The School of Humanities and Sciences reviews students’ academic records during midterm in the fall and spring semesters as well as after final grades have been processed. First-year students who are in academic jeopardy and all other students who are on an academic status warning will receive a letter at midterm if their midterm grades are not meeting the criteria outlined by the College and/or School.

During the midterm grade review, grades are reviewed by the Assistant Dean in the School of Humanities and Sciences. During the final grade review, the School of Humanities and Sciences Academic Status Committee will review grades and student records to determine a course of action in accordance with the academic standards set forth by the College and the best interests of the student.

All students have the right to appeal academic status decisions of suspension and dismissal. Information regarding academic status appeals will be sent to students via email and hard-copy letters to their permanent addresses. Students will be directed to this website to complete their academic status appeal and submit it electronically to the School for consideration by the School of Humanities and Sciences Academic Status Appeals Committee.

Students may, after receipt of the decision of the School of Humanities and Sciences Academic Status Appeals Committee, petition according to the following all-college policy:


Each currently enrolled undergraduate student has the right to petition the provost to waive any of the all-College academic regulations and to review any other academic problem that has not been resolved first by the instructor, or subsequently by the department chair, and then by the dean.

The student should submit a written petition to the dean with a copy to the department chair and the faculty member involved. The dean sends the petition to the provost, along with his or her recommendation. Each petition is considered by the provost on an individual basis and is decided based on the facts that pertain to the particular student’s situation. When it is appropriate and feasible, the provost consults with the individuals involved before making a final decision.


College academic standards require that a full-time student pass 24 credit hours in any consecutive 12-month period and maintain at least a 2.00 cumulative GPA. A summer session cannot be counted twice, i.e., as part of two 12-month periods. Individual schools and programs may have more stringent requirements; therefore, students must check the school and department listings for those additional requirements. To be eligible for certain state and federal financial aid programs, students must meet standards; see the "Academic Standing and Progress" section.

After a case-by-case review, students who do not meet the College academic standards may be permitted to continue their studies at the College on academic warning, but they are also subject to immediate suspension or dismissal. A student may be suspended or dismissed by a dean from the school and from Ithaca College. Students may be suspended or dismissed from a degree program in accordance with published special academic status policies. Students are informed by letter of the conditions of their suspension and of the criteria and procedures for return. Students who are dismissed from a program, a school, or the College may not return to the unit from which they have been dismissed. Students dismissed from a program or school but not from the College may return to another program or school if accepted by that unit. The specific consequences of each type of action are described in Academic Status Policies and Procedures.

If a student withdraws from the College after the deadline for course withdrawal for the semester, he or she may still be subject to academic suspension or dismissal for unsatisfactory academic performance. The suspension or dismissal action takes precedence over the withdrawal.