Academic Review

At the end of each Winter term, the Faculty of Science conducts an annual academic review of all students who have completed at least six courses (18 units) since their previous review, or since admission if they’ve never been reviewed. Students will normally begin their studies in the Faculty of Science in Satisfactory Academic Standing, and will retain that standing if they achieve a minimum 2.00 GPA on the courses considered in the review. Students who have not completed 18 units since the previous review will retain their existing status until the next review.

As described in sections SC.3.7.C and SC.3.7.D of the Academic Calendar, changes in academic standing can occur when a student’s review GPA falls below, remains below, or rises above 2.00. Depending on the outcome of the review, students may be placed on academic probation, be required to withdraw, or clear probation.


Academic Turnaround Program

The Academic Turnaround Program is a collaborative effort between the faculties of Arts, Science, Haskayne, Schulich, and the Student Success Centre, designed to retain and support students who would otherwise be required to withdraw. By taking part in this program, students are allowed to continue in the Faculty of Science on Special Academic Probation for one or two years with the goal of returning to good academic standing and go on to graduate.

Eligibility:

All students who have received a Required to Withdraw ruling and have not previously taken part in the Academic Turnaround Program are eligible. Unless noted otherwise, students must normally indicate an interest in the program within 15 days of the date on their Required to Withdraw letter.

Program Requirements:

To be placed on Special Academic Probation, students must:

  1. Attend an Academic Turnaround Workshop over the Spring or Summer for the Winter academic review*
  2. Complete a Plan for Success within 7 days of attending the workshop
  3. Limit registration to a maximum of three courses (9 units) in a Fall or Winter term, and one course (3 units) in a Spring or Summer term
  4. Complete weekly STEPS seminars, normally in a Fall term
  5. Maintain a minimum GPA of 2.00 (average) after one year on Special Academic Probation, no matter how many courses are taken
  6. Clear probation or graduate within two years of being placed on Special Academic Probation

Failure to complete these requirements will normally result in a Required to Withdraw ruling.

*Students who do not normally reside within commuting distance of Calgary over the Spring and Summer terms should contact the USC for advice.  


FAQs

At the end of each Winter term, the Faculty of Science conducts an academic review on all students who have completed at least six courses (18 units) since their previous review, or since admission if they’ve never been reviewed. Students will normally begin their studies in the Faculty of Science in Satisfactory Academic Standing, and

(a) Will retain that standing if they have achieved a GPA of at least 2.00 over all courses taken since the previous review;

(b) Will be required to withdraw if they have achieved a GPA less than 2.00 over all courses taken since their previous review and they have a probationary period within the last five years. Probationary periods that have occurred in excess of five years previous will not be counted;

(c) Will be placed on academic probation if they have achieved a GPA of at least 1.70 but less than 2.00 over all courses taken since their previous review and have not been on academic probation within the preceding five years;

(d) Will be required to withdraw from the Faculty if they have achieved a GPA of less than 1.70 over all courses taken since their previous review.

Special Academic Probation is a category of Academic Probation for students who would otherwise be required to withdraw per faculty regulations on Student Standing (http://ucalgary.ca/pubs/calendar/current/sc-3-7.html).

Like (Regular) Academic Probation, students are restricted from taking courses at other institutions, are unable to take part in supplemental exams, and unable to receive Time Conflict approval. In addition to these restrictions, students on Special Academic Probation are required to seek additional academic support through the Academic Turnaround Program.

Course loads are limited so that students are able to gradually find their footing. It is important to note that course load restrictions are not meant to be punitive; rather, they are restricted as a means to help students take their studies slowly while they work to return to good standing after an unsuccessful year.

At the discretion of the Faculty, students may have their course loads increased on a case-by-case basis, typically after completing a Fall or Winter term on Special Academic Probation with strong results. Any exceptions to these limits must be approved prior to the registration deadline for the term requested.

Yes – block week counts towards your course limit.

In order to clear Academic Probation, you must complete a minimum of six courses (18 units) with an average GPA of 2.00 or higher. Students may only clear probation after a Winter term.

Those who do not clear after one year on Special Academic Probation will be allowed to continue on Special Academic Probation for a second year, provided their GPA remains above 2.00 (on average). All students must clear Special Academic Probation or graduate within two years of being placed on probation.

Students may only clear Special Academic Probation after a Winter term.

Students are normally allowed to be placed on Special Academic Probation once.

No. Students on Academic Probation will not be granted a Letter of Permission to study at another institution and must clear probation at the University of Calgary first.

Yes. However, since students must clear probation within two years, it is important that they leave enough time to complete a minimum of six courses (18 units) within two years of being placed on Special Academic Probation.

You can book an appointment with a Program Advisor by visiting http://success.ucalgary.ca and selecting an Academic Turnaround Program Advising appointment type from the Faculty of Science calendar.