Policy Concerning Academic Probation, Program Withdrawal and Re-audition
Requirements for progression
- Students whose cumulative music GPA is below the level for progression (6.0 to go into 2nd year and 7.0 to go into 3rd and 4th years and to graduate) by no more than 2.0 grade points will be placed on academic probation. Students on probation will remain registered as BMus: Without Designation until the probation is cleared.
- Students whose cumulative music GPA is below the level for progression (6.0 to go into 2nd year and 7.0 to go into 3rd and 4th years and to graduate) by more than 2.0 grade points must withdraw from the program. Note that by university policy, students whose cumulative overall GPA falls below 2.0 must withdraw from the university.
- Students may be registered on Academic Probation one time only, for a maximum of one year. Students whose cumulative music GPA is below the level for progression (6.0 to go into 2nd year and 7.0 to go into 3rd and 4th years and to graduate) after one year of Academic Probation must withdraw from the program.
Students on academic probation
- During a probationary year, students are advised to repeat courses with low grades in order to raise their cumulative music GPA above the level for progression. Students on probation have one intramural year (fall, winter, and spring) to raise their cumulative music GPA to 7.0 for progression in the Honours BMus program.
- Students on probation who received a minimum grade of B- in their previous year's practical studies course will be entitled to full hour lessons. Students whose previous year studio grade is a minimum of C but less than B- will be entitled to half-hour lessons. Students whose previous year studio grade is below C will not be entitled studio lessons.
- Students on probation may take courses intended for music majors with the dean's permission, and on a space available basis. Students in good standing shall have priority for high-demand courses.
Music students who have been required to withdraw from the program following one year of Academic Probation (post-probationary students)
- Students who wish to earn re-admission to the Faculty of Music may do so only after a period of one year has passed (fall, winter, and spring), subject to raising their cumulative music GPA to 7.0, and a successful re-audition. Students may attempt a re-audition only once.
- Post-probationary students may take courses intended for music majors with the dean's permission. Post-probationary students may repeat courses previously taken in order to raise their GPA, and may take courses at or below their year level. I.e., a student who is required to withdraw from the program after second year may only take courses in the music faculty at the 100- or 200-level. Such post-probationary students may not proceed to higher level courses.
- Post-probationary students are not eligible to take lessons, chamber music, or other courses with low faculty-student ratios. Post-probationary students may participate in ensembles by repeating the course, so long as no music student in good standing would be displaced from the ensemble. As any other repeated course, students are advised that the most recent attempt will be the grade that is factored into a student's cumulative GPA, unless the second attempt is declared "extra" before the drop date.
Faculty of Music Policy Website: https://www.wlu.ca/page.php?grp_id=29&p=15660