Your academic standing is assessed once a year at the end of the winter academic term.  

Your standing will be assessed for the first time after you have attempted 18 or more credits at Mount Allison. Your standing is based on your session grade point average (SGPA) and cumulative grade point average (CGPA). Please refer to  academic calendar section 10.9  for more information on student performance evaluations.

How do I know if I am in good academic standing?   

You are in good academic standing if you have a SGPA and CGPA of at least 1.5. You can view your academic standing in your Connect@MTA account by selecting 'My Profile' under the 'Academic Profile' heading.

Why is academic standing important?   

You must be in good academic standing to be considered for study abroad and exchange programs, to apply for a letter of permission (LOP) to take a course at another university, and to apply to overload.

Students who are not in good academic standing also risk being placed on academic probation, suspension, or dismissal.

How will I be informed if I am not in good academic standing?    

At the end of each term, an academic performance indicator is recorded in Connect as either “satisfactory”  or “unsatisfactory” (TGPA of 1.5 or less). This is not recorded on your transcript but allows you to track your performance and seek academic advising if needed.

Academic standing is assessed each year at the end of the Winter term. Students will be notified by email when academic standings have been updated and are made available in Connect@MTA. Students placed on academic suspension or dismissal will be notified in a letter from the chair of the admissions and re-admissions committee. This letter will include information on how to appeal the academic standing. Letters are mailed to the summer address on file for the student and should be received by late May. The letter will also be sent by email.

What happens if I am placed on academic probation?   

Students on academic probation cannot register for more than the normal course load (15 credits in each of the fall and winter terms; 12 credits in the spring/summer term.) Students on probation cannot take courses on letter of permission. They will return to good academic standing if their SGPA at the end of the probationary period is at least 1.5 and their CGPA is at least 1.5.

What happens if I am placed on academic suspension or dismissal?   

Students will be placed on academic suspension if in any academic year their CGPA is less than 1.0. If a student is already on probation, they will be placed on suspension if their SGPA is less than 1.5.  The period of suspension is one year. Students cannot take courses at Mount Allison or receive credit at Mount Allison for courses taken somewhere else while suspended. At the end of the year, the student can apply for re-admission. 

Students who are placed on academic suspension for a second time will be dismissed from the University for a period of three years. Students cannot take courses at Mount Allison or receive credit at Mount Allison for courses taken somewhere else while dismissed. At the end of the dismissal, the student can apply for re-admission.

Can I continue with my spring term courses if I am placed on academic suspension, or dismissal?

Yes, you are permitted to remain registered in your spring term courses at Mount Allison. Results will be factored into cumulative credits attempted, completed, and CGPA. The grades from these courses will not affect the assessment of your standing from the previous academic session. Students who have a letter of permission to take a course at another institution during the spring term should note that approval was granted on the condition that you achieved good standing at the end of the winter term. The letter of permission is no longer valid if you did not achieve good standing.

How do I improve my Cumulative GPA (CGPA)? 

One of the best ways to improve your CGPA is to repeat any Mount Allison courses that you failed or for which you earned low grades. Only the higher grade is factored into your CGPA when you successfully repeat a course through Mount Allison. All course work completed at another institution is excluded from your Mount Allison GPA. In the event that a course is repeated by transfer credit, the transfer credit is excluded from cumulative grade point average calculations, but the failed attempt(s) that the transfer credit replaces will also be excluded from the cumulative grade point average calculations.

What advice is there for students on academic probation?

Please review this webpage for advice for students placed on academic probation.

What advice is there for students on academic suspension?

Please review this webpage for advice for students placed on academic suspension.


Academic appeal of suspension or dismissal

Students who have been notified that they are on academic suspension or dismissal can appeal their academic standing. They should submit the academic standing appeal form outlining clearly and thoroughly the reasons for their poor academic performance and why they are ready to return to their studies. The form must be submitted to the registrar’s office by the mid-June deadline indicated on their letter of notification. Academic Standing Appeal Forms will be reviewed by the admissions and re-admissions committee. Students will be notified of the committee's decision by the end of June. If the committee turns down the appeal, the student will be informed how they can further appeal the decision to the re-admissions appeal committee whose decision is final.


Application for Re-admission following suspension or dismissal

Students who have been suspended or dismissed can apply for re-admission after the appropriate period of time has passed. They must submit a re-admission application form and supplementary questionnaire to the registrar’s office at least two months in advance of the first day of classes.

Students who are re-admitted will be re-admitted on academic probation and must achieve a SGPA of at least 1.5 to continue their studies at Mount Allison.