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Academic Standings - Undergraduate
An undergraduate student's academic standing is a measurement of the quality of a student's academic performance that is used to determine eligibility for continued enrollment as a credential-seeking student.
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Academic standing is a measurement of the quality of an undergraduate student's academic performance at a given point in time. Academic standings are assigned at the conclusion of every semester (fall, spring, summer) and only at the conclusion of every semester. Except for Reinstated from Academic Separation, which is assigned only by the Academic Standards Committee, academic standing is a function of semester GPA and cumulative GPA. Every student will have exactly one of the following academic standings:
Good Standing: A student is on Good Standing if the most recent semester GPA is at or above 2.00 and the cumulative GPA is at or above 2.00 ORthe student is in the initial semester of enrollment after academic renewal.
Academic Warning: A student is on Academic Warning if and only if (a) the most recent semester GPA is below a 2.00 and (b) the cumulative GPA is at or above 2.00.
Academic Care Alert: A student is on Academic Care Alert if and only if (a) the student has fewer than 60 attempted hours at Fort Lewis College, (b) the most recent semester GPA is below 2.00, (c) the cumulative GPA is below 2.00, and (d) the student was in Good Standing or on Academic Warning the previous semester.
Academic Intervention: A student is on Academic Intervention if and only if (a) the cumulative GPA is below a 2.00, (b) the most recent semester GPA is below a 2.00, and the student was in Good Standing or on Academic Warning the previous semester with 60 or more attempted hours at Fort Lewis College OR the student was on Academic Care Alert the previous semester OR the most recent semester GPA is above a 2.00, and the student was on Academic Care Alert, Academic Intervention, or Reinstated from Academic Separation the previous semester.
Academic Separation: A student is on Academic Separation if and only if the semester GPA is below a 2.00 while on Academic Intervention OR the semester GPA is below 2.00 while on Reinstated from Academic Separation.
Reinstated from Academic Separation: A student is on Reinstated from Academic Separation if and only if the Academic Standards Committee assigns the student this standing.
The only academic standing that is appealable is Academic Separation. A student who is Academically Separated can appeal this status to the Academic Standards Committee. The decision of the Academic Standards Committee may be appealed to the Provost or designee.
Reason for Policy
A cumulative GPA of 2.00 is required to graduate. Academic standings identify students who are on track to graduate from those who are not. Students who are not on track to graduate are given opportunities to correct their trajectory.
For following policy: All undergraduate students
For enforcement of policy: Academic Standards Committee
For oversight of policy: Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs
For notification: Policy Librarian
For procedures implementing policy: Registrar
Consequences of Non-Compliance
Cross Referenced Policies
The policy should be advertised in the course catalog as follows:
A student is assigned an academic standing at the conclusion of every semester in which they finish at least one course. This means that grade changes that happen mid-semester or after grades are posted do not affect academic standing until the next semester concludes. A cumulative GPA of 2.00 or higher is needed to stay in good academic standing. A student whose cumulative GPA is less than 2.00 is no longer in good standing. They are allowed to continue as students, so long as they continue to achieve 2.00 or higher semester GPAs. The purpose of this system is to allow students time to incrementally repair low cumulative GPAs by achieving higher semester GPAs. Students not in good standing for consecutive semesters OR after having earned more than 60 GPA hours must achieve a semester GPA of 2.00 or higher or they will be academically separated.
Options for Students who are Academically Disqualified
There are only two options for students who have been academically disqualified to return to the college as degree-seeking students. These options are (a) successfully appeal the academic separation (details below) or (b) request Academic Renewal when reapplying to Fort Lewis College.
Appeal of Academic Separation
At the conclusion of every semester (fall, spring, summer), all students will receive an email informing them of their updated academic standing. The only academic standing that may be appealed is Academic Separation.
To appeal Academic Separation, a student must submit the appropriate paperwork to the Academic Standards Committee. To do this, see instructions here. The Academic Standing Appeal form, along with substantiating documents, should be emailed to email@example.com by the advertised deadline.
The Academic Standards Committee reviews appeals five times per year (as explained here). Students who submit an appeal will be notified by email as soon as possible after the committee makes a decision.
Successful appeals usually meet the following two conditions:
Any student may appeal a decision of the Academic Standards Committee. Such an appeal must be in writing to the Provost or designee within seven (7) days of the emailed decision of the Academic Standards Committee.
This policy supersedes the Academic Standing Policy approved by the Faculty Senate on May 9, 2019. This revision replaces the standings of Probation with Academic Intervention and Academic Disqualification with Academic Separation; removes limit of three semesters on Probation (now Academic Intervention); creates the standing of Academic Care Alert; clarifies that students reinstated from Academic Separation must achieve a semester GPA above 2.00 the semester following reinstatement; and states that students with standings other than Good Standing or Academic Warning will be connected to appropriate services through the college (Academic Cares Team of Circle Back).