Academic probation

​​​​​​б俪 students are expected to maintain minimum academic standards while pursuing their academic studies. Although students do not start their post-secondary journey planning to be placed on academic probation, many students may end up on probation due to unforeseen circumstances or other reasons. Douglas offers numerous support services to help you get back on track and improve your academic standing.

What is Academic Standing at б俪?

Academic Standing is a way to help students track their academic performance.Academic Standing appliesto Domestic and International students. International students seeking information on the impactofbeing placed on Academic Probation on the status of their study permit or progression towards a Post Graduate Work Permit (PGWP) are encouraged to contact б俪 International foradviceon these matters.

Academic standing is determined at the end oftheFall (September to December) Winter (January to April),and Summer(Mayto August)semestersbased on yourCumulative GPA (CGPA).

Academic standingisbased on a minimum of9 creditsofб俪 courseworkattempted.More information is available in the Academic Performance Policy available on the б俪 Website.

There are 3categoriesof Academic Standing at б俪:

Good standing

A cumulative grade point average (CGPA) of 1.50or higherin all б俪 courseworkmeans that you are inGood Academic Standing.

Academic Alert

If yoursemester or cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA) (regardless of the number of credits attempted) falls between 1.99 and 1.50youwill be notified in writing by theCollege.

This notificationis areminderto let you knowyouracademic performance is unsatisfactoryandimprovement is needed to avoid Academic Probation.

This communication willalso encourageyoutomake use of the Support Servicesavailable to youat Douglas.


If yourCGPAfalls below 1.50 (based on at least nine (9) credits attempted)youwill beplaced on academic probation andnotifiedofyourstatusin writing.

If this is the first time you are on academic probation you will need to meet with your Student Success Advisor or a б俪 Counsellorto be eligible to progress. You may alsobe required tocreate an action-oriented plantohelp you on your pathway to success.Our team ofStudent Success Advisorsand б俪 Counsellors, as well as the wider team of Student Support professionalsat Douglas, are here to help you.Students on Academic Probation must demonstrate academic improvement and achieve a minimum of 1.50 CGPAtobe removed from Academic Probation.

If you have been on Academic Probation for more than one term, you are required to meet with your Student Success Advisor.

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Why am I on Academic Probation?

Youwill be placed on academic probationif your CumulativeGradePointAverage (CGPA) is below 1.50 over a minimum of 9 credits.

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What do I do now?

We understand that success does not always follow a predictable path. We also know that college students have complicated lives, and personal, financial, health or family reasons may have had an impact on your academics. If this is the first term you are on Academic Probation, meetwith your assignedStudent Success Advisor(SSA) or a б俪 Counsellor earlyduringyour Probationary periodfor guidance on academic improvement. Contact an SSA.Contact a б俪 Counsellor.

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Will I be notified if I am on probation?

Enrolment Services will communicate with you by email about your academic standing after the grade deadline each term. This email communication will contain important information about your Academic Standing.

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What happens if Icontinue onacademic probation?

Improving your CGPA may seem quite challenging at times. Student Success Advisorsand other support services at Douglas are here to guide you through this.While on academic probation,your registration is limited tonine credits per semester, until your CGPA rises above 1.50.Continuing onprobation for multiple semesters will require an in-depth academic plan, which may include a further limitation to the maximum credits allowed alongwith actions to remediate your academic standing in line with the Academic Performance Policy.

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How did I get here?

Every student has a different academic journey and yours is unique to you. Each of us also requires specialized success strategies which help us tackle the challenges we face.Somecommon root causes which lead toacademic probationmayinclude:

  • Inefficient time management

  • Difficulty managing study-work-liferesponsibilities.

  • Adapting to college and the differences between postsecondary study and high school

  • Financial stresses and the need to work while studying.

  • Committing to taking too many classes at one time.

We also know that college students have complicated lives, and personal, financial, health or family reasons may have had an impact on your academics.

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How does this impact me?

When you are placed on Academic Probation, a registration hold is placed on your account. This means your ability to register and access other features in myAccount will be blocked.

If this if your first time on Academic Probation, you are required to meet with a Student Success Advisor or б俪 Counsellor. Theadvisor or counsellor will clarify the College’s Academic Performance Regulations and GPA calculations withyouensuringyour situation is well understood.

Your Student Success Advisor or Counsellor will work with you to identify and understand why you are in academic difficulty and problem-solve with you to establish a plan with strategies you can implement to improve.

If you have been on Academic Probation for more than one term, you are required to meet with your Student Success Advisor.

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How can I improve my Academic Performance?

The surest way to improve your GPA is to begin working on the habits and behaviours whichcreate academic success. By focusing on the process,you can develop the skills you need to be at your best in the classroom. Accessing supports for students can help if there are factors in your personal life that are impacting your academics.

Douglas has a wide range of student support services that are available to you, beginning with yourStudent Success Advisor. Each student registered in courses has an SSA that is ready to help you identify which habits and skills need improvement, provide you with resources andadvice on how to improve them while integrating them into your student life.

Yourwill also helpconnect you with the wider team of professionals atDouglas:

Together with your Student Success Advisor, you will develop a success strategy designed to help you implement your new skills while reinforcing these new habits. This strategy will be designed to help you succeed in your unique situation.

For example, this strategy may include attending a time management workshop at the Learning Centre, regular check-ins with your Student Success Advisor, meetings with a Counsellor, or developing your note-taking skills. Throughout the process, your Student Success Advisorsand the entire student support team at Douglas will support you in your effortsto make the necessary changes needed to improve your GPA. As your GPA continues to rise your academic status will change as a result.

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