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Manage Your Academic Standing – Academic Suspension

I received an Academic Suspension standing, HELP!

So, your academic standing is SP (Academic Suspension) due to your marks last semester. Now what? This guide has been developed to help you consider your options in 3 simple steps:

  1. REFLECT – Take some time to think about what brought you to your SP status. This reflection will help you make the best choice and use appropriate resources.
  2. MAKE A CHOICE – Essentially, there are 3 different actions you could take. Review the options and make your choice.
  3. USE RESOURCES – Connect with appropriate Sheridan services and people, to effectively implement your choice.

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 Services staff. Please meet with a Student Advisor if you wish to discuss or clarify any of the options shown in this guide.

What is an SP Standing and what does it mean for you?

Students who receive an SP are withdrawn from their program for a minimum of two consecutive academic terms. . To understand the GPA circumstances that may lead to an SP standing, please refer to the Academic Standing Policy and Procedure: 

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


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 SP 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 the SP standing and ask yourself:

  • What was within my control that I could have managed better last semester, and what was beyond my control?
  • If I were to attempt the same program, or perhaps even a different one, what is within my control to do differently? And what would be the top factors to address first and foremost?

Don't just ask yourself these questions,  be honest - this will help you make an effective choice about what to do next. 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)


You have 3 basic options for action you can take at this point. After reflecting on how and why you ended up with an SP, choose the one best suited to your situation. For each option, we suggest some initial action steps.

Option: Accept the SP standing with the intent to return to the same program a minimum of one academic year (two semesters) from when you were withdrawn. Readmission is not guaranteed and is subject to meeting admission requirements, space availability, and academic history. However, if you approach the same program, the same way, given the same situation, you are likely to receive the same outcome, so consider:
  • What will you do differently when you return to Sheridan?
  • Are there any supports or services that could help you?
  • Is there something that will make you more motivated and likely to succeed?

Here are some potential action steps using some of the primary action resources listed in section 3:

  1. Find your program, locate its course list, and look up course outlines for future semesters to review what you will undertake and how you will be evaluated.
  2. Confirm the program will take you in the right direction by researching the career outcomes for your program.
  3. If you still feel unsure about your career direction, consult with a Career Counsellor.
  4. Connect with a Student Advisor by phone, email or in person if you are in any way unsure about your application or readmission next steps.
 Option: Appeal the academic decision, with the intent to be permitted to continue in the same program despite your GPA.  You will need to assess your situation and consider whether you have sufficient and substantial grounds to appeal:
  • Academic Evaluation - Students may appeal a final grade they believe to be unfair.
  • Compassionate -Events or circumstances beyond the control of, and often unforeseen by, the student, which seriously impacted their academic performance.
  • Course Management - Concerns about how a course was delivered or managed, or final grades that represent a significant departure from the course outline or the evaluation criteria.
  • Medical - An illness or medical condition which seriously impacted a student’s academic performance.
  • Procedural Error - A belief an academic policy was improperly applied or not followed or a final grade was miscalculated.

If you are considering an academic appeal, you are encouraged to meet with a Student Advisor before proceeding. They can explain the appeal policy and procedure and how to fill out the Level 1 appeal form. To prepare for a conversation with a Student Advisor:

  1. Review the complete Academic Appeals and Consideration Policy & Procedure at, and the Level 1 Appeal Form and Level 2 Appeal Form. Be aware of the time limits and deadlines for appeals.
  2. Collect your supporting documentation; the Policy will help you determine what you need.
  3. Bring the list of factors from your personal reflection in Step 1.
  4. Prepare a list of questions to discuss with a Student Advisor.
 Option: Change your program with the intent to enter a different program either in the coming semester or in the future. Here are some potential action steps using some of the primary action resources listed in the next section:
  1. Use the Idea Generator to get some initial possibilities on other Sheridan programs.
  2. For more options use resources on the Generate Possibilities Career QuickTips page.
  3. When you have a list of possible options, research program career outcomes so you understand the career fields they lead to.
  4. Check requirements, start dates and availability for programs of strong interest; these are found on the program information pages.
  5. Apply, online through
  6. Make an appointment to consult with a Career Counsellor if you want help exploring your options, making career choices, or mapping out the education to get to them.

 Still undecided on what course of action to take? You should connect with a Student Advisor to discuss your options and next steps.

You have to trust in something - your gut, destiny, life, karma, whatever. This approach has never let me down, and it has made all the difference in my life. (Steve Jobs)


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:

  • Review the SP options in detail
  • Explain policies & procedures
  • Explore appropriate services & supports
  • Create a tailored action plan

DAV: visit B230 or call ext.5400

HMC: visit A247 or call ext.2528

TRA: visit B104 or call ext.2557

Career Centre

Immediately-useful online career planning tools --->

Career Counsellors can help you:

  • Explore career options
  • Testing & assessment
  • Set career goals
  • Map out education path
  • Labour market info

DAV: visit B230 or call ext.5400

HMC: visit A247 or call ext.2528

TRA: visit D103 or call ext.2533

Other Student Services:

  • Accessible Learning Services                
  • Counselling
  • Health Centre
  • Library Services
  • Tutoring
  • Recreation & Athletics
  • Student Rights
  • Student Leadership
  • Office of the Registrar & Financial Aid
 International Centre