Academic Standing and Probation
The term “in good academic standing” means that a student is eligible or has been allowed to register for and undertake academic course work for the term in question. The mechanism of academic probation, including any accompanying constraints upon a student’s activities, is intended merely as an educational device to encourage greater effort on the part of students who appear to be having difficulty in meeting certain academic standards. Placement on academic probation may precede denial of the right to register for academic course work if certain conditions are not met, but a student on academic probation is considered to be in good academic standing. Any question concerning whether or not an individual student is in good academic standing will be determined by the campus committee on academic standards.
The Academic Standings Committee has adopted the following regulations governing academic standing:
- A student will be placed on probation if the cumulative quality point average falls below a 2.00.
A student on academic probation is required to meet with a probation advisor (generally the chairperson of the student’s major department) a minimum of three times during the probationary semester.
- Probationary status is determined in accordance with the above standards and is not dependent upon official notification.
- “Good academic standing” is defined as maintaining a cumulative quality point average at or above the appropriate level in (1) above or being on probationary status. Students should also refer to the financial aid section on academic standing and its relationship to financial aid eligibility.
- A student normally will be required to withdraw if at the end of a semester of probation the cumulative quality point average is still below the level stated above.
- Students whose record of achievement becomes academically irreparable may be dismissed without a semester of probation.
At the close of each semester, a student whose cumulative quality point average places him/her within the range of Academic Dismissal will be notified via "Your Connection." Students may appeal this dismissal to their department chairperson/program director, through a process available on the Internet (through "Your Connection"). The Academic Standings Committee then reviews the appeals of each student. The Academic Standings Committee is comprised of the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs (or designee), the Associate Provost for Curriculum & Academic Support, the Graduate Studies Office, the academic deans, the Vice President for Student Affairs (or designee), the Assistant Vice President for Student Affairs, the Coordinator for Academic Advising & Liberal Arts, the Registrar and the Assistant Registrar. The chairpersons and directors of those departments and special programs whose students are being considered assist in this review. The decision of the Academic Standings Committee is final.