In September 1988, Ryerson expanded its grade point system, adopted Grade Point Averages (GPAs), and revised its academic standing continuance policies. Students who were enrolled in a program prior to Fall 1987 and whose academic standings were adversely limited by the new policies had their academic performances in 1988-89 and 1989-90 reviewed in terms of their programs' promotion policies of the 1987-88 academic year.
Students who first enrolled in their program prior to Fall 1988 and whose graduation eligibilities may have been adversely limited by the new policies had their eligibilities to graduate assessed in terms of their programs' published graduation policies as of the 1987-88 academic year; if the superseded policies were less onerous, an appropriate improvement in the student's eligibility to graduate resulted; this provision expired August 31, 1993.
Commencing in September 1989, Continuing Education students studying for a Certificate are admitted to a program. These students are not assigned an academic standing, but to graduate they must fulfill the graduation requirements as approved by the Senate. Students who registered for a Certificate program prior to Fall 1989 are not subject to the new policy.
Note: Disciplinary Notation = Academic Misconduct
Course Weights: For the purpose of calculating grade point averages, courses of one term and two terms in duration are assigned weights of 1 and 2 respectively, with provision for variation under exceptional circumstances.
Multi-term Course: Courses taken over multiple terms are identified using an A (for the first term) or B (for the second term), ex. NSE 11A/B. Multi-term courses only appear on the transcript under the second term (ex.NSE 11B) and once both terms are completed and the course is graded. Prior to 2005, these courses were identified using three letters and three digits, ex. NSE 011.
Entrepreneurial Zone Participant: Zone Learning provides the opportunity for students to collaborate across disciplines to develop a private or social enterprise, technology, product or service. Students may earn an Optional Specialization in Zone Learning which is external to the degree/certificate program requirements.
Length of Program
Certificates: Programs leading to a certificate vary in length.
Diplomas: Programs leading to a diploma are three academic years (six semesters) in length.
Degrees: Programs leading to a degree are normally four years in length. Some programs are available on a part-time basis.