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Academic Regulations

Important Note: Admission to the Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy (B.Sc. (Pharm.)) is suspended. Applicants interested in an entry-to-practice pharmacy degree should consult the admissions requirements for the Entry-to-Practice Doctor of Pharmacy.

Regular attendance is expected of students in all their classes (including lectures, laboratories, tutorials, and seminars). Students who neglect their academic work and assignments may be excluded from the final examinations. Students who are unavoidably absent because of illness or disability should report to their instructors at the earliest opportunity.

Students who, because of illness or other personal issues, are absent from a December or April examination must request Academic Concession from the Pharmacy Student Services office. All requests must be supported by medical or other appropriate documentation. Deferred exams for Pharmacy (PHAR) courses will be scheduled by the Faculty.

In any course that involves laboratory/tutorial work a student must complete the laboratory/tutorial assignments with a satisfactory record before being admitted to the written examinations of the course. A student may be required by the Faculty to discontinue such a course, during any term, because of failure to maintain a satisfactory standing in laboratory/tutorial work, or because of absence from an appreciable number of laboratory/tutorial periods through illness or other causes.

The passing mark for a course in the Faculty is 60%.

A student who has failed two or more courses for a total of 12 credits or more in a Winter Session will be considered to have failed in the work of that session.

Any student whose academic record, as determined by the tests and examinations of the first term, is found to be unsatisfactory, may be required to discontinue attendance at the University for the remainder of the session.

Term essays and examination papers may be refused a passing mark if they are noticeably deficient in the quality of written English, including the correct use of grammar, spelling, and punctuation.

Although satisfactory academic performance is a prerequisite to advancement, it is not the sole criterion in the consideration of the suitability of a student for promotion or graduation. The Faculty reserves the right to require a student to withdraw from the Faculty if that student is considered to be unsuited to proceed with the study or practice of pharmacy.

Disruption of Studies

Beginning in September 2015, the Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy (B.Sc.(Pharm.)) will be phased out year by year as the new Entry-to-Practice Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) program is phased in.

Students must meet the degree requirements for the program they entered.

Students in the B.Sc.(Pharm.) program who experience a disruption in their studies (e.g. due to extended absence, medical leave, withdrawal, or failure) may not be able to complete the degree requirements as described in the Academic Calendar for the year they were admitted to the program as some courses will no longer be offered.

Each student's circumstance will be different and will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis with the Associate Dean, Academic. A combination of completed B.Sc.(Pharm.) and available Pharm.D. course offerings will be used to satisfy the degree requirements set out in this Academic Calendar in the Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy degree program requirements section.

Every reasonable effort will be made to accommodate the student's completion of the degree requirements within a reasonable duration of study.

Dean's Honour List

Students promoted to second, third, or fourth year with a standing of 80% or better in the previous Winter Session will receive the notation "Dean's Honour List" on their records. A program of at least 90% of a full course load for the year must have been carried in order to receive this designation.

Promotion Requirements

To be promoted, a student in the Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences must pass all of the required courses of the program year in which the student is registered and obtain a minimum average standing of 60% in the required courses of the program year in which the student is registered.

The following notes apply to these requirements:

  • Required courses are used for this computation (elective courses are excluded). Failure in elective courses requires that the course be repeated, or an approved alternative course be taken.
  • A student who by these regulations is not promotable may be required to repeat the work of that year or to withdraw from the Faculty and will not be able to take any of the required courses of subsequent years.
  • A student who fails to meet promotion standards for a second time, either in a repeated year or a subsequent year, will normally be required to withdraw from the Faculty.
  • Courses for which credit has not been obtained must be repeated (or permissible substitutes taken) in the next regular session attended. In the Winter Session, the total for all courses taken may not exceed 45 credits, except with approval of the Dean.

Supplementals and Examinations for Higher Standing

Supplemental examinations are not available in all PHAR courses. In courses in which proficiency is judged on a continuing basis throughout a term, or in which final examinations are not given, or in courses where the final examination contributes less than 40% of the course grade, no supplemental examinations are provided. In courses where supplemental examinations are allowed, it is recommended that the supplemental examination should be a comprehensive examination of the full year's work and should receive a substantial value of the total mark. The supplemental mark should replace all of the marks received on the written examinations of the lecture content of the course.

  1. In PHAR courses where supplemental examinations are allowed, a student who has obtained an average of at least 50% in the final examinations of the session may be granted supplemental examinations in the subject or subjects failed, provided a final grade of not less than 40% was obtained. Notices will be sent to students to whom such supplemental examinations have been granted.
  2. A supplemental examination may be written only once except in the case of a final year student, who may write twice. Should a supplemental be failed the course concerned must be repeated or a suitable substitute taken.
  3. Where supplemental privileges are granted, the standing will be recalculated.
  4. The above policy applies only to courses administered by the Faculty. Faculties and departments responsible for other required or elective courses in the pharmacy program may have different policies on supplementals and examinations for higher standing.

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