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Probation FAQ

What happens if I fail a course while on probation?

If you fail a course while on probation, it will not be possible for you to meet the conditions outlined with the conditions of probation. Therefore, you will be asked to withdraw at the end of the session that includes the failure.

What happens if I choose to take time off?

That would be a good idea if you are still having difficulties. When you return, you will be on probation for 12 months (or at least 3 courses) but you should be in a better position to meet the requirements at that time.

What happens after Meeting Conditions of Probation?

You will be in good standing and eligible to continue under normal course load requirements as long as your cumulative average at the end of each session is at least 60%. (Note: In some cases that means earning higher grades in the next session to ensure your cumulative average is sufficient.)

Is there anything I can do to prepare for my Academic Counselling Consultation?

To prepare for your consultation, please review your program and choose courses that you would like to take next year. Keep in mind that you must include any missing first year requirements in your program before taking a full load of senior courses. The Academic Counsellor will review your progress toward your degree and confirm that your selection is appropriate for your program.

Before you talk to the Counsellor, it is important to think about why your average last session was less than the standard for progression “in good standing.” How might any difficulties encountered last year be addressed? You can discuss your academic goals and your plans for improving your performance in the future with the Academic Counsellor. If appropriate, the Counsellor may refer you to other campus deparments, such as the Student Development Centre (SDC), for help with specific concerns, including study skills, personal issues, or career information.