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Leaving Co-op

Voluntary withdrawals, program removals, and refunds

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Voluntary withdrawal from the program

If you’re considering leaving co-op, know that we'd hate to see you go and that we'd welcome the opportunity to work through any challenges you’ve been having.

It's important to remember that your status on ACORN won't change until the process is completed.

If you still choose to leave, here are the steps you need to take.

  1. Email us at to request a copy of the form. The form will be date stamped to indicate the date you initiated the withdrawal process.
  2. If you're in a co-op Subject POSt, request that your Program Supervisor digitally sign the form. (If you're not in a subject POSt, you don't need to complete this step.)
  3. Email the completed, signed form to Incomplete forms will not be accepted.
  4. When your withdrawal is finalized, we'll inform the Registrar's Office of the change, who will in turn update your status on ACORN. If you're in a Co-op POSt, you'll be moved to the equivalent non-Co-op Specialist or Major. If you withdraw during the refund period for Category 2: Incidental Fees - Campus & Society Fees, the appropriate refund of co-op fees for that term will be applied.

Withdrawal from the program while on work term

Each year, we dedicate significant resources to building employer relationships and developing jobs for co-op students. In short, we’re doing the networking for you and your colleagues in the program. For this reason, if you’re currently on a work term or have already accepted an offer from a co-op employer, we need you to honour your commitments and you won’t be permitted to drop out of co-op until after you’ve completed the work term. This helps maintain your and the program's reputation with co-op employers so that they choose to continue partnering with us and offering opportunities for your fellow classmates.

Removal from the Program

While it’s our goal to help each student reach graduation with a resume full of successful, solid work experiences, we recognize that sometimes things just don’t work out. Removal from the program is often a last-resort decision that can occur for a variety of reasons outlined throughout this guide.


The process varies depending on the reason for removal, however rest assured that you’ll receive notification of a probationary period in the case of a low cGPA, or a meeting set up between yourself and a co-op manager to discuss specifics to a situation prior to any decision being made.


You’ll receive notification from us if you’re placed on probation. While on probation, you won’t be able to apply for a work term until you have successfully cleared it by following the steps outlined in your notification email/letter.

I want to stay in the program but need some academic help. Who can I speak with for additional resources?

Frequent communication with our team can help prevent problems before they arise. If you’re concerned about your grades or your future in the program, check in with your Student Development Coordinator or Work Term Engagement Coordinator. They’ll help to point you in the right direction.

If I’m removed from co-op, can I reapply to the program?

Any decisions to readmit you to the program are made on a case-by-case basis. Keeping in mind that any delays to your work term sequencing can affect your graduation date, the best person to speak with about your individual situation is the Co-op Advisor. They can be reached via email at


There are certain instances when you may be eligible to have some of your co-op fees refunded. Read more about our refund policy »