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Academic Calendar 2020-2021

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2 Glossary of Academic Terms and Calendar of Events

Definitions

This page provides a list of commonly used academic terms found in this calendar. The definitions provided are intended to help readers understand the outlines of academic regulations and programs which follow.

Academic Dismissal

Denial of all registration privileges for a minimum of three academic years because of failure to meet academic standards

Academic Distinction

A designation awarded to any student completing an undergraduate degree with an overall Grade Point Average of at least 3.7 on all courses attempted

Academic Probation

Permission to continue registration, subject to meeting terms required for continuing on Probation until Good Standing is achieved

Academic Session

The academic year upon which academic standing is assessed including the Spring/Summer, Fall and Winter terms

Academic Suspension

Denial of all registration privileges for a specified period of time because of failure to meet academic standards

Academic Term

Either the May to August or the September to December or the January to April portion of an academic session

Advanced Placement

Registration at an advanced level in a course because of previously acquired background knowledge. Unlike advanced standing, this permission is not granted with credits awarded for the previously acquired knowledge

Advanced Standing

Registration at an advanced level in a discipline because of transfer credits granted for courses completed at another recognized institution

Anti- requisite

A specific course or level of attainment which, if already successfully completed, does not permit registration for credit in another course, or may not be taken for credit concurrently with another course.

Audit

Registration status of a student who attends class(es) with written permission of the course instructor. Students auditing a course will not write final examinations or receive a grade for the course. See calendar regulation [10.3.8]

Continuous Enrolment

Registration in at least one term (including Spring/Summer, Fall and Winter terms) in consecutive academic sessions without interruption.

Corequisite

A course which must be taken at the same time as another course

Credit

The weight value assigned to a course. A course that normally meets for 3 hours each week throughout the academic year is worth 6 credits; a course that normally meets for 3 hours each week in one term is worth 3 credits. Ensemble performance courses in Music which meet on a regular basis throughout the academic year are worth 1 credit

Cross-listed Course

A course listed for credit under more than one discipline. The course may only be taken once for credit

Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA)

An average calculated by dividing the total number of grade points obtained (credit hours x grade points) by the number of credit hours attempted during all academic sessions

Discipline

A subject area or branch of knowledge

Elective

A credit course which is outside of the specialization component of a program

Exclusion

Students may not count for credit toward a degree any course which is listed as an exclusion for a course in which they are currently registered or which they have already passed.

Faculty

a) The academic teaching staff of a university and b) A grouping of related academic departments administered by a Dean

Full-time Student

A student enrolled for the equivalent of 9 or more credits per term

Good Standing

An academic status achieved by attaining a Session Grade Point Average (SGPA) of at least 1.5 and a Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA) of at least 1.5

GPA (Grade Point Average)

An average calculated by dividing the total number of grade points obtained (credit hours x grade points) by the number of credit hours attempted

Honours Program

A specialized Arts, Commerce or Science degree program which must be completed at an above average academic level

Interdisciplinary Studies

A group of related courses from various disciplines

Letter of Permission

An official document granting prior approval to take a course from another university for credit to a Mount Allison program

Major

The discipline(s) or area of specialization selected to fulfill part of the requirements for most Arts, or Science degrees

Minor

A secondary discipline(s) or area of specialization selected to fulfill part of the requirements for most Arts, or Science degrees

Performance Indicator

An indicator of a student's progress as Satisfactory (TGPA of at least 1.5) or Unsatisfactory (TGPA of less than 1.5) at the end of each academic term. This is not an academic standing and is not recorded on the transcript. An indicator of Unsatisfactory serves as a warning that a student might be in academic jeopardy if grades do not improve and academic advising should be sought.

Prerequisite

Many courses require knowledge of material covered in other courses to ensure that a student has the background necessary to complete the course successfully. A prerequisite states the requirement that must be completed or waived before registration in a course is permitted. This requirement may consist of one or both of the following:

  1. having a certain registration status (i.e. in a particular program or having a specified standing); or

  2. having earned credit for a course or combination of courses. Students must obtain a grade of at least C- in each course used to fulfill this requirement.

Note: A student who does not have the stated prerequisite must receive written permission from the appropriate Department Head or Program Director to waive the requirement.

Registration

The process of choosing, enrolling in and paying fees for courses taken in an academic session

Session Grade Point Average (SGPA)

An average calculated by dividing the total number of grade points obtained (credit hours x grade points) by the number of credit hours attempted during the academic session

Term Grade Point Average (TGPA)

An average calculated by dividing the total number of grade points obtained (credit hours x grade points) by the number of credit hours attempted during the academic term

Transcript

An official document that lists the entire academic record of a student at an educational institution

Transfer Credit

Credit granted on a degree and/or certificate for work completed at another recognized institution. Transfer credits are not used in calculation of any Grade Point Average. The term 'non-designated' transfer credits indicates that no direct equivalency exists at Mount Allison but the transfer credit is granted and can be applied toward the credits required for a Mount Allison degree.

Calendar of Events 2020-2021

Note: Revisions to the Calendar of Events made after September 2020 will be posted on the Registrar's Office website.

Note: Dates in bold text are those approved by Senate; dates in bold text with an asterisk are subject to change; dates in italics are either determined by calendar or other regulations; holidays are in regular text.

May 4MondaySpring/Summer term SDL courses begin
May 18MondayVictoria Day - University offices closed
May 22FridayLast day for change in registration (add/drop) for Spring/Summer term Self-directed Distance Learning (SDL) courses
May 25MondayLast day to make fee payment without penalty for Spring/Summer term SDL courses
May 25Monday2020 Virtual Conferring of Degrees. Convocation will be scheduled at a later date
June 1MondayLast day for new and returning students to pay Registration Deposit for Fall/Winter terms without penalty; Residence deposit due for new and returning students requiring residence accommodation
July 17FridayEnd of withdrawal period for Spring/Summer term SDL courses as per academic regulation 10.4.3 e)
Aug. 31MondayArrival of new international students, international orientation begins
Sept. 3ThursdayArrival of new students, Commencement
Sept. 4FridayBeginning of orientation, University Assembly (morning), Deadline for October 2020 Graduation Application
Sept. 5SaturdaySDL and Deferred Exams for eligible students
Sept. 6SundayReturning students may enter residence
Sept. 7MondayLabour Day — no classes, University offices closed
Sept. 8TuesdayFall term classes begin
Sept. 15TuesdayMeeting of Senate
Sept. 18FridayLast day for registration in Fall term 3 credit courses and in year-long 1, 3, and 6 credit courses
Sept. 21MondayLast day to make Fall fee payment without penalty
Sept. 29*TuesdayMeeting of Faculty Council
Oct. 2FridayDeadline for May 2021 Graduation Application
Oct. 12MondayThanksgiving Day — no classes, University offices closed
Oct. 13TuesdayMeeting of Senate and approval of October Degree candidates
Oct. 16FridayUniversity Open House
Oct. 27*TuesdayMeeting of Faculty Council
Oct. 30FridayDeadline by which work worth at least 20% of the final grade is to be evaluated and returned to students; End of withdrawal period for Fall term 3 credit courses
Nov. 3Tuesday Meeting of Senate
Nov. 11WednesdayObservance of Remembrance Day— University offices closed
Nov. 13FridayDeadline for registration and residence deposits for students admitted for the Winter term
Nov. 23MondayNo in-class or take-home tests worth more than 10% of the final grade, and no final tests or examinations with the exception of laboratory examinations may be scheduled after this date
Nov. 24*TuesdayMeeting of Faculty Council
Nov. 24TuesdayLast day of classes for Tuesday-only classes
Nov. 26ThursdayLast day of classes for TTh, Thursday-only classes
Nov. 27FridayLast day of classes for Friday-only classes
Nov. 30MondayMWF, MW, Monday-only classes continue as scheduled
Dec. 1TuesdayMake-up day for Thanksgiving Monday (classes for MWF, MW, last day of Monday-only classes)
Dec. 2WednesdayLast day of classes for MWF, MW, Wednesday-only classes
Dec. 4FridayFinal exam period begins for Fall term 3 credit courses, including mid-year tests in 3 and 6 credit full year courses
Dec. 8TuesdayMeeting of Senate
Dec. 12SaturdayLast day for exams
Dec. 23WednesdayUniversity closed for the holidays, Wednesday, Dec 23 - Friday, Jan. 1 inclusive
2021  
Jan. 4MondayUniversity offices open
Jan. 10SundayReturning students may enter residence
Jan. 11MondayWinter term classes begin. Deferred exams in Fall term 3 credit courses begin in evening
Jan. 12TuesdayMeeting of Senate
Jan. 22FridayLast day for registration in Winter term 3 credit courses
Jan. 22FridayDeadline by which work worth at least 20% of the final grade is to be evaluated and returned to students in year-long 1, 3, and 6 credit courses; End of withdrawal period for year-long 1, 3, and 6 credit courses.
Jan. 25MondayLast day to pay account balance without penalty
Jan. 26*TuesdayMeeting of Faculty Council
Feb. 1MondayDeadline for returning students to apply to transfer to the B.F.A. program
Feb. 9TuesdayMeeting of Senate
Feb. 15MondayFamily Day- University offices closed; no classes
Feb. 15 - Feb. 19Monday to FridayWinter Study Break — no classes
Feb. 19FridayDeadline for returning students to apply to transfer to B.Mus. program
Feb. 23*TuesdayMeeting of Faculty Council
Feb. 26FridayUniversity Open House
Mar. 5FridayDeadline by which work worth at least 20% of the final grade is to be evaluated and returned to students; End of withdrawal period for Winter term 3 credit courses
Mar. 16TuesdayMeeting of Senate
Mar. 30*TuesdayMeeting of Faculty Council
Apr. 2FridayGood Friday — University closed, no classes
Apr. 5MondayNo in-class or take-home tests worth more than 10% of the final grade, and no final tests or examinations with the exception of laboratory examinations may be scheduled after this date
Apr. 5MondayDeadline for returning students to apply to transfer to B.A., B.Sc. or B.Comm programs
Apr. 5MondayLast day of classes for Monday-only classes
Apr. 6TuesdayJoint meeting of Faculty Council and Senate
Apr. 6TuesdayLast day of classes for Tuesday-only classes
Apr. 7WednesdayLast day of classes for MW, Wednesday-only classes
Apr. 8ThursdayLast day of classes for TTH, Thursday-only classes
Apr. 12MondayLast day of classes for MWF, Make-up day for Friday-only classes
Apr. 14WednesdayFinal exam period begins for all Winter term and full year courses
Apr. 23FridayLast day for exams
May 13ThursdayMeeting of Faculty Council (morning); Meeting of Senate (afternoon)
May 17MondayUniversity Convocation

Provisional Calendar of Events 2021-2022 (subject to change)

Note: Dates in bold text are those approved by Senate; dates in bold text with an asterisk are subject to change; dates in italics are either determined by calendar or other regulations and holidays are in regular text.

May 3MondayRegistration Deposit Due for Fall/Winter terms - new students; Residence Deposit due for new and returning students requiring residence accommodation
May 3MondaySpring/Summer term courses begin
May 7FridayLast day for change in registration (add/drop) for Spring/Summer term courses
May 10MondayLast day to make fee payment without penalty for Spring/Summer term courses
May 17Monday2021 Convocation. Spring term classes continue as scheduled
May 24MondayVictoria Day - no classes, University offices closed
May 28FridayEnd of withdrawal period for Spring/Summer term in-class courses as per academic regulation 10.4.3 c) and d)
June 4FridayLast day for returning students to pay Registration Deposit for Fall/Winter terms without penalty
June 18FridayLast day of Spring term classes
July 2FridayEnd of withdrawal period for Spring/Summer term self-directed distance learning courses as per academic regulation 10.4.3 e)
Aug. 30MondayArrival of new international students, international orientation begins
Sept. 2ThursdayArrival of new students, Commencement
Sept. 3FridayBeginning of orientation, University Assembly (morning), Deadline for October 2021 Graduation Application
Sept. 4SaturdaySelf-directed distance learning and Deferred Exams for eligible students
Sept. 5SundayReturning students may enter residence
Sept. 6MondayLabour Day — no classes, University offices closed
Sept. 7TuesdayFall term classes begin with Day of Learning
Sept. 14TuesdayMeeting of Senate
Sept. 17FridayLast day for registration in Fall term 3 credit courses and in year-long 1, 3, and 6 credit courses
Sept. 20MondayLast day to make Fall fee payment without penalty
Sept. 28*TuesdayMeeting of Faculty Council
Oct. 1FridayDeadline for May 2022 Graduation Application
Oct. 11MondayThanksgiving Day — no classes, University offices closed
Oct. 12TuesdayMeeting of Senate and approval of October Degree candidates
Oct. 15FridayUniversity Open House
Oct. 26*TuesdayMeeting of Faculty Council
Oct. 29FridayDeadline by which work worth at least 20% of the final grade is to be evaluated and returned to students; End of withdrawal period for Fall term 3 credit courses
Nov. 2Tuesday Meeting of Senate
Nov. 8 - Nov. 12Monday to FridayFall Study Break — no classes
Nov. 11ThursdayObservance of Remembrance Day— University offices closed
Nov. 12FridayDeadline for registration and residence deposits for students admitted for the Winter term
Nov. 23*TuesdayMeeting of Faculty Council
Nov. 29MondayNo in-class or take-home tests worth more than 10% of the final grade, and no final tests or examinations with the exception of laboratory examinations may be scheduled after this date
Dec. 1WednesdayLast day of classes for Wednesday-only classes
Dec. 2ThursdayLast day of classes for Thursday-only classes
Dec. 3FridayLast day of classes for Friday-only classes
Dec. 6MondayMWF, MW, Monday-only classes continue as scheduled
Dec. 7TuesdayMeeting of Senate
Dec. 7TuesdayLast day of classes for Tuesday-only classes and TTh classes
Dec. 8WednesdayMake-up day for Thanksgiving Monday (Last day of classes for MWF, MW, Monday-only classes)
Dec. 9ThursdayFinal exam period begins for Fall term 3 credit courses, including mid-year tests in 3 and 6 credit full year courses
Dec. 18SaturdayLast day for exams
Dec. 23ThursdayUniversity closed for the holidays, Thursday, Dec. 23 - Friday, Dec. 31 inclusive
2022  
Jan. 3MondayUniversity offices open
Jan. 9SundayReturning students may enter residence
Jan. 10MondayWinter term classes begin. Deferred exams in Fall term 3 credit courses begin in evening
Jan. 11TuesdayMeeting of Senate
Jan. 21FridayLast day for registration in Winter term 3 credit courses
Jan. 21FridayDeadline by which work worth at least 20% of the final grade is to be evaluated and returned to students in year-long 1, 3, and 6 credit courses; End of withdrawal period for year-long 1, 3, and 6 credit courses.
Jan. 24MondayLast day to pay account balance without penalty
Jan. 25*TuesdayMeeting of Faculty Council
Feb. 1TuesdayDeadline for returning students to apply to transfer to the B.F.A. program
Feb. 8TuesdayMeeting of Senate
Feb. 18FridayDeadline for returning students to apply to transfer to B.Mus. program
Feb. 21 - Feb. 25Monday to FridayWinter Study Break — no classes
Feb. 21MondayFamily Day- University offices closed
Feb. 22*TuesdayMeeting of Faculty Council
Mar. 4FridayUniversity Open House
Mar. 4FridayDeadline by which work worth at least 20% of the final grade is to be evaluated and returned to students; End of withdrawal period for Winter term 3 credit courses
Mar. 15TuesdayMeeting of Senate
Mar. 29*TuesdayMeeting of Faculty Council
Apr. 4MondayNo in-class or take-home tests worth more than 10% of the final grade, and no final tests or examinations with the exception of laboratory examinations may be scheduled after this date
Apr. 4MondayDeadline for returning students to apply to transfer to B.A., B.Sc. or B.Comm programs
Apr. 4MondayLast day of classes for Monday-only classes
Apr. 5TuesdayLast day of classes for Tuesday-only classes
Apr. 5TuesdayJoint meeting of Faculty Council and Senate
Apr. 6WednesdayLast day of classes for MW, Wednesday-only classes
Apr. 7ThursdayLast day of classes for TTH, Thursday-only classes
Apr. 8FridayLast day of classes for MWF
Apr. 11MondayFinal exam period begins for all Winter term and full year courses
Apr. 15FridayGood Friday — University closed, no classes
Apr. 21ThursdayLast day for exams
May 12ThursdayMeeting of Faculty Council (morning); Meeting of Senate (afternoon)
May 16MondayUniversity Convocation