Regulation 17 - Academic Standing

At the end of second academic semester, students are automatically assigned one of the following standings based on academic performance:

Good Standing
Academic Probation
Academic Suspension

For the purposes of this policy, "Academic Year" is defined as September 1 to August 31. 

Academic Standing
Academic standing is determined on the basis of a cumulative grade point average (CGPA), defined in Academic Regulation 10, that is the numerical average of grades earned in all UPEI courses for all semesters completed*.  Students are expected to meet the necessary minimum standards for performance while attending UPEI.  Those who fail to meet the minimum standard will be placed on academic probation. The minimum standard is defined as an academic average on nine or more semester credit hours of UPEI course work that produces a CGPA of at least 1.7 (excludes “P” grades). 

Conditions of Academic Standing
a) Good Standing: Students are deemed to be in good academic standing if they have achieved a CGPA of 1.7 or higher.

b) Academic Probation: Academic Probation is a warning to a student that their CGPA is below the required standard for good academic standing.

Student records are reviewed for academic progress at the end of each academic semester. Students’ academic standing is assessed in April, based on coursework completed over the previous 12 months.  

Students will be placed on academic probation if they have a CGPA of less than 1.7 at the time of the academic assessment in April.  As a condition of academic probation,  students will have restrictions placed on their course load; and, be required to enrol in an academic support program. 

Students who are on Academic Probation and who achieve a Semester GPA (SGPA) of 1.7 or higher in subsequent semesters will be permitted to continue their studies at UPEI while on Academic Probation. Students are considered to have returned to good academic standing once their CGPA is 1.7 or higher.  

*Students are not permitted to graduate while on Academic Probation.

*Letters of Permission will not be given to students on academic probation.

*Students who entered UPEI prior to September 2013 when the GPA system was introduced, and who maintain continuous registration will be grandfathered under this clause, and not subject to the condition on graduation. 

c) Academic Suspension: Students will be placed on Academic Suspension if they fail to achieve a SGPA or a CGPA of 1.7 or higher after the completion of 30 semester credit hours while on Academic Probation. Students on Academic Suspension are not permitted to take academic courses at UPEI for a full academic year. Any post-secondary studies completed during the period of academic suspension are not eligible for credit toward a degree or other credential at UPEI.  

d) Conditions of Academic Standing will be noted on a student’s academic transcript. 

Following an Academic Suspension, in order to apply for re-admission to the University, students must submit an Undergraduate Application Form to the Registrar’s Office. Students who are permitted to return to studies at UPEI return on academic probation, and are subject to the University’s policy on academic standing. 

Students under Academic Suspension a second time will not normally be considered for re-admission for at least two full calendar years following the suspension. 

Appeal: The conditions of academic probation and academic suspension are subject to appeal to the Senate Academic and Student Discipline Appeals Committee.

NOTE: Individual programs may have a higher standard for good academic standing and progression.  Please refer to the appropriate degree requirements in the Academic Calendar. 

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