54-00 Academic Warning, Drop Action, and Reinstatement


54-20 Academic Warning
54-50 Academic Drop
54-52 Baccalaureate Degree Candidates
54-54 Associate Degree Candidates
54-56 Drops by Colleges
54-58 Notification of Candidate
54-80 Reinstatement
54-82 Dropped for Unsatisfactory Scholarship

To graduate, a candidate must complete the requirements for the candidate's major and earn at least a C (2.00) average for all courses taken at this University, subject to the conditions of Section 51-00. Thus, graduation requires that a minimum of two grade points be earned for each credit completed in accordance with specifications listed in Section 42-00.


54-20 Academic Warning Print This Policy

Academic warning serves as official notification that the candidate is currently failing to meet the 2.00 minimum cumulative grade-point average for graduation. A candidate with any grade-point deficiency shall receive an academic warning unless drop action is taken under other policies. (See Sections 10-00, 54-52, 54-54.)

Revised: 4/4/78


54-50 Academic Drop Print This Policy

An academic drop is an official notification to a degree candidate that the person can no longer enroll in courses as a degree candidate.

I-1 Drop Action Procedure

Revised: 1/10/78
Revised: 1/19/93


54-52 Baccalaureate Degree Candidates Print This Policy

A baccalaureate degree candidate shall be dropped as a degree candidate for unsatisfactory scholarship based on the following table:

Total Credits Scheduled Grade-Point Deficiency*
24 to 39.5 21 or more
40 to 69.5 18 or more
70 to 99.5 15 or more
100 and more 12 or more

This schedule of actions shall not apply to a baccalaureate degree candidate who has earned a 2.00 average or better in the semester under question.

Revised: 10/14/75 (as Rule P-22)
Revised: 11/11/75 (as Rule P-22)
Revised: 1/9/79
Revised: 11/9/82
Revised: 1/19/93
Revised: 4/25/95

54-54 Associate Degree Candidates Print This Policy

An associate degree candidate shall be dropped as a degree candidate for unsatisfactory scholarship based on the following table:

Total Credits Scheduled Grade-Point Deficiency*
20 to 29.5 16 or more
30 to 49.5 14 or more
50 to 59.5 12 or more
60 and more 8 or more

This schedule of actions shall not apply to an associate degree student who has earned a 2.00 average or better in the semester under question.

*Grade-point deficiency is defined in Section 51-70.

Revised: 10/14/75 (as Rule P-23)
Revised: 11/11/75 (as Rule P-23)
Revised: 1/9/79
Revised: 2/28/84
Revised: 1/19/93
Revised: 4/25/95

54-56 Drops by Colleges Print This Policy

  1. The dean of the college, subject to the review of the faculty of the college, may require that a candidate be disenrolled from a major in the college or from the college for failure to meet academic retention standards of the major or the college. Academic retention standards applicable to any student shall be those in effect at the time of the student's most recent admission to the major or college. A student required to disenroll from a major may transfer directly to another major subject to Section 37-00, or may be admitted to the Division of Undergraduate Studies subject to Section 39-00, expecting transfer to another major later. If not accepted for enrollment in another major or in the Division of Undergraduate Studies, the candidate will be dropped from degree status.

Note: A candidate who is disenrolled from a major and who previously has completed the allowed enrollment time limit of the Division of Undergraduate Studies, as specified in Section 39-50, may be allowed one additional semester of enrollment in that division. Failure to relocate into another major in the specified time will cause the candidate to be dropped from degree candidacy under Section 39-80 unless Section 54-52 applies.

  1. The dean of the college, subject to the review of the faculty of the college, may at any time recommend to the President that a candidate enrolled in that college be dropped as a degree candidate at the University if the candidate is, in the opinion of the faculty, not adaptive to the work of the college.

I-5 Drops (or Disenrollments) By College

Revised: 6/3/75
Revised: 4/4/78


54-58 Notification of Candidate Print This Policy

The University registrar shall notify each candidate of any drop action or academic warning action under Sections 54-20 and 54-00.

Revised: 10/7/80


54-80 Reinstatement Print This Policy

A student who has been dropped as a degree candidate from the University for unsatisfactory scholarship must be reinstated in order to become a degree candidate once again.

If the student is approved for reinstatement by the dean of the college in which reinstatement is sought, the student is automatically re-enrolled.

I-2 Reinstatement Procedure

Revised: 4/11/72 (as Rule A-5)
Revised: 1/8/74 (as Rule A-5)
Revised: 5/7/74 (as Rule A-5)
Revised: 2/4/75 (as Rule A-5)
Revised: 2/24/87
Revised: 4/26/05

54-82 Dropped for Unsatisfactory Scholarship Print This Policy

A student who has been dropped as a degree candidate from the University for unsatisfactory scholarship may enroll in credit courses on a space-available basis (or in Independent Learning credit courses) as a nondegree conditional student, in order to reduce the grade-point deficiency, subject to Section 14-00.

The student may request reinstatement from the dean of the college in which reinstatement is sought. In order to be reinstated to degree candidacy, a student must have reduced the grade-point deficiency at the time of the drop by at least one-half before applying for reinstatement, and have reduced the grade-point deficiency below the point at which the student would be dropped again in accordance with Sections 54-52 and 54-54. Colleges may specify stricter grade-point deficiency reduction or attainment of a cumulative grade-point average consistent with entrance to college and major standards in effect at the time of reinstatement. The student must also meet any additional requirements for entrance to the college and major in which reinstatement is sought. Any candidate reinstated and re-enrolled as a degree candidate shall continue to be subject to the minimum standards specified in Section 54-20.

The dean of the college, subject to the approval of the director of the Division of Undergraduate Studies, may recommend that the student be reinstated and re-enrolled directly into the division.

Note a: A reinstatement fee is charged at the time that the request for reinstatement is granted.

Note b: Reinstatement and re-enrollment are two separate actions. A student seeking reinstatement must request re-enrollment at the same time. See Section 58-20.

Note c: Because grades earned at another college or university are not transferred to a student's academic record at the University, they are not used in calculating the student's grade-point average or any grade-point deficiency. Thus, work done at another institution is not taken into consideration for reinstatement.

Note d: An annual report of reinstatement actions taken by each college is to be submitted by the dean to the Senate Committee on Admissions, Records, Scheduling and Student Aid. This report shall be due by the beginning of each fall semester for the previous academic year.

Revised: 4/14/55 (as Rule P-4)
Revised: 3/2/76
Revised: 2/24/87


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