Maintaining Student Status

Academic Probation

Once you’ve started your classes at VIU, you must maintain a minimum “C” Grade Point Average (2.00 GPA) in all your classes. Once a year, we review all students who have taken at least 9 credits in the previous year and check their overall GPA. Students whose GPA falls below 2.0 in the previous year are placed on probation. 

Probation is not meant to be a punishment but rather it is meant to alert you to the seriousness of your situation and to give VIU a chance to offer you further support. Probation does not impact a student’s ability to register in courses or access services. Probationary students need to earn a combined GPA of at least 2.0 (“C”) on all courses attempted over the next year in order to have their probation lifted.

Academic Suspension

If you do not achieve a GPA of 2.0 or better during your probationary year, you will be placed on Academic Suspension for one year, which means you will not be permitted to enrol in academic programs at VIU for the following academic year (excluding summer session).

Note: for 2020 only, no students will be placed on Academic Suspension, but will have their probationary status extended for one year.

If you wish to return to your program or change to a new academic program after your year on suspension, you must submit a new application to the program of your choice. You will need to submit your application during your suspension year to ensure you meet the application deadline and are able to return to VIU immediately following your suspension year. Check application deadlines for your program and other information.

The good news: There’s help available!

Vancouver Island University has a variety of supports available to assist students in achieving academic success. You can contact an Educational Advisor in the Advising Centre at each of our campuses for support.

Nanaimo's Advising Centre

Building 200, 3rd Floor
Call: 250-740-6410 or 1-888-920-2221
Website: VIU Advising

  • Educational Advisors are available Monday through Friday by appointment, and drop-in advising is also available
  • International students can check for information on International Advisors.
  • Find VIU degree advisors' contact information
  • You can also sign up for Student Success Coaching during your first semester of being placed on Academic Probation. Check out Student Success Coaching information
  • Located in Shq'apthut - A Gathering Place, Services for Aboriginal Students is a community-focused, student-centered team that provides support to Aboriginal students academically, socially and culturally throughout their educational journey here at Vancouver Island University. Please drop by our office and find out how we can help you reach your goals in your home-away-from-home here at Shq'apthut.

Cowichan's Advising Centre

2011 University Way, Main Floor next to Welcome Centre
Call: 250-746-3509
Website: VIU Cowichan Academic Advising

  • Educational Advisors are available Monday to Friday by appointment
  • Drop-in advising for quick questions is available

Powell River's Advising Centre

100 - 7085 Nootka Street, Room 118
Call: 604-485-2878
Website: VIU Powell River Advising

  • Appointments can be made by calling the number above or emailing one of the advisors.