Academic Policies and Procedures
|F||00.00||< 60||Failures may not be made up, except by repeating or, with permission, by passing the course at an approved institution. When a student repeats a course for which an "F" grade was received, both grades will appear on the transcript, but only the higher grade will be used in calculating the grade point average.|
|W||Received by students who officially withdraw from a course before the end of the "drop period."|
|P||Satisfactory completion of a "Pass/Fail" course for credit.|
|CH||Challenge credit awarded as a result of passing a challenge exam.|
|S||Satisfactory completion of a non-credit course.|
|U||Unsatisfactory completion of a non-credit course.|
|INC||Incomplete - must be completed to meet graduation requirements.|
|IPR||In Progress - must be completed to meet graduation requirements.|
|AU||Indicates registration and attendance in a course for which no examinations, evaluation or credit are given.|
|ML||Military Leave, assigned to students who are called to active duty and must withdraw prior to the end of a term.|
|PR||Portfolio review credit awarded after assessment of student life experience portfolio.|
|TR||Transfer credit from another regionally accredited post-secondary institution.|
GRADE POINT AVERAGE
Grade points are computed by multiplying the number of credit hours for the course by the weighted point value of the grade (see Grading System). Example: A grade of B+ (with a grade point value of 3.33) in Math 125, a four-credit course, is assigned 13.32 grade points, (3.33 x 4). The cumulative grade point average (GPA) is obtained by dividing the total number of grade points achieved by number of credit hours of work completed.
Courses for which transfer credit was awarded and courses with P, S, U, and W grades are not included in the GPA calculations.
Academic probation is a provisional status given to a student who is not meeting the university’s requirements for academic achievement. A student who does not meet the university’s requirements for academic achievement (see “Required Levels of Achievement” on next page) will be placed on academic probation. A student who is placed on probation must meet with a student advisor in the Office of Student Support Services to discuss academic challenges and develop a plan to become academically successful.
A student who has met the university’s requirements for academic achievement by the end of the probationary term will be taken off probation. An undergraduate or graduate student who has not met the university’s requirements for academic achievement at the end of the probationary term will remain on probation for a second term. A doctoral student who has not met the university’s requirements for academic achievement at the end of the probationary term will be dismissed.
A student who has met the university’s requirements for academic achievement by the end of a second probationary term will be removed from probationary status if the student’s cumulative GPA meets the minimum requirements. A student who has had a successful academic term but whose cumulative progress does not meet the academic standards required by his/her program will remain on probation for an additional term. A student in a second probationary term who has not had a successful academic term and whose achievement does not meet the cumulative GPA university requirement will be dismissed from the university.
Undergraduate students may not take more than 19 credits during their first probationary term and not more than 16 credits during their second probationary term. A student who is on academic probation must contact his/her student advisor to review and discuss the proper course load for the successive term.
REQUIRED LEVELS OF ACADEMIC ACHIEVEMENT
Any student who does not meet the following standards for quarterly grade point average and/or for cumulative grade point average, will be on probation for the following term:
|Credits Completed||Quarterly GPA||Cumulative GPA|
|Associate Degree Program|
|< 36 credits completed||1.0||1.7|
|36-71 credits completed||1.0||1.8|
|72 and above||2.0||2.0|
|Bachelor's Degree Programs||2.0||2.0|
|Master's Degree Programs||3.0||3.0|
|Doctoral Degree Program||3.0||3.0|
Note: Students should check the Question and Answer document issued at the time of enrollment for their respective programs to determine specific criteria (e.g., grades and/or cumulative grade point average) necessary to remain in good academic standing in that program. Additionally, it is the student’s responsibility to maintain an awareness of any changes in criteria that would affect a student’s enrollment status.
Appeal of Dismissal
A student who has been dismissed because his/her poor academic achievement and/or failure to meet university requirements may appeal the dismissal by filling out a petition in the Office of Teaching and Learning. Consideration will be given to extenuating circumstances that led to poor academic achievement. Students who successfully appeal a dismissal will be placed on second probation.