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Academic Regulations

Students are subject to the academic regulations of the Faculty of Arts.

Dean's List

Dean’s List designation recognizes exceptional academic achievement in the Faculty of Arts.

Students who complete at least 27 percentage-graded credits in a Winter Session, and who achieve an average of 85% or higher on at least 27 of these credits, will receive the notation "Dean's List" on their permanent record.

Students in the Arts Co-operative Education program who complete a Co-operative work placement in either Term of a Winter Session and at least 15 percentage-graded credits in the other Term, and who achieve an average of 85% or higher on at least 15 of these credits, will receive the notation "Dean's List" on their permanent record.

Scholarships and Awards

For information on scholarships and awards available to academically outstanding students, see Awards, scholarships and bursaries. See also Fees, Financial Assistance, and Scholarships.

Class Standing at Graduation

Graduation Class Standing appears on the transcript, and is awarded based on grades earned for at least 51 upper-level credits. These must include all upper-level Core credits and upper-level credits used to satisfy degree and specialization requirements, and may include the best upper-level elective credits, as necessary, to reach a minimum of 51 credits. Using this calculation, students who achieve an average of 80% or higher receive Class 1 standing. Those with an average between 65% and 79.9% receive Class 2 standing, and those with an average of 64.9% or lower receive Class P (Pass) standing. B.I.E. students who achieve a Core average of 90% or higher, calculated on all attempted upper-level Core credits, will also receive With Honours standing, appearing on the transcript as Class 1 With Honours.

Promotion Requirements

In order to progress from one year-level standing to the next, a student must successfully complete a sufficient total number of B.I.E.-eligible credits. These may include transfer credit as well as credit earned through exchange. Year-level standing impacts a student’s eligibility for specializations and courses, and is one of the factors considered when registration dates are set.

Promotion is evaluated annually upon completion of the Winter Session. Students who have successfully completed 27 credits are promoted to second year standing. Those who have completed 54 credits are promoted to third year standing, and those who have completed 84 credits are promoted to fourth year standing.

Continuation Requirements

In year 1, students who achieve (i) a sessional average of at least 60% and (ii) an average of at least 65% in their core courses (core courses are required ECON, COEC, mathematics and WRDS courses) and (iii) a passing grade in their core required ECON, COEC and MATH courses will be assigned Pass standing and be permitted to continue in the B.I.E. program.

Students in year 1 or year 2 who fail to achieve either (i), (ii), or (iii) (if applicable) but achieve a sessional average of at least 55% will receive Pass standing and will be permitted to register in the B.A. Program in the Faculty of Arts but will be required to discontinue the B.I.E. program. Students with a sessional average of between 45% and 54.9% will be permitted to remain enrolled in the Faculty of Arts on academic probation (ACPR), but will be required to discontinue the B.I.E. Program. Students with a sessional average of less than 45% will be given Fail standing and will be required to withdraw from the University.

In year 2, students who achieve (i) a sessional average of at least 60% and (ii) an average of at least 65% in their core courses (core courses are required ECON, COEC, mathematics and WRDS courses) will be assigned Pass standing and be permitted to continue in the B.I.E. program.

In years 3 and 4, students must achieve a sessional average of 60% to continue in the B.I.E. program. If students achieve an average between 55% and 59.9%, they will receive Pass standing and will be permitted to enrol in the B.A. Program in the Faculty of Arts, but will be required to discontinue the B.I.E. program. If students receive an average between 45% and 54.9%, they will be permitted to enrol in the B.A. Program in the Faculty of Arts on academic probation (ACPR), but will be required to discontinue the B.I.E. Program. Students who achieve an average below 45% will be given Fail standing and be required to withdraw from the University.

Summary of Continuation Requirements*

Year   Winter Session Average Core Average+ Sessional Standing Continuation Status in B.I.E.
1 & 2  60% or more 65% or more Pass Eligible to continue
1 & 2 60% or more Less than 65% Pass Required to discontinue
1 & 2 55% - 59.9% Pass Required to discontinue
1 & 2 45% - 54.9% ACPR Required to discontinue
1 & 2 Less than 45% Fail Required to withdraw
3 & 4 60% or more Pass Eligible to continue
3 & 4 55% - 59.9% Pass Required to discontinue
3 & 4 45% - 54.9% ACPR Required to discontinue
3 & 4 Less than 45% Fail Required to withdraw
* Students required to discontinue from the B.I.E. may transfer into the B.A. Program in the Faculty of Arts. Students required to withdraw are not eligible for the B.A. and must withdraw from the University
+ Core average is computed over required MATH, ECON, COEC, and WRDS courses.

Note that Year 1 students must achieve a passing grade in all Core required MATH, ECON and COEC courses in addition to maintaining their Core Average.

Class Standing at Graduation

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