heather McCombie as soon as you are placed in Unsatisfactory Standing. Readmission will be considered only when proof of extenuating circumstances that affected academic performance can be provided (i.e., medical or other documentation) along with reassurances of future improvement.

Desautels Faculty of Management—2012-2013 (last updated Mar. 19, 2012) (disclaimer)