II. General Regulations
Continuity of Registration
Students are expected to register in each consecutive semester of study until graduation. They must be registered in each semester in which they are actively engaged in course work or research, including any semester in which they have any contact with university faculty/staff or use of university facilities in connection with their degree program.
Without prior permission from the dean of Graduate Studies, students normally cannot register at the University of Guelph while they are registered as a student at another university. University of Guelph graduate students, with prior permission from the dean of Graduate Studies, may arrange a leave of absence to register at another university. Students should consult Graduate Program Services about the options available when planning such activities.
A regular student may make prior arrangements, subject to review and recommendation by the department, to take a leave of absence from graduate studies for a specified period of time, not to exceed one year. The Board of Graduate Studies may approve a leave of absence for students who request permission not to register for two or more consecutive semesters. Further leave(s) of absence may be granted subject to review and recommendation by the department and approval by the Board of Graduate Studies. A leave of absence approved by the Board of Graduate Studies will include adjustments in the time allotted for completion of the graduate program. Parental leave will be accommodated under this regulation.
The dean of Graduate Studies may routinely approve a leave of absence for students who request permission not to register for one semester, without adjustment to time allotted.
Failure to register or receive prior permission for a leave of absence will be regarded as withdrawal from graduate studies at this university. Students who wish to resume their studies must apply for readmission; if readmitted they will be required to conform to current regulations.
A student who has not completed all the requirements for the degree by the due date for thesis submission in a particular semester must re-register. Candidates must be registered in the semester in which they qualify for the degree.
In the case of conjoint or co-operative graduate programs with other universities, arrangements will be made to ensure that the students involved are not placed at a disadvantage with respect to continuity of registration.