To meet the minimum academic standards, students must pay attention to two areas: grade point average and credits completed toward graduation. Over the period of one semester, students are expected to achieve a GPA of 2.00 and to complete at least 12 credits. Over the period of two semesters, students are required to achieve a cumulative GPA of 2.00 and to complete 24 credits.
Students who fail to meet the minimum academic standards are liable to immediate suspension or to suspension after a warning period. Each case is handled on an individual basis by the student's dean. If a student's academic performance is grossly deficient, he or she may be suspended without warning. If the dean's review indicates that a warning before suspension is appropriate, the procedure below is followed. Students should be aware that the offer of a warning period is a privilege, based on individual review, not a right.
The Humanities and Sciences Academic Status Committee acts on behalf of the faculty and the dean of the School of Humanities and Sciences.
1. "Warning" - a formal letter notifying students that they have failed to meet the minimum school requirements for acceptable progress in grades, in credits, or in a combination of grades and credits, and that continued deficiencies may lead to suspension or dismissal from the School of Humanities and Sciences. Those minimum requirements are
• a minimum semester GPA of 2.00;
• a cumulative GPA of 2.00;
• a minimum of 24 credits in an academic year, with a minimum of 12 credits each semester.
If a student's academic performance is grossly deficient, he or she may be suspended without prior warning.
2. "Final warning" - a formal letter notifying students that their academic performance is seriously deficient, and they have only one semester to improve their academic standing before suspension. Students may be placed on final warning without prior warnings if deficiencies in their grades and/or credits warrant it. Students given final warning are required to complete at least 12 letter-graded credits at a level of 2.30 or better with no incompletes (I) or Fs, and no more than one grade below C. Other conditions may also be specified in the formal notification. Students who fail to meet these minimum standards will be suspended.
3. "Continuation of warning" - a second formal letter notifying students who have been on warning that they continue to be deficient in credits, grades, or a combination of credits and grades. Generally this letter is sent to students who have demonstrated some improvement over the previous semester but have not yet attained the minimum levels required to remove the formal warning.
Students continued on warning are required to complete their next semester of enrollment with at least 12 letter-graded credits at a level of 2.00 or better, with no incompletes (I) or Fs, and no more than one grade below C. Other conditions may also be specified in the formal notification.
Students may be suspended if this level is not attained; in some cases, they may be continued on warning for one more semester.
4. "Suspension" - formal notice to students that they are suspended from the School of Humanities and Sciences. The length of suspension is specified, and students are informed that they are ineligible to attend courses at the College in either the regular semester or summer session until a semester specified by the notification letter.
5. Return to College following suspension - Students who wish to return after suspension should contact the registrar's office. The specific requirements that must be met prior to readmission are specified in the suspension letter.
Following return to college after academic suspension, students are considered to be on final warning. That is, the minimum level of performance specified in the notification of permission to return must be attained, or the student will be dismissed. In exceptional cases, the student may be permitted an additional semester of final warning by permission of the Humanities and Sciences Academic Status Committee.
6. Dismissal - Students who do not meet the requirements for academic performance specified upon return from suspension will be dismissed from the School of Humanities and Sciences.