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Manage Your Academic Standing - Probation

What does Academic Probation mean anyway?

You’ve been placed on Academic Probation (AP) due to your marks last semester, and now you need to know what to do next.  Let’s talk!

This guide has been developed to help you consider your next steps:

1. UNDERSTAND – Know what the policy means for you.

2. REFLECT – Take some time to think about what brought you to an Academic Probation academic standing. This reflection will help you make the best choice and use appropriate resources.

3. CONNECT – Connect with appropriate Sheridan services and people, to effectively implement your choice.

4. MAKE A CHANGE – Take action for academic success.

Disclaimer: This guide has been assembled to provide an immediate resource to help you make choices and take actions. It is intended as a complement to Sheridan policies, not a substitute for professional guidance from Sheridan Student Affairs staff. Please meet with a Student Advisor if you wish to discuss or clarify any of the options shown in this guide.


What is Academic Probation (AP) standing and what does it mean for me?

Certificate and Diploma students previously in Good Standing who have a Program Term GPA below 2.0 but at or above 1.2 are placed on Academic Probation and allowed to continue in their program. Over the next term, you must earn a minimum Program Term GPA of 2.0. 

Earning a Program Term GPA less than 2.0 or a Program Cumulative GPA of less than 1.2, may result in dismissal from your program for two consecutive academic terms. 
You will find detailed information on the Policy website:  > Academic Standing policy and Procedure.

Degree students previously in Good Standing who have a Program Term GPA below 2.4 but at or above 2.0; or a Program Core Term GPA below 2.5 but at or above 2.0; are placed on Academic Probation and allowed to continue in their program. Students previously in Good Standing may also be placed on  Probation where their Program Core Term GPA is less than 2.0 AND their Program Cumulative GPA is greater than or equal to 2.0. Over the next term, you must earn a minimum Program Term GPA above 2.4 and a Program Core GPA above 2.5 and a Program Cumulative GPA above 2.0. Earning a GPA(s) less than this may result in an Academic Standing of Graduation Warning or dismissal from your program for two consecutive academic terms.  

You will find detailed information on the Policy website: > Academic Standing Policy and Procedure.

What are the implications of my Academic Probation Standing?

While you have an Academic Probation Standing, you may continue in your program for the next academic term.  However, you must meet the academic requirements mentioned above and in the Policy and Procedure. 

There are some implications that come with being on Academic Probation, such as:

  • Future course loads may be impacted if you did not successfully complete course prerequisites and/or co-requisites
  • You may be temporarily removed from your program if you do not meet the policy requirements in your upcoming term.
  • Financial Aid or other funding may be impacted
  • It is possible to complete all program courses but not meet the minimum Graduation GPA. In this case, you may need to upgrade courses until you have met the graduation requirements.   For more information regarding graduation requirements, you can view the Graduation Policy on

Life can only be understood backwards, but it must be lived forwards. (Soren Kierkegaard)


What contributed to my Academic Probation?

First, review your grades and academic progress through   Then consult with your faculty for further clarification/explanation if required.

It is also important and worthwhile to understand what contributed to your AP standing if you want to take effective action. Rank these five categories of underlying factors in order based on their impact to your academic standing -or- assign each factor a rating using the following scale:

  • 5 - Was the overriding factor
  • 3 - Was a significant factor
  • 1 - Was a minor factor
  • 0 - Was not a contributing factor



Course content was too difficult for me

Course load was too heavy

I felt underprepared or it was hard to adjust to course expectations

I have poor/ineffective study skills

I have an IEP, but did not use Accessible Learning Services and/or my accommodations

I had trouble with my online course(s)

I have English language difficulty

I lack the necessary computer skills



I feel unclear of my career direction

Since I started my program, my career goal changed

I didn’t realize what career fields the program lead to

Program seems to lead to career I don’t want to do, or not interested in

I don’t see connection between the program and my career goals.



It was hard to socially adjust to college

I felt homesick

I had family issues or family members with illnesses.

I had friend/roommate issues.

I had housing or accommodation problems.



I was working too many hours

My OSAP or other funding was not approved/sufficient

Money was tight

I had unexpected expenses

I had a poor (or lacked) a budget plan.



I was sick during the semester.

I had poor physical health.

I had emotional challenges.

My mental health affected my studies.

Once you have ranked or rated the 5 categories, consider those factors which most significantly contributed to your AP standing and ask yourself:

  • What was within my control that I could have managed better last semester, and what was honestly beyond my control?
  • What is within my control to do differently?

Answer these questions honestly, in order to help make effective choices about what to do next.   What would be the top factors to address first and foremost? Who can you seek support from? What is your commitment level?

Once complete, you may wish to discuss these factors with a Student Advisor to review possible supports, services and next steps.

You can't turn back the clock. But you can wind it up again. (Bonnie Prudden)


What resources can I use to get back on track?

There are a wide variety of services and support that are available to you.   We recommend that you connect with your Academic Advisor/Program Coordinator and/or a Student Advisor in Student Advisement to discuss possible supports, services and options.  If you are unsure of who your Academic Advisor/Program Coordinator, Student Advisement can help you locate the appropriate person for your program. 

This chart lists some of the services and people who can be most helpful to you as you plan your next steps. However, this is only a starting point--each department listed offers a wide range of assistance including, but not limited to what is shown.

QUICK REFERENCE GUIDE: Action Resources & Services

What is it?
How can it help me?
How do I access services?
Student Advisement

Consult with a Student Advisor who can help to:

  • Explain policies & procedures
  • Discuss options
  • Explore appropriate services & supports
  • Create a tailored action plan for future success

DAV: visit B230 or call ext.5400

HMC: visit A247 or call ext.2528

TRA: visit B104 or call ext.2557

Accessible Learning

AL Advisors facilitate equal access for eligible students with disabilities.

Other supports include Learning Strategies Training and Assistive Technology.

AL - Contact Us

Tutoring/Learning Centres offer a variety of services:

  • Free tutoring in select subjects
  • Peer tutoring for minimal cost
  • Citation support
  • Academic Integrity remediation
  • Learning Workshops
Other Services
  • Career Centre
  • Counselling
  • Health Centre
  • Library Services
  • First Year Librarian
  • Recreation & Athletics
  • Student Rights and Responsibilities
  • Student Leadership and Engagement
  • Office of the Registrar & Financial Aid
Student Affairs
 International Centre

If I had to live my life again, I'd make the same mistakes, only sooner. (Tallulah Bankhead)


Now is the time for you to decide what steps and supports will help you improve your academic performance.  Our Student Advisement staff are here to help you create a plan that is focused on your success. There is no better time to begin than right now!