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Academic Probation

Degree-seeking Students

Students enrolled in a graduate degree program must maintain a 3.000 grade-point-average (GPA) and meet their departments academic progress criteria toward degree completion. The minimum 3.000 GPA is based on all course work taken for graduate credit, whether or not the courses are offered in satisfaction of the specific requirements for a specific graduate degree. Additionally, each program has its own criteria by which a student is evaluated on satisfactory academic progress. Failure to meet those academic progress requirements will result in the student being placed on academic probation by the Dean of the Graduate College. Students on probation are required to meet with their Major Advisor, discuss the steps to be taken to remediate the problems that led to the probationary status, and devise a written plan of action. After the first semester a student completes with a cumulative GPA less than 3.0 or fails to make satisfactory progress, they will be allowed to register for one additional semester. The student will be blocked from registering after that.  Students whose GPA is below 3.0, or fail to make satisfactory progressfor two consecutive semesters will be disqualified from their program.  Disqualification results in the student being blocked from registration.  Departments may petition for a one semester extension if the student has a high probability of succeeding.

If a grade changes or completion of an Incomplete causes a prior semester's cumulative GPA to drop below 3.0, the student will retroactively be placed on probation and that semester will count as the student's first semester below 3.0.

Disqualified students may

  • Apply as non-degree seeking and continue to take graduate courses in non-degree status, OR
  • Apply for Academic Renewal if they wish to apply to a different major and the other major has agreed to accept them.  The graduate GPA will NOT be changed until the student has been admitted to the new program. 

Students can apply for readmission to a degree program as early as the semester after their disqualification if they achieve a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.0 through additional graduate course work. A re-admission request must be supported by the head of the major department and approved by the Graduate College. There is no guarantee of re-admission.

Certificate Students

Students who have a cumulative grade-point average of less than 3.0 at the end of a given semester will be placed on academic probation. After the first semester a student completes with a cumulative GPA less than 3.0 they will be allowed to register for one additional semester. The student will be blocked from registering after that unless their cumulative GPA reaches 3.0 at the end of the second consecutive semester of probation.  Students whose GPA is below 3.0 for two consecutive semesters will be removed from the certificate and disqualified from their program.  Disqualification results in the student being blocked from registration.  Departments may petition for a one semester extension if the student has a high probability of succeeding.

Disqualified students may

  • Apply as non-degree seeking and continue to take graduate courses in non-degree status, OR
  • Apply for Academic Renewal if they wish to apply to a different major.

Students can apply for readmission to a certificate as early as the semester after their disqualification if they achieve a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.0 through additional graduate course work. A re-admission request must be supported by the head of the major program offering the certificate and approved by the Graduate College. There is no guarantee of re-admission.

 

Last updated 26 Nov 2019