Exams, Petitions, Failed Courses and Failed Terms – FAQs

If I failed one course (less than 50%) but my sessional average is over 60%, what happens?

If you fail one course and your sessional average is over 60%, you continue to the next term, however you are required to register for and repeat the failed course the next time the same course is being offered.

Refer to the Academic Regulations section (VIII Promotional Regulations) of the current Academic Calendar.

What if I failed the term?

a) If you have never been on probation (never had a sessional average between 55 – 60%) and your average falls below 55%, then you will have failed the term.

b) If you were previously on probation (with a sessional average between 55 – 60%), and your average falls below 60%, then you will have failed the term.

In both cases, you are required to withdraw and repeat the term when it is next offered, at which point you will be on repeat probation. To return and repeat the term, you must apply to re-enrol. The deadlines are listed on the online calendar or the Sessional Dates section of the current Academic Calendar.

The re-enrolment process is done online via the Engineering Portal.  Please take note of the deadlines for applying to re-enrol. This is important!

Refer to the Academic Regulations section (VIII Promotional Regulations) of the current Academic Calendar.

What happens when I’m on probation (PRO1)?

As stated above, you will be placed on probation if you had a previous clear record and your sessional average falls between 55 – 60%. You must therefore maintain a 60% sessional average while in your PRO1 term in order to continue. If your sessional average falls below 60%, then you will be required to withdraw for 8 months, and when you return you will be on repeat probation (PRO2).

This probationary status should be taken as a serious warning. You should review issues such as study habits, organizational skills, problem-solving skills, time-management, coping and stress skills. These are all common factors in students’ lives and should not get in the way of success. Please take advantage of the services offered by Academic and Success Centre (ASC) in the Koffler Centre. They offer a variety of seminars and counselling which address these issues and offer support and tools to help students.

I hear that I can now get off of probation. How does that happen?

Full-time Students:  A full-time student who has a non-repeated session with a weighted Session Average of 60% or greater while maintaining a minimum 1.5 cumulative GPA will have their status improved by ONE academic standing category. For example: a student who has an academic status of “Repeat Probation” after one session with a weighted Session Average of 60% or better and a CGPA of 1.5 will have a new academic status of “Proceeding On Probation.”  Note: full time session means four or more HCEs.

Part-time Students:  Students who are in part-time studies will have probation status improved by ONE academic standing category after having completed the minimum number of sessions to have grades registered in four or more non-repeated HCEs with a composite average of 60% or greater and a CGPA of 1.5.

Refer to the Academic Regulations section (VIII Promotional Regulations) of the current Academic Calendar.

What happens when I’m on repeat probation (PRO2)?

If you are on repeat probation (you have applied to re-enrol and are back to repeat a failed term), you must maintain a 60% sessional average in the term you are repeating, as well as the next term, in order to successfully continue. If your sessional average falls below 60%, in either of these terms, then required to withdraw and will not be considered for readmission (RFRG).

Refer to the Academic Regulations section (VIII Promotional Regulations) of the current Academic Calendar.

I missed some graded course work materials – what should I do?

The process for petitions of term work differs from petitions for special considerations or final examinations.

If you are unavoidably absent and miss term work (e.g. test, quiz, assignment, lab), discuss the matter with your instructor immediately. If necessary, submit a term work petition.

Effective Summer 2015, all term course work petitions must be submitted through the online petition system, which is accessible through the Engineering Portal.  Note:  Term work petitions must be submitted within seven days of the term work in question and include valid documentation.  For additional information, please view the Term Work Petition System Guide for Students.

I didn’t do well in my exams – can I petition?

To petition your final exams, your academic performance must have been adversely affected by illness, mishap or other circumstances beyond your control during the final examination period. You are required to submit a petition within one week of the date of your last examination, and valid documentation (i.e. doctor’s certificate) must be attached.  Final Exam Petitions are submitted through the Engineering Portal.

How do I find out the results of my petition for a final exam?

Letters will be sent to students’ utoronto e-mail address by the Registrar’s Office shortly after the Exam Committee has completed their meetings. Once you receive your letter from the Registrar’s Office, and if you have any questions at that time, you may contact the Undergraduate Office.

How many times am I allowed to repeat a failed course?

You are only allowed to repeat a failed course twice. In other words, you may only take the course a maximum of three times. If you are repeating a failed course for the second time, you must pass it, or you will be given the status “Failed – will not be considered for re-admission” (RFRG).

Refer to the Academic Regulations section (VIII Promotional Regulations) of the current Academic Calendar.