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Terms Used at UVic

Academic Drop Date:
Last day for dropping courses without penalty of failure.
Associated Section:
See Linked Section. Normally, a laboratory or tutorial that accompanies a lecture. Also called Linked Section.
A student who pays a fee to sit in on a course without the right to participate in any way. Auditors are not entitled to credit.
See list of definitions under Scholarships and Awards.
(Curriculum Advising and Program Planning) a degree audit which outlines the program requirements needed for degree completion and matches a student's course record against those requirements (formerly PADRE).
Confirmation of Registration:
A confirmation of registered courses, including courses that are wait-listed, is available via "My Page".
Co-operative Education:
A program of education which integrates academic study with work experience.
A specific course or requirement that must be undertaken prior to or at the same time as a prescribed course, or a course required by a department for a degree program but offered by another department.
A particular part of a subject, such as English 135.
In academic regulations, this covers any academic administrative unit, including a department, school, centre or faculty as the context requires.
A subject of study within a department.
Full-Time Student:
An Undergraduate registered in 12 or more units of study in the Winter Session (September to April) or 6 or more units in Summer Session (May to August).
General Program:
A program which requires 9 units at the 300 or 400 level in each of two disciplines.
Grade Point:
A numerical value given to an alphabetical letter grade used in assessment of academic performance.
Graduate Student:
A student who has received a Bachelor's degree or equivalent and who is enrolled in a program leading to a Master's or Doctoral degree.
A program which involves a high level of specialization in a discipline and requires 18 or more units in that discipline at the 300 or 400 level.
Letter Grade:
Any of the letters used in the grading system.
Linked Section:
Normally, a laboratory or tutorial that accompanies a lecture. Also called Associated Section.
Lower Level Courses:
Courses numbered from 100 to 299.
Mailing Address:
The one address to which selected communications from the Office of the Registrar (OREG) or other University offices will be sent. This address should be updated by the student through “My page” (Address Change).
Major Program:
A program that involves specialization in a discipline and requires 15 or more units in that discipline at the 300 or 400 level.
Minor Program:
An optional program that allows students to study in an area outside of their Honours, Major or General Program areas; requirements vary and are prescribed by each department.
Mutually Exclusive Courses:
Courses with a different course/number and the same course content. Students will not receive credit for courses identified as mutually exclusive.
“My page”:
Web access to student records online at <>.
A unique personal identifier which is used as your "username" for various services provided by the University of Victoria.
Non-Standard Course Dates:
Fee reduction and drop deadlines are based upon a percentage of the duration of a course. The duration of a course is end date minus start date plus 1 (i.e. the first day counts as 1). A table of non-standard date courses for Winter Session can be found under “Non-Standard Course Dates”. All tuition fee reductions are subject to retention of the acceptance deposit (new students). Please see <>.
Non-Standard Course Table:
The start and end dates are different than standard course dates for a section offered in the current Winter Session. The fee reduction and academic drop dates are calculated based on this variation of dates. Check <> or the appropriate registration guide for the “non-standard courses” list.
Online Registration:
Registration via <>.
Online Timetable:
Provides students with current course timetable information via the Web, including current information on open sections and the number of wait-listed students: <>.
Part-Time Student:
An undergraduate student undertaking fewer than 12 units of study in the Winter Session or fewer than 6 units in Summer Session.
Registration in some courses requires permission from the Department. Registration is done through the Department. See also: Registration Restriction.
A form of cheating by means of the unacknowledged, literal reproduction of ideas and material of other persons in the guise of new and original work.
A preliminary requirement which must be met before registration is permitted in a prescribed course.
Primary Section:
Normally a lecture section.
An academic standing assigned when minimum GPA requirements are not met and academic conditions apply.
The courses of study organized to fulfill an academic objective, such as a BSc Major Chemistry program.
Registered Student:
A person enrolled in at least one credit course at this university.
The process of formally enrolling in courses.
Registration Restriction:
Registration in a course or section that is limited based on factors such as program, year and degree.
Regular Student:
A student who is registered as a candidate for a University of Victoria degree, or in credit courses leading to a University of Victoria diploma or certificate.
The division of a course, e.g., Section A01 of History 101.
The designated period of time during which courses of study are offered (Winter Session, September to April; Summer Session, May to August).
Special Status:
A status assigned to a student who is admitted to register in credit courses but who is not a candidate for a University degree, diploma, or certificate program. This status includes Non-degree, Qualifying, and Visiting (students attending on the basis a Letter of Permission from another institution).
Standard Course Dates:
The start and end dates correspond to the published first and last day of classes for a section offered in the Winter Session or Summer Session.
A person who is enrolled in at least one credit course at this University.
A period of time within an academic session. The Winter Session is divided into two terms: the first, September to December; the second, January to April.
A copy of a student’s permanent academic record.
Transfer Credit:
Credit assigned to the academic record for courses successfully completed at another recognized institution.
Refers to the year in which certain students are registered. Normally applied to non-degree, visiting or diploma students.
Undergraduate Student:
A student registered in an undergraduate faculty or in a program leading to a Bachelor's degree or an undergraduate diploma.
Positive numerical value used in assigning the value of a course, such as English 135 (1.5 units). See also: Term.
Upper Level Courses:
Courses numbered from 300-499.
Visiting Status:
A student who is not formally admitted to a UVic degree program but is permitted to enrol in credit courses for a specified period on the basis of a Letter of Permission from another institution.
The level within a program of study, or the level of the course. For example, First-year student, First-year course (Physics 102).
Year Level Determination:
Below 12 units First Year
12 to 26.5 units Second Year
27 to 41.5 units Third Year
42 units or above Fourth Year (4-year programs)
42 to 56.5 units Fourth Year (5-year programs)
57 units or above Fifth Year (5-year programs)
Special Students are unclassified as to year
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