Co-op Info

Students enrolled in a co-operative education program pay a mandatory fee to cover the costs of employer relations development, job development, job-readiness preparation and co-op service administration. Payment of fees does not secure a co-op position.

Co-op Eligibility

To be eligible to apply for a co-op position, students must have:

  • Successfully completed all program courses in the terms prior to applying, if applicable.
  • Be enrolled in all of the current term courses.

To be eligible to participate in a co-op position, the student must have:

  • Successfully completed all program courses in the terms preceding the work term.
  • A minimum program cumulative GPA of 2.5 or greater.
  • Fees paid in full.
  • Met any additional academic prerequisites established by the program.

Eligibility exceptions may be permitted in extenuating circumstances (e.g. the imminent completion of a course in which an NG grade has been issued by the dean). Exceptions must be approved by the department manager after consultation with the relevant dean. The preparation of the student, the likelihood of the student’s success, and the safety of the student in the co-op experience, cannot be compromised by the granting of an exception.

Students who do not meet the required 2.5 GPA or other co-op eligibility requirements, as well as students who meet the requirements but are unable to obtain a co-op position, are still permitted to graduate from the program as long as they meet graduation requirements.

Student Responsibilities

  • Co-op employment positions are not guaranteed. Securing a co-op position is frequently a competitive process and ultimately the responsibility of the student.
  • Students must follow the sequence of the courses, prerequisites and co-op terms as presented in their program map.
  • Students must attend co-op workshops and training opportunities as identified by Co-op & Career Services to be eligible to continue in the co-op stream.
  • A student considering or entering into a co-op must be aware of and comply with the Co-operative Education & Internship Policy (2000-8-1).
  • It is the responsibility of the student to meet any employment requirements such as, but not limited to; obtaining a current visa, work permit, immunizations, security background check and medical clearance. Please note: a valid Ontario driver's licence is required by most co-op employers.

Co-op is Graded

  • A student registered in a co-op course will be awarded either a P (Pass) or NP (No Pass) grade, which will be recorded on the student’s transcript.
  • When offered a position by a potential employer, the student must accept or decline the offer promptly (within one business day of the offer). An acceptance, including verbal, is considered a binding contract, and must be honoured. Failure to honour an acceptance will result in a No Pass (NP) grade for the co-op course.
  • A student may not withdraw from a co-op course. Withdrawing from a co-op will result in a No Pass (NP) grade, not a Withdrawal (W) grade.
    • Note: In extenuating job or personal circumstances, the Co-op & Career Advisor in Co-op & Career Services may permit and process a withdrawal and assess a W grade.
  • In order to receive a Pass grade, a student must complete all of the requirements established for the co-op course and work experience, including the agreed-upon contract dates and the minimum required hours.
  • A student seeking to appeal any decision arising from or with respect to this policy should refer to Appeal of an Academic Decision Policy (2000-1-13).

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