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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.
Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs
May 9, 2019
May 9, 2019
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Scheduled for Review
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 he finishes 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. He is given up to three semesters to raise the cumulative GPA, so long as he continues to achieve 2.00 or higher semester GPAs. The purpose of this system is to allow students three semesters to incrementally repair low cumulative GPAs by achieving higher semester GPAs. Students not in good standing must achieve a semester GPA of 2.00 or higher or he will be academically disqualified. Students who have not raised the cumulative GPA to 2.00 by the end of the third semester are academically disqualified.
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 disqualification (details below) or (b) take at least two years off from any college-level work and then request Academic Renewal when reapplying to Fort Lewis College.
Appeal of Academic Disqualification
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 Disqualification.
To appeal Academic Disqualification, 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 three times per year (as advertised on previous link). 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 March 21, 2012. This revision adds academic standing evaluation after the summer semester; clarifies that academic standing is only assigned at the end of the semester and is not adjusted in mid-semester for grade changes; clarifies that students being academically renewed receive an initial standing of Good Standing; clarifies there is a standing of Reinstated from Academic Disqualification and states the consequences for not meeting the requirements of this standing; eliminates the Guest student and transfer options for readmission to the College after academic disqualification; and clarifies that decisions of the Academic Standing Committee may be appealed to the Provost or designee.