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Academic probation letter

TO:  STUDENTS WITH THE STATUS “ON ACADEMIC PROBATION”

Your academic results from the past session indicate that you are in academic difficulty and currently have a status of “On Academic Probation”. This means that in your last academic term, you received a cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA) of less than 1.50. This CGPA averages all of the marks you have received up to this point in your degree. Unfortunately, when a student’s CGPA drops below 1.50, they are placed on academic probation. You should read and clearly understand the rules and implications of your probationary status, and you are strongly encouraged to seek academic advising at your college registrar’s office.

The regulations concerning academic status are explained in the 2016-2017 Calendar.

Your academic status will be assessed again at the end of the next session in which you enroll and complete courses for credit.  Students On Academic Probation with a Cumulative GPA (CGPA) of less than 1.50 will be suspended from registration in the Faculty, for one year, three years or refused further registration, if at the end of the next session in which they register:

  • the Annual Grade Point Average (AGPA) is less than 1.70 (in the Fall/Winter Session)
    the Sessional Grade Point Average (SGPA) is less than 1.70 (in the Summer Session)

Explanation of Grade Point Averages

Future course enrolment limits

  • Fall/Winter: Students who are on probation and who are eligible to be full-time students may enroll in no more than 5.0 FCEs in the Fall/Winter Session, with no more than five courses in either the Fall or Winter term. Students on probation enrolled in more than 5.0 FCEs or five courses in either term will be removed from excess course(s).
  • Summer: Students who are on probation and who are eligible to be full-time students may enroll in no more than 2.0 full-course equivalents (FCEs) in the Summer Session, with no more than two courses in a given term. Students on probation enrolled in more than two courses in a term will be removed from excess course(s).

Advising and academic success help

College Registrars, academic advisors, and learning strategists are all available to help you get back in good academic standing. A supportive staff person can be a key determining factor in bouncing back and continuing on a successful path at university. An advisor will want to learn more about what has contributed to your difficulties at school, help you make sense of the probationary process, and explain the options available to you for support.

College Registrars

We encourage you to contact your College Registrar’s Office, before the next session in which you register, to set up an appointment for academic advising. Before your visit, it would be helpful to think about what factors contributed to your difficulties in the past term. This will help you in your discussion with an advisor at your College. Contact information

Academic Success Centre

We recommend that you connect with the Academic Success Centre.  At the ASC, you can meet with a learning strategist, who can help you identify and develop the academic skills you need to succeed at U of T. This service offers individual and group support in the following areas: time- and procrastination-management, study skills, self-care, and examination preparation.  Contact information

Next steps

To help you plan, we have created a web resource with advice and guidance on how to map out your next steps.

The Faculty of Arts & Science is committed to help our students succeed academically. Please take advantage of the resources mentioned above; we are here to help.

Yours truly,

Deborah Robinson
Registrar and Director of Undergraduate Academic Services