Academic Standing and Advancement

The College policy states that to be in good standing, a student must pass more than 50% of his/her courses for the year (not including Summer School).

In addition, many programs including Social Science, have stricter policies. You should check with your Chairperson or with Academic Advising for details. If you do not meet the standing policy for the College and for your program, you will be expelled. If this happens to you, and you feel you had valid reasons for your failed courses, you may appeal to the Academic Standing Appeals Committee for special permission to return.

Course Change

You can change a course during the designated course change period, at the start of the semester, if there is space in the course you want, if it is open to you in your particular program, and if it doesn’t conflict with other courses in your schedule. There is a fee for changing courses.

Course change generally takes place over a 4-day period at the start of the semester. For specific dates, log onto MyDawson, check the Internet Registration Timetable & Registration Guide on the MyDawson Portal, under My College Services or ask at the Registrar’s Office (2D.6).

Course Outline

A course outline contains information you need to know about the course. It usually includes a description of the course, the goals of the course, the titles of the books for the course, reading assignments, how many exams and assignments are required, their due dates, and the percentage of marks each is worth. It is your right to receive this course outline from every teacher during the first week of classes.


During their last semester, students are invited to the annual graduation ceremony, known as Convocation. This event is held one evening during the second or third week of June and takes place at Place des Arts. Limited guest tickets are available to each graduating student so that he/she my invite family or friends to attend the ceremony. For more information, contact Carey-Ann Pawsey by email at

Drop/Add Courses

Official forms must be completed and signed in order to drop a course. During the official course change period, at the beginning of the semester, you can come to a posted drop-in period at Academic Advising (room 2D.4) to drop a course. No teacher’s signature is required, and the course is dropped on the spot.

Once the official course change period is over, course drop forms are available from the Registrar’s Office (2D.6). A teacher’s signature is required, and first-semester students must see an advisor at drop-in to review the possible consequences of the course drop. The course drop deadlines are normally September 19th for the fall semester and February 14th for the winter semester. There is no fee to drop a course.


In case of an emergency:

Go to, or telephone Security, 2E. 14 Ext. 1000.

You can also use the “red telephone” located in the hallways. These phones give you direct access to Security.


You will be expected to pay your fees for the semester at registration. Please note that you will not be able to register for the semester until these fees or any other outstanding fees are paid.

For fee information see Student Fees.

Full Time Student

A full time student is a student who registers for at least 180 hours of instruction (normally 4 courses) in a given semester. If you are receiving financial aid as a full-time student, be careful not to drop a course during the term that would lower your status to a part-time student.

Honours List (Dean’s List)

Day students who carry a sufficient course load* and who maintain an average of at least 85% in a semester with no failures receive semestral honours.  Please see the Institutional Student Evaluation Policy (ISEP) for complete details on semestrial honours and graduating honours

Mid-Term Assessment

You will receive a mid-term assessment in October and in March. This will be an indication of how you are doing in your courses up to that time. On the assessment you will receive either a PASSING, AT RISK, or FAILING grade for each course you are registered in.

For many students this assessment is a reality check. You may think you are doing fine in a course, but the teacher could have a different viewpoint.

Mid-term assessments are available to you by logging onto your MyDawson portal and looking under the heading: Results – Mid-term Report.

Mise à Niveau

Mise à niveau courses are non-credit courses required to raise a student’s skill in English, French, Mathematics, Chemistry, or Physics.

Part-time Student

Part-time student is a student not registered full-time, i.e. registered for less than 180 hours of instruction in a given semester. Part time students pay course fees.

Peer Tutors

Peer Tutors are students who tutor other students in need of help with a particular course. We can provide a peer tutor for many subjects. If you need help, don’t wait until the day before an exam. Go to the Academic Skills Centre (Room 6D.2, in the library). Peer tutors are a free service offered to Dawson students.

Photocopy Service

Photocopying machines are available in the Library and in the 2C hallway. Paying for photocopies can be done either with a print or student card or with coins.

Print and student cards can be recharged at the 2H.12 counter, the Library or by using the machine in the 2C hallway.


Plagiarism is the presentation or submission by a student of another person’s work as his or her own. It may include copying, translating or paraphrasing. Students who permit their work to be copied are considered to be as guilty as the plagiarizer.The penalties for plagiarism are harsh: they may include failure of the project, failure of the course or even expulsion.

You have the right to be advised in the course outline of the specific implications of cheating and plagiarism for each course.


Pre-requisite means there is at least one other course you must take (and pass) before enrolling in a course.

Program Transfer

You may presently be in a program that may not be meeting your future goals and objectives. A program transfer is the process of applying to another Dawson program.


Registration is the process of officially enrolling in your courses. You will register for your courses at your designated appointment time during the prescribed registration period. You can find your personal registration appointment time on the MyDawson portal using your student number and password. About a week before registration begins, Go to MyDawson -> My Omnivox Services -> Course Registration to see your registration access time.

Proxy Registration

Proxy registration is the process of having someone register for you. A proxy registration form amust be filled out the by the student and brought in by the person registering them.

Late Registration

If you have to register at Late Registration, you will have an extremely limited choice of courses to choose from, and you will have missed some classes.


Security is responsible for safety, surveillance, parking and the enforcement of campus regulations. You must comply at all times when security personnel request your Dawson l.D. card. Security is located in room 2E.14, local 1000.


Each Fall and Winter semester is 15 weeks long.

Summer School

It may be possible to take courses during the summer. A limited number of courses are offered. Summer school is offered to current Dawson students, students from another College (commandite) and non-Dawson students. Registration can be done both online or in-person.

Tax Receipts

The T2202A & Releve 8 slips are available at the end of February on the MyDawson student portal.


A transcript is the official record of your academic history at Dawson. It will list by dates your course and final grades. If you need an “official” transcript to be sent to another school, you can request one from the Registrar’s Office. A $8.00 processing fee will be charged.


Withdrawal from a course must be done officially by completing the proper forms available at the Registrar’s office. If you simply stop attending the course and forget about it, you will have a failed grade on your transcript.

Last Modified: January 22, 2020