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Post-Baccalaureate Diploma in Legislative Drafting Program and Course Regulations


Students may withdraw from the Post-Baccalaureate Diploma in Legislative Drafting program by submitting their request in writing to the PBDLD office. Students who withdraw may be re-enrolled in the program by following the application procedures. Students requesting re-admission to the program will be competing against all other applicants and will not receive special consideration.


Students will receive a refund of the full course tuition fee minus the course withdrawal processing fee (refer to Fees) if they withdraw from the course within the first month of the course start date or before the first day of class.

Grading System

All courses will be graded using the Alpha/4.0 grading scale effective September 1, 2004. Students registered in courses with start dates before September 1, 2004 will be graded according to the applicable former Alpha or percentage grade scale.

Please review the Graduate Grading Policy and Academic Records FAQ for more information on grading scales.


To meet the residency requirement, students must complete all five courses through Athabasca University. There is no need to attend the campus.

Program Deferral

Students may interrupt their studies by submitting a written request to the PBDLD office and receiving approval from the Program Director. There are no fees associated with this request. The maximum length of one deferral is one (1) year.

Completion Time Limits

Students can complete the degree in 18 to 30 months or less. Time extensions per course are available. Students may study in the program on a full- or part-time basis. Effective September 2005, students must complete three credits of course work during a one-year academic period (September to August) in order to maintain program status. Failure to meet the requirement may result in inactivation of a student's program status.

Non-Program Students

The PBDLD program will accept a limited number of non-program students. Non-program students will be permitted to register in courses on a first-come, first-served basis, space permitting. Those courses taken as a non-program student may be directly applied toward the program diploma requirements, if and when the student chooses to enrol in the program. AU is, however, under no obligation to admit non-program students into the PBDLD program.


Students may appeal any mark given to essays, examinations, assignments, or exercises that contribute to their final grade. Appeals of both failing and passing marks will be considered. Students determine the grounds for appeal and must follow the procedures outlined in AU's Student Code of Conduct and Right to Appeal Regulations.


All PBDLD courses are delivered by individualized study; a self-directed learning environment. Students will communicate with their course instructor via internal Moodle mail (AU's learning management system) and send assignments over the Internet. Computer conferencing may be used as part of the learning environment. Learners will require access to a computer with configurations and software as outlined in the computer requirements. As instructional support is provided through an online environment, it is important that students have regular and reliable internet access.

Courses may be taken year-round, and will begin on the first day of every month. Students will have six months to complete a three-credit course. Course extensions are available.

Registration requests must be received by the PBDLD office at least one month before the requested start date.

Course Extensions

Students opting for the individualized-study course have the flexibility to determine their own timelines for completing it within their six-month contract period. Should students experience time problems, they may extend the course contract by submitting a completed Course Extension Request Form, along with the appropriate fees, to the PBDLD Office. Individualized-study courses may be extended three times for a period of two months each. Contact the PBDLD office for more information on extensions.


In exceptional circumstances, and where the course instructor concurs, students may be assigned a grade of Incomplete (INC). This allows students to take an additional two months to complete and submit the course work. Two months after the original course completion date, a grade will be assigned to the course.

If the required course work has not been submitted, a failing grade of F will be assigned.


Students may re-register in a course only if they have received a final grade of 59 per cent or lower, or have withdrawn from the course in good standing. In re-registering, students must complete all course requirements and pay the full course fee. Students are permitted only one re-registration in each course. Both the initial registration and the re-registration will appear on the student's transcript.



Students may withdraw from a course up until the contract end date by completing and submitting a Withdrawal Request Form. The date of withdrawal will be the postmark on the request, or, if the notice is hand-delivered or faxed, the University date stamp.

If a student withdraws from a course within the first month of the course start date, the record of registration will be deleted from his or her official transcript (refer to Refunds below and Academic Schedule). If a student withdraws from a course after the first month of the course start date and before the last month of the course, the official record and transcript will show that the student withdrew without credit and without prejudice or academic penalty and no refund will be issued.


Information effective September 1, 2016 to August 31, 2017.

Updated August 25 2016 by laurab

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