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UR Guarantee

Policy

Program Mission Statement

The UR Guarantee Program is designed to enhance students' university experience by empowering them to achieve their educational, career and life goals. The main focus of the UR Guarantee Program is student engagement. Students will be introduced to opportunities that will expand their minds and provide valuable skills and experiences that they can include in a resume, speak about in an interview, and use as part of their own personal growth. The UR Guarantee Program will better prepare them to start their careers upon graduation. Throughout the program, students will be provided with the tools necessary for academic success and encouraged to fully engage University of Regina life as well as participate in career building opportunities that will help them to achieve their career goals.

Program Administration

  • The UR Guarantee Program will be administered by the Student Success Centre, under the direction of Student Affairs. UR Guarantee Advisors will meet with students and assist them in successfully completing program requirements.
  • The UR Guarantee Program reserves the right to make discretionary decisions with regards to program administration and student eligibility, and to change, revise, edit and/or update UR Guarantee Program policy and procedures without notice.
  • The University of Regina has the right to discontinue the UR Guarantee Program at its discretion. If the program is discontinued, any student already enrolled will be permitted to finish the program requirements and remain eligible for the tuition waiver.

Waiver Program Eligibility

  • UR Guarantee Program is open to all eligible undergraduate students who are pursuing a four-year degree at minimum. Three year degrees are not eligible. The degree granting institution must be the University of Regina.
  • Eligible students include newly admitted or current U of R students and transfer students with 30 or fewer credit hours earned.
  • Students in joint programs, off-campus programs, and programs offered through other institutions are eligible for the program if they meet all of the eligibility requirements. The UR Guarantee Program office together with our educational partners will ensure that every effort will be made to offer this program to these students and will use various communication methods to aid the process.
  • Students who have already received an undergraduate or graduate degree from any institution are ineligible to receive the tuition waiver.
  • There will be no formal application process; rather students will be expected to contact the UR Guarantee Program at the Student Success Centre and indicate their desire to be in the program. Our office will check their eligibility, register them if they qualify and set up initial information session, where they will sign a Rights & Responsibilities waiver.
  • Enrolment is continuous, however it is preferred during the fall and winter semesters to allow students to participate in as many activities as possible since the spring/summer semester has fewer options.
  • Students that have been admitted to the UR Guarantee Program and choose to participate in study opportunities (up to 1 year) at other institutions through an approved Letter of Permission, will retain their eligibility in the Program. Students will meet and maintain contact with a UR Guarantee Advisor to assess credit of activities done towards the UR Guarantee Program requirements while they are away.
  • Students that have been admitted to the UR Guarantee Program and choose to complete the requirements for a certificate as part of their degree program at the University of Regina, retain their eligibility in the Program. An example is an Education student that chooses to complete the Certificate in French to use as a minor, then returns to their regular Education degree requirements.
  • Students with less than 30 earned hours who start the UR Guarantee Program in their second academic year must meet with a UR Guarantee Advisor to assess prior credit toward program requirements.
  • If a student has been admitted to the UR Guarantee Program and is then placed on Academic Probation, they can continue in the program as long as they have not received an MW (Must Withdraw) from the University. Students who have been placed on Academic Probation may register for the UR Guarantee Program provided they meet the eligibility requirements. Any student that has received an MW (Must Withdraw) from the University is no longer eligible to participate in the UR Guarantee Program.
  • Students who have been Required to Discontinue (RTD) from a faculty/academic program are still eligible to participate in the UR Guarantee Program but must continue to meet all UR Guarantee Program eligibility requirements.
  • A student that has voluntarily dropped from the UR Guarantee Program, will have their completed requirements re-assessed in the level they dropped from, if they decide that they want to return at a later date. The student will be allowed back as long as they continue to meet eligibility requirements.

Waiver Program Requirements

  • The UR Guarantee Program is set up as a series of non-credit courses that will take a student through a maximum of four levels of the UR Guarantee Program. It will not appear on the official U of R academic transcript.
  • Students who register in the first level of the UR Guarantee Program(during the academic year – between Sept-April) must complete the first level by July 31st (prior to the next academic year).
  • Students entering into the second, third and fourth levels of the UR Guarantee Program will do so (after successfully completing the previous level – by July 31st) at the beginning of September.
  • Students who are registered in the fourth level (URG 400) will remain in URG 400 until they have completed their degree’s requirements.
  • Within each level, students are required to participate in opportunities that have been identified by the UR Guarantee Program. Students will utilize the approved method to capture, report, and reflect upon the opportunities they engage in and must do so in a manner deemed satisfactory by a UR Guarantee Advisor.
  • Students must complete all academic/degree and UR Guarantee Program requirements within five years from the time of initial registration in the UR Guarantee Program, regardless of whether the student changes programs/faculties.
  • General exceptions to completing the UR Guarantee Program requirements in the required timeframe:
    • Students engaged in co-op or an approved concurrent degree program
    • Students with disabilities or on medical leave
    • When required academic courses are not offered at all by the U of R
    • Any other exceptions will be considered on a case by case basis and must be made in writing to the UR Guarantee Program Coordinator/Advisor.
  • Students must earn a minimum 70% Program Grade Point Average (PGPA) by graduation in order to be eligible for the tuition waiver.
  • Students must successfully complete a workbook in URG 400. This workbook must be submitted and approved by the UR Guarantee Advisor within one week after the completion of the students final semester. Note: Completion of final semester includes: end of the student's last final exam, final assignment, or at the conclusion of the student's program practicum.
  • Students are responsible for securing their own employment upon completion of their academic program. Employment is defined as being fully employed (either in a permanent, part time, term, contract, or casual position) in a career related opportunity, including self-employment. Being fully employed is not equated with full-time employment, as full-time employment might still lead to a student being underemployed.
  • Students will be expected to keep a job log for the six months after they have completed their undergraduate degree and report any offers to their URG Advisor. The number of applications (per month) that the student needs to submit will be determined with the UR Guarantee Advisor prior to graduation.
  • Students will be expected to search for employment in all markets where there is a demand for their skills. Students who unreasonably limit the scope of their employment search may become ineligible for the UR Guarantee Program Waiver.
  • International students must legally be able to work within Canada. International students are responsible for obtaining their own visas which will allow them to work and/or study within Canada.
  • Any student attending the U of R on a fully funded scholarship provided by their government or another sponsoring agency, having completed all UR Guarantee program requirements, can qualify for the UR Guarantee Waiver, provided they have the support of their sponsoring agency or government to return to the U of R to receive the said waiver.

UR Guarantee Program Waiver

  • Eligible students who are not "employed" as defined above within six months after graduation, that is the date after having completed all academic program requirements (not convocation date), and who have met all UR Guarantee Program requirements will qualify to receive the UR Guarantee Program Waiver.
    • If extenuating circumstances arise during the six month job search time frame, students must request an extension in writing to the UR Guarantee Program Coordinator/Advisor, as soon as possible. Requests will be considered on a case by case basis.
  • Students who qualify for the UR Guarantee Program Waiver are eligible to receive up to 30 credit hours of tuition for undergraduate courses offered by the University of Regina. Course work must be completed within one calendar year from the start of the first term in which the Waiver is initially awarded and cannot be transferred or deferred. Students are responsible for all remaining charges and fees that may be assessed for each academic term that they are covered by the waiver.
  • Students who are eligible for the UR Guarantee Program Waiver will be responsible for ensuring their own admission/re-admission/transfer to an undergraduate program and must adhere to all University of Regina registration policies and procedures.
  • To renew the UR Guarantee Program Waiver for subsequent terms, students must have earned a 70%. Students can attend any of the three semesters in the 12 month period that the waiver applies.

UR Guarantee Program Waiver Schedule Options (years used only to clarify examples)

  • Schedule Option 1:
    • December 31, 2015 - Academic program requirements completed.
    • June 30, 2016 - Six month period ends.
    • September 1, 2016 -UR Guarantee program waiver eligibility begins. Student eligible to start classes.
    • August 31, 2017 - UR Guarantee program waiver eligibility ends (12 months after the start of classes).
  • Schedule Option 2:
    • April 30, 2016 - Academic program requirements completed.
    • October 30, 2016 - Six month period ends.
    • January 1, 2017- UR Guarantee program waiver eligibility begins. Student eligible to start classes.
    • December 31, 2017 - UR Guarantee program waiver eligibility ends (12 months after the start of classes).
  • Schedule Option 3:
    • June 30, 2016 - Academic program requirements completed.
    • December 31, 2016 - Six month period ends.
    • January 1, 2017 - UR Guarantee program waiver eligibility begins. Student eligible to start classes.
    • December 31, 2017 - UR Guarantee program waiver eligibility ends (12 months after the start of classes).
  • Schedule Option 4:
    • August 31, 2016 - Academic program requirements completed.
    • February 28, 2017 - Six month period ends.
    • May 1, 2017 - UR Guarantee program waiver eligibility begins. Student eligible to start classes.
    • April 30, 2018 - UR Guarantee program waiver eligibility ends (12 months after the start of classes).

Discontinuance from the Program

  • Students who do not satisfactorily complete all required tasks in a UR Guarantee level within the required timeframe will be removed from the waiver program.
  • Students who are found to misrepresent their involvement in tasks will be removed from the program and will no longer be eligible to qualify for the tuition waiver.
  • Students who are eligible for the UR Guarantee Waiver  but do not complete degree and UR Guarantee Program requirements within five years or do not achieve a minimum 70% PGPA at degree completion will become ineligible for the waiver.
  • Students who are found to have violated the academic or non-academic misconduct policies as outlined in the University of Regina Undergraduate Calendar may be subject to removal from the program and may no longer be eligible to participate in the UR Guarantee Program.
  • The UR Guarantee Program office will notify students in writing of their removal from the program. Students wishing to appeal may do so in writing to the UR Guarantee Program Coordinator within 30 days of the removal letter being issued.

UR Guarantee Advantage Program

  • The UR Guarantee Office recognizes the benefits of the UR Guarantee Program for all students pursuing an undergraduate degree. Students who do not meet the eligibility requirements may still participate in the UR Guarantee Advantage Program.
  • Students participating in the UR Guarantee Advantage Program relinquish all claims to the UR Guarantee Program Waiver.
  • The UR Guarantee Office will provide the same level of service to all students whether they qualify for the waiver or not.