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Academic Standing and Appeals

Rules and regulations regarding academic standing, suspension, and length of suspension approved by the President shall be published in the College Catalog & Student Handbook.

Academic Standing Procedures

Academic Alert

Students whose grade point average (GPA) falls below a 2.0 are placed on academic alert. Students on academic alert may benefit from familiarizing themselves with two important college procedures: Academic Fresh Start and Course Repeat. Students who repeat classes are encouraged to review their transcripts carefully to ensure that previously earned lower grade(s) have been removed from grade point average calculation. Students on academic alert should also consider academic load as well as assistance available through Student Services, Supplemental Instruction, and academic advisors.

In order to alert academic advisors that students are struggling academically, the Records Office will flag records in student management system when student GPAs fall below 2.0.

Potential Consequences Related to Ongoing Academic Alert

There will be times when student academic performance is chronically poor, e.g., student is performing at or below 1.0 in consecutive semesters. Academic advisors may refer these students to the dean of students who will evaluate the progress of the student and may refer the student to the Committee on Admissions, Academic Continuation, and Records. This committee may (1) approve for reentry under specified circumstances or (2) suspend the enrollment of the student for a specified time frame. After observing the suspension period, the student must seek approval from the dean of students. The dean of students may refer the decision to the Committee on Admissions, Academic Continuation, and Records prior to allowing re-entry.

Academic Standing

Guidelines may vary by program, e.g., Career and College Promise, Basic Law Enforcement Training (BLET), and health sciences. Information regarding academic standing guidelines by program is available in specific academic departments.

Academic Standing Appeal

A student may appeal a decision on academic standing. An appeal should be submitted in writing to the dean of students. The dean of students may refer the appeal to the Committee on Admissions, Academic Continuation, and Records. The student may further appeal this decision to the vice president of academic and student services. The decision of the vice president will be final.

Policy Number: 401-02-00BP


Adopted: April 1965

Reviewed: February 2018

Amended: May 1984; November 1986; November 1987; November 1989; May 11, 1993; July 1993; August 2005; May 24, 2011; September 30, 2014

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