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Frequently Asked Questions

Course Registration, Add/Drop & Special Permissions

When is the Add/Drop period?

The Add/Drop period for September 2016 is September 16, 2016

Please see Social Science Academic Counselling for more information about adding or dropping a course.

What is a special permission?

A special permission is used by a student when he/she needs to receive approval from his/her home faculty of registration to take a course that would not be allowed under usual circumstances.  Special permission can be requested for course overloads, courses at affiliated university colleges, and courses for which a student does not have the prerequisites.

Typically, requests for Special Permission will not be considered until the September Add/Drop period. Students who wish to request Special Permission for a Political Science course should contact the Undergraduate Advisor

Can I take a course at an affiliate college?

Yes. Students can take a maximum of 1.0 course(s) at an affiliate college per academic year, IF that course is NOT offered at Main Campus.

If you need Special Permission to take a course at an affiliate college, please e-mail the Undergraduate Advisor and include your student number and the course you wish to take. If approved, the Undergraduate Advisor will contact you with further directions.

If a course is full, can I get special permission to enter the class?

The Faculty of Social Science policy states that students must continue to check online for availability during Online Course Registration. But students who wish to request special permission should contact the Undergraduate Advisor

Are there waiting lists for full classes?

We do not have waiting lists for full classes.  

If I do not have the prerequisites, can I get special permission to take a course?

This is strongly discouraged and prerequisites are generally not waived.

How long does it take for a special permission to be processed?

Special Permissions take about 7 to 10 business days to be processed.

How do I add the course once my special permission has been processed?

You will be notified via e-mail once the permission has been processed. If the special permission to take a course has been approved, you will need to call the Registrar’s Office helpline at 519-661-2100 to add the course.

Can I take courses at another university?

A Letter of Permission is a document that allows you to take one or more courses at another university as a visiting student and transfer the credit(s) towards your degree at Western. Letters of Permission must be approved by the Social Science Academic Counselling Office before you register at the other university. If you take a course without requesting a Letter of Permission, you may have to apply for re-admission to this University.

Please see the Social Science Academic Counselling website for further information.

Assignments, Exams, Plagiarism and Medical Accomodations

What is plagiarism? Why should I be concerned about it?

Plagiarism means using another’s work without giving credit.

The University has rules against plagiarism and other scholastic offences. The Department of Political Science has a zero-tolerance policy on plagiarism. If you are found guilty of plagiarizing, the minimum penalty is zero on the assignment. A repeat offence will earn you zero on the course. Another offence could lead to expulsion from the University.

Every course syllabus in our department includes the following information in the Appendix.

Additional information about the University’s policy on scholastic discipline can be found at: Scholastic Discipline for Undergraduate Students

There are also numerous resources available to help educate yourself about this serious academic offence:

Where would I find information regarding exams?

Please see the Registrar's Office website for the active exam schedules and the Social Science Academic Counselling website for further exams information including common situations and study tips.

I've missed a test/exam/assignment because of medical issues. What do I do?

You must demonstrate that there are compelling medical or compassionate grounds that can be documented before academic accommodation will be considered. Please see Social Science Academic Counselling's website for detailed instructions.

Grades & Grade Appeals

Where do I find my grades?

  • Access the Student Services website. (You will require your Western Identity username AND password.)
  • Ensure that your cookies are enabled and any pop-up blocker is set to allow pop-ups from student.uwo.ca. (If your instructor is making grades available through WebCT, you should see a "My Grades" tool in the Course toolbar.)
  • Follow the instructions found here.

How do I appeal my grade?

Department Procedure:

All appeals must be initiated with the appropriate course instructor.

A request for relief against a final grade in a course must be initiated with the Instructor as soon as possible after a mark is issued. In the event that the Instructor is not available to the student, or fails to act, or if the matter is not resolved satisfactorily with the Instructor, a written request for relief must be submitted to the Chair of the Department. A Request for Academic Relief form (available from the Undergraduate Advisor in SSC 4154) must be submitted.

Deadline for Appeals

  • January Marks - January 31
  • April/May Marks - June 30
  • Intersession Marks - July 31
  • Summer Evening Marks - August 31
  • Summer Day Marks - September 15
  • Spring/Summer Distance Studies - October 15

A request for relief against a decision of the Chair must be made in writing to the Dean not later than three weeks after the Chair’s decision is issued. All relevant information and documentation must be provided to the Dean with the request for relief.

Program Eligibility and Progression

A request for relief against a decision concerning program eligibility must be made in writing to the Chair of the Department by June 30th. A request against a decision of the Chair must be made in writing to the Dean within three weeks of the Chair's decision being issued. Students requesting a Grade Point Waiver must do so in writing to the Dean of their Faculty by June 30th.

Other Requests for Relief

A request for relief regarding Academic matters not related to those described above, must be made in writing to the Dean within three weeks of a decision being issued.

Note: The deadline for an appeal to the Senate Review Board Academic (SRBA) is six weeks after a decision has been issued by the Dean.

Graduation and Beyond

How do I apply to graduate?

Please see the Social Science Academic Counselling website for information about graduation.

When applying make sure that your program (including the degree and all modules you plan to complete) is accurate. Review the Graduation website to ensure you will be meeting all requirements. You might be able to make an adjustment in January or during the summer if necessary.

Can I take a second degree or continue enrolling in courses after I graduate?

Please see the Social Science Academic Counselling website for information about second degrees and special students.