Normally students are allowed only one term in conditional standing in the Faculty of Environment. Failure to raise their plan averages during their next academic term will normally result in a Failed – Required to Withdraw standing. Students are strongly encouraged to meet with their academic advisor to determine the average required to meet plan averages, to discuss resources, and other options available to them.

Conditional standing - must raise Plan average(s):

Normally a student receives this academic standing when they have not met their academic plan cumulative overall and/or major average(s) but are within a range that it may be possible to raise their averages during their next academic term.

Conditional- at risk of being required to withdraw:

Normally a student receives this academic standing when they have not met their academic plan cumulative overall and/or major average(s) and are at a point in which raising their averages will be either difficult or not possible during their next academic term.

Conditional Standing after 1A Fall term:

Possible academic pathways for a 1A student receiving a conditional standing after Fall term:

1A Fall term

Winter term

Off – Spring term

Fall term

Winter term

Conditional

Good standing

Off / study term

2A

2B or Co-op

Conditional

Off

Off

Foundation Term – Good standing

Continue studies

Conditional

Failed Required to Withdraw

Off

Foundation Term – Good standing

Continue studies

Conditional

Failed Required to Withdraw

Off

Foundation Term

- Failed standing with 60% or greater in UNIV 101

May qualify to transfer plans

Conditional

Failed Required to Withdraw

Off

Foundation term – Failed standing with less than 60% in UNIV 101

May not continue in studies at the University of Waterloo

Conditional

Failed Required to Withdraw

Off

Off

Continue studies

Resources for students in Conditional Standing:

Foundation Term:

Who: 1A (Fall term) Conditional or 1B (Winter term) Failed students only

What: The Foundation term:

  • Students take three courses: UNIV 101, ENVS 105, and a third course determined by their academic advisor.
  • Students must pass all three courses.
  • Students must achieve a 60% in UNIV 101.
  • Students must meet plan averages.
  • With the exception of Planning students, all co-op students will be enrolled in the regular stream for their plan and may apply to continue in the Co-op stream after successful completion of the Foundation term.
  • Grades for courses taken prior to the Foundation term will be “cleared”. What this means is they will remain on the student’s record but will not be calculated into cumulative major and overall plan averages moving forward.

Where: Courses taken are held on campus.

When: Offered Fall terms only.

Why: Provides students with academic skills for greater academic success by teaching academic skills such as time management, study, and writing. Introduces students to campus resources including the Student Success Office, AccessAbility Services, Campus Wellness (including Counselling Services), etc.

How: Application process:

  • Speak with your academic advisor to determine if the Foundation term is right for you. If you experienced extenuating circumstances that negatively affected your academics, a petition should be considered instead of the Foundation Term.
  • After speaking with your academic advisor, complete the Foundation Term application form.
  • Upon approval for the Foundation Term, you will receive an email outlining the courses, requirements, and all other relevant information.
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