Course Challenge Postings

The following is the University Course Challenge schedule. Please note that there are several key dates which should be taken account of when submitting new or revised courses and that the course challenge period is two weeks. View the Year at a Glance Memo for more information about key dates and deadlines.


College Submission Deadline

UCC Posting Date

Date of effective approval if no challenge received

August 13

August 17

August 31

September 13

September 15

September 30

October 13

October 15

November 1

November 10

November 15

November 30

December 13

December 15

December 31

January 11

- all program changes for the
2022-23 Catalogue should be
submitted by this date
- last date for any prerequisite
or other course changes for
Spring and Summer terms
(202205 and 202207)

January 14

January 31

February 10

February 14

March 1

March 14

March 17

March 31

April 12

Please note: new courses
approved in April and May will
have fewer scheduling options,
as most classrooms will have
already been assigned by this

April 14

May 1

May 12

- last date for prerequisite or
other course changes for 2022-
23 Fall and Winter terms
(202209 and 202301)

May 16

June 1

June 13

- after students have started
registration in June, changes
to courses for 2022-23 Fall and
Winter terms (202209 and
202301) will not be
implemented unless approved
by the registrar

June 15

June 30

Urgent items can also be posted at any time.

Archived Postings

University Course Challenge archived postings are available.

Challenging a Proposal

How to Challenge a proposed course or program change

  • When a new University Course Challenge has been posted, an email is sent to all Deans, Associate Deans, Assistant Deans, Department Heads, and academic advisors to alert them to the Challenge post.  Anyone wishing to challenge a proposal will have approximately two weeks to do so. 
  • A Challenge to a proposed course or program change may emanate from any person (faculty, student, University officer), Department, College and/or committee.
  • In the case of minor program changes, lack of consultation with other affected units will be sufficient basis for initiation of a Challenge to the proposal. 
  • Written or email notice of a Challenge accompanied by reasons for the Challenge will be addressed to the Office of the University Secretary with a copy to the College sponsoring the proposed change (email AND
  • The Office of the University Secretary, in consultation with the Provost, shall ascertain whether the challenge can be resolved between the parties concerned.
  • If a challenge is not resolved, the Office of the University Secretary shall have the challenge placed before the Academic Programs Committee for resolution at its next scheduled meeting and shall notify the Dean of the College proposing the change and the person, unit, or committee proposing the challenge. 
  • The Academic Programs Committee shall decide whether a challenge is frivolous; an appeal from such a decision shall be entertained by the University Council.

About University Course Challenge

The University Course Challenge was adopted by the University of Saskatchewan in 1997 as a collegial procedure for rapid approval of many curricular changes. The procedure is managed by the Office of the University Secretary. Some colleges now also use their own challenge procedure for dealing with curricular changes at the college level. These procedures should not be confused with the University Course Challenge, which is used for final approval of the following curricular changes:

Additions or deletions

  • Addition of a new course or deletion of a course (unless deleted by the Moribund Course Archive policy).
  • Addition or deletion of a lesser depth of study (such as a Minor, Cross College Minor or Concentration) in a field of study still taught as a major.
  • Addition or deletion of a Work Experience or Internship option.

Program changes

  • Changes to the list of elective courses in a program if these changes affect the program or courses offered by another college
  • Change in name for a Minor or Concentration
  • Straightforward program changes.  These would include:
    - Substitution of a different course for an existing course in a program
    - Changes to a majority of courses in a program (structure, content, scheduling)
    - addition of deletion of a requirement in a program
    - Changes to the Concentrations in a program
    - Minor changes to the total number of credit units require in a program if this changes does not affect overall tuition or program length.

Course changes 

  • Prerequisite or corequisite changes including adding or removing permission or restrictions on a prerequisite if the changes affect another college. 
  • Determining equivalent courses and mutually exclusive courses in cases where courses are from different colleges.
  • Reduction or increase of the number of credit units for a course. Note that changing the credit unit value of a course also requires that a new course number be assigned.
  • Interdisciplinary use of a subject code in a course label
  • Any other changes to an approved course if the changes affect the program or courses offered by another college.