University of Guelph 2001-2002 Undergraduate Calendar

VIII--Undergraduate Degree Regulations and Procedures

The academic regulations outlined below are the basic regulations for undergraduate degree programs of the University as approved by the Senate. Terminology used to describe academic regulations is defined in Section XVIII--Glossary. If Senate changes the regulations of this calendar, these changes will be posted on the Senate bulletin board in the University Library. In these regulations where the consent of the dean is required, the term "dean" is interpreted to mean the person responsible for the academic program, for example dean, director, chair of program committee, or the program counsellor in a particular degree program. Approved changes in the regulations which affect a student's program of study will be included with the course selection or registration material.

The following regulations and procedures are outlined in this section:

Academic Consideration and Appeals

Academic Consideration and Appeals (Process)

Academic Load

Academic Misconduct

Academic Review

Academic Standing

Academic Structure

Adding Courses

Admissions

Associated Program Requirements

Attendance at Class

Auditing Courses

Class Level Calculation

Continuation of Study

Course Sections

Course Selection

Dean's Honours List

Deferred Privileges

Dropping Courses

Examinations

Exchange Programs

Failed Courses

Grades

Graduate Courses

Graduation

Hiatus

Letters of Confirmation of Enrolment

Letters of Confirmation of Graduation

Letters of Permission

Petitions

Priority Access Courses

Prior Learning Assessment

Readmission

Registration

Schedule of Studies

Scheduling

Semester Abroad

Staff Registration and Tuition Waiver

Student Type

Supplemental Privilege Procedures

Transcripts

Transfer of Program

Verification Notice

Notes on Academic Structure

Board of Undergraduate Studies

Program Committee

Senate

Senate

Under the University of Guelph Act the Senate is the ultimate academic authority in the University. Senate Bylaws may be consulted in the office of the Secretary of Senate. Notices and agenda of Senate meetings are posted on the Senate bulletin board in the University Library. Undergraduate student senators are elected by the undergraduate students. The meetings of Senate are open to visitors who have tickets. Tickets are available from the Secretary of Senate. Senate directs the academic life of the University assisted by its boards and committees which report regularly to Senate. The Senate meets at least ten times per year from September to June. Dates of the meetings are published in Section III--Schedule of Dates.

Board of Undergraduate Studies

The Board of Undergraduate Studies, which meets regularly from the beginning of September to the end of June, controls all undergraduate degree programs under the authority of Senate. The Board comprises the Associate Vice-President (Academic), the University Registrar, the Associate Vice-President (Student Affairs), the Co-ordinator of Undergraduate Curriculum, the Chief Librarian, the Director of Open Learning, the Director of Agri-Food Education Programs, one College Dean, five faculty, and four undergraduate students.

Program Committee

For each undergraduate degree program there is a program committee which consists of faculty representatives and student members. Committees examine the general regulations relating to their program and also the particular regulations proposed for specializations within that program. Admissions policy is recommended by these committees to the Board of Undergraduate Studies and is approved by Senate. Each program committee has an Academic Review Sub-Committee which reviews grades as reported to the Registrar and determines the academic standing of each student in the program.

Process for Academic Consideration and Appeals

Time of Semester

Type of Consideration

Consideration Granted By

Period of Consideration

Subsequent Appeal To

During the Semester Incomplete examination or assignment

Medical

Psychological

Compassionate

Instructor

Same semester

Academic Review Sub-Committee

Submitted as soon as possible, not later than the end of the following semester

End of Semester Incomplete final examination or final assignment

Medical

Psychological

Compassionate

Academic Review Sub-Committee (consult with program counselor)

Should be submitted as soon as possible

Petitions Committee

90 day deadline for appeals of academic review decisions

After the Semester

Grade Reassessment:

Calculation Error or omission

Instructor

10 class days of the

following semester

No appeal

Methods and Criteria

Department Chair

20 class days of the

following semester

Petitions Committee

10 days after decision of chair

Misapplication of an Academic Regulation

Instructor

Should be initiated as soon as possible

First Level: Department Chair

Second Level: College Dean

Third Level: Provost

Academic Consideration:

Course Results:

Compassionate

Medical

Psychological

Academic Review Sub-Committee (consult with program counsellor)

No deadline, but a request should be submitted during or immediately after the semester

Petitions Committee

90 day deadline for appeals of academic review decisions

Request for Probationary Status

Academic Review Sub-Committee (consult with program counsellor)

Should be submitted by the first deadline of the next semester

Petitions Committee

90 day deadline for appeals of academic review decisions

Senate Committee on Student Petitions

This committee assesses and disposes of academic appeals from students registered at the University of Guelph. The Senate Committee on Student Petitions consists of ten members of Senate and a chair, who is named by Senate and who may be either a student or a faculty Senator who has had previous experience on the Committee. Of the ten members of Senate, five are students and five are faculty members. The members of the committee are appointed annually by Senate based on recommendations from the Senate Committee on Bylaws and Membership.

Academic Consideration and Appeals

The University of Guelph is committed to supporting students in their learning experiences and responding to their individual needs. To this end a broad network of advising, counselling, and support services is provided to assist students in meeting their personal and academic goals. The University is aware that a variety of situations or events beyond the student's control may affect academic performance. Support is provided to accommodate academic needs in the face of personal difficulties or unforeseen events. Procedures for academic appeals are designed to ensure that every effort is made at these times to provide appropriate accommodation and consideration, thus enabling students to complete course and program requirements as quickly as possible.

Knowledge of the procedures, early action on the student's part, timely consultation with the instructor(s) and/or program counsellor, and immediate provision of any required documentation will facilitate a prompt, co-ordinated institutional response.

Academic Consideration

The University will consider granting consideration for courses if there are sufficient extenuating medical, psychological or compassionate circumstances. Academic Consideration may take the form of an extended deadline, a deferred privilege, a late drop of a course(s) with or without failure, withdrawal from a semester with or without academic failure, or permission to continue on probationary status. A deferred privilege could take the form of approval to write a missed final examination or the completion of a course requirement after the end of the semester. Academic consideration is granted when acceptable medical, psychological or compassionate circumstances affect any portion of the semester work. Generally, work commitments will not constitute grounds for academic consideration. Depending upon the circumstances and whether the semester work is complete, consideration may be granted by the instructor, the program counsellor or the Academic Review Sub-Committee of the program in which the student is registered.

Students will need to assess the extent of the difficulty they face and the possible implications on their course work. For instance, an illness which lasts one or two days resulting in a missed deadline can usually be resolved between the faculty member and the student, often without documentation. Circumstances which affect the student's ability to attend classes, write term tests or meet assignment deadlines for an extended period of time may require more formal documentation and consideration. Students are encouraged to seek documentation if the situation extends for a significant length of time. The program counsellor, who is the dean's designate, should be contacted regarding appropriate procedures and documentation.

The University acknowledges the pluralistic nature of the graduate and undergraduate communities and that accommodation will need to be granted to some students who experience a conflict between a religious obligation and scheduled tests, mid-term examinations, final examinations, or requirements to attend classes and participate in laboratories. Students needing accommodation must contact the instructor in charge of the course within two weeks of the distribution of the course outline to make alternative arrangements. If the student and instructor cannot arrive at a mutually agreeable accommodation, the Chair of the Department or the Director of the School, in consultation with the Dean, will act as mediator, and advise the student and the instructor when accommodation for a religious obligation is warranted and what form the accommodation should take.

The program counsellor is the student's advisor in all matters pertaining to academic consideration and can assist in defining an appropriate course of action (counsellor names and locations can be found in Section VII--Academic Counselling). It is the student's responsibility to consult the program counsellor as soon as extenuating circumstances affect academic performance, in order to initiate action, and provide any required documentation.

All available evidence, including the student's performance during the semester, will be given careful consideration when making a decision. Procedures to follow in each case are outlined below. Questions about procedures and deadlines should be directed to the program counsellor.

Grounds for Academic Consideration

Incomplete Final Examinations/Final Assignments

Incomplete Semester Work

Grounds for Academic Consideration

Where possible, requests for academic consideration are to be accompanied by supporting documentation. Students unsure of documentation requirements are encouraged to contact their program counsellor.

Incomplete Semester Work

Semester work consists of term assignments, tests or labs that must be completed before the last class day. Instructors are responsible for granting academic consideration for semester work. Types of consideration that may be granted by an instructor include the setting of a make-up test, transferring the weight of a missed assignment to the final, extending a deadline or allowing the resubmission of an assignment. If the student feels that appropriate consideration has not been granted by the instructor the program counsellor should be consulted for advice on an appropriate course of action.

For missed final assignments, projects or tests, see Incomplete Final Examinations/Final Assignments.

Student's Responsibilities

If due to medical, psychological or compassionate circumstances a student is unable to complete any portion of the semester's work the student should:

If the medical, psychological or compassionate circumstance is such that it could affect overall semester performance or the ability to meet the final class day deadline, the program counsellor should be consulted regarding an appropriate course of action.

Instructor's Responsibilities

Faculty members should exercise discretion when requiring documentation, particularly when the assessment in question constitutes a small proportion of the course grade, or when alternative means for carrying out the assessment are available.

The Board of Undergraduate Studies recommends that faculty make every effort to accommodate students representing the University in extracurricular activities when there is a conflict between those activities and the requirements of the course.

If the student does not submit all of the required work by the final mark deadline, the instructor shall refer the situation to the Academic Review Sub-Committee using the procedures outlined under Incomplete Final Examinations/Final Assignments. The instructor can not grant extensions beyond the final date for submission of grades. When final work is incomplete, the instructor should advise the student to contact the program counsellor.

Program Counsellor's Responsibilities

If the student and the instructor cannot arrive at a mutually agreeable accommodation, the program counsellor may act as a mediator.

In the event that medical, psychological or compassionate circumstances are affecting the student's overall performance, the program counsellor will ensure that the student's instructors are advised that academic consideration based on medical or compassionate grounds is warranted.

Incomplete Final Examinations/Final Assignments

If final examinations are not written or final term assignments, projects, or work term reports are not completed by the deadline date, academic consideration is not the responsibility of the faculty member but rather, the responsibility of the Academic Review Sub-Committee of the program in which the student is registered.

A request for academic consideration should be made to the Academic Review Sub-Committee during, or immediately after, the semester to which it refers.

A request to change an earlier decision of the Academic Review Sub-Committee may be made only on the basis of relevant information not previously submitted. Students wishing to resubmit a "Request for Academic Consideration" form with additional supporting documentation should consult their program counsellor. Students who believe that the decision of the Academic Review Sub-Committee is inappropriate may appeal the decision to the Senate Committee on Student Petitions within 90 days of the academic review decision (see Petitions). The Senate Committee will not normally consider any appeals submitted past this deadline.

Student's Responsibilities

If due to medical, psychological or compassionate circumstances the student is unable to complete a final requirement of the course and wishes academic consideration, the student should:

Information on the academic review process is highlighted below under Academic Review.

Instructor's Responsibilities

In courses where a student has not written a required final examination or has not submitted a final assignment, the instructor shall complete the "Instructor's Recommendation" form recommending that the student be granted one of:

1, 2, or 3 will only be granted by the Academic Review Sub-Committee if the medical evidence or compassionate reasons have been verified and accepted. 4 will be granted if the medical or compassionate circumstances presented are inadequate or insufficiently documented.

A student who receives credit standing will receive credit in the course without a numerical grade. This course will not be included in the student's overall average or specialization average.

A deferred privilege could be either approval to write an examination or to submit a final assignment. Both will normally be required to be completed early in the following semester, refer to Section III--Schedule of Dates. The Schedules Section, Office of Registrarial Services, will inform the student of the deadline for the deferred privilege (see Deferred Privilege).

If on the basis of acceptable medical, psychological or compassionate documentation a numerical passing grade or credit standing is granted rather than a deferred privilege, the student may request the deferred privilege. The request must be submitted in writing to Undergraduate Program Services, Office of Registrarial Services, by the end of the add period for the following semester.

Academic Load

Full-time

The normal full-time semester load for academic programs is 2.50 credits except where otherwise prescribed by the schedule of studies. Students in programs other than D.V.M., B.SC. (ENG.), and the Sports Injury Management Area of Emphasis in the B.SC. Human Kinetics major may select up to 3.00 credits to accommodate their semester requirements. Additional credits may be added during the add period only with program approval.

Under the new credit system, credit weight reflects student workload rather than contact hours. Students should note that 10 to 12 hours of academic time and effort per week (including classes) are expected for a 0.50 credit course. Exceeding the normal credit load for the program can place the student at academic risk and should be carefully considered in consultation with the Program Counsellor.

Part-time

A student who is registered in fewer than 2.00 credits in a semester is considered to be part-time.

Academic Misconduct

Academic misconduct is behaviour that erodes the basis of mutual trust on which scholarly exchanges commonly rest, undermines the University's exercise of its responsibility to evaluate students' academic achievements, or restricts the University's ability to accomplish its learning objectives.

The University takes a serious view of academic misconduct and will severely penalize students, faculty and staff who are found guilty of offenses associated with academic dishonesty, misrepresentation of personal performance, restrictions of equal opportunities for access to scholarly resources, and damage to the integrity of scholarly exchanges. The Senate of the University has adopted a number of policies that govern such offenses, including: the Student Academic Misconduct Policy, the Research Misconduct Policy, and the Students Rights and Responsibilities Regulations. These policies will be strictly enforced.

It is the responsibility of University of Guelph faculty, students, and staff to be aware of what constitutes academic misconduct and to do as much as possible to prevent such offenses from occurring. Furthermore, all members of the community, students, faculty and staff have the specific responsibility of initiating appropriate action in all instances where academic misconduct is believed to have taken place. This responsibility includes giving due consideration to the deterrent effect of reporting such offenses when they do occur, making one's disapproval of such behaviour obvious, and helping to ensure that the university community does nothing to encourage or facilitate academic misconduct.

Offenses

Penalties

Procedures

Record of Academic Misconduct

Response to Academic Misconduct

Responsibilities

Responsibilities

University of Guelph students have the responsibility of abiding by the University's policy on student academic misconduct regardless of their location of study; faculty, staff and students have the responsibility of creating an environment that discourages misconduct.

Offenses

Academic misconduct is broadly understood to mean offenses against the academic integrity of the learning environment. This would include, but is not limited to, the following examples:

Note: Many of these offenses could also be viewed as a violation of the Research Misconduct Policy, or the Student Rights and Responsibilities regulation. Students may also, therefore, be subject to procedures and penalties outlined in these policies.

Penalties

If a student is found guilty of academic misconduct, one or more of the following penalties may be assessed:

Note: The guidelines that deans consider when determining the appropriate penalty are available on request from any dean.

Note: On December 19, 1995, the University Senate approved the current policy for the granting of credit while on rustication. With regard to students who have been debarred for academic misconduct, the policy states that no credit will be given for courses taken during the debarral period (see Chapter VIII--Undergraduate Degree Regulations and Procedures, Readmission for complete policy). This policy applies to any university credit course taken during the debarral period, be it distance or on-campus, taken in open learning programs from either the University of Guelph or at another university.

Procedures

Detection and Documentation

Response to Academic Misconduct

Record of Academic Misconduct

Undergraduate Program Services, or the Dean of Graduate Studies (or the Director of Open Learning in the case of Open Learning Program Students) shall place in the student's file a record of all academic misconduct for which the student is penalized. This record shall be expunged from the student's file upon graduation, or completion of a certificate or diploma for open learners. Students who do not graduate from the University of Guelph or another university may submit an appeal to the Senate Committee on Student Petitions to have the record expunged no sooner than 5 years after the date of last registration. Students who have graduated at another accredited university may submit verification of graduation to Undergraduate Program Services, Office of Registrarial Services and have their record expunged. The record for expulsion is permanent, unless removed by petition to the President.

Access to the record of academic misconduct will be limited to those involved in processing appeals and those involved in processing additional complaints against the student. It is normally assumed that the penalties for repeat offenders will be more severe than those assigned for first offenses.

Academic Review

The Academic Review Sub-Committee of each program committee meets three times each semester as follows:

Refer to Section III--Schedule of Dates, for the submission deadlines for each of these meetings.

A request for academic consideration should be made to the Academic Review Sub-Committee during, or immediately after, the semester to which it refers. If a student is appealing a required to withdraw decision, the student should submit the "Request for Academic Consideration" form by the first deadline of the next semester.

The Academic Review Sub-Committee will consider requests for academic consideration with regard to:

All requests are to be made in writing, preferably type-written, on the "Request for Academic Consideration" form available from Undergraduate Program Services, Office of Registrarial Services, or the program counsellor. Request forms must be accompanied by relevant supporting documentation. Requests that are inadequately documented or that lack clarity will not be dealt with but will be returned to the student. The student should meet with the program counsellor for advice on the preparation and submission of requests for academic consideration.

When the form is complete, the student should retain the third copy along with copies of all documentation submitted. The form, with the original documentation attached, should be submitted to the student's program counsellor or to Undergraduate Program Services, Office of Registrarial Services.

The Associate Registrar, Undergraduate Program Services, or designate, shall prepare the agenda for each meeting of the Academic Review Sub-Committee, maintain a record of the committee's decisions and immediately inform each student in writing as to the disposition of the request.

An appeal of an Academic Review Sub-Committee's decision may be submitted to the Senate Committee on Student Petitions within 90 days of the decision (see PETITIONS). Students who are appealing the decision of an Academic Review Sub-Committee for denial of probationary status will not be allowed to attend classes.

Academic Standing

Eligible to Continue

A student who does satisfy the program requirements for continuation of study will be eligible to continue.

Probationary

A student who does not satisfy the program requirements for continuation of study will be allowed to continue in their program if granted probationary status (see Continuation of Study in this section).

Required to Withdraw

A student who does not satisfy the program requirements for continuation of study will be required to withdraw from the University for a minimum of two semesters (see Continuation of Study in this section).

Students who do not satisfy the program requirements may appeal to the Academic Review Sub-Committee for probationary status to be granted based on medical, psychological or compassionate grounds.

Readmission to a program at the University of Guelph is not automatic. Students who are required to withdraw must apply for readmission to the University after completing the minimum two semesters of rustication. Students should consult Section IV - Admission Information regarding appropriate admission requirements and deadline dates.

A student who has been required to withdraw and who has made an appeal for probationary status to the Academic Review Sub-Committee will not be allowed to attend classes until such time that the appeal is granted.

Adding Courses

All course additions to a student's program for a particular semester are to be completed by the end of the six-day add period.

The addition of a course after the end of the add period will be considered only in exceptional circumstances and will require the approval of both the instructor for the course and the program counsellor of the program in which the student is enrolled. The program counsellor's signature should be sought first but does not presume the judgement of the instructor as to the appropriateness of the late addition for his or her particular course. In practice, the following have been deemed to be exceptional circumstances: illness or compassionate grounds for missing all or part of the first three class days; interchanging courses with common lectures, one with and one without labs; late resolution of appeals; failure of a deferred course condition or examination; university errors in registration procedures.

Course Requisite(s)

Students wishing to enrol in a course for which he/she does not have credit for the stated course requisite(s) may seek permission from the instructor to have the requisite(s) waived. The student seeking the waiver must obtain a "Course Requisite/Restriction Waiver" and have it completed by the instructor. The student must then present the completed form to Academic Records for processing. Waiver forms are available from Academic Records, Office of Registrarial Services, Level 3, University Centre.

Distance Education Courses

Distance Education courses may be added up to the end of the six-day add period, with the permission of the Office of Open Learning.

Priority Access Courses

Priority Access courses may be added with the written permission of the department offering the course. Priority Access courses are identified in Chapter XII.

Program Approval

Program Approval is required to add courses if the student's category is special or probationary or if the student is adding more than the normal course load.

Regular Courses

Regular courses may be added without permission of the department. Regular courses are those courses that are not designated as Priority Access in Chapter XII.

Two-Semester Courses

When adding a two-semester course, students must complete the course selection process for each part of the course during the appropriate course selection period. (e.g. AGR*2351 in the Fall semester and AGR*2352 in the Winter semester). These courses must be taken in consecutive semesters as outlined in the course description.

Caution: Students granted permission to add a course after the end of the six-day add period may encounter difficulty in mastering course content and may be unable to meet all course requirements. The University has no obligation to assist students to pick up material that has been missed because of late enrolment.

Admissions

University of Guelph students may, at some point, be required to complete and submit an application form for University of Guelph students to the Admission Services Office. The two most common reasons for submitting this internal application form are: to apply to transfer from one degree program to another or to apply for readmission to a program.

Application forms must be submitted to Admission Services by the deadline date established for each semester. An application fee is payable at the time the application is submitted (refer to Section VI--Schedule of Fees).

Application deadline dates are published in Section IV--Admission Information.

Associated Program Requirements

Program Committees have the option of identifying, as requirements for graduation, program components that are not academic courses and do not carry an academic credit weight. Associated Program Requirements allow programs to give formal recognition (but not academic credit) to the successful completion of program components that are primarily non-academic but are judged by the program committee as essential to fulfil the objectives of a degree or diploma program. Associated Program Requirements, when valid, are identified in Section X--Degree Programs in the schedule of studies for each appropriate area of study.

Attendance at Class

Instructors will inform students of the attendance requirements for individual courses in accordance with the policy of the department or school. Caution: A student who for any reason does not attend classes regularly, runs the risk of being unable to complete the work of the semester and is advised to report to the program counsellor for academic counselling upon return to classes.

Auditing Courses

A student may audit a course upon approval of the department offering the course and payment of a fee. The department shall provide to persons intending to audit a course a written statement prescribing the extent to which they may participate in the work of the course. No official transcript record of audited courses will be provided. The procedures for registration and course changes are the same as for regular course attempts, except that after the end of the add period, a student who is registered under audit status for a particular course is committed to that status and may not convert to credit status for the same course. A student may change from credit to audit status up to the drop deadline applicable to that course, with approval. A fee is assigned for each audit course (refer to Section VI--Schedule of Fees) except in the case of a student holding full-time classification. Full-time students who have received approval for audit courses are not assessed additional fees.

Permission to audit must be obtained from the instructor for the course, the chair of the department offering the course, and the student's program counsellor.

The student who receives approval to audit should discuss with the instructor the conditions under which that approval is given including, for example, attendance, submission of term work, taking of examinations.

An approved audit course does not constitute a course attempt. No official grade will be reported, and audit courses will not be used in the determination of the eligibility for continuation of study. Also, no official documentation will be provided to verify the auditing of a course.

Audit courses are not considered in calculating full-time or part-time status.

Class Level Calculation

Programs with highly structured Schedules of Studies (Associate Diploma, B.L.A., B.SC., B.SC. (ENG.), and D.V.M.) have class levels as indicated in the Section X--Undergraduate Degree Programs. All other programs determine class level on the basis of successfully completed courses plus the number of courses in progress. To determine class level for course selection in a future semester, the number of selected courses must also be included. As courses are dropped and added, or grades are received, the class level must be adjusted accordingly. Class Level is determined as follows:

Successfully Completed Credits and Credits In-progress

Class Level

0.25 - 2.50

1

2.75 - 5.00

2

5.25 - 7.50

3

7.75 - 10.00

4

10.25 - 12.50

5

12.75 - 15.00

6

15.25 - 17.50

7

17.75 - 20.00

8

20.25 - 22.50

9

22.75 (or more)

10

Continuation of Study

For continuation of study within a degree program, Open Learning or General Studies, a student must satisfy the conditions as set down under Schedule 1 or Schedule 2. The appropriate schedule will be determined by the criteria outlined below.

Schedule 3 is outlined in the Diploma Program Calendar and is only applicable to students registered in a Diploma program.

Schedule 4 is outlined in the Degree Programs section of this calendar (Section X--Doctor of Veterinary Medicine) and is only applicable to students registered in the Doctor of Veterinary Medicine program.

Schedule 1

Schedule 2

Schedule 1

Students will follow Schedule 1 if:

Schedule 1 Regulations

All degree programs, Open Learning and General Studies have established conditions which must be met for continuation of study. Continuation of study within a program is permitted provided the standards of academic performance listed below are met. In some instances, students not meeting the requirements may be allowed to proceed on probation (see Category - Probationary). If these conditions are not met, the student will be required to withdraw from the program for a minimum of two semesters and may apply for readmission after that period of time.

The continuation of study regulations at the University of Guelph are based on the principle that students must maintain a minimum average of 60%. To allow for transition issues, some leniency has been built into the minimum average requirement during the first 5.00 credit attempts. The student's cumulative average will be reviewed first. If the student's cumulative average does not meet the minimum required, the student will either be required to withdraw or placed on probation. When a student is placed on probation he/she will be required to obtain a minimum semester average. In subsequent semesters the student will either be required to withdraw, allowed to continue on probation, or be placed back on regular status. Students will be taken off probation once their cumulative average is greater than, or equal to 60.00%.

Conditions for continuation of study are applied using the following tables:

Number of Credit Attempts: between 0.25 and 2.50

Students who have attempted between 0.25 and 2.50 credits will be allowed to continue regardless of the cumulative average. Students will be placed on probation if their cumulative average falls below 50.00%.

Number of Credit Attempts: between 2.75 and 5.00

If Eligible to Continue

Cumulative Average (C)

Status of Student

C < 50%

Required to Withdraw

C > 50% and C < 60%

Probationary Status

C > 60%

Eligible to Continue

If on Probation

Cumulative Average (C)

Semester Average (S)

Status of Student

S < 50% or C < 50%

Required to Withdraw

S > 50% but C < 60%

Probationary Status

C > 60%

Eligible to Continue

Number of Credit Attempts: more than 5.00

If Eligible to Continue

Cumulative Average (C)

Status of Student

C < 50%

Required to Withdraw

C > 50% and C < 60%

Probationary Status

C > 60%

Eligible to Continue

If on Probation

Cumulative Average (C)

Semester Average (S

Status of Student

S < 60%

Required to Withdraw

S > 60% but C < 60%

Probationary Status

C > 60%

Eligible to Continue

Schedule 2

Normally students who transfer from another university or college will be required to follow Schedule 2. Students who are readmitted to this University but whose prior record renders them ineligible to proceed under Schedule 1 will be required to follow Schedule 2.

Schedule 2 Regulations

Continuation of study is permitted provided the student meets the conditions outlined below. In some instances, students not meeting the requirements may be allowed to proceed on probation (see Student Type - Probationary). If these conditions are not met, the student will be required to withdraw from the program for a minimum of two semesters and may apply for readmission after that time.

The continuation of study regulations are based on the principle that students must be maintaining a 60% average. The details of the continuation of study model follow. The student's cumulative average will first be reviewed. If it does not meet the required level, the student will either be required to withdraw or placed on probation. Students who are placed on probation will be required to obtain a given semester average in subsequent semesters. As a result of this review, the student will either be required to withdraw, remain on probation, or placed back on regular status. Students will be taken off probation once their cumulative average rises above 60%.

Continuation of Study is assessed each semester. Students whose cumulative average falls below 60% will be placed on probation for one semester, and then assessed based on their semester average.

If on Probation

Cumulative Average (C)

Semester Average (S)

Status of Student

S < 60%

Required to Withdraw

S > 60% but C <60%

Probationary Status

C > 60%

Eligible to Continue

If Eligible to Continue

Cumulative Average (C)

Status of Student

C < 50%

Required to Withdraw

C > 50% and C <60%

Probationary Status

C > 60%

Eligible to Continue

Note: Alternative course evaluations will not be included in the Continuation of Study calculations [Pass (P), Outstanding Pass (OP), Fail (F), Credit Standing (CRD) or Withdrawal with Failure (WF)]. Courses taken on letter of permission will also not be included in the calculations. Students negatively affected by the omission of these courses in the Continuation of Study calculations may appeal a continuation decision to the Academic Review Committee.

Course Sections

Students are advised of their section assignments when they receive their individual course schedules at the beginning of the semester. Section assignments indicate the meeting times and rooms for each course.

Students must stay in assigned course sections. In the event that a section change is necessary the student must drop the old section and add the new one following the add/drop process.

Department Chair's Responsibilities

The department chair will designate the responsibility for the approving of section changes during the add period. The approval of section changes may be done by the department or the responsibility may be assigned to individual instructors.

Registrar's Responsibilities

Undergraduate Program Services confirms with the students on their individual course schedules the course section in which they are enrolled.

Student's Responsibilities

Students must stay in assigned course sections. In the event that a section change is desired the department and/or instructor offering the course must be consulted.

Course Selection

This is the procedure by which students indicate their course requests, including the appropriate course section for upcoming semesters. Program approval may be required as outlined in Section VII--Academic Counselling. Subject to the availability of a published timetable, students may select courses for more than one semester. Students are cautioned that courses may be subject to listed enrolment restrictions. In such cases, priority in the selection of students to receive the course will be given to those who have selected courses prior to the start of the semester. For further information, refer to Priority Access Courses in this section of the calendar.

New Students

In-Course Students

New Students

A booklet including course selection material will be forwarded to new students by the Office of Registrarial Services. Consult this booklet to determine the procedures for course selection that pertain to the program to which you have applied. Students who are unable to return their course selection prior to the published deadline date have an opportunity to make their selection on the day of registration for new students.

In-Course Students

Course selection material for upcoming semesters will be forwarded during the semester to all registered students. Students who are not currently registered may receive the course selection material by contacting Undergraduate Program Services, Office of Registrarial Services, prior to the deadline date for submission of course selection requests (refer to Section III--Schedule of Dates). Course selection requests received after the deadline date will not be processed.

There is a scheduled course selection period each semester where students can select courses for upcoming semesters (refer to Section III--Schedule of Dates for the exact dates).

Course selection is important for a number of reasons:

Students are encouraged to select courses for more than one semester at a time, subject to the availability of a published Undergraduate Course Timetable.

Students are encouraged to select their courses using WebAdvisor however they may choose to complete an "Undergraduate Course Request" form. A separate "Undergraduate Course Request" form must be completed for each semester. "Undergraduate Course Request" forms must be submitted by the course selection deadline date for the applicable semester. Students who miss the course selection deadline must add their courses at the start of the semester (see Adding Courses and Dropping Courses in this section of the Undergraduate Calendar).

Detailed Instructions

Normally, course selection results in a class schedule indicating lecture and laboratory sections, room locations and examination schedules, as applicable. The class schedule is mailed to the student's campus P.O. box prior to the commencement of classes.

A copy of a student's Academic Progress Report, together with an "Undergraduate Course Request" form, will be mailed after the first week of classes in a semester to each registered student. Students are encouraged to select their courses early and for more than one semester at a time.

Student's Responsibilities

When a two-semester course is selected, students must complete the course selection process for each term during the appropriate course selection period. These courses must be taken in consecutive semesters as outlined in the course description.

All inquiries regarding distance education courses should be directed to the Office of Open Learning.

To change your specialization, please use the "Undergraduate Schedule of Studies Change Request" form and submit it to Academic Records.

It is the student's responsibility to ensure that the prerequisites have been satisfied for any course selected. Failure to do so will result in registration in the course being denied unless a "Course Requisite/Restriction Waiver" form, showing instructor approval, is presented to Undergraduate Program Services along with the "Undergraduate Course Request" form. NOTE: Students who select a course for a future semester and who fail or drop the prerequisite(s) for the course in the current semester must drop the course. A replacement may be added during the add period.

A student may not register for a course in which pass standing (or higher) has been achieved on a previous course attempt unless so directed by the appropriate Academic Review Sub-Committee.

Diploma courses are available only to students registered in one of the Associate Diploma programs. Degree students who register in Associate Diploma courses will have the courses dropped from their record.

Students enrolled in the D.V.M. program are not normally sent a "Undergraduate Course Request" form. However, where changes to the required schedule of studies are necessary, students must indicate the course changes on an individual basis with their program counsellor and submit the change to Undergraduate Program Services, Office of Registrarial Services.

Students not currently registered must contact Undergraduate Program Services prior to the deadline dates if course selection is to be possible. Students missing the deadline dates will have to add their courses during the add period.

Departmental Advisor's Responsibilities

All advisors should be familiar with any course restrictions that apply to courses in their department.:

Advisors should be prepared to help students plan a course program with emphasis on meeting specialization and program requirements for graduation.

Advisors should approve the overall course program where appropriate.

A counsellor may withhold program approval if any of the following applies:

A student wishing to take more than the normal number of credits must have the approval of the appropriate dean or designate.

Registrar's Responsibilities

To coordinate and prepare all course selection kits for distribution to all in course students and to receive all completed "Undergraduate Course Request" forms.

To produce course counts based on the course selection material received and distribute the information to the appropriate department chair for his/her recommendations, regarding enrolment management.

Dean's Honours List

Effective Spring 1986, the University established a Dean's Honours List for full-time students which is recognized on students' transcripts. (Prior to Spring 1986 colleges used different criteria and the designation was not recognized on transcripts.) In Fall 1996 the Dean's Honours List procedures were revised to include all undergraduate programs.

Effective Spring 1991 the Dean's Honours List procedures were extended to accommodate part-time study (see 2. below). Part-time students must contact their College Dean's Office to formally request that the Dean's Honours List designation be applied to their official transcript. As part of the request, the student must identify the semester to be considered for the listing (e.g. Fall 2000). Approved requests will be forwarded by the Dean's Office to the Associate Registrar, Undergraduate Program Services. The Dean's Honours List will include:

Students who have consistently maintained a high average, but for whom a change in program; in part-time status in the graduating semester; or other anomalies have prevented placement on the Dean's Honours List, should consult the appropriate dean's office about eligibility for the Dean's Honours List.

Students with a high level of academic achievement on exchange programs will be considered for the Dean's Honours List based on a recommendation to the appropriate Dean from the exchange coordinator.

Note: The calculation of full-time and part-time status for students includes courses with credit (CRD) standing or pass (P) standing. These courses do not affect the calculation of the averages used to determine Dean's Honours. Within each period of consideration there must be at least one course with a numeric grade for a student to qualify for Dean's Honours List unless the student has been on exchange for that period.

Deferred Privileges

When students do not write a required final examination, complete a final assignment, or complete a work term report by the deadline, they may be eligible for a deferred privilege. A deferred privilege is the opportunity to complete the final course requirements after the end of the semester. The nature of the deferred privilege may take the form of either a deferred condition or a deferred examination. The Academic Review Sub-Committee grants deferred privileges on the basis of medical, psychological, or compassionate consideration (see Academic Consideration and Appeals). Deferred privileges are normally completed early in the semester immediately following the semester in which the course was taken.

If the Academic Review Sub-Committee assigns a passing grade or credit standing (CRD) on the basis of medical, psychological, or compassionate consideration, a student may request a deferred privilege instead. The student must make the request in writing to Undergraduate Program Services, Office of Registrarial Services within 10 days of the release of the grades. The grade resulting from the deferred privilege will become part of the student's official academic record.

Instructors do not grant deferred privileges. They can only grant academic consideration for work that is due during the semester and cannot grant extensions beyond their deadline for submission of final grades. The instructor should note on the "Instructor's Recommendation" form any special circumstances relating either to the student or to the way the course was conducted (see Final Grades).

Undergraduate Program Services records the results of deferred privileges, and re-evaluates the student's academic record for continuation of study. If continuation of study requirements have not been met the Academic Review Sub-Committee will revise the student's academic standing.

Deferred Condition

Deferred Examination

Procedures

Deferred Condition

The instructor and/or the department determines the requirements and conduct of the deferred condition. The deferred condition may be a written test, an oral test, an assignment, a laboratory practical, or any other method of evaluation. The requirements for completion of the deferred condition are documented on the "Terms of Supplemental/ Deferred Condition" form and a copy of the form is retained by the instructor and the student. The department notifies the Schedules Section of the results of a deferred condition, normally within 4 days of its completion.

Students must normally complete a deferred condition within 15 class days of the start of the semester immediately following the completion of the course. The Schedules Section, Office of Registrarial Services, advises students in writing of the deadline for the completion of a condition. In addition, the Schedules Section sends the student a "Terms of Supplemental/Deferred Condition" form. It is the student's responsibility to contact the instructor and make arrangements for the details of the condition.

The Schedules Section advises departments in writing of the students who have been granted deferred conditions. The memorandum specifies the date for completion of the deferred condition, and the deadline for the submission of final grades to Undergraduate Program Services. It is the responsibility of the department to advise the appropriate instructors of the deferred conditions that have been granted.

If the condition is not completed by the required date, a grade is assigned based on the term work completed as indicated on the original "Instructor's Recommendation" form. Students may be considered for an extension, or the assignment of a grade based on incomplete work, if medical or compassionate reasons prevail at the time of the scheduled condition. In this case, the student should consult with their program counsellor and may submit a "Request for Academic Consideration" form with documentation to Undergraduate Program Services, Office of Registrarial Services.

Deferred Examination

The Schedules Section, Office of Registrarial Services, schedules and supervises deferred examinations that are two hours in length. The Schedules Section notifies departments of the deferred examination schedule and advises the students of the date, time and location of their deferred examinations. The Academic Review Sub-Committees expect students to write deferred examinations during the deferred examination period that follows the end of the semester (refer to Section III--Schedule of Dates).

Students may request an extension, or the assignment of a grade based on incomplete work, if medical or compassionate reasons prevail at the time of the scheduled examination. In this case, the student must submit a Request for Academic Consideration with documentation to Undergraduate Program Services, Office of Registrarial Services. When a deferred examination is scheduled, the department must send one paper for each student granted a deferred examination in the course, plus one extra paper for the course to the Schedules Section, Office of Registrarial Services.

Procedures

Department Chair's Responsibilities

To request a deferred examination from the individual instructor upon request from the Schedules Section, Office of Registrarial Services and to inform instructors of students who have been granted deferred conditions.

To forward the examination papers to the Schedules Section by the date indicated in the request letter.

To distribute the completed examination booklets to the appropriate instructor for marking.

In the case where the student is unable to make contact with the instructor to determine the nature of a deferred condition, take necessary steps to assist the student in determining the requirements for the condition.

To initial all grades submitted by instructors and forward them to the Examinations Clerk, Scheduling Section, Office of Registrarial Services, by the date indicated in the request letter.

Instructor's Responsibilities

In the case of a deferred condition, the instructor is to complete the "Terms of Supplemental/Deferred Condition" form, provide the student with a copy and keep a copy. The instructor must adhere to the deadlines for the completion of the condition and the submission of the final grades to the Schedules Section, Office of Registrarial Services.

Registrar's Responsibilities

Undergraduate Program Services informs the student and the Schedules Section of the academic review decisions; evaluates the continuation of study status when the deferred grades have been recorded; and updates the academic standing on the file with the decision of the Academic Review Sub-Committee.

The Schedules Section informs the department that the Academic Review Sub-Committee has granted a deferred condition or examination; informs students who have been granted a deferred condition that it is their responsibility to contact the instructor to arrange the condition; specifies a deadline for completion of deferred conditions; prepares a deferred examination timetable and notifies all students who have been granted a deferred examination; requests the deferred examination papers from the chair of the department; invigilates the deferred examinations; forwards the completed examination papers to the chair of the department; and collects the final grades.

Student's Responsibilities

When the Academic Review Sub-Committee grants a deferred condition, it is the student's responsibility to contact the instructor and present the "Terms of Supplemental/Deferred Condition" form upon notification. The student must contact the instructor immediately in order to be able to complete the condition prior to the deadline specified by the Schedules Section, Undergraduate Program Services. The deadline is normally within 15 class days of the start of the semester immediately following the completion of the course. The student should have the instructor complete the form stating the exact nature of the deferred condition. If the student cannot contact the instructor, he/she must contact the chair of the department offering the course. If the student does not make the required contact within the deadline specified by the Schedules Section, the University will assume that the student does not intend to complete the condition, and cancel the deferred privilege.

When a deferred examination is granted, it is the student's responsibility to appear for the deferred examination on the date and time designated on the deferred examination timetable.

A fee for the deferred privilege(s) must be submitted by the student prior to the completion of the deferred privilege(s) (refer to Section VI--Schedule of Fees).

Dropping Courses

All course drops from a student's program for a particular semester are to be completed by the dates specified in the Schedule of Dates (refer to Section III). Courses that are one semester long must be dropped by the end of the fortieth class day; whereas, two semester courses must be dropped by the last day of the add period in the second semester. The dropping of a course after the deadline is allowed only in exceptional circumstances and requires the approval of the program counsellor of the program in which the student is registered.

Deadline Dates

In all cases, if course changes are made, using WebAdvisor or the "Undergraduate Course Request" form, the changes must be made by the drop deadline (refer to Section VI--Schedule of Fees for the refund schedule).

The deadline dates for dropping courses (i.e. the fortieth class day) are noted in Section III--Schedule of Dates.

Instructor Notification

In some cases the instructor must be notified when a student is dropping a courses, for example, where students care for laboratory animals, or where supplies or books on loan must be returned. If instructor notification is required to drop the course, this will be specified on the course outline and announced in the first class meeting.

Refunds

Refer to Section VI--Schedule of Fees for refund schedule. Normally, changes to the effective date of dropped courses are only allowed for documented medical or compassionate reasons and require the approval of the program counsellor.

Regular Courses

Regular courses may be dropped from the start of the add period to the fortieth class day without approval except where instructor notification is required (see Instructor Notification above).

Two-Semester Courses

When dropping two-semester courses, both semesters of the course must be dropped. Students who wish to re-take a two-semester course must re-take both parts of the course. The drop deadline for a two-semester course is the last day of the add period in the second semester.

Examinations

During the examination period, Saturday is considered a regular day. Examinations may be scheduled on public holidays. Students are advised to note Section III--Schedule of Dates. Students who encounter a conflict between a scheduled mid-term or final examination and a religious obligation must contact the instructor-in-charge to request that alternate arrangements be made. A listing of major religious holidays is available from the Office of Student Affairs. If alternate arrangements cannot be made the student may submit a "Request for Academic Consideration" form and obtain approval for a deferred privilege from the Academic Review Sub-Committee prior to the scheduled examination. Verifying documentation must be presented and the granting of consideration is at the discretion of the University.

Final Examinations

Mid-Term Examinations

Policy on Student Access to Final Examination Materials

Mid-Term Examinations

The following is the University policy as approved by the Senate on November 21, 1972.

Term tests must not be schedule during the last five class days prior to the final examination period.

Departments are urged by the Board of Undergraduate Studies to make every effort to schedule term tests and examinations in regularly scheduled class time. The Board recommends that faculty make every effort to accommodate students representing the University in extra-curricular activities when there is a conflict between those activities and scheduled tests or examinations held outside regularly scheduled classes.

The directors of schools and department chairs must apply the policy having due regard to the special needs of courses over which they have jurisdiction.

In addition, mid-term examinations should be scheduled such that no conflicts occur with a regularly scheduled class or section. In the event of a conflict the scheduled meeting holds priority.

The Board of Undergraduate Studies has reaffirmed the commitment to maintain the 17:20 to 19:00 time slot free of academic activities. Request for scheduling out-of-class mid-term examinations should therefore be restricted to normal academic hours (8:30 - 17:20 and 19:00 - 22:00). In the event that appropriate space is not available during normal hours, the use of the 17:20-19:00 time slot may be approved.

All rooms for mid-term examinations are to be booked through the Reservations Clerk, Schedules Section, Undergraduate Program Services.

Students who encounter a conflict between a scheduled mid-term examination and a religious obligation must contact the instructor-in-charge to request that alternate arrangements be made. A listing of major religious holidays is available from the Office of Student Affairs.

Department Chair's Responsibilities

Department chairs shall:

Instructor's Responsibilities

Faculty members:

Final Examinations

The following is the University policy as approved by the Senate on November 21, 1972.

Where final tests or final examinations are to be given they must be given during the examination period. All final examinations shall be two hours in duration. The following guidelines for conducting final examinations have been approved by the Board of Undergraduate Studies:

The Office of Registrarial Services of the University is the final arbiter of the manner of conducting examinations and he/she receives general directives on policy from the Provost and Vice President (Academic), and the Board of Undergraduate Studies.

The Office of Registrarial Services will, in cooperation with the appropriate examiners, establish special examination procedures as and when needed, for students who have temporary or permanent physical handicaps, e.g. accident victims, the blind, the epileptic, those with cerebral palsy, etc. Medical opinion shall be sought whenever there is doubt about the extent of the disability.

Student's Responsibilities

Department Chair's Responsibilities

Responsible for the security of the examinations printed in the department for the instructor.

Printing the required number of copies for each examination.

Responsible for distributing the copies of the examination to the instructor on the date set for the examination.

Distributing a copy of the "Final Examination Seating Plan" to each instructor concerned. The timetable is sent from the Office of Registrarial Services in course number sequence approximately one week prior to the final examinations.

Responsible for the conduct of all examinations held in their department by their faculty. They shall be responsible for appointing invigilators. The instructor-in-charge of the examination shall be the faculty member responsible for the course and the setting of the examination or a designate.

To distribute the examination attendance records provided by the Office of Registrarial Services.

To appoint invigilators for examinations under the direction of the Office of Registrarial Services (2 invigilators for a class of 20-25 students and 1 additional invigilator for each additional 50 students in a class, thus a class of 125 students should have 4 invigilators).

Completing the examination information sheets by the requested deadline dates, and informing the Schedules Section, Office of Registrarial Services, regarding any requests for changes.

Instructor's Responsibilities

The faculty member responsible for the course and the setting of the examination, or a designate, shall be the instructor-in-charge for that course.

If it becomes necessary to change an examination time or to add a final examination, the instructor-in-charge of the course is required to contact the Schedules Section, Office of Registrarial Services, and once a time is set, obtain the written approval of all students.

To advise the Schedules Section, Office of Registrarial Services, prior to the examination if an "open book" examination is to be written; otherwise, it will be considered "closed book".

To be present at the examination room thirty minutes prior to commencement of the examination and to be responsible for distribution of examination papers, attendance cards, if used, and other authorized materials.

To be responsible for the taking of attendance during the first hour of the examination period. (Attendance cards are used in the Athletic Centre and class lists in other locations.)

To be responsible for arranging the pick-up of examination books and papers and comparing the number of examinations collected to the number of attendance cards or student signatures collected. These records should be retained by the department for a period of one semester.

To ensure all examination books are securely packaged.

The instructor-in-charge and their invigilators shall not allow any student to enter the examination room after the first 60 minutes nor allow any student to leave during the first 60 or last 15 minutes of the examination period.

Include all instructions regarding the examination on the examination paper, i.e., writing on every other line, writing on the right hand pages of the book. No verbal instructions can be made at the examination hall with the exception of corrections to printed instructions and material.

Where a student does not write the final examination, the instructor shall follow the procedures outlined under Academic Consideration in this section of the calendar.

The instructors who wish to hold formal oral examinations should discuss procedures with their department chair. The latter may, of course, refer to the Registrar for guidance on University regulations.

Registrar's Responsibilities

A "Departmental Final Examination" form is distributed by the Schedules Section, Office of Registrarial Services, to all department chairs approximately six weeks prior to the semester to which it applies.

The Final Examination Timetable is computer prepared and is based on student course selections made during the course selection period. The Final Examination Timetable is available to the students at least 2 days prior to the start of classes.

Approximately 6 weeks prior to the start of final examinations, a Final Examination Seating Plan Information Sheet is distributed by the Schedules Section, Office of Registrarial Services, to the department chair. The department chair is asked to have the form completed by the deadline date in order that a seating plan can be arranged. It is most important that all information sheets be returned by the deadline date.

Under normal circumstances, changes to the published examination timetable are not allowed.

To provide each instructor-in-charge with an examination attendance record in the form of a print-out of all students registered in the course or attendance cards for those examinations being written in the Athletic Centre.

Examinations held in the Athletic Centre shall be under the direction of the Office of Registrarial Services or designate who shall be the coordinator responsible for the conduct of examinations during the final examination period.

The coordinator will start and end the examination.

The coordinator shall assist the instructor-in-charge to ensure that no student enters the examination room after the first 60 minutes or leaves during the first 60 minutes or the last 15 minutes of the examination period.

The Office of Registrarial Services shall prepare a set of guidelines for the instructor-in-charge and invigilators which will assist them in carrying out their duties in the examination rooms.

Students in distance education courses who live further than 170 km from campus will write their final examination at a selected off-campus examination site close to where they live. For further information please contact the Office of Open Learning at (519) 767-5000.

Policy on Student Access to Final Examination Materials

Final examination papers and final assignments are to be retained by faculty members for a period of one semester.

Printed or written materials directly related to examinations conducted in the final examination time period published in the Undergraduate Calendar, or related to final assignments shall be made available to a student, upon submission of a written request to the department chair. The request shall be submitted by the fifth class day of the next semester.

Printed or written materials to be made available include the examination question paper, the marking scheme keyed to desired responses to questions, where appropriate; the student's response to the examination questions; and records taken by examiners during oral or any other examination. Faculty members are encouraged to discuss openly with the student any questions raised. The department chair will make the necessary arrangements for student access to the material. When a large number of requests are received in connection with a specific course or when a faculty member is on leave it may be necessary for the department chair to delay access and make special arrangements, e.g., the posting of the marking scheme on a bulletin board, the scheduling of a special meeting at which the faculty member will review the examination, etc.

Exchange Programs

Exchange programs between the University of Guelph and other institutions are defined by the terms of formal exchange agreements. A copy of each agreement must be approved by the Associate Vice-President (Academic) and registered with the Associate Registrar, Undergraduate Program Services.

Students participating in exchange programs pay full-time tuition fees at their home university, but select their courses at the university they will be visiting. The grades are recorded there and forwarded to the home institution at the end of the semester or academic year. Each institution participating in an exchange program designates a coordinator who will be responsible for arranging the details of the exchange. Students are advised not to leave on exchange without the written approval of the receiving university.

Students must pay their full-time fees and select their courses prior to leaving on exchange. "Exchange Program Course Selection Request" forms are available from Undergraduate Program Services, Office of Registrarial Services. Details on specific exchange programs can be found in Section V--International Study Opportunities.

Courses taken on exchange will appear on the transcript as non-specific University of Guelph courses and will be graded using the Outstanding/Pass/Fail format. Grades will be determined by the exchange coordinator using an official transcript submitted by the host institution.

Informal exchange programs where a formal agreement does not exist must be conducted by means of a letter of permission and tuition fees will be paid to the receiving institution (refer to Section VI--Schedule of Fees).

Failed Courses

In general, a student who is eligible for continuation of study in the program but has failed to gain standing in one or more of the courses attempted will be required to repeat the course(s) or take an alternative credit. However, the University recognizes that there may be cases where it is unreasonable for the student to repeat the course to make up for the lost credit.

Therefore, the Academic Review Sub-Committee may, if appropriate and feasible, and only under special circumstances, allow a student the opportunity to gain credit standing in a failed course by granting a supplemental privilege. It is unlikely that any student with a final grade of less than 40% would meet the requirements of the granting of a supplemental privilege. The decision to grant the privilege will normally be made in consultation with the instructor and a review of the student's course performance during the semester.

The Academic Review Sub-Committees will consider granting a supplemental privilege in the following special circumstances:

The original failing grade will remain on the student's academic record. A notation of "P" or "F" will be shown beside the original failing grade to show that a supplemental privilege was granted and whether the outcome resulted in credit (P) or not (F).

Multiple Failure Limitations

Students should note that some programs limit the number of times a student may repeat failed courses. A student may not be permitted to continue in his/her major and/or program should they fail the same course, or its equivalent, mutliple times. Multiple failure limitations are noted in Program Requirements by Degree Program in Chapter X--Degree Programs.

Grades

Grading Procedures

Grade Reassessment

Grading System

Release of Final Grades

Submission of Final Grades

Grading System

Two-semester courses constitute two course attempts and will appear as such on the student academic record. These courses are indivisible and the same grade will apply for each attempt.

A refined grading system was approved by Senate on May 21, 1991 effective Spring 1992 as follows:

A+

90-100%

C

63-66

A

85-89

C-

60-62

A-

80-84

D+

57-59

B+

77-79

D

53-56

B

73-76

D-

50-52

B-

70-72

F

0-49

C+

67-69

Courses taken on exchange are graded using the Outstanding /Pass /Fail alternate grading system (refer to Exchanges, Section V--Special Study Opportunities; Exchanges). In addition, selected University of Guelph courses, approved by the Board of Undergraduate Studies, will use this alternate grading system.

Alternate Grading System

OP

Outstanding (Pass)

P

Pass

F

Fail

Other Grade Notations

AUD

Audit

CRD

Credit

DEF

Deferred Privilege

INC

Incomplete

INP

In Progress

MNR

Mark Not Received

WF

Withdrawn with Failure

WNP

Withdrawn No Penalty

XXF

Supplemental Privilege Failed

(XX denotes the original failing grade)

XXP

Supplemental Privilege Passed

(XX denotes the original failing grade)

Grading Procedures

Feedback to students on work completed or in progress is an integral part of teaching and learning in that it allows students to measure their understanding of material and their progress on learning objectives. Feedback often goes beyond grading-an indication of the standard achieved-to include comments on the particular strengths and weaknesses of a student's performance. While the nature and frequency of such feedback will vary with the course, the University of Guelph is committed to providing students with appropriate and timely feedback on their work. Particularly in 1000 and 2000 level courses, instructors are urged to provide some feedback prior to the 40th class day.

Resolution 1

That the assignment of grades at the University of Guelph be based on clearly defined standards, which are to be published in the Undergraduate Calendar for the benefit of faculty and students and that the definitions for each of the numerical grade range (letter grades) be as follows:

80 - 100 (A) Excellent. An outstanding performance in which the student demonstrates a superior grasp of the subject matter, and an ability to go beyond the given material in a critical and constructive manner. The student demonstrates a high degree of creative and/or logical thinking, a superior ability to organize, to analyze, and to integrate ideas, and a thorough familiarity with the appropriate literature and techniques.

70 - 79 (B) Good. A more than adequate performance in which the student demonstrates a thorough grasp of the subject matter, and an ability to organize and examine the material in a critical and constructive manner. The student demonstrates a good understanding of the relevant issues and a familiarity with the appropriate literature and techniques.

60 - 69 (C) Acceptable. An adequate performance in which the student demonstrates a generally adequate grasp of the subject matter and a moderate ability to examine the material in a critical and constructive manner. The student displays an adequate understanding of the relevant issues, and a general familiarity with the appropriate literature and techniques.

50 - 59 (D) Minimally Acceptable. A barely adequate performance in which the student demonstrates a familiarity with the subject matter, but whose attempts to examine the material in a critical and constructive manner are only partially successful. The student displays some understanding of the relevant issues, and some familiarity with the appropriate literature and techniques.

0 - 49 (F) Fail. An inadequate performance.

Resolution 2

That instructors must use evaluation criteria which measure quality of performance and not merely activity.

Resolution 3

That instructors are not to use predetermined, arbitrary distributions in the assignment of grades in individual courses.

Resolution 4

That, at least by the first class meeting of the course [(Special Schedule), by the end of the first week of classes for distance education courses], instructors must provide students, with written course outlines which state clearly the course requirements and the methods of evaluation and provide an indication of the timing of evaluation.

Resolution 5

That the methods and/or timing of evaluation as indicated on the course outline should not to be changed after the first class meeting except under strictly adhered to conditions. Notice of proposed change and of the class at which consent is to be sought, must be given at a previous scheduled class. Where the change is supported by the instructor and is consistent with University policies and procedures such change may be enacted with the unanimous consent of students. If unanimous consent of the students has not been obtained, the change may be enacted only with the approval of the chair of the department and only if alternative and equitable accommodation is available to students opposed to the change.

Resolution 6

That all term tests, assignments, laboratory reports, etc., should be returned to, or discussed with students, without undue delay and in any case before the last day of the examination period. If the material is necessary for the preparation of the final examination, it must be returned or discussed as soon as possible and in any case no later than three days before the examination.

Resolution 7

That departments must coordinate multiple section courses in terms of course content, evaluation procedures and final grades.

Department also refers to schools and to colleges (where multiple section courses are offered by, or coordinated by the Office of a College Dean).

Resolution 8

That each department must keep under continual review its grading procedures and matters that relate to academic standards to make sure the University's policies are being applied.

Resolution 9

That normally all courses at the 1000 and 2000 levels shall have final examinations and that exceptions require the approval of the Chair of the Department.

To specify clearly the administrative responsibility of chairs with respect to the methods of evaluation, the setting of examinations and the determining of grades in courses in their departments. The Board of Undergraduate Studies has by formal resolution undertaken to do as follows:

Resolution 10

Senate resolved on June 21, 1977 that in determining grades for written assignments the instructor should take into consideration the student's ability to use correctly and effectively the language appropriate to the assignment.

Resolution 11

Senate resolved on March 21, 1978 that the chair should review, prior to the commencement of classes, the manner in which a faculty member intends to conduct a course and to determine final grades. If the chair disagrees with the faculty member's intention or subsequently with the implementation of the stated intentions, the chair will discuss his/her concerns with the faculty member. If agreement cannot be reached, the matter will be referred to an appropriate department committee which will advise the chair in reaching his/her decision. The advice may include a recommendation on examination procedures.

Submission of Final Grades

General Information

Undergraduate Program Services, Office of Registrarial Services, distributes the "Grade Report" forms to the departments one week prior to the examinations period for the semester. The grade reports contain an up-to-date list of students registered in each course and specify the deadline date for submission of grades to Undergraduate Program Services, Office of Registrarial Services.

Accompanying the final grade reports are a number of copies of the "Instructor's Recommendation" form.

Instructor's Responsibilities

The instructor (department) is to retain all final examination papers and term assessments not returned to students for a period of one semester. The "Grade Report" form distributed by Undergraduate Program Services, Office of Registrarial Services, will carry the due date for grades for each course. The due dates are established in accordance with the regulations of the Senate.

Grades must be submitted to Undergraduate Program Services by the deadline stated on the Grade Report. The early submission of grades will assist in their processing. Grades that are not received prior to the printing of student grade reports are reported as "MNR" (mark not received).

The "Grade Report" form lists all officially registered students in a class. The department must explain any changes to the list, e.g., in the case of:

Instructors must not grant an extension of time to any student beyond the final date for submission of grades. Instructors should report students who do not satisfy course requirements by that date on an "Instructor's Recommendation" form.

Instructor's Recommendation Form

Instructors should only submit grades for students who have completed their final work for a course. If a student does not complete a final examination or final assignment, the instructor must enter "INC" (incomplete) on the "Grade Report" form and complete an "Instructor's Recommendation" form for the student. The "Instructor's Recommendation" form is available from the chair of the department. Departments must submit the "Instructor's Recommendation" form(s) along with the "Grade Report" form to Undergraduate Program Services, Office of Registrarial Services. The Academic Review Sub-Committee will contact the faculty and/or department chairs at the time of meetings if this procedure is not followed. The instructor's recommendations assist the members of the Academic Review Sub-Committee in making their decision. The instructor must complete all sections of the form for each student reported.

Student's Responsibilities

Students must have all final assignments completed and submitted to instructors by the deadline dates indicated in the course outline. Instructors cannot grant extensions beyond the deadline for submission of grades. Students who are unable to satisfy the submission deadlines established by the instructor and who wish special consideration for medical, psychological or compassionate reasons should request academic consideration (refer to Academic Consideration and Appeals).

Department Chair's Responsibilities

The chair of the department signs student grades in the designated area on the "Grade Report" form. The department chair's signature indicates that he/she believes that the grades for that course adhere to the academic regulations of Senate.

If the chair has reason to believe that the academic regulations of Senate have not been adhered to, he/she will consult with the faculty member and, if necessary, the college dean. If the chair, after such consultation, still believes that the academic regulations of Senate have not been adhered to, he/she must submit the grades without approval through the college dean to the Provost and Vice-President (Academic). The grades must be accompanied by a complete report. The Provost and Vice-President (Academic) will act to ensure that the academic regulations of Senate are adhered to.

The department chair should be available for consultation during the meetings of the Academic Review Sub-Committees.

The Board of Undergraduate Studies strongly encourages each chair, at his/her discretion, to conduct a periodic review of the methods of assessment, class averages, distribution of grades and failure rates in courses offered by that department to ensure that grade abuse does not occur (refer to Final Grades).

Registrar's Responsibilities

Undergraduate Program Services records the examination results; notifies students of their grades; notifies program counsellors of incomplete grades; and records deferred privilege decisions (refer to Deferred Privileges).

Program Counsellor's Responsibilities

The program counsellor reviews the list of "INC" (incomplete) courses, matching medical documentation, requests for academic consideration, and counselling files (refer to Deferred Privileges). The program counsellor in conjunction with the Academic Review Sub-Committee assigns deferred privileges where appropriate and forwards decisions to Undergraduate Program Services, Office of Registrarial Services.

Release of Final Grades

University grades are official on the day that they are issued to students (refer to Section III - Schedule of Dates). It is the responsibility of the Office of Registrarial Services to release the grades to the student and to record the grades on the student's official University transcript.

All grade reports are released by mail. It is the responsibility of the student to ensure that correct address information is reported to Undergraduate Program Services, Office of Registrarial Services, so that the grade report is released to the desired address. Duplicate copies are not released until the first day of classes of the subsequent semester. Students who require confirmation before that date may request an official transcript upon payment of the transcript fee. Changes of address for purposes of grade release must be reported to Undergraduate Program Services, Office of Registrarial Services, prior to the last scheduled day of examinations for that semester.

Grade reports for students who have been advised by Student Financial Services, Office of Registrarial Services, that they are on academic sanction will not be released by Undergraduate Program Services until notification/authorization is received indicating that the account has been cleared to the satisfaction of Student Financial Services. To receive grades, students must clear their sanction by the last day of classes.

Grade reports for graduating students not intending to return in the next semester will be forwarded to the graduation address as reported to and maintained by the Convocation Clerk, Undergraduate Program Services.

Students who are required to withdraw will be notified at their mailing address and at their campus P.O. box.

Fall and Winter grades for students who have indicated an intention to return in the following semester are sent to the campus P.O. box otherwise the grades will be sent to the mailing address.

Spring grades are sent to the mailing address.

Summer Session I grades are released approximately two weeks after the conclusion of examinations. The grades and the continuation of study status are considered to be unofficial until the end of the Spring Semester. An official and final grade report will be mailed at that time.

Grade Reassessment

Calculation Errors or Omissions

Methods or Criteria Used in Establishing Final Grades

Misapplication of an Academic Regulation or Procedure

Grade re-assessment is the process of reviewing the calculation of grades, or the methods and criteria used to establish final grades for a student in a course or misapplication of an academic regulation. The outcome of a grade re-assessment may be a grade increase, a grade decrease, or no change to the grade. The detection of errors or omissions in the calculation of final grades will result in the assignment of a revised grade. Students normally initiate grade re-assessments, but instructors may initiate this process. However, instructors must NOT use the grade re-assessment process to:

Calculation Errors or Omissions

Students who believe there have been errors or omissions in the calculation of their final grade for a course may request a grade reassessment. They must submit a request in writing to the chair of the department offering the course no later than the 10th class day of the succeeding semester. The request must pertain to work completed during the semester and must contain a statement of the specific reasons why the grade does not adequately reflect academic performance in the course. Students must also submit relevant assignments or tests that have been returned to them.

The chair shall forward the student's request to the instructor and the instructor shall respond to the chair within five class days. The instructor has the responsibility of reviewing the appropriateness of the assigned grade in relation to the student's work, and of ensuring that the calculation and totalling of marks is accurate. The instructor must reply to the chair, in writing, giving assurance that the review is complete.

Where there is a change in the grade, the chair signs the "Grade Reassessment" form and forwards it to Undergraduate Program Services, Office of Registrarial Services. The Office of Registrarial Services will advise the student in writing of the change of grade. If there is no change to the grade, it is the chair's responsibility to inform the student in writing.

Methods or Criteria Used in Establishing Final Grades

The course outline distributed to the class at the beginning of the semester defines the methods and criteria used in establishing final grades for a course. The methods and criteria must conform to the grading procedures established by Senate and be continually reviewed by the department (see Final Grades).

Students who believe that the methods or criteria used by an instructor in determining a final grade have been unfair, unreasonable or inconsistent with the course outline, should request the chair of the department offering the course to review the methods or criteria used. They should submit the request in writing by the 20th day of the subsequent semester and should state the reasons for the request.

The chair shall make an effort to resolve the matter to the satisfaction of both parties as soon as possible without referring the matter to a third party or to a department committee.

If both parties are able to come to an agreement, the chair shall prepare a statement of the agreement to be signed by both parties. If the agreement results in a change to the grade of the student, the chair shall send a copy of the statement to the dean who shall take the appropriate action and inform Undergraduate Program Services, Office of Registrarial Services.

If at any time the chair decides that he/she cannot resolve the matter informally, he/she will terminate all efforts at reconciliation and notify both the student and the instructor of this decision. The chair will advise the student to make an appeal to the Senate Committee on Student Petitions. The student must appeal to the committee within 10 days of being advised of the termination of the chair's efforts. Both the instructor and the chair are free to discuss the student's work with the student or another instructor in the department, but are not obliged to do so.

Misapplication of an Academic Regulation or Procedure

Academic regulations and procedures pertaining to grades can be found in the subsection of the "Grades" section entitled "Grading Procedures". Students who believe that the misapplication of an academic regulation or procedure has affected their final grade in a course should discuss their concern with the instructor. If the concern is not resolved to their satisfaction they may submit a complaint in writing to the chair of the department offering the course.

If the chair has reason to believe that the instructor has not adhered to the grading procedures established by Senate (see Final Grades) or other academic regulations of Senate, the chair should consult with the faculty member and, if necessary, the college dean. Ultimately, the Provost and Vice President (Academic) may have to take the necessary action to ensure compliance with the academic regulations of Senate.

Graduate Courses

Graduate courses taken by undergraduate students will not normally be credited to a graduate program at the University of Guelph.

If the graduate course is used for credit toward any undergraduate program requirement, it cannot be considered subsequently for credit toward a graduate degree at the University.

Undergraduate courses taken while registered in the Faculty of Graduate Studies cannot be used toward a baccalaureate degree program.

Graduation

Academic Residence Requirements

Conditions for Graduation

Calendar

Certificates and Diplomas

Graduation Fee

Granting of Baccalaureate

Honours Equivalent

Procedures

Second Degrees

Specializations

Standing on Graduation

Time Limitations

Conditions for Graduation

The conditions for graduation are regulated by the degree programs. Program specific conditions for graduation are outlined in Section X--Undergraduate Degree Programs.

Academic Residence Requirements

University of Guelph courses include courses taken on exchange and on study abroad programs. Letter of permission courses are not included.

Calendar

Students must satisfy the schedule of studies requirements for the calendar in effect at the time of their last admission to the program or at the time of any subsequent change in the following declared specializations: specialized honours, majors, or areas of concentration. Where students select minors or areas of emphasis, the calendar used to determine the schedule of studies is the same as the calendar used for the major. Changes in minors or areas of emphasis do not necessarily affect the calendar used to determine the schedule of studies. Students may declare a schedule of studies from an alternate calendar if program approval is obtained.

Certificates and Diplomas

To be granted a Certificate or Diploma, the conditions outlined in Section XI--Certificates and Diplomas must be satisfied using the calendar that is in effect at the time of admission to the General Studies program or the Non-Degree category, or at the time of declaration of the Certificate or Diploma. Students who are granted a Certificate or Diploma do not convocate, but have the designation shown on their transcript.

Graduation Fee

A degree and graduation fee is assessed to students in the following manner:

Students who receive more than one degree are assessed a graduation fee for each degree awarded at convocation. The fee in effect at the time of the application is the amount assessed.

Student's Responsibilities

A student must submit a formal application in order to be considered as a candidate for a degree or diploma at a specific convocation ceremony. Convocation ceremonies are held on three occasions throughout the year--early October, mid-February, and early June. Applications for a ceremony must be submitted by the student no later than the deadline for that ceremony as specified in the Section III -- Schedule of Dates (see Applications for Graduation, above).

Following submission of the application to graduate the student will receive confirmation of the application, along with information on subsequent procedures. An additional late fee will be assessed in those cases where changes are requested by the student after the deadline date as this will affect the printing of the degree/diploma parchment.

Although the Office of Registrarial Services will attempt to mail an "Application for Graduation" form to every potential graduate, it is the student's responsibility to ensure that an "Application for Graduation" form is completed and returned to Undergraduate Program Services, Office of Registrarial Services by the published deadline dates in Section III--Schedule of Dates.

Chair's Responsibilities

The department chair receives both the Academic Progress Reports for all students who have applied for a degree with a specialization administered by that department and a listing of those students. The department chair (or designate) must review these records to determine if each student has satisfied:

Each check is to be reported on the form supplied, and the form is to be forwarded to the program counsellor by the date specified on the accompanying memorandum. If an applicant satisfies the requirements for the degree, or diploma sought, Registrarial Services will report the name of the student to the Board of Undergraduate Studies. If an applicant fails to satisfy any requirement(s), Registrarial Services will inform the student of that decision.

Registrar's Responsibilities

Undergraduate Program Services, Office of Registrarial Services prepares a pre-printed "Application for Graduation" form for the appropriate group of regular and special students.

Undergraduate Program Services processes those applications received prior to the deadline and forwards a confirmation of both the receipt of the application and the information supplied by the student and advises students of the date and time of the convocation ceremonies and the procedures to obtain guest tickets.

Undergraduate Program Services forwards Academic Progress Reports and check sheets to department chairs to obtain decisions on eligibility of the applicants. Undergraduate Program Services informs students not approved by the departments of the rejection and the reasons for it.

The Registrar will present a list of all recommended graduands to the Board of Undergraduate Studies for approval.

Granting of Baccalaureate

A student normally must be registered as a degree student in the program for the degree being awarded. However, a student registered in an honours program, may apply to graduate from a general program in the same degree or a different degree, provided that all of the conditions for graduation for that degree have been satisfied using the calendar that is in effect at the time of application. A student with a non-degree program type is not considered for graduation; however, the student should check with their program counsellor for information.

Up to 50% of the requirements for a degree-credit certificate can be applied towards a degree program specialization in order to hold both a degree with a specialization and a specialized certificate.

Honours Equivalent

Students from the University of Guelph or another university may upgrade a degree from the general program to the honours program to obtain an Honours Equivalent recognition. Students may also upgrade a degree from the honours program by the completion of an additional specialization to qualify for the Honours Equivalent recognition. These students are categorized as continuing students and must be readmitted to the program. All previous University of Guelph credits may be utilized toward the equivalent degree from the honours program.

To be granted an Honours Equivalent, students must satisfy the University of Guelph residence requirements. In addition, students must satisfy the conditions for graduation for the specified honours program using the calendar that is in effect at the time of admission into the continuing category.

The students who are granted the Honours Equivalent designation do not receive a second degree parchment and do not participate in a convocation program, but have the designation shown on their transcript. Graduation standing is not assigned for the Honours Equivalent designation.

Procedures

Application for a Certificate or Diploma

A student who is registered in the General Studies program or the Non-Degree category and who expects to complete the requirements as set down in Section XI of the calendar for one of the certificate or diploma programs, should submit an "Application for Completion of Certificate or Diploma" form available from the Convocation Clerk, Undergraduate Program Services, Office of Registrarial Services.

Application for Graduation from Degree Programs

An "Application for Graduation" form will be sent to each student registered at the University in the sixth semester of general degree programs, the eighth semester of honours degree programs. All other students who wish to apply for graduation must contact the Convocation Clerk, Undergraduate Program Services, Office of Registrarial Services, Level 3, University Centre to request the appropriate application.

Applications for each convocation ceremony must be submitted by the deadline dates specified in Section III--Schedule of Dates. Late applications will be accepted for up to 10 working days after the due date with the submission of a late fee (refer to Section VI--Schedule of Fees). After 10 working days late applications will not be accepted but will be held for a subsequent ceremony.

Students who have not received an "Application for Graduation" form one week before the final date for submission of applications should contact the convocation clerk. It is the responsibility of the student to submit the completed form prior to the deadline date.

Official transcripts from the University of Guelph will not show that a degree has been conferred until after the convocation ceremony.

Application for Honours Equivalent

A student who is registered as a Continuing student and who expects to complete the requirements as set down in the calendar for one of the honours programs, should submit an "Application for Completion of Honours Equivalent" form available from the Convocation Clerk, Undergraduate Program Services, Office of Registrarial Services. The same deadlines for applications to graduate apply to the applications for honours equivalent.

Second Degrees

Students from the University of Guelph or from another university may graduate with a second undergraduate degree from the University of Guelph. If they have graduated with their first degree, they must apply for admission to the program for their second degree. However, only 10.00 credits may be transferred from the initial degree program. The course content of the second degree program must be substantially different from that of the first. If University of Guelph students apply to graduate with two different degrees at the same convocation, only 10.00 credits may be transferred from the registered program to the undeclared program. Note: A second degree is judged to be substantially different if:

Specializations

In order for a student to graduate with a specialization in a program, the specialization must be completed as listed in the calendar specified for graduation.

Standing on Graduation

Standing on graduation is noted only for graduates from the honours programs as follows:

Degree with Distinction - Cumulative average of 80% or higher.

Degree with Honours - Cumulative average of 70-79%.

Degree with Standing - Cumulative average of less than 70%.

Standing on graduation is based on the average of the marks received for those courses completed after admission to the program. Standing is only based on the internal University of Guelph academic record.

Time Limitations

Students who do not register in a program of study for 6 or more consecutive semesters are required to apply for readmission. Students who are studying on exchange programs, study abroad, or work terms are considered to be registered at the University.

Hiatus

Students who complete the procedure for registration by mail and who subsequently decide not to attend that semester may cancel their registration by notifying Student Financial Services up to but not including the first class day. Student Financial Services will arrange for the appropriate refund of fees paid. Commencing with the first day of regular classes the formal withdrawal procedure from the University is required and outlined below.

A student intending to begin a Hiatus from the University must notify Undergraduate Program Services, Office of Registrarial Services in writing and complete the Hiatus procedure. A student receiving financial assistance through the Ontario Student Assistance Program is strongly advised to contact Student Financial Services, regarding the status of that award on Hiatus.

A student who begins a Hiatus from the University after the fortieth class day of the semester, other than for illness or compassionate reasons will be considered to have failed the courses for which the student is registered at the time of Hiatus. Documented evidence relating to illness or compassionate reasons must be supplied to Undergraduate Program Services, Office of Registrarial Services, within thirty days of the Hiatus. (See Section VI-- Schedule of Fees regarding Refunds.)

Students who begin a Hiatus period without academic penalty after the termination of the official drop period for medical or psychological reasons must clear their re-entry in a subsequent semester through the dean of the college concerned. Students who withdraw on more than two occasions may be required to meet with the dean in order to clear their re-entry into a subsequent semester. At the discretion of the dean, the condition of re-entry may be a recommendation of either Student Health Services or the Counselling Unit of the Counselling and Student Resource Centre that re-entry is advisable.

Students who wish to appeal the decision of the dean have recourse to the Senate Committee on Student Petitions.

Do not put a stop payment on any cheque that has been presented to Student Financial Services as settlement for tuition fees. This does not constitute notification of your intention to cancel/withdraw from the semester and results in the assessment of a cheque refusal fee (Refer to Section VI--Schedule of Fees).

A student who begins a period of Hiatus from the University must return all outstanding loans from the Library immediately upon Hiatus regardless of the original due date. Any items not returned will be declared "lost" and charged to the student's account.

Letters of Confirmation of Enrolment

Students who require a letter confirming attendance at the University in a given semester should make this request to the Academic Records Section, Office of Registrarial Services.

Letters of Confirmation of Graduation

Students who require a letter confirming graduation from the University should make this request to the Convocation Clerk, Undergraduate Program Services, Office of Registrarial Services.

Letters of Permission

A student at the University of Guelph who wishes to enrol in a course for credit at another institution and have that course considered as a credit toward a University of Guelph degree, must complete a "Request for Letter of Permission" form, available from the program counsellor, and obtain the appropriate approvals as indicated on the request form, prior to applying for admission to the other institution.

Credit for successful completion of such courses will be granted at the University of Guelph if a letter of permission has been presented to the Office of Registrarial Services prior to the student's enrolment at the other institution. A student taking a course on a letter of permission is responsible for ensuring that the other institution forwards the official transcripts directly to Undergraduate Program Services, Office of Registrarial Services. If the transcript for the course taken on a letter of permission is not received by the 20th class day of the semester following completion of the course, a grade of "00" will be entered on the student's internal academic record.

Students are required to complete the courses specified on the "Letter of Permission" during the semester(s) specified during the semester specified on the "Letter of Permission". If the student registers in additional semesters or courses that are not approved by the University of Guelph, the student must apply for readmission.

Withdrawals or non registration in courses taken on a letter of permission must be verified by official documentation from the other institution. Any changes in the courses taken must have the appropriate approvals from the University of Guelph.

All courses for which a letter of permission has been granted (and the grades attained), will be included in all internal academic records, but not in the official transcript of the University of Guelph. These courses will not count as course attempts under the continuation of study regulations. Courses taken on a Letter of Permission will not count in the semester average or the overall academic average.

Students do not normally qualify for a letter of permission in the final semester of their degree program.

Caution: when selecting courses to take on Letter of Permission you should be aware that you may not be able to get into the courses selected. For instance, courses may be full, may have been removed from the schedule, or may conflict with other courses. For this reason, you are encouraged to select more courses that needed but indicate clearly on the Request for Letter of Permission form the number of courses that will be taken. If you need to take a course not listed on the form, you should make every effort to contact your program counsellor in advance of registering in another course in order to obtain approval for the equivalent credit. Departments reserve the right to deny credit equivalency to a course taken without prior approval.

Petitions

The Senate Committee on Student Petitions is comprised of students, faculty and a representative of the Office of Registrarial Services. It is responsible for assessing and disposing of cases submitted to it by any undergraduate or graduate student of the University. The Senate Committee on Student Petitions will consider petitions and conduct hearings on requests which fall under one of the following:

Petitions Concerning a Course Grade(s) Involving Medical, Psychological or Compassionate Grounds

A student may appeal any decision of the Academic Review Sub-Committee to Petitions. The appeal must be submitted to the Office of the Judicial Officer within 90 days of receiving notification of the decision. Requests submitted after this deadline will not normally be considered.

Students should speak to the Judicial Officer before submitting a petition to ensure proper completion of the form.

The Committee will not normally consider a petition concerning an illness or incident that occurred at some time in the past unless there is a reasonable explanation for the delay in submitting the petition.

Petitions Concerning Methods and Criteria Used by an Instructor in Assigning a Course Grade

Before submitting such a petition the student must have submitted a written appeal to the chair of the department of the instructor assigning the course grade and have received from the chair of the department a written statement that every effort has been made at the department level to resolve the issue. The student must provide the Judicial Officer with a clear and concise statement of the allegations.

Priority Access Courses

In cases where enrolment demand habitually exceeds course capacity and there is demonstrated need to restrict access to a particular cohort of students on a priority basis, departments may request the implementation of course restriction rules to ensure priority access to the appropriate student group(s) during the course selection process. The system will provide a message at the time of course selection for students who do not meet the enrolment criteria. In special cases the department may override the restriction by authorizing entry to the course with a signature on an "Course Requisite/Restriction Waiver" form.

Departmental requests for course restriction rules must be directed to the Co-ordinator of Undergraduate Curriculum who will determine if the request is acceptable and will then work with the department or school to develop the appropriate enrolment criteria and confirm that the restriction can be monitored. In general, course restrictions should be clearly defined in the calendar course listings so that students are advised in advance of the intended audience for the course.

New restrictions or changes to existing restrictions must be approved prior to the course selection period in which they are to be implemented.

Prior Learning Assessment

Prior Learning Assessment (P.L.A.) is a mechanism whereby students who have acquired substantial experience in a non-traditional environment have an opportunity to challenge whether such learning is equivalent to a course(s) offered at the University. Note: P.L.A. will only be available to a student if sufficient evidence is provided that the course material was acquired outside a degree program at a University. A request to challenge a course that has already been attempted at university will not normally be granted.

P.L.A. is not open to students who simply wish to challenge a course. Students will be required to sign a contract stating that the learning occurred other than in a university course. Not all courses are appropriate for challenge. Each department has the responsibility of determining which of its courses may be subject to a P.L.A. challenge. The challenge process could include one or more assessment methods, including standardized tests, written and/or oral examinations, performance evaluations, interviews, and portfolio assessment. All these assessments require that the individual demonstrate, to a qualified faculty member (or to qualified faculty members), that pre-determined knowledge and skills have been acquired.

The maximum number of credits a student can challenge is 5.00 for degree programs, or 30% of the certificate requirement for open learners. Credits acquired through P.L.A. will be assigned credit status (CRD) and will be on the official transcript.

Students wishing to challenge a course(s) should contact Undergraduate Program Services to obtain an application form. A request must include a clear statement as to the course(s) you wish to challenge, an explanation of how the knowledge necessary for the course was gained, and any relevant supporting documentation to validate the claim. Requests will be forwarded to the appropriate department(s) for evaluation. Upon receipt of the response from all the departments concerned, Undergraduate Program Services will inform the student which, if any, courses have been approved for challenge.

If a challenge has been granted, the department will determine the nature of the assessment and the deadline by which time the work must be complete. It is the student's responsibility to contact the department with respect to the details of the assessment within three weeks of being informed by Undergraduate Program Services of being granted the privilege. Upon completion of the assigned task(s), the department will inform the Office of Registrarial Services as to the student's success or failure of the challenge.

Those students (a) whose application for a challenge is reviewed by the faculty members of the department concerned, and who are subsequently denied the opportunity to challenge, or (b) who fail a challenge examination, may appeal the decision first to the chair of the department, and subsequently, if necessary, to the dean of the college.

Readmission

Previously registered students must apply to Admission Services for readmission under any of the following conditions:

Readmission to a program at the University of Guelph is not automatic. Students who are required to withdraw must apply for readmission to the University after completing the minimum two semesters of rustication. Students should consult Section IV - Admission Information regarding appropriate admission requirements and deadline dates. Applications for readmission should include a statement which outlines the basis for readmission. Criteria used for readmission may differ by academic program. Students considering readmission should consult with the appropriate program counsellor regarding procedures and criteria for readmission to that program.

Students requiring readmission must apply to Admission Services, Office of Registrarial Services, University Centre, Level 3. Applications for readmission must be submitted by the deadline date established for each semester (see Section III--Schedule of Dates). An application fee is payable at the time the application is submitted (see Section VI--Schedule of Fees).

On December 19, 1995, the University Senate approved the following policy for the granting of credit while on rustication:

Note: This policy applies to any university credit course taken during the rustication period, be it distance or on-campus, taken in open learning programs from either our university or at another university.

Registration

A student is considered as registered for a particular semester only when courses to be attempted for that semester have been reported to the Registrar no later than the third class day and financial arrangements, satisfactory to Student Financial Services, have been made for the associated tuition and other fees. Coincident with the registration process, students may complete other business arrangements with the University such as reporting of address information, receipt of post office box keys, residence payments, meal card contracts, parking permits, and receipt of identification cards.

New Students

In-Course Students

New Students

A day is set aside for the registration of new students prior to the commencement of classes, and it is the student's responsibility to attend at the appropriate time. The schedule for "New Student Registration" is published in the Course Selection booklet.

In-Course Students

All in-course students must complete the registration procedures prior to the deadline dates as published in Section III--Schedule of Dates.

While advance billings will be forwarded to students who have indicated an intention to register in a particular semester, it is the responsibility of all in-course and returning students to ensure that satisfactory arrangements are made with Student Financial Services prior to the deadline. Students who have not received the advance billing form should request a permit to register from the Academic Records Section. Arrangements for registration after the deadline date will be assessed an additional late registration fee.

Students who are readmitted will be advised of registration procedures. Questions should be directed to Undergraduate Program Services.

Note: In-course students who complete the registration procedures are advised that this registration is conditional on their eligibility for continuation of study into that semester. A student who is required to withdraw will not be allowed to attend classes, the registration will be cancelled and an appropriate adjustment automatically will be applied to the student's account (see also--Withdrawal).

The procedure is as follows:

Students who are on campus are advised to use the designated campus mail drop-off boxes.

General System In-course Students

The registration procedure is conducted by mail. The registration procedure will allow all in course students to complete their financial arrangements with Student Financial Services before the upcoming semester. The billing form will reflect the course selection data, also your accommodation and meal plan status if available, and is to be returned with suitable arrangement to Student Financial Services. The deadline for payment is indicated in Section III--Schedule of Dates, of this calendar. Failure to meet the deadlines will result in an additional fee adjustment. All mailings by the University will be to the Campus P.O. Box.

Registration is conditional on being eligible to continue in your program of study. Students who are required to withdraw will not be allowed to attend classes as their registration will be cancelled immediately and a full refund of fees will be made as soon as possible. Students required to withdraw who subsequently are re-admitted or who transfer to another program or who become eligible to proceed through appeal must report to the Academic Records Section, Office of Registrarial Services to have their registration status confirmed and add their courses.

Registration may be completed by one of the following methods:

MAIL MUST BE POST-MARKED ON THE DEADLINE DATE OR EARLIER TO AVOID THE ASSESSMENT OF A LATE REGISTRATION FEE.

Parking Payments

Students wishing to pay for a parking permit are asked to include the appropriate payment in accordance with the schedule in Section VI - Schedule of Fees with their total payment submission. Students who comply with this procedure will receive their parking decals in the mail prior to the commencement of classes.

Changes to Preprinted Calculations

Students who have changed their mind concerning the number of credits they wish to take are advised to write the correct amount on the billing form. Please refer to the fee schedule included with your billing form.

Changes to residences calculation including meal plans must be cleared through the Student Housing Services or Hospitality Services.

Cancellation/Hiatus Procedure

If you have paid and wish to cancel your registration before classes begin please call the Academic Records Section, Office of Registrarial Services and a full refund will be arranged. Students are advised that there is a withdrawal procedure as of the first day of classes. (see Hiatus).

Once the payment has been submitted, please do not put a stop payment on your cheque. This does not constitute cancellation and will only result in a cheque refusal fine being charged.

Hospitality Services, OSAP, Parking

Each of these departments have information which will be distributed to students for the semester in question under separate cover, e.g. location for picking up meal cards, location to pick up OSAP grant/loan cheques, procedure to use for payment of parking decals.

Return Mail Box Locations (Internal Mail)

The University has on-campus mail boxes which may be used to return registration payments. All mail will be picked up daily and will be post-marked by Mail Services.

Late Registration

Students who do not register by the time designated as the registration deadline for the semester in question are subject to additional fee adjustments. Exceptions will only be made for acceptable reasons with documented evidence. The fee schedule for late registration is published in Section VI--Schedule of Fees. A student will not normally be allowed to register after the Friday prior to the start of regular classes. Appeals against the additional fee adjustments must be made in writing to the Secretary of the Appeals Committee, by contacting the Academic Records Section, Office of Registrarial Services within 10 class days of the commencement of classes. Appeal forms are available from Academic Records.

Department Chair's and Dean's Responsibilities (New Student Registration Only)

In the event that new students will be delayed for registration because of University sponsored trips or courses the department chair concerned should forward a list of participating students to the dean/director of the college/school for approval. The approval list should then be forwarded to the Associate Registrar, Undergraduate Program Services, and specific procedures for late registration will be arranged.

Schedule of Studies

If students have not done so upon entering a degree program, they must declare a major by entry into semester 3 of their degree program. The University monitors the student's progress toward a degree using both the degree program requirements and the schedule of studies requirements. Students must satisfy the requirements in effect at the time of the initial declaration of a schedule of studies or at the time of any subsequent change in declarations. When degree program requirements or schedule of studies are altered by the University, a student may elect to satisfy the requirements in effect when the student entered the degree program, or its equivalent, or a subsequent schedule within a degree program. Students wishing to alter the schedule used to monitor their progress should seek assistance from a program counsellor (refer to Section VII--Academic Counselling).

Scheduling

Changes to the Published Undergraduate Course Timetable

Undergraduate Course Timetable

Undergraduate Course Timetable

The scheduling of all undergraduate courses is the responsibility of the Associate Registrar, Undergraduate Program Services.

The preliminary edition of the Undergraduate Course Timetable lists the courses scheduled for the full academic year (Spring, Fall and Winter Semesters). The preliminary edition of the Undergraduate Course Timetable along with the Undergraduate Calendar is distributed to all students in early March. The Undergraduate Course Timetable is distributed through the department chair to all faculty.

Chair's Responsibilities

The chair through the designated department timetable advisor is responsible for the following:

Instructor's Responsibilities

Instructors are responsible for communicating to the department timetable advisor prior to the published deadline any information relevant to the scheduling of courses in the subsequent academic year.

Registrar's Responsibilities

The Associate Registrar, Undergraduate Program Services, uses the following criteria when creating the course timetable:

Changes to the Published Undergraduate Course Timetable

Course Offerings

If additions or deletions are required to the courses listed in the published Undergraduate Course Timetable, the dean is responsible for obtaining the approval of the Associate Vice-President (Academic), who will consider written requests and if approved, will notify the appropriate dean and the Associate Registrar, Undergraduate Program Services.

Approval must also be obtained to replace a regular 12-week Spring Semester course with a 6-week session course.

Scheduled Meeting Times

Prior to the commencement of classes changes in scheduled meeting times are approved only for conflicts in student or instructor schedules. Any requests for time changes are to be submitted by the departmental timetable advisor to the Associate Registrar, Undergraduate Program Services. These changes will appear in either the course selection edition of the Timetable or in the final edition of the Course Timetable depending on the date of receipt.

After the commencement of classes changes in class meeting times are normally not made during the first 10 class days unless the change is to accommodate students who would otherwise be unable to register in the course. Requests for time changes and room allocation are to be submitted through the chair, timetable advisor or secretary responsible for coordinating the department schedule, to the scheduling coordinator, Office of Registrarial Services. The instructor is responsible for ensuring that all students can attend during the new meeting time(s) and for informing the students of the new time(s) and room allocation.

Additional Hours/Sections

Prior to the Commencement of Classes if it becomes necessary to schedule additional sections, either lecture, laboratory or seminar, based on the course selection numbers of students in a course, the request is to be initiated by the chair or timetable advisor to the Associate Registrar, Undergraduate Program Services.

After the commencement of classes if additional sections become necessary the instructor is responsible for

Classroom Changes

Prior to the commencement of classes the Associate Registrar, Undergraduate Program Services, automatically re-assigns classroom space for all courses assigned insufficient space based on the course selection figures. Notification to both students and faculty is sent out in the final edition of the Undergraduate Course Timetable distributed prior to the start of classes. The chair is responsible for informing instructors of these changes.

Instructors desiring room changes are to forward the request through the chair, timetable advisor or secretary responsible for co-ordinating the department schedule to the scheduling coordinator.

After the commencement of classes instructors desiring room changes are to forward the request through the chair, timetable advisor or secretary responsible for co-ordinating the department schedule to the scheduling coordinator.

Cancellation - if classroom space assigned to a course is no longer required instructors are requested to inform the scheduling coordinator, Office of Registrarial Services, as soon as possible. Please do not hold space to be used on an occasional basis, rather, make temporary bookings through the Reservations Clerk as required.

Classroom bookings, for non regularly scheduled classes - faculty, staff and students desiring classroom space for meeting, conferences, tests, etc. are to request space from the Reservations Clerk, Schedules Section, Office of Registrarial Services.

Section Changes

Students desiring to change a section within a course must have the permission of the department or instructor concerned. Students must inform the Office of Registrarial Services of section changes within the same course.

Semester Abroad

Students participating in semester abroad programs are subject to the normal rules and regulations of the University of Guelph. This includes dates and procedures associated with registration, academic conduct, academic consideration, and grades. Students who are contemplating participation in a semester abroad program should contact the coordinator for the program. The coordinator will arrange to enrol the participating students through Undergraduate Program Services, Office of Registrarial Services.

Students must pay their fees to the University of Guelph and select their courses prior to leaving for the semester abroad program. Details on specific study abroad programs can be found in Section V--National-International Study Opportunities.

Staff Registration and Tuition Waiver

Those staff who are eligible for tuition waiver must complete a "Staff Registration and Tuition Waiver Request" form and submit it to Human Resources.

It is essential that staff follow the normal procedures for contacting Undergraduate Program Services, Office of Registrarial Services, Level 3, University Centre, regarding their selection of courses.

If the "Staff Registration and Tuition Waiver Request" form is not submitted and approved by Human Resources you will not be officially registered for the term.

In addition to completing the "Staff Registration and Tuition Waiver Request" form, you also must submit an "Undergraduate Course Request" form outlining the course(s) you wish to take. The "Undergraduate Course Request" form can be submitted during the official course selection periods or during the "Add" process at the beginning of each semester.

Student Type

Each full-time or part-time student is registered as one of the following:

Regular

A student with student type "Regular" is registered in the regular course requirement for a program.

Continuing (See also Notes 1 and 2 below)

A student with category "Continuing" has received an undergraduate degree in a program from this or another university and registers to take further courses in the same degree program. The Honours Equivalent will be conferred on the student who satisfies in full the requirements for the particular degree and this will be recorded on the student's official transcript. Regulations pertaining to the minimum requirements for degrees shall apply. Students who follow this procedure do not receive a second degree parchment, and consequently do not participate in a convocation program.

Notes:

Special

A student with student type "Special" is admitted to a program and is required to complete course deficiencies necessary to proceed under the regular student category.

Unclassified

A student with category "Unclassified" will be:

Applicants, applying under item 2, normally will hold a degree from this or another university. Applicants who do not satisfy this criterion should see Section X--General Studies.

Normally, this category is not open to students who are not eligible to proceed under program regulations. Unclassified students must meet the University's general regulations for continuation of study. Students who register in the "Unclassified" category, which is non-degree, and who subsequently want to change to a degree status will be required to meet admission requirements for that program, and credit granted for courses taken in the "Unclassified" category will be subject to the regulations pertaining to that program. The student should see their Program Counsellor for details.

Supplemental Privilege Procedures

A student must apply to the Academic Review Sub-Committee for a supplemental privilege no later than the fifth day of classes of the semester following the failure. In considering the request, the Academic Review Sub-Committee will consult with the course instructor to obtain information on the student's performance during the course, the instructor's recommendation concerning the appropriateness and feasibility of a supplemental privilege, and the nature of the supplemental privilege. If the Academic Review Sub-Committee approves the request, the department (instructor) responsible for the course will determine the nature of the privilege, which could be a written exam, an oral exam, an assignment, a laboratory practical, or any other method or combination of methods of evaluation.

Note: Students in the B.SC.(ENG.) program should refer to the B.SC.(ENG.) Program regulations under Conditions for Continuation of Study.

Student's Responsibilities

The student must request a supplemental privilege by submitting the request to the Academic Review Sub-Committee and the fee for the privilege (refer to Section VI--Schedule of Fees) no later than the fifth class day. Students are encouraged to submit their request by the second day of the special schedule to allow for receipt of a decision within the add period. The granting of the request is normally limited to the described special circumstances having due regard for the student's performance in the course. Course requirements and the student's previous performance may play a significant role in determining whether a privilege is appropriate and/or feasible.

In the case of an examination supervised by the Office of Registrarial Services, it is the student's responsibility to appear on the correct date and time as designated by the Office of Registrarial Services.

If the requirement is beyond an examination supervised by the Office of Registrarial Services, the student must contact the instructor within 5 days of notification in order to clarify the details of the condition. Students are advised to have the instructor complete a form indicating the exact nature and due dates of the supplemental requirements, which may also include the satisfactory completion of an examination supervised by the Office of Registrarial Services (refer to Section III--Schedule of Dates). If the student is unable to make contact with the instructor, the chair of the department offering the course must be contacted. If the required contact is not made the University will assume that the student does not intend to complete the requirements, and the supplemental privilege will be cancelled.

Academic Review Committee's Responsibilities

The Academic Review Sub-Committee, upon receiving a request from the student, and after consulting with the instructor and reviewing the student's course performance, will determine whether a supplemental privilege should be granted. When a supplemental privilege has been requested, but not granted, Undergraduate Program Services, Office of Registrarial Services, will inform both the student and the instructor. When a supplemental privilege has been requested and granted, Undergraduate Program Services will advise the Schedules Section, Office of Registrarial Services, of the decision along with the instructor's recommendation concerning the nature of the supplemental privilege. The Schedules Section will inform the instructor that the supplemental privilege has been granted, and will also inform the student, clearly indicating the nature of the supplemental privilege.

Instructor's Responsibilities

An instructor should not proceed with any supplemental privilege for a student until official notification of the granting of the privilege has been received from the Academic Review Sub-Committee or the Office of Registrarial Services. Upon request from the Academic Review Sub-Committee, the instructor will provide the performance record of the student for the course, make a recommendation as to the appropriateness and feasibility of a supplemental privilege, and indicate clearly the conditions that would be necessary to ensure that the requirements for the course are fulfilled (see also reference to examinations, immediately below).

If the Academic Review Sub-Committee grants consideration, and upon request from the student, the instructor will complete a form advising the student of the exact nature and due dates of the requirements for the supplemental privilege. If the requirement includes, or takes the form of, the satisfactory completion of a two-hour examination supervised by the Schedules Section, the instructor will have indicated this on the recommendation to the Academic Review Sub-Committee, and by the Wednesday of the third week of classes shall send to the Schedules Section, Office of Registrarial Services an examination for each student granted such a privilege, plus one extra copy per course. If the exam is significantly different from another two hour exam already completed by the student, the instructor must make this clear on the form provided to the student. For example, if the student had originally been assessed on a final exam covering only the last four weeks of the semester, and is now to be assessed on a comprehensive two hour exam, the nature of the new examination needs to be communicated directly to the student at the time the supplemental privilege is granted.

Within ten days of completion of the supplemental privilege requirements, the instructor will forward to the Department Chair an indication as to whether the student has passed or failed the supplemental privilege. The supplemental privilege should be completed by at least the thirtieth class day of the semester following the failure.

Department Chair's Responsibilities

In the case where the Academic Review Sub-Committee or student is unable to make contact with the instructor to determine the details of the supplemental privilege, the chair should take the necessary steps to assist in determining the requirements for completing the supplemental privilege.

The department chair will initial all decisions submitted by instructors upon the completion of a supplemental privilege by individual student (i.e. pass or fail). These decisions will be forwarded to the Examinations Clerk, Schedules Section, Office of Registrarial Services, by the thirty-sixth class day of the semester following the failure.

Registrar's Responsibilities

The Schedules Section, Office of Registrarial Services will prepare an examination timetable for those students granted a privilege that includes, or takes the form of, a two-hour examination to be supervised by the Schedules Section. The Schedules Section will inform the student and instructor of the date, time, and location of any examination to be supervised by them. Examinations supervised by the Schedules Section as part of the supplemental privilege process are normally scheduled during the fourth week of classes (refer to Section III--Schedule of Dates). The Schedules Section is also responsible for invigilating these examinations and forwarding the examinations to the instructor for evaluation.

Undergraduate Program Services, Office of Registrarial Services, will inform students of the results of the completion of the supplemental privilege and update the student's record where appropriate.

Transcripts

An official transcript may be ordered by submitting the "Request for Transcript" form along with payment to Undergraduate Program Services, Office of Registrarial Services. The order can be placed by mail or in person. The transcript fee is listed in Section VI--Schedule of Fees. Students must have met all financial obligation to the University before official transcripts can be released for any purpose.

Transcripts are normally prepared within three to five working days, however, during busy periods (e.g. common application deadlines) preparation time may be as long as seven to ten days.

Official transcripts from the University of Guelph will show that a degree has been conferred only after the convocation ceremony.

NOTE: Official Open Learning program transcripts may be ordered by submitting the "Request for Transcript" form along with payment to the Office of Open Learning. The order can be placed by mail, facsimile or in person.

Transfer of Program

Students wishing to transfer from one degree program to another (e.g. from B.SC. to B.SC. (ENG.) or from B.A. to B.COMM.) are required to submit an application form for University of Guelph students to Admission Services. Forms are available from Admission Services, third floor of the University Centre. To clarify possible conditions or requirements for transfer, students are encouraged to consult with the admission counsellor for the program to which they wish to transfer before submitting their application. In cases where the student's performance has been inconsistent, the applicant must also submit a comprehensive support letter outlining the reasons for transfer as well as any factors contributing to the previous academic performance.

Note: Students who wish to transfer from one specialization to another in the same program (e.g. from Biological Science to Chemistry in the B.SC. Program or from Drama to Sociology in the B.A. Program) are not required to apply. Such students should contact the departmental advisor for the specialization in which they wish to register. Students wishing to change specializations within the B.A.SC. or B.COMM. Programs should consult with their Program Counsellor.

Verification Notice

During the second week of classes Undergraduate Program Services, Office of Registrarial Services, will send to each student registered at the University a copy of their current academic record. This will indicate the personal and program information that is currently on file in Undergraduate Program Services, Office of Registrarial Services. This report is to be used to advise students of their current status and to correct any errors in reported information. Corrections or amendments to that information may be made upon presentation of appropriate documentation to Undergraduate Program Services, Office of Registrarial Services as follows:

Changes to specialization information or course information must be substantiated with your copy of either the class schedule or the "Undergraduate Change of Studies Request" form.

Changes to personal information may require presentation of appropriate documentation.

Report missing or corrected items only.

Student hardcopy files are destroyed after 7 years of inactivity (i.e. no registrations) or 1 semester after a student has graduated. In these cases the transcript is the only official file available from the Office of Registrarial Services that can be referenced during an appeal.

Students should familiarize themselves with the procedures outlined below under Academic Consideration, Grade Reassessment and Petitions.



Admission inquiries: Admission Services ~ ~ ~ General calendar inquiries: U.P.S.
Last revision: October 18, 2001 (Section IX December 01, 2001; format revision November 20, 2001).

2001 Office of Registrarial Services, University of Guelph