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Advice for students on academic probation

If you are a student who is on academic probation, you will have received an email and a letter from the Office of the Faculty Registrar. We have created this web page to provide you with some tips and resources.

Next Steps Checklist

Take a deep breath. You’re going to get through this! Try to take the attitude that this experience can teach you a lot about yourself, your strengths and areas of development.

When in doubt - your best strategy is to ask for help!

Know what being On Academic Probation means Academic Support at UofT

Meeting with an Academic Advisor

  • Before your appointment, reflect on your last term – what were the difficulties you experienced, and what might help you resolve them? What strengths can you draw upon in this process?
  • During your appointment, make a plan with your advisor on how to move forward, including a way of staying accountable to your plan. How often will you be able to follow-up with them to stay on track? Take the initiative to make this request. 
  • During your appointment, make a decision about the coming term – is it wise to take courses? Can you realistically bring your grades up? Remember, if your grades don't meet certain thresholds (see the graphic representation for details), you may be placed on academic suspension.
  • You may want to consider reducing your course load.  If you are on probation, you cannot take more than 5.0 credits in the fall-winter or more than five courses in one term but taking fewer may be to your advantage,
  • If you are reducing your course load, talk to the Registrar or Financial Aid Officer at your college about what changes you may need to make to your OSAP application, and how this may impact you financially

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