Required to withdraw

The following information is applicable to undergraduate students only.

Any student who has previously been given an Academic Warning and who again fails to meet the requirements for Academic Criteria for Continuance will be required to withdraw from Memorial.

The purpose of the required withdrawal and the dismissal period is that students take the time to reflect upon what went wrong and what they can do to improve their grades when they do return.

Dismissal period and return to studies

First required withdrawal

The dismissal period for a first required withdrawal is two semesters. You will be given a registration time automatically once you have served your dismissal period.

Second required withdrawal

The dismissal period for a second required withdrawal is three semesters. If you are required to pause your studies for more than two semesters, once you are ready to return, you will need to submit an application for readmission. You do not need to resubmit any transcripts etc. if you have not attended any other institution while on this break.

Third required withdrawal

The dismissal period for a third required withdrawal is six semesters. In order to be readmitted and continue your studies, you will need to submit an appeal for readmission along with an application for readmission.

Readmission appeals

In very exceptional circumstances it is possible to make an appeal for readmission (Calendar regulation: 6.11.3(4)) before serving the full period of dismissal. This is possible only once a student has served at least one-half of the period of dismissal.

The deadlines to submit appeals for readmission are:

  • Fall semester - June 15
  • Winter semester - Oct. 15
  • Spring semester - Feb. 15

Once an appeal is complete it normally takes two weeks to be heard by the special Senate subcommittee. 

For further information on readmission appeals: