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Wilfrid Laurier University Faculty of Science
July 30, 2014
 
 
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Academic Probation



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What is Academic Probation?

An undergraduate student (registered in an Honours or General degree program) is placed on academic probation, in a general degree program (BA or BSc) without designation, when they achieve a cumulative grade point average (GPA) between 2.00 (D) and 3.99 (on a minimum of 4.0 credit attempts. Students enrolled in Honours BA or BSc programs are excluded from progressing in an Honours program while on probation.

How does Academic Probation affect my studies?

If you are placed on Academic Probation, you may continue to study at Laurier for 4.0 more credit attempts before your status is assessed again. An undergraduate student (registered in an Honours or General degree program) is placed on academic probation, in a general degree program (BA or BSc) without designation, when they achieve a cumulative grade point average (GPA) between 2.00 (D) and 3.99 (on a minimum of 4.0 credit attempts. Students enrolled in Honours BA or BSc programs are excluded from progressing in an Honours program while on probation.

In order to clear probation, a student must raise their cumulative GPA to at least 4.00 (C-) by the end of the probationary period, which will extend to the end of the term (May, June, August, December) in which they complete a fourth credit attempt after being placed on probation. The cumulative GPA calculated to determine whether or not the student has cleared probation, will include all (be there more than 4.0) credits completed by the end of the probationary period.

A student who fails to clear probation after completing 4.0 credits will be required to withdraw from the university.

Are there any Exceptions?

A student who has been placed on probation and who at the end of the probationary period obtains a GPA of at least 5.00 (C) on a minimum of 4.0 credits taken after being placed on probation, but whose cumulative GPA is less than 4.0, will have until the end of an additional probationary period to raise the cumulative GPA to 4.00

What Happens When I Clear Probation?

Once probation is cleared, you will return to regular student status. However, if your overall G.P.A. falls below a 4.00 after probation has been cleared, you will be required to withdraw from the university. 

For information on re-entry into your Honours program please contact an Academic Advisor: Faculty of Science.

What Courses Should I Take While on Probation?

When a student is on probation, it is especially important to make wise decisions about courses selection. Students on probation should also carefully evaluate their standing in each course before the deadline to drop a course without academic penalty (see Academic Dates). Students on probation may not cross-register in courses at the University of Waterloo, nor attend another university on a Letter of Permission

Please consult an Academic Advisor: Faculty of Science regarding course selection while on probation.

Should I attempt a full course load while on probation?

It is recommended that a student reduce their course load per term to a maximum of four 0.5-credit courses (or equivalent) during the probationary period to allow themselves to commit more time to each course.

Please note that students starting probation as of May 2013 will be limited to a maximum of four 0.5-credit courses (or equivalent) per term while on probation (based on recent Senate approval of a policy to restrict students on probation in the Faculty of Arts and Faculty of Science, to a maximum of 2.0 full-credits (four 0.5-credit courses) per term, effective September 1, 2012.)

Students enrolled in general degree programs who are on academic probation require written permission from the Associate Dean: Student Services to take more than five 0.5-credit courses (or equivalent) in any given term.

Repeating Courses

One strategy for improving your overall GPA is to repeat the courses that you feel you can most improve on.  It is strongly recommend that you consult with an Academic Advisor: Faculty of Science regarding which repeat classes will be most effective in achieving your academic goals.

When a course is repeated the grade received in the last attempt will be used to calculate your GPA. Students in degree programs may repeat up to a maximum of 2.0 credits. When a course is repeated, the first attempt will remain on your transcript. No course may be attempted more than twice.

Seek Academic Advising

We are concerned about your academic performance and want to see your succeed in your studies at Laurier. Take a proactive role in your education by meeting with the Academic Advisor: Faculty of Science throughout your probationary period.

Support Services

We recognize that student academic success is based on a variety of factors. We encourage you to connect with multiple student support services as needed. These are free services available on campus.

Suggested Support Services include: