Academic Matters

Minimum Grades for Program Continuation

Students must maintain an overall average of 70% throughout the program.  

If at any checkpoint a student is failing to meet the minimum average required, they will be required to meet with the Graduate Chair and will receive a formal written warning.

A third warning will result in removal from the Graduate Diploma in Accounting program.  

Progression Requirements for Program Continuation

To be eligible to graduate from this program, students must complete all courses with a minimum cumulative average of 70% and with no individual grade less than 60%.  

Failure to meet this minimum will result in removal from the Diploma program. Students who fail to complete the Graduate Diploma program will not be able to enter directly into the Capstone One of the CPA-PEP, and will have to work with CPA staff to determine their next steps. 

CPA Registration Process

CPA Accreditation applies to the specific courses delivered in the Graduate Diploma combined with the Accounting streams in the BMOS program.

Completion of the Graduate Diploma allows graduates to enter directly into Capstone One of the CPA Professional Education Program (PEP).

During the first day of class (Orientation on May 3), students will complete the CPA Registration Form. The registration fee for CPA is $600 and gives you access to CPA resources such as D2L, their learning management system. The system is full of useful resources that you will find helpful during the Graduate Diploma program, and as you prepare for additional examinations after you graduate. 

Plagiarism and Other Scholastic Offences

Academic Offences will NOT be tolerated. Students confirmed to have committed an academic offence will be removed from the program effective immediately.  
Review the School of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies Scholastic Discipline for Graduate Students

Academic Appeals at the Program Level

Appeals should be discussed with the Graduate Chair and must be initiated within one week of receipt of the grade, exam result, or ruling in question. Before considering an appeal, please consult the policies and regulations on the School of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies (SGPS) website - Section 13.01 (Scholastic Offences) and Section 13.02 (potential subject matter of an appeal and grounds of an appeal).

Types of Appeals

Appeal of a Course Grade - If the appeal relates to a specific assignment, a student must first attempt to resolve the matter informally with the course instructor.  If the instructor is not available of if the matter is not resolved to the student's satisfaction, the student has the right to appeal to the Graduate Chair, who will be responsible for conducting the appeal or delegating responsibility for the appeal to an alternate member of the Graduate Committee.

Extension of Normal Progression Requirements - After the appropriate appeal processes have been exhausted, a student has the right to appea to the Gradute Chair to have normal progression requirements extended on compassionate, medical or related grounds.  The Graduate Chair will be responsible for conducting the appeal which may involve consultation with members of the Graduate Committee.  Degree requirements will not generally be waived or altered to accommodate students who have failed exams or obtained low grades; rather, the accommodation normally takes the form of giving an additional opportunity to the student to complete a requirement.  It is incumbent upon the applicant to provide, in writing, a full and thorough justification of the request.  

Appeal Procedures

1. An appeal must be initiated in writing within one week of the issuance of the mark or ruling.  Deadlines for filing appeals may be extended at the discretion of the Graduate Chair.

2. Appeals of Scholastic Offence decisions are not covered under this policy.  The SGPS Scholastic Discipline for Graduate Students document provides definitions of scholastic offences, procedures followed when a scholastic offence is detected, possible penalties, and the appeals process.

3. In cases where the quality of a test or exam is to be evaluated, the grades of two outside readers will be averaged to determine the revised grade. Papers are to be submitted to outside readers free of the name of the student and of the instructor involved, and without the original comments from the instructor.  Outside readers will be asked to provide critical comments on the paper in question which will be forwarded along with the results to the student in cases where (a) this is requested by the student and (b) the Graduate Chair (or alternate) agrees that the case in question justifies such a request.

4. The two readers for a given case will work independently. They are expected to refrain from any discussion of the merits of the paper/exam except with the Graduate Chair (or alternate).

5. In cases where the Graduate Chair is involved, an alternate will take over the adjudication process.

6. In cases where the average of the two evaluators falls within 3 points (on a base of 100) of the grade originally assigned by the instructor, the latter's grade will stand. (This is a reflection of the greater knowledge of course expectations held by the instructor, along with the implication that three or fewer points of difference shows only random variation). In all other cases, the average of the two evaluators will be the new grade.

7. In the case of a course grade, the instructor has the right to appeal the decision.

8. To assist with the appeals process and with student assessment, it is recommended that the requirements for exams be provided to students at the outset of the course.  A grading rubric is also highly recommended, and where such a rubric exists, the instructor should provide the Graduate Chair with the rubric when an assignment, test or exam is being appealed.

9. After the appropriate appeal process has been exhausted within the department, the Graduate Chair will inform the student of his/her right to take the case to the Vice-Provost, School of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies (SGPS).  A request to appeal the decision of the program must be made to SGPS in writing, no later than one week after the program decision has been communicated to the student. 

Some decisions may be appealed further to the Senate Review Board Academic.  The Vice-Provost's rulings in academic matters are final unless overturned or modified on appeal to the Senate Review Board Academic (SRBA).  A decision or ruling remains in effect unless overturned or modified by the individual or body hearing an appeal of that decision or ruling.

Review the School of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies Appeals and Discipline for Graduate Studies Policy.