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Academic Standing

In undergraduate degree programs, each student's Academic Standing will be established from the student's formal course grades at the end of each academic term on the basis of the following categories and criteria for overall academic performance:

  1. CLEAR - a cumulative grade point average (CGPA) of at least 1.67 (except where the student has violated an approved Department/School Standing variation or, while on Probation, the student has violated the terms of their Probationary Contract). Students with CLEAR Standing may continue their program studies with no restrictions except for the obligation to satisfy prerequisite requirements. 

  2. PROBATIONARY - a cumulative grade point average (CGPA) of 1.00 to 1.66. Students with Probationary standing are required to have a developmental Probationary Contract outlining a specific plan for studies and academic supports authorized by their program School or Department, and signed by the student.  Students who fail to have such a Probationary Contract within five (5) working days of the first day of the semester will have their course registrations and course intention requests cancelled for the term in question. 

    Students with a Probationary standing at the start of any semester will be eligible to continue their studies in a subsequent semester as long as they achieve a term grade point average (TGPA) of 1.67 or higher and provided they meet the terms of their Probationary Contract and do not violate approved Department/School standing variations.   Failure to meet the terms of the Probationary Contract as set out by the School or Department will result in the student being RTW from their Ryerson program. 

    Except for students who follow the Student Success Program outlined below, who may attain a Clear standing, students who are reinstated to their program after an RTW standing return on Probation. Some programs may reinstate students with a probationary contract which may significantly restrict course load and require successful completion of specific program course. Programs may also specify grades which must be achieved. 

  3. REQUIRED TO WITHDRAW (RTW) - Students will be REQUIRED TO WITHDRAW from their program for one of the following reasons: 

    i. A CGPA of less than 1.00 (except students enrolled in their first semester); or

    ii. A term GPA below 1.67 while on PROBATION; or 

    iii. Violation of any approved Department/School Standing variation; or 

    iv. Violation of a Probationary Contract (including unauthorized changes to the contract or failure to negotiate a Probationary Contract). 

    No student in their first semester at Ryerson will be RTW in December. Students with a GPA of less than 1.00 in their first semester will be advised about their prospects for success. Such students who continue in their program for the subsequent Winter semester will do so on PROBATION.

    Schools/Departments, at their discretion, may issue a special contract in cases where the program judges the student to have a realistic chance of achieving a CLEAR Standing in the semester following assignment of RTW by taking up to two (2) courses.  Students remain RTW during this semester.  If the student fails to achieve a CGPA of 1.67 at the end of that semester, s/he will remain RTW.  If the student is successful, s/he will return as CLEAR.

    Procedures for RTW students who wish to be considered for reinstatement to their program:

    In the semester immediately following the assignment of RTW Standing (for this purpose Spring/Summer is included): Students may not enroll in any Ryerson credit course(s) and no course(s) taken at another institution will be counted towards graduation requirements for a Ryerson degree program.

    In the second semester following assignment of RTW Standing - 
    Student Success Program

    i) Students may request to participate in a defined Student Success Program (SSP) under an SSP participation contract.  Students will be allowed to take up to two (2) credit courses, and may be required to participate in other activities or workshops designed to address their needs.  Courses taken as part of the SSP will be included in the student's CGPA. Criteria for participation, terms of the contract and the required outcomes will be established by the program. Programs, including part-time programs, will provide information each year on the usual criteria used for participation in the SSP.  Students may participate in an SSP only once during their academic careers at Ryerson.  Normally withdrawal from, or unsuccessful completion of an SSP will constitute one attempt.

    ii) Students approved by a program to participate in the SSP will be designated as having an EXTENDED ACADEMIC PROBATION (EAP) Standing. See EXTENDED ACADEMIC PROBATION Standing below.

    iii) Students who do not successfully complete their second semester contract return to RTW Standing, and may apply to be reinstated to their program for the semester following the third semester.  Prior to reinstatement, these students may not enroll in any Ryerson credit course and no courses taken at another institution will be counted towards graduation requirements for a Ryerson degree program. 

    Students who are not eligible for the SSP, or who do not wish to participate in the SSP, may apply to be reinstated to their program after the third semester following assignment of RTW.  Prior to reinstatement, these students may not enroll in any Ryerson credit course(s) and no courses taken at another institution will be counted towards graduation requirements for a Ryerson degree program. 

    In the third semester following assignment of RTW Standing:

    Students who successfully complete the requirements of their second semester SSP contract, will be given a further SSP contract, which may allow them to take up to four (4) credit courses. Courses taken as part of the SSP will be included in the student's CGPA. The terms of the contract and the required outcomes will be established by the program, including part-time programs. Programs, including part-time programs, will provide information each year on the usual criteria used for evaluating acceptable performance in the SSP. Students approved by a program to participate in the SSP will be designated as having an EXTENDED ACADEMIC PROBATION Standing. 

    Students who do not successfully complete their third semester contract return to RTW Standing, and may apply to be reinstated to their program for the semester following the third semester. Prior to reinstatement, these students may not enroll in any Ryerson credit course(s) and no courses taken at another institution will be counted towards graduation requirements for a Ryerson degree program. 

    Procedures for students who are assigned an RTW Standing and wish to be considered for transfer to another program: 
    Students must consult with the University Undergraduate Admissions Office and the program to which they wish to transfer. At the program's discretion, a student may follow an SSP sequence as outlined above. Such students will be placed on EAP Standing. If approved for such a transfer SSP, there is an understanding that the transfer program commits to admitting the student pending successful completion of the SSP. Students may apply for transfer for the semester following the third semester as defined above. Applications for transfer will be considered as outlined below. 

    Procedures for reinstatement or transfer after the period of RTW or Extended Academic Probation: 

    Students who successfully complete their third semester SSP contract are automatically reinstated to their program, and do not need to apply. They may return as CLEAR or on PROBATION. 

    Students who did not successfully complete their second or third semester SSP contract, or who did not participate in the SPP, may apply for reinstatement for the semester following the third semester. 

    Applications for reinstatement will be considered by Faculty and/or program committees based on criteria, assessments and/or procedures developed by the Faculty or program in consultation with the Registrar's Office. Past academic performance and space availability will normally be considerations. Programs, including part-time programs, will provide information each year on the usual criteria used for evaluation of reinstatement applications. 

    Applications for transfer will be considered by the University Undergraduate Admissions Office in consultation with Faculty and/or program admission committees. Past academic performance and space availability will normally be considerations. 

    Students who are reinstated to their program or are approved for transfer upon successful application or successful completion of an SSP, will be reinstated or transferred with PROBATION or CLEAR Standing based on their past academic performance. If they proceed as PROBATIONARY students, they will be required to have a Probationary Contract as outlined above. 

  4. Extended Academic Probation for First- Time RTW Students-EXTENDED ACADEMIC PROBATION (EAP) is a special, provisional Academic Standing available only to first-time RTW students who participate in a defined Student Success Program as described above.

    To remain EAP, students must fulfill all required components in each of the two semesters of the SSP. Students deemed not to be meeting the program-specified requirements at any time will be withdrawn from the SSP, and will return to RTW Standing. 

  5. PERMANENT PROGRAM WITHDRAWAL - Students will be Permanently Withdrawn from their program for the following reasons: 

    i. Any academic performance that would result in 'REQUIRED TO WITHDRAW' Standing for a second time; or

    ii. Failure of a course required by their program for a third time; or

    iii. Failure to meet the terms of a Probationary Contract following return after an RTW Standing; or

    iv. Denial of reinstatement to their program for a second time. 

    Students who are Permanently Withdrawn from a program may not apply for reinstatement into that program. Students who are Permanently Withdrawn from a program may apply to a different program for the Fall semester of the following calendar year.  Application deadlines and other Admissions information may be found online at:

  6. DISCIPLINARY SUSPENSION - Students who have been placed on DISCIPLINARY SUSPENSION (DS) for Student Code of Conduct violations will not be permitted to enroll in any course at the University during their period of DISCIPLINARY SUSPENSION. Students who have served their period of DISCIPLINARY SUSPENSION must contact their Department/School to make arrangements for reinstatement.

Accommodations for Students with Disabilities

University Policy

Academic Consideration for Students on Medical or Compassionate Grounds

The Department of Criminology requires documentation within 3 business days of a missed exam or other work in order to make alternative arrangements. In the case of illness, a Ryerson Medical Certificate, or a letter on letterhead from a physician with the student declaration portion
of the Ryerson Medical Certificate attached, is required. In extraordinary circumstances, exceptions to the 3 day requirement to provide documentation can be granted if the medical illness, including documented mental health issues, prevents a student from seeking medical attention or documenting their illness in a timely fashion. For late essays and missed assignments that are the result of new or long term medical issues, please consult with the Chair of the Department to discuss possible accommodations that might be arranged. In no case, including those involving mental health disabilities, is the student required to divulge the exact diagnosis; however, the impact of the condition on the student’s ability to complete required course work must be provided.

Accommodations for Religious, Aboriginal and Spiritual Observance

Ryerson recognizes that a student’s religious and spiritual observance may require an absence from any required course activity as scheduled in the course syllabus (available and/or distributed by the first day of class) or scheduled after the first day of class, or from a final examination as announced later in the term. As soon as practicable, students are responsible for completing the Student Request for Accommodation of Religious, Aboriginal and Spiritual Observance for each course where there is a conflict between academic requirements and religious and spiritual observance. The Student form is located at:

Calendar and Student Guide

The Undergraduate Calendar ( is your official source for curriculum and course information at Ryerson. The Calendar is updated each spring for the next academic year. The Student Guide ( is a companion to the Calendar that lists the policies, fees, services and administrative procedures that you’ll need to know as a Ryerson student.

Class Attendance

The Department of Criminology expects that all registered students will attend class sessions regularly, arriving on time. The course instructor has the right to refuse admission to students who arrive late to class. Students are expected to attend, and meet all the deadlines for, the class and section in which they are registered. The course instructor is not obliged to brief or re-instruct students who fail to attend scheduled classes. Instructors do not provide notes about what students may have missed. Students who miss class carry the entire responsibility of learning what they have missed; obtaining notes, if desired, from others; doing required work; and in general fulfilling any obligations set forth in the class missed.  Further, instructors are free to make announcements in class--orally--about assignments and other course matters so long as the overall guidelines on the cover page of the course handout are respected. Students who expect to miss class for a substantial period of time are expected to consult their Program Departments. It is not considered appropriate by the Department for students to miss substantial amounts of class time for any reason. Consult the Departmental policy on deadlines


From time to time, students may have concerns and complaints about a course or an instructor. Usually, these issues are best addressed by students and faculty members discussing them directly. Such issues might concern any relevant academic or pedagogical concern. In the event that either party might wish to meet with a third party present, for example the Departmental Chair or another mutually agreed upon person who can be of assistance, such a meeting should be sought.

On those occasions when students are not satisfied with the outcome of such a meeting, or when for specific reasons a student does not wish to meet with a faculty member, the student may discuss his or her concerns with the Chair. Any such conversation with the Chair will be either: (a) informal, or (b) formal:

  • Informal Discussion with Chair:
    Informal conversations are confidential; and what is said will be kept secret. The Chair will take no action based upon the conversation, with the exception that the student may ask the Chair to speak to the faculty member privately and informally (with explicit agreement about whether or not the student will be identified). It should be recognized that sometimes the faculty member will recognize the student anyway, simply from the nature of the concern or complaint.
  • Formal Process:
    If the Chair is to proceed to investigate formally, there must be a signed written complaint from the student, a copy of which will be provided by the Chair to the faculty member, who will have the opportunity to respond.

Please note that vexatious complaints constitute a violation of the Student Code of Academic Conduct and Ryerson's Harassment Policy, and will be dealt with in accordance with those policies.

Complaints Regarding Coursework

  1. Any registered student may make a complaint about the evaluation of any piece of coursework (including the final examination) within ten working days of the time when that particular work is handed back or the grades for it are posted.
  2. The instructor should make every effort to achieve some reasonable address quickly, within a few days.
  3. If the student remains unsatisfied, he or she may appeal directly to the Chair. The result of this appeal is itself non-appealable.
  4. Under NO circumstances should the instructor re-examine or re-evaluate work, or even discuss doing so, after the 10-day window has lapsed. Students with medical and compassionate circumstances can appeal directly to the Chair if the 10-day window has lapsed.


Extensions on deadlines for assignments, and re-bookings of missed classroom tests, are offered by course instructors only.Instructors have the right to stipulate final deadlines for acceptance of assignments, and to impose late penalties as they see fit; and are expected to notify students of these in advance. However, no assignment of any course value will be acceptable by any instructor after 5:00 p.m. on the final day of examinations for the semester in which the course ends, except in cases where an Incomplete (INC) grade has been assigned by the instructor. In special cases, students may request that late work be accepted by contacting the Chair of the Department; this will be considered only in cases where the substantial majority of course work has been completed satisfactorily and on time and where the unsubmitted work IS NOT the final examination.

Extensions on deadlines are entirely at the discretion of the instructor.

Students who have medical or compassionate reasons for missing a final examination must petition for Aegrotat (AEG) standing on the Final Examination in the Office of Student Records, attaching relevant documentation to the form. Read the Ryerson Calendar for details.

Students are expected to be available to write final examinations during the examination period each semester. These dates are published in the Ryerson Calendar. The Department will not under any circumstances make exceptions or set make-up examinations for students who make travel plans or commit to other engagements during examination periods.

All students must observe deadlines for assignments and dates of scheduled class tests or exams unless:

  1. they have notified the instructor in writing in advance, with an appropriate explanation. (Note: penalties may apply in this situation.)
  2. in the case of emergencies, they have informed the instructor on the day of the assignment deadline or scheduled test/exam.
  3. in cases where (b) is impossible, they have notified the instructor within 5 working days and submitted a letter of explanation from their programme Chair.

Email/Fax, Reception of Assignments by

The Department of Criminology does not accept student assignments by email or fax. No instructor is authorized to invite or permit students to send in assignments by email or fax under any circumstances. When students send assignments by email or fax they may be billed for the supplies used. Emailed or faxed assignments will not be accepted for course credit.

Email Policy

University Email Policy requires that all Ryerson students to activate and maintain a Ryerson email account. All email communication with professors and staff must be through your Ryerson email account. Please do not set up your Ryerson account to forward to another email account.
To obtain a Ryerson your email account
It is vital that you have an active and valid Ryerson email account during your undergraduate program of student. Please make sure your account is active.
Access to Ryerson webmail
It is very important to be regularly checking student Ryerson email account, as it is a major method of communication from the University to students. This includes during the Spring/Summer term.


University policy

Examinations - Missed Finals

The Department of Criminology does not normally prepare or administer make-up final examinations in any CRM course for students who miss timetabled final examinations.

Grading Criteria


Well organized, clear thesis.  Superior understanding of the subject matter. Careful, concise, critical analysis. Evidence of original thinking and an extensive knowledge base.  Shows a capacity to analyze, synthesize, and evaluate material. Shows a grasp of all the scholarly issues involved. Well-researched and documented.


Generally organized with a relatively clear thesis.  Generally acceptable analysis and some critical reasoning. At times there is a need to be more concise or precise in details and a more careful development of arguments.  Evidence of some original thinking though lack of depth in some areas.  Generally well researched.  Some careless stylistic errors.


Some problems with organization.  Thesis needs to be articulated a little more clearly.  Demonstrates an understanding of the basic facts and elemental concepts. Shows an ability to deal with simple issues arising out of the material. Needs to explore the subject matter more fully and formulate ideas more clearly. Little original thinking and closer attention should be given to stylistic elements including sentence structure and paragraph organization.


Substantial problems with organization.  Thesis not clear. Very little original thinking – more “summary” than critical analysis.  Written expressions frequently exhibit difficulty in creating or sustaining a coherent argument or point.  Ideas/concepts under-developed and presented simplistically.  Inadequate grasp of some of the basic concepts/issues developed within the course.


Little organization – no clear thesis.  Lack of understanding or misunderstanding of the essential subject matter.  Incoherence in sections, little evidence of even basic understanding of the course content/issues.

Group Work

Incomplete (INC) Grades

The Department of Criminology subscribes to the Ryerson University policy on Incomplete [INC] Grades. (See the Ryerson 2012-2013 Calendar.)


  1. Students must petition instructor within 3 business days of missed exam or final assignment.
    Students need to provide supporting documentation to the Program Department. For example, when there are medical reasons, the Ryerson Medical Certificate must be provided.
  2. Students must sign a written statement of the work to be completed and the date the work is due within 7 days from the time the student petitioned the instructor.
  3. Failure to meet the precise deadline will result in an F grade on the work in question.

The instructor will file an INC Form in the Administrative Assistant’s Office(JOR401) at the time of assigning regular course grades for the section in which the student is registered. It is the specific responsibility of the student to obtain this document and to complete the work as the document specifies. Failure to obtain the document or failure to be aware of the incomplete deadline that has been set, are not acceptable as reasons for failing to submit the incomplete material on time.

Late Penalties

Assignments are due at the beginning of class. Any assignment not received at the beginning of class will incur a 5% penalty (instructors have the discretion to accept work without penalty for up to 15 minutes following the beginning of class). An additional 5% penalty will be applied for each working day that the assignment is late. Assignments will not be accepted if submitted 10 working days after the due date without explicit permission of the instructor.

Late Registration

Students must be formally registered in course sections prior to the final deadline to add courses, which for both semesterized and full-year courses is published annually in the Ryerson Calendar.
Students can be registered in course sections only if there is an available spot prior to the add deadline. Any action taken by the student in attending class sections, meeting with the instructor, obtaining course texts, etc, when the student does not have an official course registration in place, is entirely the student's responsibility. The Department will not normally arrange special registrations for such students or in any way to violate the Ryerson add deadline which is published.

Ryerson Liberal Studies Writing Policy

The Department of Criminology subscribes to the Ryerson Liberal Studies Writing Policy (November 1996), which follows:

While evaluation of student performance may include in-class essay-type and multiple-choice testing, final examination, field work, class presentations and debates, and assessments of student contributions to class discussion, a Liberal Studies course will also:

  1. include one or more individually-written out-of-class assignment(s) totaling in the range of at least 1200-1500 words at the Lower Level and of 1500-2000 words at the Upper.
  2. require the student to carry out an analysis of the assignment's subject, and make and justify an evaluative, comparative or explicatory judgment.
  3. attach a weight of 25-35% or higher to the contribution made by the assignment(s) to the student's final grade on the course.
  4. provide commentary on the clarity of organization, logic, syntax, and grammar of student writing, and explicitly indicate that such attributes will form part of the basis upon which the assignment will be evaluated.

Maintaining Course Registration

The maintenance of a proper registration status in any Criminology course is the full responsibility of the student. The Department can take no responsibility for misregistrations; or for registrations in a course of one type by a student who wishes to be registered in a course of another.

Under normal circumstances it is not possible for course credits earned in professionally related courses (those courses marked "PR" in the Ryerson Calendar) to be exchanged, transferred or otherwise modified to course credits in Liberal Studies (courses marked either "LL" or "UL").

Students who wish to query their course registrations, or make a request to have them altered, may inquire of the Chair in writing but should be aware in advance that PR courses are not normally convertible to LL or UL courses; and vice versa.

The Ryerson Calendar is very clearly marked to identify each and every Criminology course by type. Further, drop and add dates for each semester are published in the Calendar, as are notices about requirements for course attendance and proper academic conduct.   It is the student's responsibility to be familiar with the Calendar; and with Department of Criminology policies in general.

Non-Academic Misconduct

Recording in the Classroom

The making of audio tapes, photographs, films, and videotapes in the classroom without the express written permission of the instructor is not permitted.