Academic Advocacy

GCSU is here to assist you with academic concerns or issues.  If you have questions or concerns, contact the GCSU Vice President Academic by phone, e-mail, or drop by at any time.  For further information on academic regulations, consult the Memorial University calendar as it is the final authority on all academic rules and regulations.


Academic offences include but are not limited to: cheating on any work submitted in any form, impersonating another student or allowing oneself to be impersonated, plagiarism, theft of material such as tests, use or distribution of stolen materials, submitting false information, and submitting work for one course that has been submitted for another without express permission to do so. Punishment for academic offences can range from a reprimand to expulsion.


Students who are unable to write a final exam because of illness, bereavement, or any other authenticated, acceptable cause, may apply with supporting documents to the appropriate department head to have their examination deferred. This should be done within one week of the exam in question.

The student may be permitted to write a deferred examination or the grade submitted may be based on the term work alone.


Final exams can be re-read for a fee. If a student’s course mark is raised, the fee is refunded. To have an exam re-read, application must be made to the Registrar’s Office within a month of the release of grades.


In order to remain eligible for re-admission in clear standing, students must:

Have obtained an overall average of at least 50% in the past semester, or

Have obtained a cumulative average of at least 55% for their entire undergraduate university career

Students who fail to meet these requirements for the first time will be given an academic warning. Students who have previously been given an academic warning and then again fail to meet these requirements will not be eligible for re-admission for two semesters.

Students who fail to meet re-admission requirements for the second time will not be eligible for re-admission during the next three semesters. Before being considered for re-admission, a student must have the recommendation of the principal, dean or director of their Campus, faculty or school.

Students who fail to meet re-admission requirements will be considered for re-admission only on appeal after withdrawing from school for six semesters. Such appeals will be considered by the Senate Committee on Undergraduate Studies only on the recommendation of the principal, dean or director of the Campus, faculty or school involved.

Certain conditions and restrictions may be set for students who have been given an academic warning or students who are returning following a required withdrawal. These conditions may include, but are not limited to:

Restrictions on course load;

Taking special courses that enhance success in university studies; and

Attending regular sessions with a faculty advisor


No tests, quizzes, or assignments, except oral and laboratory exams, can be given during the last two weeks of classes. Work assigned earlier in the term, however, can be submitted during this time.