University Probation/Dismissal

The university academic status committee meets each semester promptly after grades are run to deliberate the standing of students relative to the university probation/dismissal policy. University academic probation is the automatic and minimum penalty for failing to maintain an acceptable cumulative grade point average (GPA). Students failing to maintain an acceptable cumulative GPA are also subject to dismissal from the university.

Acceptable Cumulative Grade Point Average:

12 to 23 credits

1.75

24 to 37 credits

1.90

38 credits and above

2.0

Full-time students on university academic probation are required to carry a restricted academic load of 12 credits and are mandated to meet with their respective College Retention Liaison. Part-time students are required to carry a restricted academic load of no more than 6 credits. A student on university academic probation is prohibited from representing the university in any official capacity. This prohibition includes, but is not limited to, holding an elected or appointed office or seat in student government, or on the executive board of student government, serving as a resident advisor, or participating in intercollegiate athletics. Furthermore, students may have their participation in non-prohibited extracurricular activities curtailed if, in the judgment of the academic status committee, such activities interfere with their academic performance.

Initial university academic probation will begin with the first class meeting of the semester (fall or spring) following the decision to place a student on academic probation. Students who are placed on probation will have one semester to raise their cumulative GPA to the acceptable level referenced above. Students who take summer courses and raise their cumulative GPA to the acceptable level will be removed from probation prior to the start of the fall semester.

Failure to make satisfactory academic progress after initial probation will result in a student being placed on final university academic probation. Final university academic probation will begin with the first class meeting of the semester (fall or spring) following the decision to place a student on final university academic probation. Students who are placed on final university academic probation will have one semester to raise their cumulative GPA to the acceptable level referenced above. Students who take summer courses and raise their cumulative GPA to the acceptable level will be removed from probation prior to the start of the fall semester. Full-time students on final probation are assigned an academic advisor in the Student Success Center by the Director of the center. Students on final university academic probation will complete an academic probation contract with their new academic advisor that includes the semester cumulative GPA necessary to mathematically increase their current cumulative GPA to the acceptable level, as well as other academic support necessary to do so.

Failure to make satisfactory academic progress after final probation will result in dismissal from the university. A student may be retained if the Academic Status Committee determines that sufficient academic progress has been attained, but an additional semester is needed to mathematically raise his/her current cumulative GPA to the acceptable level. After a student has been dismissed, he/she may submit a written letter of appeal to the Academic Status Committee requesting to remain enrolled at the university. The date by which appeals must be submitted is stated in the student’s dismissal letter from the Vice President of Academic Affairs.

Students who have been removed from academic probation must maintain the above acceptable GPA level throughout the remainder of their academic program. Probation status does not restart. If a student was removed from initial probation and his/her cumulative GPA falls below the acceptable level in a future semester, s/he will be placed on final probation. If a student was removed from final probation and his/her cumulative GPA falls below the acceptable level in a future semester, s/he will be dismissed from the university.