Limited Access - FAQ for Students

What is Limited Access?

Limited Access is a registration rule that allows students who have never before completed or voluntarily withdrawn from a course (or its equivalent) the opportunity to register for the course before students who are repeating it.

Limited Access first takes effect in Winter 2018 and applies for three consecutive terms following when you last completed or withdrew from the specific course.

What is considered a repeated course?

If you have previously taken a course and received a final grade, or voluntarily withdrawn from the course (VW)*, any future attempt to take that course or its equivalent is considered a repeated course.

*A previous VW is only considered a repeat if you withdrew in Winter 2017 or later.

How does Limited Access affect my ability to repeat a course or get on a waitlist?

Starting with registration for Winter 2018, Limited Access will prevent you from registering/waitlisting for a course that you are repeating (or equivalent) until the ‘Limited Access Term Expiry Date’ has passed.

This does not mean that you cannot take the course for three terms.  During these three terms you may register to repeat a course, without permission, when the Limited Access Term Expiry Date has passed.

What is the Limited Access Term Expiry Date?

The Limited Access Term Expiry Date is the date at which you may register to repeat a course you have previously completed or withdrawn from.  This date will be after the Initial Registration Period for the term.

There are specific Limited Access Term Expiry Dates for each term which will be published in the Academic Schedule.

The first Limited Access Term Expiry Date will be December 4, 2017, for registration in courses in Winter 2018.

Please keep reading for more information on how to register for a repeated course.

Does it matter how long ago I took the course that I want to repeat?

Yes, you will only be subject to Limited Access for three consecutive terms following when you last took the course.  This means you DO NOT have to wait three terms to retake the course, instead you only have to wait until the Limited Access Term Expiry Date has passed in order to register to repeat a course. Commonly the Limited Access Term Expiry Dates are in August, December and March. Once this date has passed you may register to repeat the course, without permission and without waiting three terms, subject to space availability. 

After the three terms have lapsed, you may register to repeat a course before the Limited Access Term Expiry Date but will require permission to do so.  To avoid delays, make sure to request permission prior to your Registration Time.

This INFOGRAPHIC explains how you are affected, depending on when you took the course.

limited Access Graphic that displays for 8 terms
Note:  A course from which you voluntarily withdrew (VW) is subject to Limited Access only if you withdrew in Winter 2017 or later.

When/How do I get to register to repeat a course?

If you are subject to Limited Access in the term that you want to repeat a course, you must wait until the Limited Access Term Expiry Date to register for the course.  You can do this without permission.

If you are no longer subject to Limited Access (three terms have passed since you took or withdrew from the course) you may register before the Limited Access Term Expiry Date but will require permission to do so.  To avoid delays in registration make sure you request permission from your academic advising office prior to your Registration time.

Permission may be subject to your faculty, college, school or program rules on repeating courses.

Do I need permission or a registration override to repeat a course?

If you are no longer subject to Limited Access (three terms have passed since you took or withdrew from the course) and want to register to repeat it before the Limited Access Term Expiry Date, you will need permission.  To avoid delays make sure you request permission from your academic advising office prior to your Registration time.

Permission may be subject to your faculty, college, school or program rules on repeating courses.

Updated Oct 16, 2017