Repeating Passed or Failed Courses for Academic Credit, Policy on

Legislative History: Approved by Senate: 1998/06/25; Amended: 2002/05/23 and 2004/06/24; Date Effective: September 2004 and June 26, 2008.

Approval Authority: Senate


Policy Statement

  1. (a) Students are allowed to repeat a passed or a failed course once for academic degree or certificate credit. Students should note that course availability and space considerations may preclude the possibility of repeating a course in the session they choose.
  2. (b) When a student is allowed to repeat a course for academic degree or certificate credit, the second grade will be the grade of record and the only grade calculated in the student’s grade point average (Major, Cumulative, Sessional and Overall). A course can be credited only once towards satisfaction of degree or certificate academic credit requirements. 
  3. (c) The record of both the first and second time the course was taken will appear on the student’s transcript, with the first course designated as ‘No Credit Retained’.1
  4. (d) The restrictions regarding repeating a passed or failed course also apply to cross listed courses and course credit exclusions.
  1. The above items do not apply to graduate degree or diploma programs, the BEd degree programs of the Faculty of Education, or the LLB degree program of Osgoode Hall  Law School. 
  2. The above items do not apply to practicum courses offered in the Bachelor of Social Work degree program or practicum courses offered in the Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BScN) degree program.

1 It should be noted that when a course is repeated, the first instance of the course being taken and the grade that was awarded will continue to appear on the transcript with the designation “NCR” – “No Credit Retained” – added as a qualification beside the grade. The transcript legend will explain that the NCR designation means that neither the course credit nor grade have been included in the calculation of the student’s grade point average.