Admission decisions are not made by the Dean's Office. Admission is granted through the Admissions Office. Once admitted to Western and prior to course registration, you will need to:
Admission decisions are not made by the Dean's Office. Admission is granted through the Admissions Office.
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Click here for the Progression requirements for Special Students
Once you have accepted your admission offer and prior to course registration, you are likely to see an Academic Counsellor to:
A comprehensive list of undergraduate sessional dates can be found here:
Undergraduate Sessional Dates
Please apply well in advance of the deadlines.
Students must apply for readmission to Western following withdrawal for failure to achieve satisfactory academic standing.
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Click here for progression requirements following readmission.
Full-time: A student who registers from September to April in 3.5 credits or more.
Part-time: A student who registers for 3.0 credits or fewer in any session.
To register for courses, a student must:
Students choose their program/module/degree(s) during the Intent to Register period (usually early February to late March). There will be Information Sessions available during this time.
Check the Office of the Registrar's website in late January for details.
Department Counsellors provide counselling regarding course selection.
More details about Intent to Register can be found here.
Adding and Dropping of courses takes place throughout the Academic Year. Various deadlines are set and are listed in the Academic Calendar under sessional dates. It is your responsibility to make sure you meet these dates.
Make sure you understand the consequences of dropping a course. Does it affect a scholarship? Does it affect dean's honor list? Will it affect being eligible for a scholarship or award or the program or professional program of your choice? Scholarships and Awards and Dean's Honor List all require 5.0 courses to be eligible, as do some programs and professional schools.
*If you do not pass a prerequisite in A term required for a B term course - you must drop the B term course or ask for special permission to remain in that course.*
During this phase, you may add/drop courses with the Department(s) if you have been unable to resolve your course and program/module requirements for the current term during Extended Registration on the web. After you have added or dropped a course with the Department(s), you must submit your completed Add/Drop form to the Academic Counselling Office of your Faculty for approval.
Click here for the Add/Drop Form (.pdf).
What does a dropped course look like on your record?
If you drop before the add deadline then the course will not show on your record.
If you drop between the add deadline and the drop deadline for each term your course will show as a withdrawn (WDN) on your record.
If you drop after the drop deadline period your course will show up as an F (40%) on your record.
Information on course enrollment and web registration can be found on the Registrar's Office web site.
After the Intent to Register period, program/module/degree changes require the submission of a Change of Status form. These forms are available from our academic counselling office and must be completed for:
Students apply to the Academic Counselling Office of their Faculty for a Letter of Permission to take courses at another university (note the non-refundable fee charged by the Registrar's Office).
Steps to take:
If you are unable to add a course through web registration and are not sure why, look at the 'Notes' section of the online timetable and the Academic Calendar (Undergraduate Course Information) as they are the first resources you should use to help you understand why this may be the case.
STEP 1: SUBMIT A SPECIAL PERMISSION REQUEST
To request special permission to register in a course for which you do not have the required pre-requisite(s):
◾Contact the Departmental Counsellor in the department that offers the course. So, for example, to request special permission to take an Applied Math course, contact the Applied Math Department. Provide them your name, student number, the course you want to register in and the reason why you can't register in it directly. [For courses offered by departments in other faculties, search for the departmental web site and look for undergraduate counselling contacts.]
To request special permission to take more than 5.0 courses in the Fall/Winter term
◾E-mail our academic counselling team (email@example.com) with your request - include your name, student number, course you plan to take, and the reason for requesting to take a course overload. [Note that you need at least a 70% average (on a full academic load) in the previous academic year to be considered for a course overload.]
To request special permission to take a course at an Affiliate College:
Students may be able to enroll in certain Affiliate College courses themselves if the relevant course(s) are not offered on main during the same session, so try adding the course via web registration, and follow these special permission request steps below if you were unsuccessful in enrolling.
1.Check the online Academic Timetable when looking up a specific course. If the 'Notes' section indicates that 'home faculty permission' is required and you were unable to add the course via web registration, first send an email to our academic counselling team with your request (firstname.lastname@example.org).
2.If the Academic Timetable does not indicate that 'home faculty permission' is required nor that the course is restricted, your first step is to contact the specific Affiliate College that offers the course you are interested in taking. If they grant you permission to take the course, they can email our academic counselling team the special permission details.
Note that if the 'Notes' in the online timetable indicate that the course is restricted to a specific group of students, you will not be able to register in that course unless you are part of those groups.
STEP 2: MAKE SURE YOUR HOME FACULTY ACADEMIC COUNSELLING TEAM RECEIVES / APPROVES THE SPECIAL PERMISSION
Your home faculty academic counselling team needs to be informed...
◾If a Science / BMSC student has a special permission recommendation (i.e., from the department counsellor or affiliate college) or request, it should be forwarded (ideally emailed) to our counselling team - email@example.com.
What happens once our academic counselling team receives your recommendation or request for special permission?
◾An academic counsellor assesses your special permission request
◾If approved, you will see your special permission on Student Center
•Once you have logged in, follow the link labelled 'View Special Permissions'
•Please be patient in waiting for these to be posted - this is an extremely busy time of year!
◾If not approved, one of our academic counsellors will email you to explain
STEP 3: ENROLLING IN A COURSE FOR WHICH YOU HAVE BEEN GRANTED SPECIAL PERMISSION
To enroll in a course for which you have been granted special permission
◾If the special permission has been posted to Student Center, call the Helpline (519-661-2100), and ask them to enroll you in the relevant course(s); they can do this for you after your enrollment appointment (date) for as long as web registration is open
◾If you have been granted permission to enroll in an extra course load, you can add the extra full year or first term course(s) on August 26, 2013 or later by calling the Helpline, or January 6, 2014 for second term courses.
Degree/Module changes are completed by doing a change of status form.
This form is used to request changes to your degree/module(s) in the following situations:
◾you forgot to complete your Intent to Register
◾you need to change the degree/module(s) you selected during Intent to Register [please wait until you see your adjudication results]
◾your eligibility has changed due to summer results and you need to be in a specific module to have access to required courses
◾you were not here in during the 2013/2014 academic year and are returning to Western for next academic year
Deadlines for submitting Module Change Requests before Fall Course Registration times:
When you find you've been put into a program that is different from the one you asked for, check the following tips for what you need to do next:
Check the Admission Requirements section of the module/program you asked for during Intent to Register. Compare this to your own academic performance. Make note of the requirements you didn’t meet.
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The usual full-time course load in any year of a 3-year or 4-year BA and BSc degree is 5.0 courses. In any one term, the usual full-time load is five 0.5-courses or their equivalent.
Permission of the Academic Counselling Office is required to take an increased or irregular course load. Permission will be considered on the basis of your past academic performance.
Policy for students registered in module in the Faculty of Science and the Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry (BMSc): Common Courses in Modules
Students registered in the Faculty of Science and the Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry (BMSc) may double-count a maximum of 1.0 common course toward two modules (a common course is a course that is mandatory in both modules). When two modules contain more than 1.0 common course, the additional common course(s) must be distributed between the two modules as evenly as possible and a substitute course(s) approved by the department offering the module must be taken to maintain the number of courses required in the module.
Main campus students may normally take a maximum of 1.0 courses at an Affiliated University College each year.
If a section of the course is also offered on main campus, you must consult an Academic Counsellor in the Dean's Office to see if permission might be granted.
Permission will normally be considered only if the main campus section is full or creates a conflict with your schedule.
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A special examination is any examination other than the regular or supplemental examinations, and may be offered only with permission of the Academic Counselling Office of the Faculty in which the student is registered in consultation with the instructor and Department Chair.
Permission to write a Special Examination may be given on the basis of compassionate or medical grounds with appropriate supporting documentation or for religious grounds for which sufficient notice in writing has been submitted.
For information about examination conflicts (two exams concurrently, 3 exams in any 23-hour period) visit http://www.westerncalendar.uwo.ca/2015/pg131.html.
If the Academic Counselling Office, recommends a Special Examination Form be given to a student, both the student and instructor should be aware of the following:
Science students can complete and submit an Accommodation Request Form to our academic counselling office when reporting a conflict with a religious holiday. Students are asked to submit their accommodation requests a minimum of two weeks in advance. Click here for more information on Religious Holidays.
Other types of documentation that needs to be provided depending on reason for absence:
The University works collaboratively with the student, instructor, department, Faculty and Services for Students with Disabilities in the Student Development Centre to provide accommodation when needed.
A student requesting relief relating to a specific course(s) (with respect to a mark, grade, appropriateness of assignment or examination, or grading practices) must proceed in the following order: