IV: Academic Policies and Procedures
policies and procedures described in this chapter govern the
conduct of academic matters affecting students enrolled in the
College. Exceptions to these policies may be granted only upon
written petition to the Academic Standards Board. Honors
students petition the Honors Academic Board; Residential College
students petition the RC Counseling Office.
end of each term and half term the Academic Standards Board reviews
the academic records of all LS&A students showing evidence
of academic difficulty. The College uses three major types of
actions: Action Pending, Probation, and Dismissal.
is assigned when a student's academic record for a term just
concluded is incomplete and the student is in danger of completing
the term with less than a 2.0 grade point average. The transcript
is reviewed again when final grades have been reported or after
incomplete grades have lapsed. This review normally takes place
during the fifth week of a student's next fall or winter term
in residence. If all incomplete work has not been finished, or
if it has been finished with grades that result in a grade point
average below a 2.0, a student will be placed on Probation.
is assigned to all students in the College whose term
grade point average falls below 2.0 for the first time but not
severely enough to justify dismissal. Students are placed on
probation whenever the term grade point average falls below a
2.0 during a term or half term, regardless of the number of courses
or credits elected or whether the cumulative grade point average
remains above a 2.0. There is no automatic term of probation.
A significant honor point deficit in a single term or half term
can result in dismissal from the College even though a student's
cumulative grade point average remains above a 2.0.
typically is assigned when a student on probation has earned
a term grade point average above a 2.0 even though the cumulative
grade point average of 2.0 has not yet been achieved. Probation
Continued might also be assigned if a probationary student
has a term average of exactly 2.0 or slightly below 2.0, so long
as members of the Academic Standards Board feel that the student
is making minimum progress toward fulfilling degree and program
officially confirms that a student has completed a probationary
term with better than a 2.0 grade point average and that a student's
cumulative grade point average is at least a 2.0.
during a fall or winter term, the conditions for a student on
Probation or Probation Continued are that all
courses in the ensuing term will be completed by the end of the
term with a term grade point average greater than 2.0.
Specific conditions of probation are stated in a letter which
notifies the student of the action taken by the College.
students placed on probation are urged to discuss their academic
problems with an academic advisor or a member of the Academic
Standards Board and to take full advantage of College and University
resources to assist them in improving their level of academic
may be dismissed from the College
incurring a significant honor point deficit in a single term
or half term,
failure to make satisfactory progress toward a degree, or
any other reason deemed sufficient under the academic discipline
policies of the LS&A Academic Standards Board.
Academic Standards Board maintains more liberal policies for
freshmen than for other students because of the adjustment problems
encountered by many freshmen. As a general rule, unless there
is a significant honor point deficit the first term, freshmen
are placed on probation and are permitted a second term of enrollment
to improve their level of academic performance. Similarly, transfer
students are given special consideration unless the first term's
work in residence shows marked inability to meet the academic
standards of the College.
is no automatic, one-term probation period before a student may
be dismissed from the College.
to Register without Permission of the Academic Standards Board
is a dismissal action taken when a student's academic performance
during a term indicates evidence of serious academic difficulty.
The College may also take a Not to Register action if
a student's overall grade point average falls below a 2.0 in
courses required for a concentration. Students may appeal a Not
to Register action, and such appeals require an interview
with a member of the Academic Standards Board and a
written petition. The purpose of the conversation is to discuss
the reasons for the action taken by the College and for a student's
poor academic performance. All factors bearing upon a student's
academic record are examined during this interview, and the opportunity
exists for a student to disclose all circumstances that affected
the level of academic performance. A student may then submit
a written petition for reinstatement.
petition should reflect a student's insight into the causes and
resolution of past academic difficulties and should be submitted
at least four weeks prior to the term for which a student is
requesting readmission. In reaching a decision, members of the
Academic Standards Board carefully consider a student's academic
promise and any special circumstances that may have contributed
to past unsatisfactory academic performance. Students who have
received a Not to Register action are permitted one
appeal for reinstatement to the College for a given term.
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