Academic Status and Satisfactory Academic Progress Policy
At the end of each semester (including the summer semester), each student’s academic progress is reviewed to optimize that student’s chances for success. The university identifies students to be either in good standing or at academic risk depending upon each individual student’s grade point average (GPA) and satisfactory academic progress rate.
Student status is defined as follows:
Academic Good Standing: A student is in good standing if he or she maintains a 2.000 or higher cumulative and semester average and has successfully completed at least 66 percent of the credits he or she has attempted.
Academic Warning: A student in good standing whose semester or cumulative average falls below 2.000, or who fails to successfully complete at least 66 percent of the credits attempted either cumulatively or in that semester, receives a notice of Academic Warning. Students placed on Academic Warning are urged to meet with their faculty advisor to discuss their academic problems and to plan a course of corrective action. They are encouraged to meet with a member of the staff in the academic advising office to obtain particular assistance in making use of the university’s many academic support services. These services include, but are not limited to, tutorial support, supplementary instruction, and instructional labs in Accounting, Mathematics, Writing, Reading and Study Skills Workshops. Students on Academic Warning remain eligible for financial aid. While on academic warning, a student shall not be eligible to hold executive office in any recognized student organization, except by appeal to the Dean of Students.
Academic Probation: Any student who was on Academic Warning for a semester and whose cumulative average after that semester does not meet the required minimum of 2.000 or who fails to successfully complete at least 66% of cumulative credits attempted is placed on probation. A letter is sent informing the student of his or her probationary status. Students on academic probation may not enroll for more than 13 credit hours and are required to meet with their faculty advisor. While on academic probation, a student shall not be eligible to hold office in any recognized student organization, to represent the university in any sense, or to participate on any intercollegiate athletic team. The student is required to participate in academic support activities as prescribed by the academic advising office. Prescribed activities may include, but are not limited to, study skills workshops, tutorial support, and exploration of educational goals.
Students who are on probation whose cumulative GPA does not meet the 2.000 minimum, but whose semester GPA is 2.000 or better shall remain on probation. Likewise, students who are on probation whose progress has not met the standard of successful completion of 66% of overall credits attempted but who successfully complete at least 66% of the credits attempted in that semester shall remain on Probation.
Students on Probation will not be eligible for financial aid. Financial aid eligibility appeals should be addressed to the Director of Financial Aid, and will only be considered under exceptional circumstances. Appeals of financial aid eligibility will only be considered for one semester. Students who remain on Probation for a second semester will not be eligible for financial aid, unless they are making adequate progress toward degree completion based on a formally agreed upon plan of study in the Probation Contract (See Financial Aid Eligibility)
Students readmitted after an academic dismissal will be placed on Academic Probation (see Readmission After Academic Dismissal) and may not be eligible for financial aid. Students should contact the financial aid office to discuss their specific situation.
Academic Probation will be noted on the student’s transcript.
Students on Academic Probation who fail to achieve a semester GPA of 2.000 in the semester in which they are on Probation or who fail to successfully complete 66 percent of the credits they have attempted in that semester will be dismissed from the university.
Academic Dismissal will be noted on the transcript. A letter is sent informing the student of his or her dismissal. Students who have been dismissed will be removed from any courses in which they are enrolled for future semesters.
Appeal of Academic Dismissal
All academically dismissed students have the right to appeal their dismissal to the Selective Retention Committee. Dismissed students are encouraged to make use of the appeals procedures if they believe their academic deficiencies are due to extenuating circumstances or computational errors in calculating their GPA or academic progress.
Letters of appeal supporting the student’s case for readmission the following semester should be sent to the Selective Retention Committee, in care of the registrar’s office, on or before the date specified in the student’s dismissal letter. The Selective Retention Committee will convene before the beginning of the following semester to consider student appeals. The Committee will recommend for each appeal that:
1. The dismissal terms be upheld; or,
2. The student be readmitted the following semester on Academic Probation; or,
3. The student be reinstated if the dismissal was due to a non-debatable computational error in calculating the GPA or academic progress.
Students will be notified of the results of appeals in time to register for the following semester.
The Selective Retention Committee will provide information pertinent to the dismissed student’s case for readmission to the academic advising office for subsequent use in advising the student.
Any student readmitted through Selective Retention under option 2 must meet with a member of the academic advising staff to make arrangements to register. Readmitted students may not be eligible for financial aid. Students should contact the financial aid office to discuss their specific situation.
Financial Aid Eligibility
Students on Probation will not be eligible for financial aid. All students on probation have the right to file an appeal to maintain their eligibility for financial aid. All appeals must be submitted in writing to the director of financial aid on or before the date specified in the student’s probation notification letter and will only be considered under exceptional circumstances. Appeals of financial aid eligibility will only be considered for one semester. Students continuing on probation for two or more semesters will not be eligible for financial aid, unless the student has been making adequate progress toward degree completion based upon an agreed upon plan of study as laid out in the student’s probation contract. All cases for subsequent semesters on probation will be considered by committee and the student will be notified of the committee’s decision by the director of financial aid. If at any time a student is not meeting the terms of their probation contract, they will lose future financial aid eligibility. Students who have received financial aid for more than 150 percent of the number of credits required for their degree are not eligible for financial aid. There is no appeal process for this federal financial aid regulation.