Academic Standing

Academic Standing is determined by your Sessional Academic Average at the end of each Winter and Summer Session. One of three Academic Standings is assigned as a result of a Sessional Academic Evaluation: Good Standing, Academic Probation, or Failed Year. All students are in Good Standing when first admitted to the Faculty.

Academic Standing and Promotion Requirements are outlined in the Academic Calendar: Academic Regulations

Year LevelSessional AverageAcademic Standing at the Time of EvaluationResulting Academic StandingPromotion Status
160% or moreAny StandingGood StandingEligible to continue; eligible for Year 2*
150% - 54.9%Not ProbationAcademic ProbationEligible to continue; not eligible for Year 2
155% - 59.9%Not ProbationAcademic ProbationEligible to continue; eligible for Year 2*
150% - 59.9%ProbationFailed YearRequired to discontinue
1Less than 50%Any StandingFailed YearRequired to discontinue
2-555% or moreAny StandingGood StandingEligible to continue**
2-550% - 54.9%Not ProbationAcademic ProbationEligible to continue**
2-550% - 54.9%ProbationFailed YearRequired to discontinue
2-5Less than 50%Any StandingFailed YearRequired to discontinue
* Students must successfully complete a minimum of 27 credits of the first year program before being permitted to continue to Year 2.
**Students must successfully complete a minimum of 80% of the credits required for year levels 2 and higher before being permitted to continue to the next year level.
**Note that additional registration restrictions may apply. See Communication Requirement.

A student with a second assigned Failed Standing will be required to withdraw from the University. See Advancement Regulations.

You will be notified by email of your academic standing when your Sessional Academic Evaluation is complete. Details about Academic Probation, the terms of the probation, and the steps you need to take to return to 'Good Standing' will be outlined in the email.

From the Academic Calendar:

Students who are on Probation in Year 1, i.e., with a sessional average between 50% and 59.9%, must achieve a sessional average of 60% or greater in an approved schedule of courses during their next registered Winter Session in order to return to Good Standing. Students must meet with an Engineering Student Services Advisor to establish an appropriate schedule of courses, which must be approved by the Director of Engineering Student Services or designate.

Students who are on Probation in Year 2 or higher, i.e., with a sessional average between 50% and 54.9%, must achieve a sessional average of 55% or greater in an approved schedule of courses during their next registered Winter Session in order to return to Good Standing. Students must meet with a Faculty Advisor to establish an appropriate schedule of courses, which must be approved by the Program Director/Department Head or designate.

You will be notified by email of your academic standing when your Sessional Academic Evaluation is complete.

Current Students

Currently BASc students whose most recent academic standing is "Failed Year, Required to Discontinue" or "Failed Year, Required to Withdraw" may submit an appeal using the Permission to Continue Following a Failed Year Form to request permission to continue their studies.

Not all appeals will be successful. You are encouraged to have an alternate plan if you are seeking readmission in a future year. An alternate plan may include one of the following:

  • If you are in first-year, completing 30 relevant credits at another university or college, e.g. those institutions offering an Engineering Transfer Program
  • Completing one year of relevant technical work if no additional coursework can be found
  • Some combination of relevant academic study and engineering related work experience which demonstrates high potential to have success in the program

Preparing Your Appeal

  • Clearly and concisely report any circumstances which negatively affected your academic performance
  • Identify supports that have been used to address the extenuating circumstances
  • Identify a detailed action plan that you will use to overcome these circumstances and ensure academic success going forward
  • Provide relevant documentation in support of the grounds for your appeal

Ensure all relevant information is included in your statement of appeal at the time of submission.

Supporting Documentation

There is no limit to the number of supporting documents, however they should be directly related to the circumstances and in support of your appeal. An example of acceptable supporting documentation would be medical notes.

Where there are discrepancies between what is stated on this page and the Academic Calendar, the information in the Academic Calendar is considered to be most accurate