IMPORTANT note from the Dean
Happy New Year!
The beginning of the calendar year and the midpoint of your first academic year at Queen's offers a good opportunity to evaluate your academic progress. All instructors have been asked to provide first-year students with feedback on their performance in 100-level full-year classes via SOLUS by 5 January. You can view your final grades in Fall Term classes, and mid-year grades in full-year classes, by selecting 'Grades' under Other Academics in the Student Centre. Select Fall Term 2018, and either the Official Grades or the Mid-Year Grades tab.
In some cases, your mid-year grades may reflect that you are making a smooth transition to the academic demands of university; in others, they may provide an early indication that you may benefit from some academic advice and/or learning support.
Mid-year grades do not necessarily reflect the final grade you will receive in the class; however, they do give an indication of your performance to date. For those of you for whom the news is good, keep up the good work. For those of you whose grades are below your expectations, now is the time to take steps to improve your situation.
For some, the solution may be as simple as taking advantage of the many academic and personal-support services offered by Queen's. You may contact your instructor or the department offering the class for advice on specific classes. Personal counselling is available at Student Wellness Services located in the LaSalle Building at 146 Stuart Street. Learning Strategies, located in Stauffer Library's Student Academic Success Centre, provides a range of services, including workshops designed to improve study skills and develop strategies for meeting the demands of academic life. They also offer individual consultation to aid in coping with difficulties of a more personal nature.
In addition, academic counselling is available from any one of a number of advisors in the Faculty of Arts and Science Student Services office located on the First Floor, Dunning Hall. Academic counselling will be offered on a first-come, first-served basis from 7 to 18 January 2019, in-person appointments only. Beginning 21 January you may make a same-day appointment by dropping into our office or by phoning us at 613-533-2470, early in the day. Appointments are offered either in person, via telephone or via Skype.
Some of you may face more serious decisions. You should be aware that low final grades on your transcript can lead to academic penalties ranging from being place on probation (for achieving a grade point average (GPA) of less than 1.60) to being required to withdraw from the University for a year (for achieving a GPA of less than 0.70). An estimate of your GPA may be made by using the
If you have any questions about how a mid-year grade was calculated, please contact your instructor. If you are struggling with a class, you should seek academic advice immediately and consider the possibility that you may have to drop the class. Note that the deadline for dropping the B half of a Fall-Winter class is Friday 1 March 2019. Additionally, the deadline for adding a Winter Term class is Friday 18 January, the end of the second week of term. While dropping classes will have financial implications for you, there are no academic restrictions on the number of classes a student must complete in any one year.
If your unofficial mid-year GPA is below 1.60, you will need to make some improvement in order to avoid being placed on academic probation at the end of the academic year. In order to help you improve, you will receive an email invitation in January from the
Bounce Back Program
Bounce back is a confidential one-on-one peer mentorship program designed to help get you back on track academically. We strongly encourage your participation in that program. Spaces are limited and fill quickly, so register early. If you have any questions visit their
The Arts and Science Faculty Office is always available to answer any questions you may have about your academic program. We hope that you had an enjoyable holiday, and we wish you success in your future academic endeavours.
Jenn Stephenson, Ph.D
Associate Dean (Studies)