Academic Probation and Suspension

To encourage and ensure satisfactory progress toward a degree, the Office of Academic Records and the Office of Academic Services administer the following system of probation and suspension. As a student advances in class, the minimum academic level increases according to the following scale to assure that the 2.0 minimum grade point average requirement is met for graduation.

Probation Limits by Student Classification

Classification

Hours Attempted

Probation Level

Four-Year Degrees:

Freshman

0-29

less than 1.60

Sophomore

30-59

less than 1.80

Junior

60-89

less than 1.95

Senior

90-completion

less than 2.00

Two-Year Degrees:

First Year

0-29

less than 1.80

Second Year

30-60

less than 2.00

All students’ records will be evaluated at the end of fall and spring semesters. Probation and suspension will be based on the cumulative grade point averages of each of these semesters. Transfer students with grade point averages below minimum standards will be entered on probation.

Probation: designation after a semester in which a student fails to achieve the minimum cumulative GPA for his or her class standing. Students on probation are required to have counseling and class schedule approval by the Associate Dean of Student Success in Student Development before they are allowed to register and are required to maintain a 2.0 average for courses taken during the semester of probation to avoid suspension the following term. Students must take INT 1150 Engaging Academic Success in the first semester of academic probation (exceptions to this are freshmen enrolled in INT 1210 Fundamentals of Student Success I, as they will serve their probation by being placed in INT 1220 Fundamentals of Student Success II rather than Engaging Academic Success). Students who continue for more than one semester on academic probation are required to continue the class as INT 1155.

One-Semester Suspension: designation after a semester in which a student fails to maintain a 2.0 for the courses taken during a semester of probation.

Two-Semester Suspension: designation the second time a student fails to maintain a 2.0 for courses taken during a semester of probation.

Right to Appeal Academic Suspension

If there were extenuating circumstances (illness or family emergency) during a semester previous to suspension, a student may appeal in writing to the Admissions Committee for waiver of suspension. The extenuating circumstances and their probable solution should be documented in writing by someone such as a doctor, parent, pastor, or appropriate school official. If a waiver is granted, failure to maintain a 2.0 for the term GPA in the semester in which the waiver is granted or any subsequent semester prior to being removed from probation automatically moves the student to the next suspension designation.

No student on academic or social probation will be allowed to fill any major office.* Students must have a 2.5 average to be approved for election to major offices.** Students serving the University as official representatives in any capacity, such as SGA officers, intercollegiate athletics, and non-academic musical groups, must not be on academic or social probation.

*All SGA members, class and club presidents, business managers of publications.

**If new freshmen, student must have an ACT Composite of 19 or above or an SAT total of 910 or above. Freshmen officers cannot be in developmental education.