Required to Withdraw

You will be Required to Withdraw if your academic performance does not meet the University of Guelph's Continuation of Study requirements. Also, you may be required to withdraw if found guilty of academic misconduct. Each of these has University Policies which are outlined in the Associate Diploma Regulations and Procedures. Please refer to the Diploma Program Calendar for more detailed information and policies.

Academic Performance

If you do not meet the Continuation of Study requirements for Eligible to Continue or Academic Probation, you will be Required to Withdraw. The Required to Withdraw decision is based on three pieces of information: cumulative average, semester average, and the number of credits you have attempted. The tables in the Diploma Program Calendar outline the semester and cumulative average requirements for Eligible to Continue; Probation; and Required to Withdraw. Cumulative average includes all grades of all course credits regardless of whether you have re-taken a course. (Both grades will be used in the cumulative average calculation.) If you are having difficulty understanding how to read the tables, please speak with your Program Counsellor.

If you have been Required to Withdraw, you will be notified in writing by the Office of Registrarial Services. This is communicated to you by email.

If you have been granted a deferred privilege you will not receive a Required to Withdraw notice until after your status has been calculated including your final grades from all courses including those in which you had deferred privileges.

What does "Required to Withdraw" mean?

If you have been Required to Withdraw for failing to meet Continuation of Study requirements, you are unable to register as a diploma student for a minimum of a two-semester rustication period. You will be withdrawn from any pre-registered courses.

At the end of the two-semester rustication period, you may apply for readmission to the diploma program however, it is important to note readmission is not automatic. You will want to understand the readmission process – investigate it early so that you are able to address any specific admission criteria at the time of your readmission application.

Academic Misconduct

Being Required to Withdraw or suspended is one of the penalties possible when you are found guilty of academic misconduct. Your suspension is specified as a particular period of time as outlined in the Diploma Program Calendar. The Dean responsible for the case will determine the suspension length and date of effect. For more information please refer to the Academic Misconduct Policy.


If you have been penalized with Required to Withdraw or suspension for academic misconduct, you may appeal to the Senate Committee on Student Petitions for reconsideration of the verdict or the length of your suspension.