Sometimes life throws a curve ball and you have to adjust. The most important thing is to stay on track during your transition - this will help make sure you have a smooth transition.
For each course, there are two drop deadlines of which you should be aware. The first deadline is the date the course must be dropped on SOLUS to receive a full refund of the course fee (this is called the Financial Drop deadline). The second deadline is the last date to be able to drop the course on SOLUS (this is the Academic Drop Deadline); once this deadline has passed, you will not be able to drop the course. If you drop a course after the Financial deadline but before the Academic deadline, you will receive a partial refund; the earlier the date, the more the refund. Contact the Office of the University Registrar for details on fee refunds. See our Important Dates Calendar for both dates >
Students wishing to add a course(s) after the last official published date for adding course(s) may appeal to the Associate Dean (Studies) to be granted permission to add the course(s). Students may not attend the desired course(s) unless and until the appeal to add the course is approved by the Associate Dean (Studies). Academic Regulation 6.1 states that a student "must be registered in a class(es) to be eligible to attend or otherwise participate in lectures, laboratories, tutorials, tests and examinations associated with the class(es)."
See Appeal Regulations Section 3 for more information on appealing matters other than those related to Academic Integrity.
The following material must be included as a part of the appeal:
TIME LIMIT: An appeal to add a course must be submitted to the Arts and Science Faculty Office within 21 calendar days of the first day in which the course is offered.
Students wishing to drop a course(s) after the last official published date for dropping course(s) may appeal to the Associate Dean (Studies) to be granted permission to drop the course(s). Note that courses in which a student has received a passing grade may not be dropped. Instead students should consider an appeal for CR standing (see Academic Regulation 10.2.2). For more information about Absence and Missed Course Work, see Academic Regulation 6.3).
A Note on Extenuating Circumstances and Late Course Drops:
The Associate Dean (Studies) will grant appeals where extenuating circumstances beyond the student’s control have prevented a student from dropping a course within the published deadline. The following examples illustrate what is or is not considered an extenuating circumstance for dropping a course or courses:
Circumstances not beyond a student's control include the following:
NO = You are an upper-year student and you have not received any type of verbal or written feedback concerning your performance in the course prior to the drop deadline.
NO = You have over-committed yourself by taking on additional work shifts, running for election, serving on student government or other committees, etc.
NO = You are ill earlier in the term (but not in the week or so preceding the deadline).
Extenuating circumstances beyond a student's control include the following:
YES = You or a family member suddenly became quite ill (near the deadline date), or have (has) been ill over a lengthy period of time making it impossible to continue your studies.
YES = You are in university for the first time and have not received any type of verbal or written feedback concerning your performance in the course prior to the drop deadline.
YES = You have suddenly developed a serious personal problem which is consuming much of your time and energy making it impossible to continue your studies.
If you wish to request a change to your Program/Plan you must submit a request using the Change of Plan application. Change of Plan runs mid-May each year and again (Late Change of Plan) from mid-June 13 - July. If your request is approved, your Program/Plan will be changed and can be viewed by clicking on the "My Academics" tab in the SOLUS student Centre. If your request is denied, you will be notified via email by Student Services to your @queensu.ca account.
Students should note that admission to some Plans is highly competitive and may require specific prerequisites. If you do change your Plan, it may also require more than four years to complete a degree as you may need to complete key courses or prerequisites. It is highly recommended that students who wish to change Plans contact the Department concerned to seek academic advice.
Students may use the change of plan web application to request a change of degree program from:
For more information on degree programs offered in Arts and Science, please visit Degrees at a Glance.
Students who wish to drop their Minor Plan should send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with their name, student number and any other pertinent information. If you wish to keep the same minor you are currently in and only switch a major, please indicate that so that we do not drop you from the minor in error.
Students may wish to take time away from school for a variety of reasons. If you make this decision before you have registered in the upcoming academic session, there are no forms to fill out to do this; you simply do not participate in the registration process. However, note that if you are in receipt of a scholarship or bursary, you may wish to speak to Student Awards to arrange a deferral of the funding until you return. If you have participated in the course selection period in July but not yet made your tuition payment, you are still required to drop your courses. These courses are considered active so tuition charges will apply and they will appear on your transcript with a failing grade, if abandoned.
There are times when a leave of absence from studies is unplanned. If, during the academic session, an illness or other extenuating circumstances will prevent you from attending class, attending an exam, or handing in an assignment, you must contact your instructor(s) and teaching assistants directly to make alternative arrangements. You should speak to an academic advisor in the Faculty of Arts and Science Student Services Office if you will need to be absent from your studies for a long period of time, or over a significant period of the academic session, such as midterms or final exams. Make sure to obtain doctors' notes or other relevant supporting documentation to verify that the time you are taking away from your studies is indeed medically necessary. Your instructors may wish to see your doctor's note upon your return, and it is within their rights to require you to provide that documentation.
If you have a parent or other representative call on your behalf, remember that they will not be able to discuss your academic or financial information with the University unless you have specifically designated access rights to them on your SOLUS account.
If you are away from your studies for an entire academic session or more, and have not attended another post-secondary institution during your time away, please notify the Faculty of Arts and Science Office by submitting a Return to Studies Form when you are ready to take classes again. No matter how long your leave of absence may be, you can resume your studies. However, along with all students registering in the academic session in which you wish to return, your record must be academically competitive and meet departmental requirements for proceeding in your concentration for that session.
Remember that you need to receive a Letter of Permission from the Faculty in order to take any courses at another post-secondary institution while you are away from Queen's. For more information download the PDF application for a Letter of Permission to take courses at a Canadian university or college. For international institutions, click here. Taking courses elsewhere without a Letter of Permission can jeopardize your status as an admitted student at Queen's.
Students who were admitted to the Bachelor of Music, Bachelor of Physical and Health Education (Honours), Bachelor of Science (Honours) -- Kinesiology Specialization or the Bachelor of Fine Art (Visual Art) were registered in the appropriate Plan(s) when admitted to the Faculty. Unless you want to change your Plan, you need not take any further action. To transfer to or from one of these Plans, follow the advice on the links below:
A selected number of departments also offer the opportunities for students to receive a specialized Certificate, in addition to their degree.
Click here to learn more about Certificates in Arts and Science.
The Certificate Application Form is now closed. However, if you would like to apply for a Certificate, please contact the appropriate Department for approval and submit an Academic Change Form to the Faculty Office.
For the Academic Writing (AWRI), Media Studies (MDIA) or Employment Relations (EMPR) Certificates, please contact the Continuing and Distance Studies website.
For the Geographic Information Science Certificate, contact the Department of Geography and Planning Office.
For the Sexual and Gender Diversity Certificate, contact the Gender Studies Office.
For the International Studies Certificate, contact the International Programs Office.
Thank You for your interest in an Arts and Science Certificate!