Academic Suspension

Students are suspended from the university because of poor academic performance.

Academic Suspension occurs in the following circumstances: when students have failed to meet minimum required standards (see below for minimum GPA standards), when students have not met a required expectation while on academic probation, or when students have failed to meet other academic requirements that have been stipulated.

1. Students who fall into one or more of the following categories in their overall Grade Point Average (GPA) will be suspended:

    • First-year students (including first-semester first-year students) or Sophomores with cumulative GPAs of less than 1.5;
    • Juniors and first-semester Seniors with cumulative GPAs of less than 1.75; and
    • Second-semester seniors with cumulative GPAs of less than 2.0.

2. Students on Academic Probation who do not earn a semester GPA of 2.0 or above in their first semester on probation, or who do not increase their cumulative GPA to 2.0 at the end of the following semester will be suspended.

3. Students who do not earn a minimum GPA of 2.25 or the higher standard of performance stipulated by the Academic Standing Committee, during a required summerterm, will be suspended.

4. Students who have less than a cumulative GPA of 2.0 in their major and cannot find a new or probationary major will be suspended.

5. Students whose GPA in their declared major remains below 2.0 for two semesters, and who are unable to find a suitable probationary major will be suspended.

6. Students on probation whose cumulative GPA is less than 2.0 and who withdraw from a course or who receive an Incomplete (“E”) grade in a course without prior approval from the Associate Dean for Academic Advising will be suspended.

Suspended students may appeal to the Academic Standing Committee, if they think they have extenuating circumstances that warrant immediate readmission to the university. Appeals of suspension should be directed to the Office of Academic Advising Programs and materials faxed to the Registrar at 315-229-7424.

Students who have been suspended should ask their instructors and advisors to write on their behalf to the Academic Standing Committee, in care of the Associate Dean for Academic Advising. The Committee looks for instructors to provide further context to better understand the students’ situation.

Students who are requesting readmission following a period of suspension must fill out and submit a readmission application.

If readmitted by the Standing Committee, suspended students are automatically on probation.