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Academic Standards

Academic Standing

The purpose of this policy is to detect early challenges that students might be facing in regards to their grades and progress towards graduation. By identifying students who are struggling, early interventions can be identified and advice can be given that can help the student be successful.

Grade Probation

A student will be placed on grade probation if they fall into any of the following categories:

  1. Student has attempted at least 24 credits and the Cumulative GPA is below 2.0
  2. Student semester GPA is below 1.5 regardless of Cumulative GPA or attempted credits

Students on Grade Probation are subject to the following consequences and corrective processes:

  1. Students are required to meet with the Center for Academic Success to develop an academic plan and determine which section of STDEV 101R course to take. Successful completion of STDEV 101R is expected from all academic probation students.
  2. Students who fail to meet with the Center will have a hold placed on their registration.

The intent of this policy is to ensure that the student has the support needed to improve their academic performance and to make progress related to raising the Cumulative GPA and/or semester GPA above 2.0. Working with the Center for Academic Success is required. Failure to progress will result in grade suspension the following semester.

Role of Faculty Member

Due to the short number of days between semesters, it is critical for faculty to submit grades within the established time frame to give the Registrar’s office twenty-four hours to notify students of grade probation status.

Grade Suspension (Any Subsequent Semester)

When a student has been placed on grade probation for one semester and their semester GPA for the next semester and their cumulative GPA falls below 2.0 they will be placed on Grade Suspension. Rather than appealing to be able to return to school, a student is placed on grade suspension in abeyance and are given one more semester in which they can prove they can be successful. A student who is granted grade suspension in abeyance must obtain a 2.0 GPA for each semester that they attend or they will have to go home. There are no longer any appeals for suspended students. A suspended student cannot register for any classes on campus for twelve continuous months. This includes but is not limited to registering for Continuing Education classes, taking classes at a reduced load, or for audit and taking classes as a part-time or non-degree seeking student.

A student will remain on grade suspension in abeyance until their cumulative GPA gets above 2.0 and the committee feels they have earned the right to remain in school.

D Grade Policy


The purpose of this policy is to clarify the university’s stand on D grades.


There is no D grade restriction for the university.
University academic standing and graduation standards are based on GPA (2.0).
There is no D grade limit for completing minors or certificates.
Rules regarding D grades in the majors are determined by the faculty units housing the major and approved by the University Curriculum Council.