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Continuing Education

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Centre for Continuing Education Academic Penalty policy

The policies below outline how and when students can drop a course without academic penalty.

For purposes of refunds or withdrawal, the day refers to the calendar day, beginning at 12:00 am, regardless of when the course starts. "1 day before" ends at 11:59 pm on the calendar day before.

Certificate/Diploma - In-Person, In-Person Fast-Track/Accelerated (excluding Addictions)

  • 7 Days before the last scheduled class date 

Certificate/Diploma - Online

  • 7 day before the course end date

Certificate/Diploma - Online Self-Study

  • 7 days before the course end date or final examination date, whichever comes first

Professional Development Courses/Programs

  • 0 days before the last scheduled class