Academic Standing and Probation
Satisfactory academic progress
Each program has specific requirements that determine your eligibility to continue to the next level/year. This is known as satisfactory academic progress, and determines your academic standing.
All Thompson Rivers University students are expected to maintain acceptable standards of academic performance. Standing will vary by program and is outlined in the university calendar. Generally speaking:
- Some programs have a minimum grade required for all core courses in the program to continue in the program.
- Some programs have a minimum cumulative GPA required for graduation.
- Some programs have a promotion policy, which may require the student to withdraw from the program if the student does not attain the required minimum grades in specific courses.
If you meet the minimum standards for your program, you are deemed to be in good standing.
According to the Satisfactory Academic Progress Policy ED-3-2, if your grade point average (GPA) falls below 1.67, you will be placed on academic probation. This is a warning that your academic performance must improve or you may be required to withdraw for the upcoming Fall semester.
For detailed information about your program, view the TRU calendar.
Can an exemption to the policy be made?
Students may seek an exemption from TRU's Satisfactory Academic Progression Policy.
Completed academic progression exemption applications, submitted by the deadline, will be considered by the Registrar.
What can I do to get off academic probation?
Students on academic probation are required to meet their program’s minimum standard, or achieve a minimum Cumulative GPA of 1.67, on their next 24 credits. Students who remain below these thresholds will be required to withdraw from TRU for a minimum of 12 months.
The following steps will assist students in recovering from academic probation:
- Book an appointment with a counsellor. Counsellors can assist with career planning, study skills and time management skills.
- Speak with an academic advisor or program advisor. Advisors can help plan an appropriate course load for the following semesters, and review course descriptions and prerequisites.
- Take a Student Success course. They are designed to help you succeed in your studies and your program.