Overview of Academic Probation, Academic Recovery, and Suspension | St. Lawrence University Academic Support

Overview of Academic Probation, Academic Recovery, and Suspension

Academic Probation

Students will be placed on academic probation if they fail to meet satisfactory levels of performance in cumulative GPA, semester GPA, or major GPA:

  • Cumulative GPA: Students whose cumulative GPA falls between 1.5 and 1.99 (1-4 completed terms at SLU), 1.75 and 1.99 (5-7 completed terms at SLU, transfers in first semester at SLU), or below 2.0 (8-10 completed terms at SLU) will be placed on academic probation
  • Semester GPA: Students with a semester GPA below 1.75 will be placed on academic probation
  • Major GPA: Students whose major GPA falls below 2.0 will be placed on academic probation

Academic Recovery

Students placed on academic probation have two semesters to clear this status, demonstrating continued improvement during the probationary period. Each student is required to develop a plan for academic recovery. As part of this plan for academic recovery, the student must

  • Meet 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
  • Obtain a semester GPA above 2.0 each semester on probation
  • (If on major probation) Meet with major department chair regarding probationary status in the major

The student may also be required to

  • Meet with Associate Dean for Academic Advising Programs
  • Meet with a Counselor in Counseling Services

Academic Suspension

Students will be suspended for any of the following reasons:

  • Cumulative GPA: Students whose GPA falls below 1.5 (first-years and sophomores), 1.75 (juniors and first-semester seniors), or 2.0 (second-semester seniors) will be suspended
  • Probationary period GPA: Students on probation whose semester GPA is below 2.0 in their first semester on probation or who do not increase their overall GPA to 2.0 in their second semester on probation will be suspended
  • Major GPA: Students whose major GPA remains below 2.0 for two consecutive semesters and who cannot find a new major will be suspended

Appeal of Academic Suspension

A student who has been suspended has the right to appeal that decision. The appeal must be submitted within six days of the suspension decision, as the Academic Standing Committee meets to review suspension appeals one week after the initial decision. An appeal letter should provide evidence of the following:

  • extenuating circumstances that interfered with the student's academic success; and
  • changes in the student's circumstances suggesting the likelihood of academic success if the student returns to SLU

Further details on the academic appeal process