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Academic Standings

Academic Standing Definition

Your Academic Standing at Toronto Metropolitan University (TMU) is calculated at the end of each academic term when you are enrolled in courses (for undergraduate and graduate students) and at the end of each academic year when you are enrolled in courses (for law students). It is an indication of your overall academic performance in your program of study, by term, in your program of study. 

Your Academic Standing determines whether you can continue in your studies, and reflects grade point averages, course grades and any Academic Standing Variations approved for your program. 

Your eligibility to register in courses may be impacted by your Academic Standing.

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Understanding Academic Standings

Academic Standing What does this mean? Consequences What do I do now?
Clear
  • Your CGPA is at least 1.67
  • You have met all other applicable conditions such as Academic Standing Variations or the terms of your Probationary Contract
You may continue with your studies. You may continue your program studies.
Probationary
  • Your CGPA is between 1.00 and 1.66
    OR
  • Your CGPA is less than 1.00 at the end of the Fall or Winter grading period and you are in your first term of undergraduate studies
  • You have not met the conditions of your program’s Academic Standing Variation
     
  • You must establish a Probationary Contract with your department by the last day to add classes for the next term
  • If you don’t meet the conditions set out in this contract, you will be Required to Withdraw (RTW) at the end of the term
  • If you are in your first term of undergraduate studies at the university and your CGPA is less than 1.00, your department will advise you about your prospects and strategies for success
Required to Withdraw (RTW)
  • Your CGPA is less than 1.00 (unless you are enrolled in your first term of undergraduate studies at TMU)
    OR
  • Your TGPA is less than 1.67 while on Probation
    OR
  • You did not meet the conditions set out in your Probationary Contract
  • You may not enrol in any credit courses at TMU for a period of 12 months. Courses taken at another institution during this period of suspension will NOT count toward your graduation requirements for your TMU degree program
  • You may request to participate in a defined Student Success Program (SSP), like Fresh Start
Standing Variation Withdrawal (SVW)
  • Your CGPA is at least 1.67
    AND
  • You have not met your program’s Academic Standing Variation requirements
  • You will be permanently withdrawn from your current program and you cannot apply for reinstatement. Note: a few programs offer the possibility of reinstatement into the current program through the Fresh Start Program
  • You will be eligible for consideration to transfer to other undergraduate programs for which you are qualified without waiting a suspension period, subject to the competitive admissions process and application timelines
  • Contact your program department to confirm if you may be eligible to participate in the Fresh Start Program
  • Prepare to apply to transfer into another program
  • You may enrol in Chang School classes without waiting a suspension period
Permanent Program Withdrawal (PPW)
  • Your academic performance would have resulted in a RTW standing for a second time
    OR
  • You have failed a required course for the third time
    OR
  • You have not met the terms of your Probationary Contract following reinstatement after RTW standing
  • You are permanently withdrawn from your program and you may not apply for reinstatement into that program
  • You will be eligible to apply to other undergraduate programs for which you are qualified, subject to the competitive admissions process and application timelines
  • Prepare to apply for admission into another program
  • You may enrol in Chang School classes
Disciplinary Suspension (DS)
  • Standing assigned in accordance with Policy 60: Academic Integrity
  • You have been assigned a Disciplinary Suspension
  • You are removed from your program for the period of Disciplinary Suspension, which may be from 1 term to 2 years
  • You are not allowed to enrol in courses at the University during your period of Disciplinary Suspension.
  • A DS notation will be placed on your academic record and official transcript, but will be removed from the official transcript upon graduation
After you have served your period of Disciplinary Suspension you must contact your Department/School to make arrangements to return to studies.
Disciplinary Withdrawal (DW)
  • Standing assigned in accordance with Policy 60: Academic Integrity
  • You have been assigned a Disciplinary Withdrawal
  • You are permanently withdrawn from your program of studies.
  • You will be withdrawn from the University as a whole for a period specified of at least two years
  • After serving the specified period of withdrawal from TMU, you will be eligible to apply to other programs at the university subject to the competitive application process and admissions timelines
  • A DW notation will be placed on your academic record and official transcript and cannot be removed
After you have served your period of Disciplinary Withdrawal from the University, prepare to apply for admission into another program or enrol in Chang School classes.
Expulsion
  • Standing assigned in accordance with Policy 60: Academic Integrity
  • You have been assigned an Expulsion
  • You are permanently removed from the University
  • You are not allowed to register or enrol in any class or program at TMU
  • Expulsion will be permanently noted on your academic record and official transcript
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In addition to meeting TMU’s general criteria on Academic Standings, students in specific undergraduate programs must meet extra conditions set out in their Academic Standing Variations, which could include:

  • Minimum grades in specific courses
  • Minimum CGPA across a series of courses
  • Maximum number of attempts allowed for specific courses
  • Standards of professional conduct on field/clinical placements

A full list of programs with Academic Standing Variations can be found in the Undergraduate Calendar: Grading, Promotion and Academic Standing, and the details of each Department/School Standing Variation is described on the program page in the calendar.

Additional Details and Policies

Undergraduate Calendar

For full details and policies related to undergraduate grades and standings, please visit Undergraduate Calendar: Grading, Promotion and Academic Standing and see Policy 170(a): Undergraduate Course Grading, Academic Program Standing and Eligibility to Graduate.

Graduate Academic Calendar

For full details related to graduate grades and standings, please visit Graduate Calendar: Policies and Procedures.

Law Academic Standing Policy

For full details related to law grades and standings, please see Policy 170(c): Lincoln Alexander School of Law Grading, Promotion and Academic Standing Policy.