Guidelines for Academic Suspension

Students who fall into one or more of the following categories will be suspended: 

  1. First-year students (including first-semester first-year students) or sophomores with cumulative GPAs of less than 1.5 and juniors and seniors with cumulative GPAs of less than 1.75. 

  1. Students who earn a semester GPA below 1.0, regardless of their cumulative GPA. 

  1. Students on academic notice who do not earn a semester GPA of 2.0 or above in their first semester on notice, or do not increase their overall GPA to 2.0 at the end of the following semester. 

  1. Students who have less than a cumulative GPA of 2.0 in their major for two consecutive semesters and who cannot find a new or probationary major. 

Any incomplete (E) grade earned may be calculated as a 0.0 when the Academic Standing Committee reviews grades at the end of the semester. 

Suspended students may apply for readmission after one semester, although two semesters away is often advisable. Suspended students are not considered St. Lawrence University students and are not eligible to receive credit for or take courses at the University. 

The following table shows the cumulative GPA that will lead to suspension. 

End of Term 

Minimum Cumulative GPA 


< 1.50 


< 1.75 

Appeal of Academic Suspension 

Suspended students who can document extenuating circumstances have the right to appeal to the Academic Standing Committee. Appeals, which will be reviewed by the committee and the dean of academic affairs, should be directed to the associate dean of academic advising. For students on academic notice who are subject to suspension, the Academic Standing Committee will examine whether all conditions of their academic notice were fulfilled when considering an appeal. Questions about the appeals process should be directed to the associate dean of academic advising. 


Suspended students may apply to St. Lawrence University for readmission one semester after they were suspended. Applications for readmission are available from the student life office; students who wish to return from academic suspension must indicate this and follow the appropriate instructions for that situation. In addition to the completed application, the following information must be provided: 

  1. Transcripts of any academic work undertaken while suspended. 

  1. Letters from instructors of courses in which students were enrolled while suspended. 

  1. If applicable, letters of support from employers, counselors, or therapists with whom the student has worked since suspension. 

An interview with the associate dean of academic advising may be required. 

A student who has been suspended, and who has returned to St. Lawrence, may, under exceptional circumstances, be allowed up to three semesters to achieve a cumulative grade point average of at least 2.0.