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FAQ - Students Assigned an RTW Standing

What is the Fresh Start program?

The Fresh Start program is part of Ryerson's overall support strategy for students in academic jeopardy. The Fresh Start program is a two-part program designed to assist students in resuming their studies.

In part one, students are required to take the "Fresh Start Strategies," course. Additionally, students may take up to two credit courses. Those courses are to be chosen in conjunction with a student's RTW program advisor.

In part two, students may take up to four credit courses, again selected after discussion with a RTW program advisor. Minimum grades may be specified for the credit courses; the Fresh Start Strategies course is graded as a Pass/Fail.

What if I don't apply to or get accepted into the Fresh Start program?

You may apply for reinstatement during your third term away from formal study. For example, if you were assigned an RTW standing at the end of the Winter 2012 term, you may request reinstatement to resume your studies at the start of the Spring/Summer term 2013.

If you wish to transfer to another program, you must follow the standard application process and meet the deadlines stated at https://www.ryerson.ca/admissions/undergraduate/apply/.

How do I let my Program know that I wish to resume my studies or participate in the Fresh Start program?

If  you have been assigned a Required to Withdraw (RTW) academic standing and wish to participate in the Fresh Start Program after a one (1) semester suspension period, please complete the following steps:

  1. Confirm program specific criteria for Fresh Start.
  2. Confirm the datesPDF to ensure that your application will be accepted.
  3. Complete either part A or part B:
    1. Complete the Request for Reinstatement/Fresh Start formPDF. Submit the completed form to your RTW program advisor.

      OR
    2. Complete the Request for Fresh Start – Transfer formPDF. Submit the completed form to the ServiceHub (POD150). If you are approved by Undergraduate Admission and Recruitment for Fresh Start Transfer consideration by the program advisor, you will be required to submit the completed Fresh Start Transfer – Supplementary FormPDF to the RTW program advisor.

You will be contacted by an admission advisor and/or a program advisor once your application has been reviewed. The time frame for this varies by program.

If you have been Required to Withdraw (RTW) and wish to defer your Fresh Start EAP1 or EAP2 contract to the following semester, please complete the Fresh Start Deferral FormPDF.

Are there fees associated with the Fresh Start program?

Yes. Normal Undergraduate tuition fees will be assessed for any credit courses taken. A fee will also be assessed for the mandatory Fresh Start Strategies course.

If I participate in the Fresh Start program will I be eligible for OSAP?

Fall Term:

  • Students are eligible to apply for funding for the 2 courses from their current program.
  • Students must register in the CIFS 100 but the cost of this course will not be covered by OSAP Part Time funding.
  • Students enrolled in other courses that are not part of their current program will not be eligible for OSAP Part Time funding. (eg. Request for Fresh Start Transfer)
  • Students can apply for OSAP Part Time funding through the OSAP website at: http://osap.gov.on.ca. Visit the OSAP/Gov't Funding - Part-Time Students pages for more information.
  • Students must successfully complete all courses including the CIFS 100.


Winter Term:

  • Upon successful completion of the courses taken in the fall term, students are now eligible to apply for OSAP full time funding from January to April at http://osap.gov.on.ca. Visit the OSAP/Gov't Funding - Part-Time Students pages for more information.
  • Students are required to type the name of the program in order to enter the program start and end date of the winter term.
  • The minimum required course load is 60% (3 billing units).
  • Students with a Permanent Disability can take 40% (2 billing units).
  • If you are not applying for OSAP funding for the winter term, you are eligible to complete a Continuation of Interest Free Status Form (CIFS)PDF. To download the file, right-click on the link and select 'Save link as…'. Save the link to your desktop. Open your Adobe Acrobat Reader. If you do not have Adobe Acrobat Reader, click on this link http://get.adobe.com/reader/ to download it for free.  From the file menu of Adobe Acrobat, select ‘Open’ and navigate to the file you have just saved. Open the file.
Is my return to studies guaranteed after completing the Fresh Start Program?

Yes! Students who successfully complete the Fresh Start Strategies course and meet the requirements of their Fresh Start plans may resume studies the term following completion of the Fresh Start Program. Your program advisor will provide you with the information you need.

What happens if I do not complete all of the Fresh Start courses I am enrolled in?

If you do not fulfil all of the requirements of your Fresh Start / Probationary plans your academic standing returns to Required to Withdraw (RTW) and you will need to complete the balance of your twelve (12) month RTW suspension period.

What happens if I fail one or more of the Fresh Start courses I am enrolled in?

If you do not fulfil all of the requirements of your Fresh Start / Probationary plans your academic standing returns to Required to Withdraw (RTW) and you will need to complete the balance of your twelve (12) month RTW suspension period.

What happens if I fail the Fresh Start Strategies course but pass all of the credit courses I am enrolled in?

You must successfully complete all of the requirements of your Fresh Start / Probationary plans, including passing the Fresh Start Strategies course. If you do not successfully complete all of the requirements, your academic standing returns to Required to Withdraw (RTW) and you will need to complete the balance of your twelve (12) month RTW suspension period.

Will the Fresh Start Strategies course appear on my official transcript?

Yes.

If I participate in the Fresh Start program and am not successful with my EAP Contract 1, what will happen to my academic standing?

Students who are not successful in completing the requirements of their EAP Contract 1 will have their academic standing reverted to Required to Withdraw (RTW).

If I participate in the Fresh Start program and I am not successful with my EAP Contract 2, what will happen to my academic standing?

Students who are not successful in completing the requirements of their EAP Contract 2 will have their academic standing reverted to Required to Withdraw (RTW).

What are my options if I am not successful in completing the requirements of my EAP Contract 1 or EAP Contract 2?

Students who are not successful in completing the requirements of their EAP Contract 1 or EAP Contract 2 and wish to continue studying at Ryerson have several options:

When may I resume my studies after being assigned a Required to Withdraw academic standing?

You may resume your studies after your twelve (12) month suspension period. For example, if you were assigned an RTW standing at the end of the Fall 2013 term, you may resume your studies at the start of the Winter 2015 term. Similarly, if you were assigned an RTW standing at the end of the Winter 2014 term, you may request reinstatement to resume your studies at the start of the Spring/Summer term 2015.

How do I let my Program know that I wish to resume my studies?

If you wish to resume studies within 6 consecutive semesters (24 months) or your RTW standing, please complete the Request for Reinstatement formPDF and the Request for Reinstatement - Supplementary formPDF and submit to your RTW program advisor.

If 6 consecutive semesters (24 months) or more have elapsed since your RTW standing was assigned, you must apply for reinstatement through Undergraduate Admissions and Recruitment, using the online Ryerson Application. Please visit Applying to Ryerson for details on the processes, deadlines and applicable fees. Applications will be considered subject to past academic performance, space availability and competition, as well as admission deadline dates and procedures determined by Undergraduate Admissions and Recruitment.

I’m not sure I want to return to my old program. Who can I talk to?

There are a number of support services available to assist you in making your decision. If you are considering transferring to another program, you should contact Undergraduate Admissions and Recruitment. Of course, you may always contact your RTW program advisor to discuss your situation and options available to you.  Workshops to help support your academic goals are available from the Centre for Student Development and Counselling.

I really do not want to return to my old program. What should I do?

If you do not wish to return to your program of study, you have many choices to make.  You may wish to discuss transferring to another Ryerson program with an advisor from Undergraduate Admissions and Recruitment, and workshops to help support your academic goals are available from the Centre for Student Development and Counselling.

When should I submit my Request for Reinstatement form?

You may submit your Request for Reinstatement formPDF and the Request for Reinstatement - Supplementary formPDF as early as early as possible prior to when you wish to resume your studies. Please see the deadlines for reinstatementPDF.

Is there a deadline date to submit my Request for Reinstatement form?
Is there a fee for submitting my Request for Reinstatement form?
Is my return to studies guaranteed after completing the Request for Reinstatement form?

No. You may not be able to resume studies due to space restrictions and Ryerson’s commitment to new and continuing students. You should also be aware that the courses you need may not be available in the term you wish to resume your studies. Your RTW program advisor will provide you with the information you need.

What happens if my program department tells me that I cannot resume my studies?

If you are not allowed to resume your studies you will be formally withdrawn from your program. At this point you have many choices to make and you should consult with your RTW program advisor. Workshops to help support your academic goals are available from the Centre for Student Development and Counselling.

Why do I have to submit a letter outlining why I believe I was assigned a Required to Withdraw Standing?

We want you to be successful. Your RTW program advisor wants to ensure that you have had sufficient time to deal effectively with any issues that prevented you from doing your best in your program of study. To further ensure your success, your advisor may also recommend your attendance at other study skills workshops (such as those available through The Learning Success Centre).

I have taken some courses at another university or college while I was Required to Withdraw from my Ryerson program. Can I get credit for those studies?

Prior to reinstatement you may not register in any Ryerson credit courses and no courses taken at another institution will be counted towards graduation requirements for a Ryerson degree program.

I’m not yet ready to resume my studies. Can I take courses through The Chang School?

You are only permitted to enrol in non-credit Chang School courses during the twelve (12) month period following your RTW standing. However, you are strongly advised to discuss this option with your RTW program advisor prior to enrolling.

Will I receive credit for The Chang School courses taken after my twelve (12) month suspension from studies has been completed?

Depending on the courses taken and your performance (grades) the courses may be credited to your program. However, you are strongly advised to discuss this option with your RTW program advisor prior to enrolling.

May I take courses at another university or college for credit?

You will not receive credit for any courses completed during the twelve (12) month suspension period following your RTW standing. However, after the twelve (12) month period has elapsed you may take courses at another academic institution and potentially (depending on the courses taken and your performance) receive credit towards your Ryerson graduation requirements. You are strongly advised to discuss this option with your RTW program advisor prior to enrolling in any classes.

What will my standing be once I resume my studies?

You will resume your studies on Probation.

How will being on Probation impact my studies?

As a student on Probation you are required to meet with your RTW program advisor who will assist you in selecting the courses you must take. You will be required to sign a Probationary Contract that outlines the courses and recommended support services, for example attendance at Time Management or other study skills workshop available through the Learning Success Centre. While on Probation you must achieve a term grade point average of 1.67 or you will be assigned a Permanent Program Withdrawal standing. If this happens you will not be allowed to complete your program.

If I am reinstated on Probation will my course load be restricted?

Yes, some programs may reinstate students with a Probationary Contract which may significantly restrict course load.

If I am successful in completing my Probationary Contract requirements, will I be allowed to continue my studies?

Successful completion of your Probationary Contract will allow you to continue on Probation (or Clear standing if a cumulative GPA of 1.67 or higher is achieved).

What if I run into difficulty with my studies while on Probation? How do I get off of Probation?

You are strongly encouraged to discuss anything that impacts your studies with your RTW program advisor as soon as is possible.  Depending on the circumstances there may be options available to assist you.

How do I get off of Probation?

Once your cumulative grade point average (CGPA) reaches 1.67 or higher, your Academic Standing will be Clear. Learn how your GPA is calculated.

Is there a fast way to achieve a Clear standing?

The quickest way to achieve a Clear standing is to repeat failed courses or courses in which you obtained a D range grade. When you repeat a course the original grade is replaced by the newer grade when calculating your CGPA. Learn how your GPA is calculated.

What if I do not want to repeat a course I got a D in?

Unless strongly recommended by your program advisor, you do not need to repeat such a course. However, repeating the course will improve your CGPA more so than simply moving on in your program. Retaking the course will also provide a better knowledge foundation for future courses. This is particularly true if the course is a prerequisite for other courses. Learn how your GPA is calculated.