Taking time to reflect on your academic status is one of the most important steps you can take to improving your academic standing. The College of Liberal Arts uses three different categories to identify students with academic concerns: scholastic warning, scholastic probation, and scholastic dismissal. Take a moment to review the definitions below. Thoroughly read the section that is relevant to your situation. If you have any questions, do not hesitate to contact an academic advisor.
Scholastic Warning students are students who are in jeopardy of going on Scholastic Probation. The College of Liberal Arts identifies these students as:
Students on Scholastic Warning are strongly encouraged to reassess their academic behavior and make appropriate changes for academic success. Below is a list of suggestions for students on Scholastic Warning:
To remain in good academic standing at the university, students must maintain a minimum grade point average of 2.0. If a student’s GPA drops below 2.0, the student is placed on scholastic probation. Also, any student returning to the college after a period of scholastic dismissal returns on scholastic probation. Probationary status is reflected on the student’s permanent academic record.
While on probation, students must be enrolled in twelve hours during the fall and spring semesters. If they need to take fewer than twelve hours, they must speak with an academic advisor. No minimum course load is required in the summer.
In addition to the course load minimum, students must maintain a minimum GPA in order to avoid dismissal. The university GPA guidelines for avoiding dismissal are based on total number of hours undertaken, including transfer coursework.
If a student is unable to achieve the required cumulative GPA to avoid dismissal, the College of Liberal Arts will continue students based on alternative semester GPA guidelines as discussed with an advisor. This policy does not apply to students who are pursuing simultaneous majors in both Liberal Arts and another college.
Students on scholastic probation are required to meet with their academic advisors for Success advising. The Success Agreement details the GPA required to avoid dismissal. In addition, this advising serves as a tool to discuss factors contributing to the student’s academic status as well as identifying appropriate university resources.
A student is subject to scholastic dismissal under the following conditions:
First Dismissal: A student’s first scholastic dismissal lasts for one long-session semester and any intervening summer sessions. Students on first dismissal are automatically eligible for return to the university provided they complete an application for readmission by the deadline and maintain at least a 2.5 GPA on any work taken at another institute during the dismissal. Students returning from dismissal will be on scholastic probation.
Second Dismissal: A student’s second dismissal lasts for three calendar years. Students who have been dismissed for a second time are encouraged to meet with a Student Division advisor in GEB 2.306 to discuss their academics options.
Readmission after a second dismissal is not guaranteed. Students on second dismissal must have the approval of their student dean in order to return to the university.
Third Dismissal: Students dismissed for the third time will not be readmitted.
For more information on Dismissal policies and appeals, see Policies and Appeals.