Academic Standing

In order to remain in good academic standing, a student must maintain a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.00. Students who do not meet this minimum requirement will have their academic records reviewed by the Academic Standing Committee in accordance with the following policy:

Any student with a semester or cumulative G.P.A. below 2.00 will, at a minimum, receive a warning and/or encouragement.

Any student receiving a warning is subject, upon review by the Academic Standing Committee, to be required to take a reduced load to be specified by the Committee.

Any student receiving two successive semester G.P.A.’s below 1.75 will be suspended from the College for a period of time to be specified by the Academic Standing Committee.

Academic Standing Chart

Based on the cumulative grade point average at the end of the semester:

    Freshmen CGPA 1.01 - 1.49 = Reduced Load 1.00 or less = Suspension  
    Sophomore CGPA 1.25 - 1.75 = Reduced Load 1.24 or less = Suspension  
    Juniors CGPA 1.75 - 1.85 = Reduced Load 1.74 or less = Suspension  
    Seniors CGPA 1.75 - 1.99 = Reduced Load 1.74 or less = Suspension  

The Committee will consider each student's case individually. Normally, the student who does not meet the minimum cumulative grade point average will be separated from the College for a specified period, but the Academic Standing Committee may, if circumstances warrant, allow the student to continue in school. In such cases, the committee will record the reasons for its action.

Students in academic difficulty at the end of the first semester of a school year will receive a letter from the Vice President for Academic Affairs listing the students' cumulative grade point average and indicating the quality of work they must achieve during the second semester to remain in good academic standing. In addition, students will be offered assistance in the academic areas in which they experience difficulty.

Students suspended for the first time have the right to appeal the Committee's decision. The appeal must be submitted in writing to the Vice President for Academic Affairs. Concurrently, a recommendation by the respective department chairperson and/or major advisor (freshman advisors may serve in this capacity for freshmen only) must be presented to the Vice President for Academic Affairs for appeal consideration. When a student is suspended for a second time, an appeal of the Committee's decision becomes a privilege afforded by the institution and not a right.