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Withdrawal and Re-admission

A student who is assigned a first Failed Standing will be required to discontinue study in the B.Sc. Program. Normally, the student will be required to discontinue studies starting immediately. However, a student registered in and attending one or more courses will be permitted to complete those courses only if the determination of Failed standing is made after the last date for withdrawal from courses without a 'W' being recorded on the transcript.

In most cases, the academic record of a student who is required to discontinue study in the B.Sc. Program will make the student ineligible for direct admission to another UBC program.

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

A student whose Winter or Summer Session is assigned Failed standing and who is required to discontinue or withdraw may appeal in writing to the Faculty of Science Admissions, Adjudication, and Appeals Committee according to the instructions that will be emailed. A student who is required to discontinue or withdraw may not register for or attend courses while awaiting the results of the appeal, except as noted above.

Students are restricted in the number of credits that may be attempted before completing the LPI and/or Communication Requirement, before gaining promotion to the next year level, and before qualifying for graduation. Students who fail to meet these requirements within the allotted credit limits will be required to discontinue studies in the Faculty of Science. See the Bachelor of Science Communication Requirement, and Promotion Requirement. Normally such a student will not be eligible for readmission, but an appeal can be submitted (see below).

A student who is required to discontinue or withdraw may apply for readmission after one full year, but such a student does not have the right to automatic readmission. Applications for readmission should be submitted to the Undergraduate Admissions Office together with a letter of appeal which will be considered by the Science Admissions, Adjudication, and Appeals Committee. In considering an application for readmission, the Committee will take into account any and all evidence of a student's ability to perform satisfactorily at the university level. A written self-assessment, documentation of action taken to rectify personal issues that interfered with academic progress, and a reasoned academic plan are among the items that will be reviewed.

The Faculty committee will expect students with a Failed standing who had successfully completed fewer than 60 science-eligible credits to demonstrate their abilities by earning at least 21 transferable credits at a recognized post-secondary institution and attaining an overall G.P.A. of 3.01, calculated on all university-transfer work attempted after they leave UBC.

Students required to discontinue or withdraw after completing more than 60 Science-eligible credits may choose to take courses at a college or similar institution, in order to demonstrate a renewed ability to achieve academic success, even though some or all of the credits so earned may not be transferable to the degree.

A negative decision by the Faculty on an application for re-admission may be appealed to the Senate Admissions Committee. That Committee does not change decisions of the Faculty based on academic judgment, but may grant an appeal if due process was not followed by the Faculty. Thus, unless the appellant supplies additional information in support of special consideration, the appeal to Senate is unlikely to succeed.

A student who had been required to discontinue or withdraw from studies in Science and later successfully appealed for readmission will be subject to the academic standing rules applicable to students with Academic Probation standing.

A student in Good Standing may take an Academic Leave for one academic year and retain eligibility to register in the following academic session. Students who have interrupted their studies may find that requirements have changed since the period of their previous enrolment. Also, students should note that some required courses are offered on an alternate-year basis. Returning students must consult the Science Information Centre and the department involved before registering for courses.

1If, in a particular year, the minimum G.P.A. for transfer applicants is less than 3.0, the lower G.P.A. will apply.

Page last updated: June 8, 2017

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