School of Environment and Sustainability
Academic Information & Policies
The following college-level policies are subject to University Council Regulations. In the absence of information, or in the case of discrepancies between university and college regulations, university regulations will prevail. Please note that students will graduate according to the regulations effective for the year in which they are approved to graduate. In all other cases, the most current rules will apply, unless otherwise stated.
Students registered in a degree program outside of the School of Environment and Sustainability will follow the academic policies in effect for that program. Students must meet residency requirements as stipulated by their degree‐granting college.
Students pursuing only the Certificate in Sustainability program in the School of Environment and Sustainability will follow the undergraduate admission qualifications of the College of Arts and Science with the following exception:
- Students taking the certificate must take ENVS 201 and ENVS 401. Transfer credits from other institutions cannot be substituted for these courses. The purpose of this is to create coherence among certificate cohorts.
For complete admission and transfer credit policies, please see the Prospective Students website.
Students pursuing the Certificate in Sustainability as a standalone program will observe the following policies:
The minimum requirements for continuing as a full-time student in the School of Environment and Sustainability are based on the Cumulative Weighted Average (C.W.A.) calculated from the weighted grades of all courses attempted, including failures.
This calculation is made annually in May /June and is based on all grades obtained to the end of April (end of the Fall and Winter Terms). The average calculation for students with deferred examinations will be made upon receipt of all final grades.
No specific promotion standards are applied to the Certificate in Sustainability program. Students are required to attain an overall Cumulative Weighted Average (C.W.A.) of 62.5% on all courses counted toward the certificate in order to be eligible to graduate.
Students who are not promoted will receive an e-mail notice from the School in June indicating their faculty action (Probation or Required to Discontinue). Students should ensure that they regularly check their U of S NSID e-mail.
For further details on taking courses under Required to Discontinue status, refer to Faculty Actions: Probation and Required to Discontinue below.
Students enrolled only in the certificate program must meet with the Certificate Advisor annually to ensure adequate progress is made towards meeting the graduation standard, which is 62.5%. All courses attempted, which may credit toward the certificate, will be used in the calculation of the graduation average. In some cases this may mean that more than the minimum number of credit units will be included.
Faculty Actions: Probation and Required to Discontinue
Students who fail to make adequate progress towards meeting the graduation standard (see above) will either be placed on Probation or be Required to Discontinue from the School of Environment and Sustainability for a period of one academic year. Students are notified in June.
Students who are Required to Discontinue from the School of Environment and Sustainability are not permitted to return to the School for a period of one academic year. Students who take courses outside the School of Environment and Sustainability while Required to Discontinue must have a C.W.A. of 60% before they can reapply for admission to the Certificate in Sustainability program. Students who do not take courses during their first Required to Discontinue year will, on application to Admissions, be accepted for readmission to the School of Environment and Sustainability. The faculty action Required to Discontinue is permanently recorded on the transcript.
Appeals of evaluation, grading, and academic standing are governed by university-wide council regulations.
Students have the right to appeal faculty actions. However, appeals will only be accepted if extenuating circumstances can be shown to account for poor academic performance. Corroborating documentation, such as a letter from a doctor, is required. The appeal, addressed to the Certificate Advisor, must be made in writing within 30 days of the date of notification.
Students Required to Discontinue More Than Once
When a student has been Required to Discontinue studies in the School of Environment and Sustainability or in any other college or university more than once, any subsequent application for readmission must be accompanied by:
The applicant is encouraged to contact the Certificate Advisor.
Students must apply to graduate in order to be awarded their certificate.
Once students finalize their registration for their final year, they should request a Graduation Check to ensure all graduation requirements will be completed. To request a Graduation Check please email email@example.com and provide your name and student number. Deadlines to submit graduation checks are June 15 (for Fall Convocation) and February 15 (for Spring Convocation).
Application for Graduation
Students must apply to graduate in order to be awarded their certificate. The Application to Graduate must be submitted by August 31 for Fall Convocation or by March 31 for Spring Convocation. A student who fails to graduate must subsequently submit another application.
Completion of Certificate Requirements
To qualify for graduation, students must complete the required courses for the certificate as well as the elective requirements for their chosen focus area. The required Cumulative Weighted Average (C.W.A.) must be achieved.
Required Cumulative Weighted Average (C.W.A.)
All University of Saskatchewan courses attempted which credit toward the School of Environment and Sustainability certificate are used in the calculation of the Overall C.W.A. and the Subject C.W.A. Failures are included if the course has not been retaken as described under Repeating Courses. Students may not use a grade from another university to replace a University of Saskatchewan grade.
The graduation standard for the Certificate in Sustainability is 62.5%
Date of Commencement of a Program
Students in programs which require courses no longer taught by the School must consult with the School about how to complete certificate requirements.
It is expected that students will complete their programs within 10 years of their first registration. Students taking more than 10 years to complete their programs will usually be required to meet current program and graduation requirements.
Deferred and Supplemental Examinations
Supplemental and deferred examination procedures and policies are subject to the university-wide regulations on supplemental and deferred examinations outlined in the Academic Courses Policy. For the regular supplemental and deferred examination schedule, students should refer to the Academic Calendar.
A student who is absent from a final examination for medical reasons (such as illness) or compassionate reasons (such as the illness of a child or death of a loved-one) is responsible for applying to the School General Office for a deferred examination. The application must be initiated within three days of the missed examination and must be accompanied by documentation (letter from a doctor, etc.).
Students must not make travel plans or schedule other activities during the period scheduled for examinations. Deferred examinations are not granted for these reasons. The dates of the periods during which final exams are scheduled are listed in the Academic Calendar.
A student who becomes ill during a final examination should notify the invigilator immediately of the inability to complete the examination. The student should request a deferred examination. A student who has sat for a final examination and handed the paper in for grading will not be granted a deferred final examination.
A special deferred examination may also be approved for students who submit satisfactory evidence of inability to be present at the regular deferred sitting.
A student who is absent from a deferred examination will have the final grade reverted to the original failing percentile submitted by the instructor for the course, unless a special deferred examination has been approved based on the above specified criteria.
A supplemental examination is the re-writing of a final examination. Only students in their graduating year in the School of Environment and Sustainability may apply for a supplemental examination provided that:
- A final grade of 40% - 49% has been obtained in the course.
- Students who are otherwise eligible to graduate and who fail one class in their graduating year shall be granted a supplemental examination, provided that a final examination was held in that class.
- The student has achieved the minimum average in the major and overall to meet the graduation standards of the College or School.
Note: Supplemental examinations shall be accorded the same weight as the regular exam in the computation of the student's final grade.
Note: Regardless of the passing grade achieved, a grade of 50% in the course will be used by the School in calculation of the C.W.A. With the inclusion of the 50% in the average, the student must meet graduation standards.
Approval for the writing of a supplemental examination will not be considered until:
Students who have applied to graduate at the Spring Convocation (June), but are writing a supplemental exam, will not be able to have their certificate conferred until Fall Convocation (October). Upon successful completion of the supplemental examination students may request a letter confirming their certificate requirements, and must be sure to apply to graduate at the Fall Convocation ceremony.Graduation standard: The minimum Cumulative Weighted Average for the Certificate in Sustainability is 62.5%. All courses attempted, which may credit toward the certificate, will be used in the calculation of the graduation average. In some cases this may mean that more than the minimum number of credit units will be included.
Failures and marks below 60% in courses taken from the University of Saskatchewan will be excluded from the average if the course has been retaken from the University of Saskatchewan according to the following rules:
- A failed course can be retaken. The highest mark in this course from the University of Saskatchewan will be used in the average.
- A course in which the grade was 50 to 59% can be retaken once and only the highest mark will be used in the average. Please note that once a student has passed an upper-level course, no prerequisite course can be taken for a higher mark. For example, BIOL 120.3 and BIOL 121.3 (formerly BIOL 110.6) could not be retaken if the student has already passed BIOL 226.3 (or its equivalent at another university).
- A course in which the grade was 50 to 59% may be retaken simultaneously with a course for which it is a prerequisite. For example, if a student passed CHEM 112.3 with a grade between 50 to 59%, the student would be allowed to retake the course in the same term as taking CHEM 115.3 or CHEM 250.3.
- The grades received for all attempts of the course will remain on the transcript.
- For admission, promotion and graduation purposes, other colleges may follow different rules for calculation of the average. For example, they may use only the first grade received or they may use all grades received in a course.
- Grades for courses transferred from other universities are not used for the calculation of averages to determine promotion and graduation eligibility. Transfer marks are used in the average for admission to an Honours program. A student cannot retake for credit or to raise the average a course for which transfer credit has been received. A failed transfer course may be retaken at the University of Saskatchewan.