Probation and Suspension

Retention Standards. A retention grade point average of 1.7 or greater during the first 30 attempted semester hours and a retention grade point average of 2.0 or greater after 30 attempted semester hours.

Good Academic Standing. A student who meets the University’s retention standards is in good academic standing.

Academic Notice.
Freshmen students, 30 or fewer semester hours, with a retention GPA of 1.7 to less than 2.0 will be placed on academic notice. Academic notice is not recorded on the transcript.

Academic Probation.
A student who fails to meet the retention standards will be placed on academic probation and will remain on probation until the applicable retention standard is met or he/she is placed on academic suspension. Students on academic probation may be required to participate in special academic support activities as a condition of continued enrollment. Academic probation is recorded on the transcript.

Academic Suspension.
Academic suspension will occur at the end of any semester during which a student who is on academic probation fails to meet the applicable retention standard or fails to earn a semester GPA of at least 2.0 in regularly graded work, not to include activity or performance courses. Suspended students may not be reinstated until one regular semester (fall or spring) has elapsed. Academic suspension is recorded on the transcript.

Suspension of Seniors.
A student with 90 or more semester hours in a specified degree program who has failed to meet the retention standard for continued enrollment and has failed to earn a semester GPA of 2.0, which would allow continued enrollment, may enroll in an additional 15 semester hours in a further attempt to achieve the requirements for retention. A student will be afforded this extension one time only.

Academic Suspension Appeals and Re-admission.
A student who has been academically suspended from the University for the first time may apply for re-admission after one regular semester (fall or spring) or appeal the suspension and apply for immediate reinstatement. There are two categories of students who may appeal a suspension and apply for immediate reinstatement with the understanding the reinstatement does not remove the record of suspension.

     (1) Appeals of academic suspension due to “extraordinary personal circumstances” will be considered by the Academic Appeals Committee. Students reinstated on this basis will be readmitted on probation and must maintain a 2.0 GPA each semester or summer
session while on probation or raise their retention GPA to the retention standard.

     (2) Students suspended at the end of a spring semester may appeal to enroll in the summer session. Students in this category are automatically reinstated upon review and approval of a student’s summer enrollment schedule by a designated member or members of the Academic Appeals Committee. Approved summer schedules will be limited to core academic courses that meet general education or degree requirements. To continue in the fall semester these students must make at least a 2.0 GPA in the summer session. Students who do not raise their cumulative GPA to retention standards in the summer session will be enrolled on probation in the fall semester. Students who fail to achieve a 2.0 or higher GPA in the summer session will remain suspended and may not be reinstated until after one regular semester.

Should a reinstated student be suspended a second time, he or she cannot return to the University until such time as he or she has demonstrated, by attending another institution, the ability to succeed academically by raising his/her GPA to retention standards. Copies of appeals procedures and the conditions and procedures for readmission may be obtained from the Office of Admissions.