Probation/Suspension Policy for University & Career/Technical Programs

Did you know...

... that VIU General Regulations include that "unless otherwise specified, students must have a graduating GPA of at least 2.0 (“C”) in order to graduate [with a VIU credential]"?

The VIU Probation and Suspension Policy can help to ensure that students do not proceed in programs that they are not going to successfully complete until their annual GPA reflects this minimum requirement. 

Academic Probation is a supportive measure taken to identify students who are at risk academically and offer appropriate assistance designed to help them discover and overcome the obstacles that are hindering their success.

In May each year, students in academic programs who have completed a minimum of nine credits during the immediately preceding period of May 1 to April 30 will have their records reviewed.  Those who have earned a grade point average (GPA) of less than 2.0 (“C”) on all courses completed in this period will be placed on academic probation when they register next.

What does Academic Probation mean?

  • Students are placed on Academic Probation for the Fall and Spring semesters of the next academic year in which they register.
  • Students follow normal registration procedures for the year that they are on Academic Probation.  No penalty is incurred.
  • Students who have been placed on academic probation will have their records reviewed each year in May, until such time as they have completed at least nine credits while on probation.  Once at least nine credits have been completed while on probation, a grade point average will be calculated on these courses, and a minimum GPA of 2.0 (“C”) will be required to have probationary status removed.

Note: We strongly recommend you connect with an Educational Advisor in the Advising Centre and Student Success Coaching during your first semester of being placed on Academic Probation.

What does Academic Suspension mean?

  • Once at least nine credits have been completed while on probation, a grade point average will be calculated on these courses. If a student’s GPA on these courses is below 2.0, they will be placed on Academic Suspension and will be required to discontinue study in University degree, diploma, or academic certificate programs for a period of one year.
  • Students on Academic Suspension may take Adult Basic Education upgrading courses and may also apply for admission to vocational programs. 
  • If students on Academic Suspension can gain admission to another post-secondary institution, they can attend there and transfer eligible credit back to VIU if they return. 
  • If you wish to return to your program or change to a new academic program after your year on suspension, you must submit a new application to the program of your choice. You can apply and meet all application deadlines while you are still serving the year of Academic Suspension. Check your program of interest for application deadlines and other information.
  • Note: If you return to the same program at VIU, you will return on a year of Academic Probation regardless of time away from your studies

Supports Available

  • Learning Matters is the VIU Digital Learning Commons, a digital collection of resources to help students in being successful as a student.

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 - C.S. Lewis

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