Academic Probation and Dismissal

All students who are degree candidates are expected to maintain satisfactory academic progress. This includes earning satisfactory grade point averages (GPA) and maintaining a satisfactory rate of progress toward the completion of their degree programs.

Students who earn less than a 3.00 cumulative GPA are placed on academic probation. If a student’s major GPA in his or her program is below 3.0, then graduate courses may be added to the program until the corresponding GPA is at least 3.0, with the approval of the academic adviser, unit, or department, and the Office of Academic Affairs.

Degree-seeking students are required to maintain a satisfactory rate of progress:

  • Full-time students must earn a minimum of 9 credit hours per semester applicable to their degrees.
  • Part-time students must maintain a satisfactory rate of progress which will enable them to graduate within 6 academic years after achieving degree-seeking status.

Students on probation are not permitted to:

  • Register for more than 9 credit hours per semester unless they receive approval from their academic adviser and Academic Affairs. There are some exceptions, including high credit hour programs and co-terminal students.
  • Hold an elected or appointed office in any student organization. Probation does not affect membership in a student organization.
  • Participate in internships.

Students who are on academic probation for two consecutive semesters are candidates for academic dismissal from the university.

The progress of non-degree students also is reviewed and any student who does not maintain good academic standing is subject to being placed on probation or academic dismissal.

A student who is academically dismissed from the university may petition Academic Affairs to review the dismissal. A dismissal will only be reversed in exceptional circumstances.