Academic Plan A specified combination of courses leading to a degree in a particular subject.
Auditor A student who attends a course with the consent of the instructor; formal registration is required but the student does not receive credit for course and is not entitled to submit exercises or write examinations. For transcript notation, see grading section.
Co-requisite A requirement that must be fulfilled concurrently with another course.
Core A course that is required, or is selected from an extremely limited list of courses, in a Plan.
Elective A course chosen by the student to satisfy part of the requirements for the degree.
Equivalency A pair of courses of equal unit value, one of which is no longer offered, which are considered to be similar enough that one may serve interchangeably for the other in terms of prerequisites, corequisites, exclusions, and plan and program requirements. Credit will only be given for one of the pair.
Exclusion A list of two or more courses that are considered similar enough that credit will only be given for a defined subset of courses from that list. Usually, holding credit for an excluded course(s) will prevent registration of the remaining courses on the list.
Extenuating Circumstances Significant extenuating circumstances normally involve a major physical or psychological event that is beyond a student’s control and is debilitating to his or her academic performance. These kinds of extenuating circumstances must be supported by official documentation from an appropriate professional. Circumstances not beyond a student’s control include, but are not limited to, taking on additional work shifts, running for election, serving on student government or committees, or experiencing a brief and/or mild illness.
Grade Point Average The unit-weighted average grade in a set of courses, based on a 4.3 grade point scale.
International Letter of Permission (ILOP) A formal document allowing a student to take a course at another institution outside of Canada (international) in lieu of one of the student's regular academic plan.
Letter of Permission (LOP) A formal document allowing a student to take a course at another institution in Canada in lieu of one of the student's regular academic plan.
Level Determined by the number of passed units completed:
  • 0.0-23.9 units (level 1)
  • 24.0-47.9 units (level 2)
  • 48.0-83.9 (level 3)
  • 84.0 units and above (level 4)
Official Documentation Official documentation does not need to outline the specifics of the particular condition or matter affecting the student, but should clearly indicate ways in which the extenuating circumstances directly affected the student's performance, and should verify that these effects were substantial enough to cause the academic problem. Information on the start, duration and present state of the extenuating condition is critical to helping the committee to make an informed decision. Further, a clear statement on whether the condition or circumstances have either improved or are being managed so that they will not have a significant detrimental effect on future academic performance is also essential. 
One-way Exclusion A course that will prevent enrolment if taken with or before another course.
Prerequisite A requirement that must be met prior to registration in a course.
Program An approved set of courses leading to a degree.
Regular Academic Session A Regular Session normally consists of the Fall and Winter terms of instruction.
Term An academic period during the calendar year. There are three terms: Fall (September to December), Winter (January to April), Summer (May to August)
Unit The academic value of a course.
Upper Year Student Students who are studying in their second, third or fourth year of the Commerce program.
Withdrawal A formal process for discontinuing studies.