Academic Questions Database

The Academic Questions Database (AQD) are articles comprised of commonly asked academic-related questions.

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Academic Concerns 

I've been placed on Academic Probation. What should I do?

I am not satisfied with my final grade that I received for a course. What should I do?

There are extenuating circumstances that make it difficult for me to complete all requirements in a course. What are my options?

I received notice that I am Required to Withdraw. Now what?

Academic Difficulties & Problems

I am having problems with my courses. What should I do?

I have concerns about the way my course is being taught. What should I do?

Academic Misconduct 

My instructor has accused me of academic misconduct. What do I do?

Course Evaluation

How can I provide feedback about my courses and instructors?


How many exams will I have to take in each course?

When and where do I take exams?

What if I miss an exam?

Grades and Feedback

How do I know what grade I got on a test or assignment?

How do I know what my final grade is in a course?

Will I get my exams/tests/assignments/papers back?

Majors and Minors

What is a double/combined major?

What if my major is undeclared?

What is a minor?

Program Requirements 

What are the requirements for my program of study?

Who can I ask about my program requirements?

I am asked to take an art credit. What counts as an art credit?

I am asked to take a social science credit. What counts as a social science credit?

Registering and Preparing for Courses

How do I register for courses?

How do I register for course overload?

What should I do to prepare for my courses?

What can I expect from my professors?

What is an academic add/drop period?


What is the difference between a major and cumulative averages?

What are the criteria for Dean's Honour Roll in the Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences?

Withdrawal from Courses 

What if I decided to drop a course after the initial add/drop period?