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File: Academic Policies > Academic Standards Policies

Academic Standings - Graduate 

Policy Summary

To be in good standing, graduate students must earn a 3.00 cumulative grade point average and complete 80% or more of all attempted credits as well as any additional standards established by their academic department.   

Policy Owner

Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs 

Approval Date

 April 23, 2015

Effective Date

Fall Semester 2015 

Search Terms

pvpaa, a, g, academic, standings, graduate

Scheduled for Review

 Spring 2020 

I. Policy Statement

  1. Academic standing is a measurement of the quality of a graduate student's academic performance at a given point in time.  Every graduate student enrolled in a course after Census Date of a fall, spring, or summer semester will have one of the following academic standings assigned at the end of the term:
    1. Good Standing
    2. Probation
    3. Academic Disqualification
  2. To be in good standing, graduate students must meet the minimum cumluative grade point average and minimum cumluative pace standards in this policy as well as any additional standards that have been established by their master's degree or graduate certificate programs.  
  3. Students can be academically disqualified by violating either cumulative grade point average and/or cumulative pace standards or departmental standards.

II. Cumulative Grade Point Average Standard

  1. Students must maintain a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.00 in all coursework numbered 600-700 to be in good standing for GPA.
  2. Students with a cumulative grade point average of 2.00 - 2.99 are on probation for GPA.
  3. Students on probation who fail to achieve a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.00 after one semester will be academically disqualified for GPA.
  4. Students who fail to achieve a minimum GPA of 1.99 will be academically disqualified for GPA.

This table summarizes standing for GPA:

Cumulative GPA

Academic Standing

3.00 or higher

Good standing for GPA

2.00-2.99

Probation for GPA

2nd semester below 3.00

Academic disqualification for GPA

1.99 or lower

Academic disqualification for GPA

III. Cumulative Pace Standard

  1. Students must complete 80% of all cumulative attempted credits in courses numbered 600-700 to be in good standing for pace. A course is considered completed when the student earns a grade of A, A-, B+, B, B-, C+, C, or C-, A course is not considered completed when the student earns a grade of D+, D, D-, F, I, IP, GW, or MW. 
  2. Students who complete 50% to 79% of their cumulative attempted coursework are on probation for pace.
  3. Students on probation who fail to achieve a minimum cumulative pace standard of 80% of attempted graduate coursework after one semester will be academically disqualified.
  4. Students who achieve a cumulative pace of 49% or lower will be academically disqualified.

This table summarizes standing for pace:

Cumulative Pace

Academic Standing

80% or higher

Good standing for pace

50-79%

Probation for pace

2nd semester below 80%

Academic disqualification for pace

49% or lower

Academic disqualification for pace

IV. Consequences of Standings

  1. Students who are in good standing for cumulative grade point average and cumulative pace may continue to enroll. 
  2. Students who are on probation for cumulative grade point average and/or pace may continue to enroll after establishing an academic plan with their academic advisor. 
  3. Students on probation who do not meet standards after one term term will be academically disqualified. 
  4. Students who are academically disqualified for either cumulative grade point average and/or cumulative pace may not continue to enroll unless reinstated on appeal by the Post-Baccalaureate and Graduate Academic Standards Committee.

This table summarizes the consequences of the cumulative grade point average and cumulative pace standings:

  CUMULATIVE PACE

Cumulative

GPA

 80% or Higher 50 -79% 49% or Lower
3.00

Good Standing GPA

Good Standing Pace  
May continue to enroll
Good Standing GPA
Probation Pace
May continue to enroll after developing an academic plan
Good Standing GPA
Academic Disqualification Pace
May not enroll unless reinstated upon appeal
2.00 - 2.99

Probation GPA

Good Standing Pace

May continue to enroll after developing an academic plan
Probation GPA
Probation Pace
May continue to enroll after developing an academic plan
Probation GPA
Academic Disqualification Pace
May not enroll unless reinstated upon appeal
0.00-1.99Academic Disqualification GPA
Good Standing Pace
May not enroll unless reinstated upon appeal
Academic Disqualification GPA
Probation Pace
May not enroll unless reinstated upon appeal
Academic Disqualification GPA
Academic Disqualification Pace
May not enroll unless reinstated upon appeal

V. Notification of Academic Standing  

  1. At the conclusion of the fall, spring, and summer semesters, an email will be sent to every graduate student's Fort Lewis College account explaining how to check their academic standing for cumulative grade point average and cumulative pace.
  2. Students on probation based on cumulative grade point average and/or cumulative pace standards are expected to establish an academic plan with their academic advisor prior to the beginning of the next semester.
  3. Students with an academic standing of academic disqualification will be provided instructions in their notification email about how to appeal.

VI. Adjustment of Academic Standing Based on Department Standards

  1. A graduate student may be required by their department to meet additional standards.  
  2. Department standards are published as part of the requirements for the master's degree or graduate certificate in the Catalog of Courses
  3. If through a process established by the department, a student has been judged to not be making satisfactory academic progress, the department may petition the Post-Baccalaureate and Graduate Academic Standards Committee to change a student's academic standing to Probation or Academic Disqualification.

VII. Consideration of Appeals and Petitions

  1. The Post-Baccalaureate and Graduate Academic Standards Committee reviews student appeals and departmental petitions three times per year in January, May, and August.  
  2. Deadlines for appeals and petitions are published on the Committee's website.  
  3. Students may appeal academic disqualification based on cumulative grade point average and/or cumulative pace standards if:
    1. There are documented special circumstances why the standards were not met, and
    2. There is high probability that the student's cumulative GPA can be raised to 3.00 or higher in no more than one additional semester of coursework and/or there is high probability that the student can begin to maintain pace requirements in the future.
  4. Students will be notified of the Committee's decision by email to their Fort Lewis College account.
  5. If an appeal of disqualification is approved, the Committee will assign the student the standing of "Reinstated From Academic Disqualification" and, in consultation with faculty in the student's department, will establish specific requirements the student must meet and the consequences of not meeting those requirements. 
  6. If an appeal is denied, the student may appeal to the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs.  The Provost's decision is final. 

VIII. Responsibilities

For following policy:  All graduate students

For enforcement of policy: Post-Baccalaureate and Graduate Academic Standards Committee

For oversight of policy:  Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs

For notification:  Policy Librarian

For procedures implementing policy:  Registrar

IX.  Revision History

This policy revises the Academic Standing - Graduate policy approved by the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs on Aug. 25, 2013 by adding a cumulative pace standard and eliminating the downward adjustment of academic standing for a student who withdraws from an entire semester with grades of GW.