Academic Suspension and Appeal

Academic Suspension

Students will be suspended for any of the following reasons:

  • Cumulative GPA: Students whose GPA falls below 1.5 (1-4 completed terms), 1.75 (5-7 completed terms), or 2.0 (8-10 completed semesters) will be suspended
  • Semester GPA: Students who earn a semester GPA below 1.0, regardless of their cumulative GPA, will be suspended
  • Probationary period GPA: Students on academic notice whose semester GPA is below 2.0 in their first semester on academic notice or who do not increase their overall GPA to 2.0 in their second semester on academic notice 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

For the complete policy, please see the "Guidelines for Academic Suspension" section of the most current University Catalog.

Appeal of Academic Suspension

A student who has been suspended has the right to appeal that decision. The appeal must be submitted by the exact deadline as specified in the academic suspension letter (usually 4-7 days after the suspension notice has been sent). 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 the following semester

Further details on the academic suspension appeal process

Academic suspension is for a minimum of one semester. Any time after this, a student may submit a readmission form requesting readmission from academic suspension. The Academic Standing Committee reviews all readmission requests to make a determination about whether or not a student appears ready to return with a likelihood of academic success.