Academic Standing in the Faculty of Native Studies

Each year the Faculty of Native Studies assigns official academic standings to all students at the end of the Winter term. These standings are calculated on all of the attempted credits from the previous Spring/Summer and Fall/Winter in the current academic year. This year, as a result of the global pandemic and the University's move to CR/NC for Winter 2020, for 2019-20 academic year Faculty of Native Studies will manage the standings in a slightly different way.

Your 2019-2020 standing will be calculated only on courses for which you have received a letter grade within the terms described above - results of CR/NC have no impact on your academic standing. How this affects you will depend on your current status:

● If your 2019-2020 GPA is 2.0 or above, you will be assigned Satisfactory Standing; if your GPA is below 2.0, your standing will be Deferred.

● If you are currently on Academic Warning and your 2019-2020 GPA is 2.0 or above, you will be removed from Academic Warning and assigned a Satisfactory Standing.

● If your GPA is below 2.0, your standing will be Deferred and you will continue on Academic Warning until the next assessment.

Student's Current Standing

Fall 2019 GPA 2.0 or above

Fall 2019 GPA below 2.0

Satisfactory and above

Satisfactory Standing

Defer standing

Academic Warning

Clear AW

Defer standing (student continues on AW)


A status of 'Deferred' means that you will continue your studies at the same standing you currently hold.
Any results from 2019-2020 will then be included whenever your next official standing is calculated, likely at the end of the 2020-2021 academic year. This means that students who are currently on Academic Warning will be given an extra academic year to get back to Satisfactory Standing.

Technically, official standings will not be generated until the end of Winter term classes. As part of that process, students who are assigned a Deferred status and whose GPA is significantly below 2.0 should watch for further communications from the Faculty of Native Studies Student Services regarding their situation, including specific suggestions about how course registration might be managed in 2020-2021 in order to ensure a more successful academic outcome.

If you have further questions about how this impacts your own situation, please email the Faculty of Native Studies Student Services office at nsadvisor@ualberta.ca.