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Affirmative Action ‑ Admission and Retention Policy


This policy is intended to create opportunities in the School of Health and Human Performance for the admission and retention of underrepresented African Canadians, Aboriginal peoples, and persons with disabilities.


Persons eligible to be considered under this policy must self-identify as African Canadian, Aboriginal, or a person with a disability. The School of Health and Human Performance is committed to supporting eligible students from across Canada; however, preference will be given to those who are residents of Atlantic Canada or who have a parent residing in Atlantic Canada at the time of application.

Consideration for admission under this policy is optional. Applicants willing to be considered under this policy must identify themselves in the self-identification section of the undergraduate application form.


To be considered for admission under this policy, the following criteria must be met:

  • Those applying directly from high school must have attained a minimum grade of 65% in each of the prerequisites listed for the program of choice. Transfer students (i.e., individuals having completed post-secondary courses) must have achieved a minimum overall GPA of 2.3 (C+).
  • The undergraduate application form must be submitted to the Registrar’s Office no later than June 1.

Support Services

Once admitted to the School, students wishing to access the following support services must identify their need to the associate director of undergraduate studies, the student services administrator, or the professor.

1. School of Health and Human Performance

  • The school’s student services administrator will be available to assist with your administrative needs and concerns, and will provide assistance to students in identifying and applying for various forms of financial support (e.g., bursaries and scholarships).
  • Faculty members will facilitate extra support or instruction for their course content if necessary.
  • Faculty members who are members of the designated groups, or who are closely affiliated with those groups, will be asked to provide academic mentorship if required.
  • Faculty whose offices are in a building that might be inaccessible to students with a physical disability will arrange an alternative, more accessible space for meeting with those students.

2. Dalhousie University

For a list of the many services available to students at Dalhousie University, please visit the Services for Students website.

Approved by the School of HAHP School Meeting March 2, 2005
Approved by FHP Faculty Council May 19, 2005