VIU Students

Probation Policy

Academic Probation is not a punishment!  It is a supportive measure designed to help students who are struggling discover and overcome the obstacles that are hindering their success. This policy applies to academic program students only; it does not apply to students in vocational or developmental programs.

Here’s how it works: 

In May each year, students in academic programs who have completed a minimum of nine (9) credits during the immediately preceding period of May 1 to April 30 will have their records reviewed. Those who have earned a GPA of less than 2.0 (“C”) on all courses completed in this period will be placed on academic probation.

Students who have been placed on academic probation will have their record reviewed each year in May until such time as they have completed at least 9 credits while on probation. A grade point average of 2.0 on these courses is required to clear probation. Students who don’t clear probation will be suspended for one year*.

Students placed on Academic Probation will be contacted by the department of Student Affairs and/or other University representatives and offered support services designed to help them achieve greater success in their future studies.

Students on Academic Suspension may take upgrading Adult Basic Education courses and may apply for admission to vocational programs.

Assistance is available to any students struggling with a low GPA. Vancouver Island University has a variety of supports available to assist students in achieving academic success, including a website called Student Success Coaching, specifically designed for them. Our goal is always to help students achieve their goals.

*note that in 2020, due to the extraordinary circumstances which may have negatively affected their grades, no students will be placed on suspension. For this year only, any student who would have been placed on suspension will now remain on probation for an additional year.

For more information or assistance, please contact:

Jennifer Bradley
Records Clerk
Phone: Local 2010