Catalogue 2016 - 2017

Academic Progress: Probation, Suspension, and Dismissal

Student academic progress is reviewed each semester to assure consistency with defined standards. For the purpose of review, the number of credit hours specified in the standards is normally based on credits completed at Western New England University.

Full-time degree students with fewer than 24 credit hours attempted (excluding AP or high school to college credits) will be automatically placed on academic probation if they attain less than a 1.9 semester grade point average at the end of their first term of enrollment. Part-time students must sustain a 2.00 cumulative GPA after the first 24 credit hours. Nondegree students must sustain at least a 2.00 cumulative average in order to continue registration beyond the first semester of enrollment.

Full-time degree students with fewer than 24 credit hours who attain less than a 1.00 or successfully complete less than 9 credits at the end of the first term of enrollment shall be automatically suspended for a period of one semester except as may be approved by the Dean of First Year Students & Students in Transition. Following any period of suspension, students may petition for reinstatement by submitting a request to the Dean of First Year Students & Students in Transition who will forward a recommendation to the appropriate Assistant Dean of Arts and Science, Business, or Engineering for approval.

Any full-time degree student whose first semester GPA results in being placed on probation must contact the Dean of First Year Students & Students in Transition prior to the date set forth in the notice of probation for the purpose of initiating an academic improvement plan. The academic improvement plan is meant to establish the conditions that the student must meet to continue at the University. After the first 24 semester hours attempted, part-time, nontraditional and off-campus students must initiate contact for the same purpose with appropriate academic administrative staff within one week of the release of grades from the previous semester or term. If after establishing an academic improvement plan, the student does not comply with the prescribed conditions of continuance, the student may be subject to immediate suspension or dismissal from the University with the right of appeal to the Academic Standards Committee. Any student who does not confer within the prescribed time listed in the original notification of academic standing shall be immediately suspended from the University for a period of one semester.

After the completion of the second semester of full time enrollment or after the first 24 credit hours of work attempted as a part-time student, students shall be automatically placed on academic probation if a semester GPA of less that 2.00 is earned. Unless otherwise approved, full-time students must also successfully complete 10 or more credits during each semester of full-time enrollment. Otherwise probation shall be automatically imposed. Once placed on probation, a student must confer with the Assistant Dean of the appropriate College or Dean of First Year Students & Students in Transition or other named staff prior to the end of the first week of classes of the next semester for the purpose of defining an academic improvement plan. The academic improvement plan shall be filed in the same manner and under the same conditions as would occur after the first semester of enrollment. If conditions stipulated in an academic improvement plan are not met, the student shall be suspended for a period of one semester with the right of appeal to the Academic Standards Committee.

A student on probation must achieve a minimum of a 2.00 semester grade point average during the next semester of enrollment and adhere to the completion of the specified number of credits determined at the time of review. If a 2.00 is not achieved or the minimum number of credits is not earned, the student shall be suspended for a period of not less than one semester with the right of appeal to the Academic Standards Committee. If the student chooses to appeal, the Academic Standards Committee shall consider the appeal and either impose suspension for a period of time or reinstate the student. In either case, the Academic Standards Committee may elect to specify conditions for future or continued enrollment. If, upon reinstatement, conditions are not fulfilled, permanent dismissal may be imposed immediately and enrollment for the semester voided with no expectation of recourse, financial or otherwise.

Additionally, following the completion of 87 credit hours (Arts and Sciences or Business) or 95 credit hours (Engineering), any student with a cumulative grade point average of less than a 2.00 overall or a 2.00 in the major shall be automatically placed on probation. The student placed on probation shall be referred for academic progress monitoring administered through the Office of First Year Students & Students in Transition prior to the beginning of the probation semester or not later than the end of the first week of classes and enter into a written agreement regarding the conditions upon which the student may continue at the University. If the stipulated conditions are not met, the student shall be suspended from the University with the right of appeal to the Academic Standards Committee.

The Academic Standards Committee shall meet at the end of both the fall and spring semesters to consider academic progress records. Students who have been previously suspended or whose suspension has been lifted through consideration of appeal are subject to dismissal with the right of appeal to the Academic Standards Committee.

When the opportunity to appeal suspension or dismissal for academic reasons is given, students must exercise that option by the date indicated in the written notice. If the option to appeal is not exercised, the intended action specified in the notion (dismissal or suspension) shall be automatically imposed. All matters relating to academic status are made part of the permanent record.

All notices of suspension and dismissal are mailed to the home address of the student by first class mail. A copy of the notice is also sent to the student’s faculty advisor and the appropriate assistant dean.

Appeals of Academic Standards Committee decisions are allowed only if new information not previously disclosed is submitted in writing prior to the start of classes for the semester intended. This appeal will be reviewed by the Vice President for Academic Affairs with the resulting decision final and binding and without right of further review.