Academic Standing

Dean's Honour List

All full-time undergraduate students registered in a Faculty of study who completed a minimum of 4.0 credits during the previous academic year (May to April) and earned an average of 80% or more with no failed courses will be named to the Dean's Honour List.

Part-time undergraduate students may qualify for the list each time they accumulate a new set of at least 5.0 consecutive credits and earn 80% with no failed courses within that set.

Full-time or part-time graduating undergraduate students who attained Dean's Honour List standing in their last checkpoint and maintained a cumulative average of 80% on any courses taken from then until graduation, with no failed courses, will also be named to the Dean's Honour List upon graduation.

Academic Standing

Academic performance is reviewed after every semester or 2.0 credit attempts. The Dean (or designate) may impose conditions on any undergraduate student who earns less than 60% average in any semester.

Academic Standing is determined at the end of the Winter semester for all undergraduate students who attempted 2.0 or more credits in the previous academic year (Summer, Fall and Winter semesters), or since their last assessment.

For the Graduate Students policy on Academic Standing please review Policy 6005.

Satisfactory Academic Standing

Undergraduate Students who attempt 2.0 or more credits in an academic year and earn an average of 60% or higher* in those credits are in satisfactory academic standing.

* Some programs may require a higher average for satisfactory academic standing.

Probation

Undergraduate students who attempt 2.0 or more credits in an academic year and earn an average below 60%* will be on probation during their next academic year. This status is recorded on their academic transcripts.

Undergraduate students on probation may register for a maximum of 2.0 credits per semester in their next academic year and may be required to meet with their Dean (or designate) for academic advising before the next registration period. The Dean may impose conditions to be fulfilled.

Probationary undergraduate students with an average of 65% or more in the Summer and Fall semesters may request the approval of their Dean to increase their course load in the Winter semester.

* Some programs may require a higher average for satisfactory academic standing.

Academic Suspension

Students on probation who have attempted 2.0 or more credits since their previous assessment and earned an average below 60% for those credits are suspended from the university. This status of academic suspension is recorded in their records and on their academic transcripts. Students on academic suspension may not register for further courses for a period of 12 months. After 12 months, suspended students may resume their studies with probationary standing (see "Probation," above).

Students on academic suspension will be withdrawn from any credit courses already registered in future terms. If students are notified of their academic suspension after the term has commenced, they may choose to remain registered in those courses or to withdraw immediately.

Under exceptional or extenuating circumstances, students on academic suspension may request a reduced term of suspension. Written requests are submitted to the University Registrar. Decisions are made in consultation with the Dean (or designate) of the student's Faculty.

Academic Expulsion

Students who accumulate 5.0 or more credits of fail grades are not eligible to continue their studies at OCAD university and are not eligible for readmission. They are expelled from the university.

Students who accumulate three fail grades in a single course required for all programs will be expelled from the university and are not eligible for readmission. Students placed on academic suspension who return and fail to attain a 60% average in the subsequent probationary period will be expelled from the university and will not be eligible for readmission.

The status of academic expulsion is recorded in the records and on the academic transcripts of all students expelled from the university. Students expelled from the university will be withdrawn from all credit courses upon notification.