Overview of Probation and Academic Recovery

Probation Status

Students are placed on probation usually for the following reasons:

  • Cumulative GPA below 2.0
  • Major GPA below 2.0
  • Semester GPA below 1.75

Once a student is placed on probation, the student has up to three semesters to clear, assuming continued improvement. Additionally, the student is required to do two or more of the following as part of the plan for academic recovery:

  • Meet periodically with his/her academic advisor
  • Meet regularly with the Coordinator of Academic Development. Sessions to include:
    • Discussing the requirements of probation
    • Goal Setting
    • Calculating GPA needed to clear probation
    • Academic Planning
    • Time Management
    • Academic Skills
  • Meet with Associate Dean for Academic Advising Programs
  • Meet with Department Chair regarding probation status in the major
  • Meet with a Counselor in Counseling Services
  • Obtain a semester GPA above 2.0


If a student does not meet the conditions of their probation, the student may be suspended. Students are normally suspended for the following reasons:

  1. While on probation, the student earned a semester GPA below 2.0.
  2. The student did not clear probation in the time stipulated.

Appeal Suspension

A student who has been suspended has the right to appeal that decision. Any appeal letter should include:

  1. what interfered with academic success and
  2. what changes will be made to improve future academic performance.

Appeal letters are sent to the Registrar’s office as stipulated in the Suspension Letter. When the Academic Standing Committee meets to consider individual cases, the committee reviews all appeal letters and determines by vote whether or not to grant the appeal and allow the student to return for the following semester.