Probation/Suspension Policy

  1. Minimum Academic Performance. A graduate student with a cumulative grade point average (CGPA) of 3.0 or higher is in good standing. A student with a CGPA below 3.0 will be placed on probation, suspended, or expelled.
  2. Probation. Students with full graduate admission status who fail to achieve and maintain a CGPA of 3.0 at the completion of 9 semester hours of graduate enrollment will be placed on academic probation (P1). A P1 student who earns a grade point average (GPA) of at least 3.25 on all graduate courses in the next enrolled semester and whose CGPA is below 3.0 will be placed on (P2) probation. A P1 student who fails to earn a 3.25 GPA in the next enrolled semester and whose CGPA is less than 3.0 will be suspended. Students on probation may enroll in courses but may not apply for admission to candidacy or for graduation. The probationary status applies whether or not the student receives a letter of notification from the Graduate Office.
  3. Suspension. A graduate student who has been placed on (P2) probation and who fails to raise his/her CGPA to at least 3.0 in the next enrolled semester will be suspended. Suspended students may enroll in graduate courses in the summer and undergraduate courses during spring, fall, or summer semesters; however, students must receive recommendation from their department chair, college dean, and approval from the graduate dean in order to enroll.  Undergraduate grades are not used in the computation of the graduate CGPA. Suspension for the fall semester may be removed if the student raises the graduate CGPA to at least 3.0 during the summer term. The first academic suspension (S1) shall be for one long semester (fall or spring). A graduate student who has been suspended (S1) and who fails to raise his/her CGPA to at least 3.0 in the next enrolled semester will be suspended again (S2) and the second suspension (S2) will be for two long semesters. An S2 student who fails to raise the CGPA to 3.0 or higher in the next enrolled semester will be expelled.
  4. Transfers to New Major Departments by Students on Probation/Suspension. Suspended students may be admitted to another department only after they have completed their suspension, provided that they meet the admission standards of the new graduate major. Students on probation may transfer to a different graduate program with the approval of the chair of the new program but will remain on probation and must raise their overall CGPA to at least 3.0 within the next 9 semester hours of graduate course work. A student on probation may transfer to a new major department only once.
  5. PB and PG Students and Probation/Suspension. Post-baccalaureate and Pre-Graduate students taking graduate course work are not subject to probation or suspension until they have been admitted to the graduate college and a graduate degree program.
  6. Grades Earned in Deficiency, Leveling, or Background Courses. A CGPA of 3.0 must be maintained for all undergraduate courses assigned as deficiency, leveling, or background courses by the student's major department. If the GPA earned on these courses is below 3.0, additional undergraduate courses will be required or courses with grades of C or lower will be repeated until the GPA earned on all deficiency, leveling, or background courses is 3.0 or higher. Such courses must be repeated if grades of "D" or less are received.
  7. Additional Departmental Regulations. A department, with approval from the appropriate academic dean, may require its majors to meet additional standards with regard to probation, suspension, and expulsion.  These may be found in the appropriate departmental section of this catalog.