Academic Status Update - Probation

As you may know, Mohawk College requires students to have a grade point average of at least 60% in order to be in good academic standing. Your current academic standing is Probation as your performance is not meeting this standard at this time. This means you will begin your next semester on academic probation, and we strongly encourage you to meet with your Student Success Advisor before you register for courses next semester. The academic probation process is put in place to ensure we can help you to get into the courses and access the resources you need to succeed academically.When you meet the requirements to return to good academic standing, the academic probation process will end.

We understand that success does not always follow a predictable path. We also know that college students have complicated lives, and personal, financial, health or family reasons may have had an impact on your academics. With that in mind, we have a variety of services designed to support students in the probation process, including the Keys to Success and Rebound programs starting up next semester, as well as other support services such as tutoring or counselling.

Please contact your Student Success Advisor to book a meeting as soon as possible. You may want to consider Continuing Educationcourses, as this can be a way to pick up courses you need. You can talk with your Student Success Advisor about this option.

We want you to know that many students go through the probation process each year and many continue on to have a successful career at Mohawk. We encourage you to read the stories below about other students’ experiences with academic standing. We are confident that you can be successful too. We will help you every step of the way.

We wish you all the best, and we look forward to seeing you next semester.

Sincerely,
Mohawk College Staff & Faculty

More information about academic standing and appeals policies can be found here.


Students' Experiences in the Academic Standing Process

These stories reflect common experiences that many students report having in the academic standing process at Mohawk.

"Coming to Mohawk hit me like a ton of bricks. I’d done well in high school but I just wasn’t prepared for the way college works, how many assignments some instructors assign, or the kind of language some people use. When I got the notification letter, I felt like a failure, like I didn’t belong. After a while, I realized that this didn’t define me as a person or limit my potential as a student. Yes, I struggled, but it wasn’t that I couldn’t do the work. I needed to learn how to do college. It took some time, but I tried to take advantage of as many resources as I could: I enrolled in Bounce Back, took a class through Continuing Education, and started spending more time at the library. Now, I’m on track to graduate and I know that I deserve to be here just as much as anyone else."

"A few semesters back, I was struggling with some mental health issues. I felt like I was barely holding it together. I couldn't focus on my studies, so it didn't come as a surprise that I didn't make good academic standing. Finally, I admitted that I didn't know how to deal with everything, and I reached out for some guidance from people around me including a counsellor and one of my friends. They helped me learn how to manage my mental health issues better—to take care of myself and get support when I need it. I'm doing better mentally and academically now and I've learned how to get through stress and hard times more effectively when they come up."

"I love Mohawk—the experiences I’ve had, what I’ve learned, and the people I’ve met. I wouldn’t trade them for anything. But a while back, I made some poor choices and my grades suffered. Things were compounded by challenges at home. At first I ignored the problems. I hoped they would just go away. Of course they didn’t. Not getting promoted with good standing was really hard for me because I knew I could do better. So, I set up a meeting with my student success advisor. He clearly understood people sometimes make mistakes but can learn from what happened and improve and grow. We strategized and made a plan. To be honest, it’s been tough. But I’ve done it. And that gives me confidence that I can handle whatever other challenges the future holds for me."