Academic Advising FAQ
We do our best to respond to your questions and requests in a timely manner. However, we ask that you review the Frequently Asked Questions, below, prior to submitting your queries to the Academic Advising Office.
In the FAQ section, you will find information on Academic Counselling hours and contact information; Course Registration; Special Permissions; Change of Status; Program Information; Being On Probation or Required to Withdraw; Residency; Program or Graduation Check; Requirements for Teacher’s College, Law School, or Graduate Studies; Degree Explorer/Degree Audit; Add/Drop; and transferring to another campus.
Brandon Csendes | Denise Cooke | Claire Hass | Laura Clarke | Simone Shepherd
Academic Program Advisors
- Colleen Sousa - Criminology, Disability Studies, Politics and International Relations, Sociology
- Samantha Hurren - English, French, Religious Studies, King's Scholar, Psychology, Writing
- Simone Shepherd - Analytics and Decision Sciences (ADS), Economics, Finance, Financial Economics, Management and Organizational Studies
- Jessica Sommers - Childhood and Youth Studies, Philosophy; History, Social Justice and Peace Studies, Thanatology
Academic Information Assistants
Kathy Mitchell | Natalie Spruce
Academic Counselling FAQs
Contact the Academic Advising Office
Staff in the Academic Advising Office are available to assist you with general academic questions Monday to Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. EDT. To meet with a counsellor you can come for drop-in Monday, Tuesday, Thursday 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. and Friday 10AM to 12noon. Or you can book an appointment with an advisor Monday, Tuesday, Thursday 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. and Friday 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. For more information on booking an appointment or attending drop-in click here . Before you contact the Advising Office, have you:
- Checked our Frequently Asked Questions Page?
- Reviewed the How to Select Your Courses Info Sheet?
- Reviewed your Program Checklist?
If you still have questions, please contact the Advising Office.
Your level of study (year) determines your enrolment appointment in July. This is the date the system opens to you and will remain open until the course add deadline.
2. Select the details link under the Enrolment Dates section.
3. Review your enrolment appointment for the term you wish to add courses for.
While online course registration is open, you can register in courses through the Student Center.
Visual Instruction Guides:
- Please refer to the information on the UWO website for online course registration guidance on:
- Adding a Class
- Dropping a Class
- Swapping a Class
- Swapping a Lab, Tutorial, or Exam Centre
- Waitlisting a Class
- For assistance with special permission, overloads, or technical registration issues, please use our drop-in service. The Advising office (DL104) is open Monday to Friday, from 9AM to 4PM for general inquiries
Please contact the Academic Advising Office to discuss alternate course registration options.
Take an alternate course as per your program checklist or select an elective course, should you have elective space remaining. If you are in your final year of study and the course is mandatory, please come to a drop-in session or book an appointment with an advisor to request assistance. For more information on booking an appointment or attending drop-in click here .
Special permissions require the review and final approval of the Academic Dean’s Office. You can request a review for special permission by coming to a drop-in session or booking a appointment. For more information on booking an appointment or attending drop-in click here .
To get into a class that is full: if you are in your final year of study and the course is mandatory, please come to a drop-in session or book an appointment and note that this is your final year of study. For more information on booking an appointment or attending drop-in click here .
If you are seeking special permission to enroll in a course offered by the School of Management, Economics and Mathematics (MEM) you may submit your request via the MEM Special Request Permission Form.
If you are seeking special permission for a course overload, overloads may be granted in exceptional circumstances. Please speak with an Academic Advisor during drop-in hours. All students must demonstrate past ability to meet deadlines and the capacity to undertake the additional workload. Meeting the minimum grade requirement for a course overload does not guarantee eligibility for an overload.
If the course is required this year, and if it conflicts with another required course, come to a drop-in session or book an appointment. For more information on booking an appointment or attending drop-in click here . Otherwise, take an alternative course, and take this course in another year. You are not allowed to break residency to take an elective course.
If the course is required this year, come to a drop-in session or book an appointment. For more information on booking an appointment or attending drop-in click here .
You must meet progression requirements to remain in good academic standing, and to continue at the University. To check the admission and progression requirements of specific modules (e.g., Majors, Specializations, etc.) you want, go to the specific program checklist.
If you don’t meet minimum progression requirements, you will be placed on probation. You can continue your studies, but must meet certain conditions: you are permitted to take only 4.0 credits, and all of them must be taken at King’s; you must achieve a term average of 60%, and no failures are allowed. You cannot appeal being placed on probation. If you are placed on probation, you will be contacted by the Academic Dean's Office to outline the steps moving forward in your academic journey.
A student who does not meet minimum progression requirements for continuation of study, or who has exceeded the maximum number of failed courses allowed (6.0 credits), will be required to withdraw for a period of twelve months.
Students who were required to withdraw may apply for readmission after their twelve-month absence. NOTE: Readmission is not automatic.
Speak to your professor after class or during their office hours to discuss your performance. Visit Learning Skills Services for general help; contact The Write Place for help with essays and written assignments; for help with Math or Economics, visit Tutoring at King’s. Check out the library. Make an appointment to see your KAMP mentor, come to an academic advising drop-in session or book an appointment to discuss the situation with an Academic Counsellor. For more information on booking an appointment or attending drop-in click here .
Contact your professor in a timely manner, within two weeks of receiving the grade. If you cannot resolve the issue with your professor within another two weeks, contact the Chair of the Department. If the Chair does not respond within two additional weeks, contact the Academic Dean's Office by coming to a drop-in session or booking an appointment. For more information on booking an appointment or attending drop-in click here .
See the Western Calendar for additional information on appeals.
The following rules apply to all students graduating from King’s:
- Minimum of 5.0 and maximum of 7.0 first-year credits
- Completion of breadth requirements: 1.0 credit from each of Category A, B, and C
- 2.0 designated essay credits, including 1.0 numbered 2000 or above. See Quick BA Checklist
- At least one essential module (e.g., a Major or Specialization)
- Minimum of 15.0 credits for a three-year degree; minimum of 20.0 credits for a four-year degree
- Maximum of 9.0 credits in one subject area for a three-year degree; maximum of 14.0 credits in one subject area for a four-year degree
- A 60% cumulative average in courses used for graduation, and minimum 60% modular average; higher averages apply to Honours degrees