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PROGRESSION AND GRADUATION
DEAN'S HONOR LIST The following statements apply to undergraduate students in the Faculties of Arts and Humanities, Health Sciences, Information and Media Studies, Music, Science and Social Science, and at Brescia University College, Huron University College and Kingís University College.

Undergraduate students with outstanding academic records are named to the Deanís Honor List in May and August of each year.

1. In May of each year the Dean of each Faculty establishes an Honor List containing the names of all full time students registered in that Faculty who completed a minimum of 4.0 courses during the previous Fall/Winter Session (September-April) and earned an average for the session of 80% or more with no failed courses.

2. Part time students may qualify for the list in May or August each time they accumulate a new set of at least 5.0 consecutive courses and earn an 80% average with no failed courses within that set.

3. Full or part time graduating students who attained Deanís Honor List standing at their last checkpoint and maintained a cumulative average of 80% on any courses taken from then until graduation will be named to the Deanís Honor List upon graduation.

Note: Grades received on a Letter of Permission will be included in the average.

The following statements apply to other undergraduate faculties/schools/programs:

1. For the Richard Ivey School of Business, students in the Honors Business Administration program who achieve an overall average of at least 80% on a full year's work in HBA1 or HBA2, as defined by the program, will be designated as Pass with Distinction on Western
transcripts.

A student must complete a full yearís course work as defined by the program and attain grades in the top 25% of the class to be designated as Deanís Honor List on Westernís transcripts. Students may attain Deanís Honor List standing at the end of HBA1 and at the end of HBA2. The average excludes exchange and non-Ivey courses.

A student who achieves a standing in the top 10% in both HBA1 and HBA2 will be designated as an Ivey Scholar on Westernís transcripts. Students may attain Ivey Scholar standing only at the end of HBA2. The HBA1 and HBA2 averages exclude exchange and non-Ivey courses.

Eligibility for the Ivey designations is contingent on adherence to the Ivey Student Code of Professional Conduct throughout the HBA program.

[Prior to September 2007, a student was required to attain grades in the top 10% of the class to be designated as Deanís Honor List, and to achieve Deanís Honor List status in both the HBA1 and HBA2 to be designated as an Ivey Scholar.]

2. For the School of Dentistry, students must complete a full yearís work as defined by the program and achieve an average of 80% or have a special recommendation of the Director.

3. For the Faculty of Education, graduating students in the BEd/DipEd Program must achieve an overall minimum weighted average of 85% in order to qualify for inclusion on the Dean's Honor List.

4. For the Faculty of Engineering, to be named to the Deanís Honor List, students in Engineering must complete a minimum of five courses (5.0 credits) in the academic year (i.e., September - April) and achieve an average of 80% on all courses with no failed courses.

5. For the Faculty of Law, students must complete a full year's work as defined by the program and be in the top 10% of the class to be named to the Dean's Honor List for that year.

Only the grades earned in courses taken at the Faculty of Law in a particular year (provided those courses total at least 14 credit hours) are used to calculate a student's standing for an overall achievement award in that year. Students who attend the Faculty of Law on a letter of permission from another law school are not considered for the Dean's Honor List or an overall achievement award in that year.

[Effective September 1, 2004, Deanís Honor List has been discontinued for students in the MD program.]

The following statements apply to Combined Degree Programs:
Students who are registered in the Fall/Winter session in an approved program of full-time studies leading to two undergraduate degrees will be adjudicated for the Deanís Honor List of each Faculty provided that at least 3.5 courses of the yearís work have been approved for credit toward the particular degree.

1. Engineering:
Students registered in a combined degree program will be adjudicated for the Dean's Honor List for Engineering based on all courses taken in the academic year (i.e., September - April) provided the student is registered in a minimum of five courses (5.0 credits). In addition, an average of 80% must be achieved on all courses taken towards the BESc degree with no failed courses.

Engineering and Business:
For Engineering students in the BESc/BA(HBA) program, refer to Paragraph 1 above. For Business students in this program, refer to Paragraph 2 below.

Engineering and Law:
For Engineering students in the BESc/JD program, refer to paragraph 1 above. At the Law School, students are considered for the Dean's Honor List during their first year of Law (Year Four). Students enrolled in Years Five and Six of the combined program are considered for the Dean's Honor List provided they take Law courses totaling at least 12 credit hours. Only the Law courses will be used in the calculation for the Deanís Honor List for Law.

2. Business:
Students are considered for the Dean's Honor List during their first year of HBA. Students enrolled in Years 4 and 5 of the†combined program are considered for the Dean's Honor List in Year 5 only. Only grades obtained in 4000-level Business courses will be used in calculating averages for determining Dean's Honor List standing. Courses taken on exchange and courses taken outside the Business School are excluded. The Dean's Honor List for HBA2 typically includes the top 10% of all of the class and is determined by vote of the teaching faculty. Those who stand on the Dean's Honor List over all 3000 and 4000-level courses taken at the Business School at the completion of the†combined program will graduate as Ivey Scholars.

Exception: Business and Law
A) For students in†the HBA/JD program:
Students are considered for the Dean's Honor List at the Business School during their first year of HBA and at the Faculty of Law during their first year of Law.

Students enrolled in Years 5 and 6 of the†combined program are considered for the Dean's Honor List at the Business School in Year 6 only. Only grades obtained in 4000-level Business courses will be used in calculating averages for determining Dean's Honor List standing. Courses taken on exchange and courses taken outside the Business School are excluded. The Dean's Honor List for HBA2 typically includes the top 10% of all of the class and is determined by vote of the teaching faculty. Those who stand on the Dean's Honor List over all 3000 and 4000-level courses taken at the Business School at the completion of the†combined program will graduate as Ivey Scholars.

A student who takes Law courses totaling at least 12 credit hours in each of Years 5 and 6 of the†combined program is considered for the Dean's Honor List at the Faculty of Law in each of those years on the basis of those courses.

B) For students in an JD/MBA program:
Students are considered for the Deanís Honor List at the Faculty of Law during their first year of Law and at the Richard Ivey School of Business during their first year of the MBA.

In the third and fourth years of the combined program, students who take Law courses totaling at least 12 credit hours in any year are considered for the Dean's Honor List at the Faculty of Law on the basis of those courses.

In the fourth year, students also are considered for the Dean's Honor List at the Business School on the basis of the MBA courses taken during the third and fourth years of the combined program. Only grades obtained in 6000-level Business courses will be used in calculating averages for determining Deanís Honor List standing. Courses taken on exchange and courses taken outside of the Richard Ivey School of Business are excluded.

3. Business and Health Sciences:
For Business, see paragraph 2 above. In the Faculty of Health Sciences, students will be adjudicated for the Deanís Honor List based on all courses taken in the academic year (i.e., September Ė April) provided the student is registered in a minimum of five courses. In addition, an average of 80% must be achieved on all courses taken toward the BHSc degree with no failed courses.

4. Business and Media, Information and Technoculture:
For Business, see paragraph 2 above. In the Faculty of Information and Media Studies, students may be eligible for the Deanís Honor list in Years 4 and 5. Adjudication will be based on having an overall 80% average on all courses (including both MIT and HBA courses) taken in each academic year.

Dean's Honor List - Undergraduate SR.11-39
Richard Ivey School of Business SR.07-238
Engineering S.07-143
Engineering and Business S.02-175
Engineering and Law S.07-143
JD/HBA program S.02-175
JD/MBA program S.05-117b
Business and MIT S.03-037
Business and Health Sciences S.99-229

MARKING SCALES

Marks for achievement in courses are assigned as follows:

Mark Range Grade
90 - 100 A+
80 - 89 A
70 - 79 B
60 - 69 C
50 - 59 D
Below 50 F

Average calculations will INCLUDE failed marks. All marks below 50% are considered failures. Failing marks below 40% will be included in average calculations as 40%, marks from 40% to 49% will be included as the actual mark reported. A count of failed attempts will be maintained.

Note: Averages will be calculated to two decimal places and rounded to the nearest whole number with .45 rounded up.

Marking Scales S.02-10

PROGRESSION
GRADUATION "WITH DISTINCTION"

Students in degree programs who have achieved an overall average of 80% and no grade lower than 70% on the entire program with no failed courses will graduate "With Distinction".

Exceptions:

  • Education: Students in BEd/DipEd programs must achieve an overall minimum weighted average of 85% to graduate With Distinction.
  • Engineering: Students must fulfill Dean's Honor List criteria for every year of study after first year to graduate With Distinction.
  • Law: Students must be on the Dean's Honor List in at least two of their three years in the Law program to graduate With Distinction.
  • Medicine: Graduation with distinction has been discontinued for students in the MD program, effective September 2002.

Graduates of diploma or certificate programs offered by Western who have achieved an overall average of 80% and no grade lower than 70% on the entire program with no failed courses will receive the designation "With Distinction".

Notes:

  • Students who qualify for Graduation "With Distinction" will receive the designation on diplomas, transcripts and reports.
  • Letters of Permission: In accordance with current Senate policy, letter of permission grades will be recorded as numeric values and included in the overall average for the calculation of Graduation "With Distinction".
  • No Appeals: Since the designation "With Distinction" is conferred only when a student has achieved a certain average, a failure to achieve graduation with distinction may not be appealed (although the grades on which the designation is based may be appealed in the normal way. See Section on Academic Rights and Responsibilities.)

Joint Three-Year BSc Physics Degree Combined with Fanshawe College Diploma in Control Engineering or Electronics Engineering Technology: Students will graduate with distinction if they meet the following criteria: a) an average of 80% in the 10 courses taken at Western; b) a full course load of five courses per academic year taken at Western between September and April; c) a cumulative g.p.a. of 3.2 in the courses taken at Fanshawe College; and d) no failures in any courses at either Western or Fanshawe, even if the course is subsequently repeated successfully.

Graduation"with distinction"-Undergraduate SR.02-176

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