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DEAN'S HONOUR LIST AND GRADUATION


DEAN'S HONOUR LIST - UNDERGRADUATE STUDENTS

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 King’s University College.

Undergraduate students with outstanding academic records are adjudicated for inclusion in the Dean’s Honour List in May and August of each year.

1. In May of each year the Dean of each Faculty establishes an Honour 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 of 80% or more with no failed courses.

2. Students enrolled in fewer than 4.0 courses will qualify for the list in May or August each time they accumulate a new set of at least 4.0 consecutive courses and earn an 80% average with no failed courses within that set.

3. Graduating students who attained Dean’s Honour List standing at their last checkpoint and maintained a cumulative average of 80% with no failures on any courses taken from then until graduation will be named to the Dean’s Honour List upon graduation.

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

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

1. Richard Ivey School of Business: The Honours designations that are available to Honours Business Administration (HBA) students are listed below. If an HBA student is found in breach of the Ivey Student Code of Conduct, the student may be ineligible to receive any of the Honours designations – Dean’s Honours List, Ivey Scholar, Gold Medal, “With Distinction” – and may not be included in the Ivey Ring Tradition Ceremony.

a. Pass with Distinction: Students in the 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’s transcripts.

b. Dean’s Honour List: A student must complete a full year’s course work as defined by the program and attain grades in the top 25% of the class to receive the Dean’s Honour List standing on Western’s transcripts. Students may attain Dean’s Honour List standing at the end of HBA1 and at the end of HBA2. The average excludes exchange and non-Ivey courses.

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

2. Faculty of Education: At the end of each of years 1 and 2, students in the B.Ed. program who achieve an overall weighted average of at least 85%, with no failed courses, will qualify for inclusion on the Dean’s Honour List.

3. Faculty of Engineering: to be named to the Dean’s Honour 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.

4. 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 Honour 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 Honour List or an overall achievement award in that year.

5. School of Nursing: Students who have achieved an 80 percent in each course, excluding electives, will be considered for Dean’s Honour List.

The following statements apply to Undergraduate 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 Dean’s Honour List of each Faculty provided that at least 3.5 courses of the year’s work have been approved for credit toward the particular degree.

Engineering: Students registered in a combined degree program will be adjudicated for the Dean's Honour 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 point 1 above. For Business students in this program, refer to point 2 below.

Engineering and Law: For Engineering students in the BESc/JD program, refer to point 1 above. At the Law School, students are considered for the Dean's Honour 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 Honour List provided they take Law courses totaling at least 12 credit hours. Only the Law courses will be used in the calculation for the Dean’s Honour List for Law.

2. Business – all Combined Degree Programs:

At the Richard Ivey School of Business, students are considered for the Dean's Honour List during their first year of HBA. Students enrolled in Years 4 and 5 of the combined program are considered for the Dean's Honour List in Year 5 only and only grades obtained in 4000-level Business courses will be used in calculating averages for the purpose of determination of Dean's Honour List standing.

Exceptions:

a) Business and Law (HBA/JD program)

At the Richard Ivey School of Business, students are considered for the Dean's Honour List during their first year of HBA. Students enrolled in Years 5 and 6 of the combined degree program are considered for the Dean's Honour List in Year 6 only. Only grades obtained in 4000-level Business courses will be used in calculating averages for the purpose of determination of Dean's Honour List standing.

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 Honour List at the Faculty of Law in that year on the basis of those courses.

b) Business and Health Sciences

For Business, see point 2 above. In the Faculty of Health Sciences, students will be adjudicated for the Dean’s Honour List based on all courses taken in the academic year (i.e., September – 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.

c) Business and Media, Information and Technoculture

For Business, see point 2 above. In the Faculty of Information and Media Studies, students may be eligible for the Dean’s Honour 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.

d) Faculty of Arts and Humanities

For Business, see point 2 above. In Arts and Humanities, students will be considered for the Dean's Honour list in the usual way in Years 1 and 2. Students who take at least 3.0 Arts and Humanities courses in each of Year 4 and Year 5 will be considered for the Dean’s Honour List in each year on the basis of those courses. If fewer than 3.0 Arts and Humanities courses are attempted in Year 4, all Arts and Humanities courses taken in Years 4 and 5 will be considered for the Dean’s Honour list at the end of Year 5.

GRADUATION

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:

1) Business: A student who achieves an overall average of 80% in each of HBA1 and HBA2 and no grade lower than 70% and with no failed courses in the program will receive the designation Graduation with Distinction on Western diplomas and transcripts. *Note that the average required is in both HBA1 and HBA2 and it is not a cumulative average over both.

2) Dentistry: A Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS) student who achieves a cumulative average in the top 10% of the class and has a minimum overall average of 80% with no course failures shall graduate “With Distinction”.

3) Education: Graduating students who obtain cumulative averages within the top 10% of graduating student averages within the program will graduate “With Distinction.”

4) Engineering: Students must fulfill Dean’s Honour List criteria for every year of study after first year to graduate with distinction. Students who were not registered in a full course load because of transfer credit(s), dual degrees, or varsity sports will be assessed on an individual basis by a committee.

5) Law: Students must be on the Dean’s Honour List in at least two of their three years in the Law program to graduate with distinction.

6) Nursing: In order to graduate ‘with distinction’ the student will have achieved an average grade in the top 10% of the class, with a minimum average of 85%, no course failures, and no course average below 70%.

Graduands 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." Dean’s Honour List and Graduation “With Distinction”

Notes:

HONOURS DESIGNATIONS IN THE IVEY GRADUATE PROGRAMS

Refer to Senate Academic Policies - Registration, Progression, Graduation - Dean’s Honour List and Graduation “With Distinction”.