LA&PS Academic Decisions

We want you to succeed! Academic Advising Services in the Faculty of Liberal Arts & Professional Studies (LA&PS) provides students with many supports to help you achieve your academic goals.

There are many reasons students fall behind and find themselves facing negative an academic decision. If you are experiencing academic, personal, financial, health, or family issues, you can find supports here: http://laps.yorku.ca/student-success.

If you’ve received notice of an academic decision, this site is intended to help you understand the following:

  • Where to find your grade reports;
  • What your academic decision means;
  • What your next steps should be

Grade Reports

Understanding your grade report is an important step to getting back on track. Reports of final grades are available online. For additional clarity about your report, click on Understanding Your Grade Report. An academic advisor can also help you understand this process.

LA&PS Academic Decisions

Each year, many students receive a negative academic decision. Many go on to successfully complete their programs at York with the right supports.

Academic Warning

If your cumulative GPA, prior to the completion of 90 credits, falls below 4.00 at the end of session, you will receive an academic warning. This is the same for students entering the Faculty with a GPA less than 4.00 on the York scale.

What does this mean?

  • Students on academic warning must achieve a cumulative GPA of at least 4.00 within their next 24 credits taken, or earn a sessional grade point average of at least 5.00 in the session in which that 24th credit is taken and in each subsequent session until the cumulative GPA reaches 4.00.
  • Students whose cumulative GPA on at least 24 York credits is below 2.50 will be required to withdraw for 12 months. Students on academic warning who fail to meet the academic warning conditions must withdraw for 12 months.

Program Warning for BCom, BDEM, and BHRM

If you have completed less than 90 passed credits and your cumulative GPA is below 5.00, you will be placed on program warning. You may continue in the 90-credit bachelor degree only if you meet the program warning conditions.

What does this mean?

  • Students on program warning, within the next 24 credits taken, must raise the cumulative grade point average to at least 5.00. At no time may the cumulative GPA fall below 2.50 upon completion of at least 24 York credits.

Failure to meet program warning conditions

If you fail to meet program warning conditions, you will be ineligible to continue in your program.

  • Students will be exited from the program and eligible to transfer to another degree program provided they meet the program standing requirements of the program they are transferring into.

Honours Warning

If you wish to continue in an Honours program, you must maintain a cumulative GPA of at least 5.00. Students whose cumulative grade point average falls below 5.00 during the course of their studies may proceed in an Honours program, on warning, provided they meet the year level progression requirements described below.

What does this mean?

  • Students who have completed less than 84 earned credits whose cumulative GPA is below 5.00 may continue in Honours provided they meet the minimum year level progression requirements as follows:
Year Level Earned Credits Minimum cumulative grade point average
1 0-23 4.00
2 24-53 4.25
3 54-83 4.80
4 84 and above 5.00

Required to Withdraw and Required to Withdraw and Exit Program

If you receive a notice to withdraw from your studies for twelve months, you are encouraged to identify and work on the factors that may have contributed to your performance. A required to withdraw/required to withdraw and exit program is assigned when:

  • Students whose cumulative GPA on at least 24 York credits is below 2.50 must withdraw for 12 months.
  • BA students whose GPA is below 4.00, and equal to or greater than 2.50.
  • Students who have received an academic warning for a cumulative GPA below 4.00 must satisfy the academic warning conditions as specified above or be required to withdraw for 12 months.

Debarment Warning (Academic Status)

If you have received a debarment warning, you must achieve a cumulative GPA of at least 4.00 within the next 24 credits taken or earn a sessional GPA of at least 5.00 in the session in which the 24th credit is taken and in each subsequent session until the cumulative average reaches 4.00. You must then maintain this average. Students who do not fulfill these conditions will be debarred from the University.

Debarment

Students who fail to meet the debarment warning conditions outlined above will be debarred from the University. Debarment, the minimum period for which is normally two years, means that the student is no longer a student at York University.

Exit Program

Failure to meet program warning conditions

If you fail to meet program warning conditions, you will be ineligible to continue in your program.

What does this mean?

  • Students will be exited from the program and eligible to transfer to another degree program provided they meet the program standing requirements of the program they are transferring into.

Limited Additional Credits BA and Professional Programs

If you have been placed on limited additional credits, you have an opportunity to raise your cumulative GPA to qualify for graduation.

What does this mean?

  • Students in a BA degree who have successfully completed (passed) 90 credits in accordance with Faculty and program requirements, but whose cumulative grade point average is below 4.00, will be allowed a maximum of 12 attempted credits beyond the 90 passed credits in an effort to raise their cumulative GPA to at least 4.00.
  • New courses, repeated courses, passed courses and failed courses will count towards the total maximum number of attempted credits.
  • These courses must be taken at York University. Students who have 90 passed credits and have attempted 12 credits beyond the 90, who fail to attain the minimum required cumulative grade point average of 4.00 will be ineligible to continue or graduate.
  • Students in Professional programs (BCom, BHRM, etc.) who have successfully completed 90 credits and whose cumulative and major GPA is below 5.00 will be allowed a maximum of 12 attempted credits beyond the 90 passed credits so they can raise their GPA to the minimum of 5.00.
  • New courses, repeated courses, passed courses and failed courses will count towards the total maximum number of attempted credits. These courses must be taken at York University.
  • Students who have 90 passed credits and have attempted 12 credits beyond the 90, who fail to attain the minimum cumulative and major grade point average of 5.00 will be ineligible to continue or graduate in BCom.

Exit All

Students who have attempted 12 credits beyond the 90 who fail to attain the minimum required cumulative grade point average of 4.00 will be ineligible to continue or graduate.

Next Steps

We are here to help you reach your goals and complete your degree. We strongly encourage you to see an academic advisor (https://laps.yorku.ca/student-resources/academic-advising-services/). An academic advisor can give you the right information and guidance to help you move forward in your studies.