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Continuation Policy

Social Sciences Continuation and Readmission Process - Social Sciences Undergraduate Degree students

The UCD Social Sciences Undergraduate Governing Board monitors undergraduate students' academic performance and progression. The Board recognises that sometimes unforeseen circumstances may arise during a student’s programme that impacts academic performance. When academic performance is deemed to be unacceptable students are supported through the Continuation and Readmission Policy.

The Social Sciences Continuation and Readmission process are designed to support student progression through to completion of their programme in a timely manner.  Students are encouraged to avail of supports and guidance available to them at UCD.

Unacceptable academic performance is where a student:       

  • Fails to remediate a failed module after three attempts; and/or
  • Fails more than 10 credits in a trimester.

In instances where performance is deemed unacceptable students are invited to a series of incremental meetings designed to support progression and to provide opportunities to engage and get back on track.

  • Continuation Review Step 1 – where a student’s academic performance is deemed unacceptable in a trimester, they will be invited to a Continuation Review Step 1 meeting with a Programme Manager to discuss options to support their progression.
  • Continuation Review Step 2 – where a student’s academic performance is deemed unacceptable for a second consecutive trimester, they will be invited to a Continuation Review Step 2 meeting with a Programme Director (or their nominee) and a Programme and Operations Manager to discuss options to support their progression.
  • Continuation Review Step 3 – where a student’s academic performance is deemed unacceptable for a third consecutive trimester, they will be invited to a Continuation Review Step 3 meeting with a Programme Director (or their nominee) and a Programme and Operations Manager to discuss options to support their progression. If sufficient academic progress is not made in the trimester following this meeting, the case will be reviewed, and the student could be discontinued from their programme.

Related Policies

Extenuating Circumstances Policy
For more information on making an Extenuating Circumstances application please see the Social Sciences website. Please note that students who wish to submit a retrospective Extenuating Circumstances application (after the deadline) should make contact with the Social Sciences Office in advance.

Do you still have questions?

Please contact us in the Social Sciences Office for more information. If you are experiencing personal difficulties, you may prefer to talk in private to one of your Student Advisers:

Kieran Moloney

Student Adviser: Social Sciences undergraduate students

T: 01 716 8366 / E: Kieran.Moloney@ucd.ie

Catherine Tormey

Student Adviser: Mature students

T: 01 716 7542 / E: Catherine.Tormey@ucd.ie

UCD College of Social Sciences and Law

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