Catalogue 2019 - 2020

Academic Standing

Students' academic standing is determined by their cumulative grade point averages (GPA). Academic Standing is normally calculated for fall and spring semesters. Academic Suspension, Academic Dismissal, and Immediate Reinstatement will be permanently recorded on students' official transcripts. An Academic Warning will not appear on the official transcript. However, all Academic Warnings, Academic Probations, as well as all Academic Suspensions, Academic Dismissals and Immediate Reinstatements will be permanently recorded on internal academic records.

Good Standing.
Students are in good academic standing when their cumulative GPA is 2.000 or above. This requirement applies to full-time and part-time students and to those who were admitted as first-year, transfer or non-matriculated students. The average number of credits earned per semester is not used in the determination of academic standing. However, the Registrar's Office will issue a credit alert to all students who have earned less than an average of 12 graduation credits per semester.

Academic Warning.
Academic Warning is an indicator to students that they are in academic difficulty. Students whose cumulative GPA is 2.000 or above, but whose Semester GPA falls below 2.000, will be sent a warning indicating that they must meet with the Academic Success Center prior to the end of the first week of classes of the next fall or spring semester to enter into a written agreement defining an academic improvement plan. Seniors whose cumulative GPA is 2.000 or above, but whose Major GPA is less than 2.000, will also be placed on Academic Warning since they will need to earn a Major GPA of 2.000 to graduate. This status does not appear on the transcript and is not subject to appeal.

Academic Probation.
Academic Probation is a formal standing that shows the student is in academic distress. Students whose cumulative GPA falls below 2.000 will be placed on Academic Probation. Once placed on probation, a student must meet with the Academic Success Center prior to the end of the first week of classes of the next fall or spring semester to enter into a written agreement defining an academic improvement plan. This standing appears on the transcript and is not subject to appeal.

Academic Suspension.
Suspension is a separation from the University of a full semester (fall or spring). Students who have been on Academic Probation and who fail to achieve or maintain Good Standing in any subsequent semester will be placed on Academic Suspension. Suspended students may not enroll in the succeeding fall or spring semester (see section on Appeals Process below). Following one semester on Academic Suspension, students who submit a Request for Reactivation (see Reactivation Procedure section) that is approved by the University Registrar before February 15 for the Fall semester or September 15 for the Spring semester are entitled to participate in Priority Registration. Upon reactivation, students returning from suspension shall confer with their academic deans prior to re-enrollment. This standing appears on the transcript and is eligible for appeal.

Students who are placed on Academic Suspension may be granted an Immediate Reinstatement through the appeal process (see Appeals Process below). Immediate Reinstatement status allows the student to return on Academic Probation and grants the student an additional semester to achieve Good Standing. Students on Immediate Reinstatement status who fail to achieve Good Standing will be dismissed.

Academic Dismissal.
Academic Dismissal is a permanent separation from the University. Students who were previously placed on Academic Suspension (including those granted an appeal and Immediate Reinstatement) who are readmitted and fail to achieve or maintain Good Standing in any subsequent semester will be placed on Academic Dismissal unless an appeal is granted (see Appeals Process below). This standing appears on the transcript and is eligible for appeal.

Summer and Winter Course Enrollments for Suspended and Dismissed Students. Although academic standing is determined on the basis of prior coursework, due to the timing of registration and academic discipline matters students placed on Academic Suspension or Academic Dismissal may complete a course for which they registered before suspension or dismissal occurred if it is offered during the immediately subsequent Winter or Summer Session (Summer I, Summer III or Summer IV only).

However, such a course would not be considered as supporting evidence in an appeal of a suspension or dismissal unless both of the following are true: first, a passing grade in the course would allow a student to reach a cumulative grade point average of 2.000 or higher (Good Standing); and second, the course has been identified by the academic dean as an appropriate choice toward achieving academic progress (e.g. coursework that satisfies general education or major requirements).

Appeals Process.
Students have the right to appeal Academic Suspension or Academic Dismissal. Authority for determining students' academic status resides with the Academic Standards Committee.

1. Students must consult with their dean’s office about petitions and appeals procedures. Students may also consult with the Academic Success Center. All appeals must be submitted in writing on the Academic Appeal Form to the University Registrar by the deadline stated in the notice of Academic Suspension or Academic Dismissal.

2. Appeals of Academic Suspension or Academic Dismissal may be made on the following grounds: substantial academic progress; course work completed after the initial decision; financial difficulties; health problems; extenuating personal circumstances; other academic reasons.

Appeals of the Academic Standards Committee ordinarily are final. A student may appeal the decision of the Academic Standards Committee by submitting a written appeal to the Provost within five (5) business days of receipt of the Academic Standards Committee’s official decision on the following grounds: incorrect calculation of grade point average; fair consideration was not provided to the student, i.e., there is evidence that some aspect of the appeal consideration was prejudicial, arbitrary, or capricious; or new and significant information, not reasonably available at the time of the initial appeal, has become available.

Academic Status and Grade Changes.
The academic status earned by a student shall remain in effect if they receive a retroactive grade change that affects Academic Standing, unless the original grade is corrected by the professor, or an Incomplete is converted to a grade, within 6 weeks.