A-3: PROVISIONAL STUDENT (DEGREE SEEKING)

 

Senate Policy:  10-00, Provisional Students

 

Procedure:

  1. A provisional student must apply to enroll in credit courses and will be accommodated on a space available basis.
  1. Application forms for enrolling as a provisional student are provided by the Undergraduate Admissions Office.
  1. There is no fee for submission of a provisional student application.
  1. Evidence that the applicant holds a high school diploma or its equivalent must be provided.
  1. An applicant must request that the registrar of any and all colleges and universities previously attended send directly to the admissions office an official transcript of all work taken at such institutions.
  1. While there is no deadline for the submission of the provisional student application, an applicant is urged to apply at least one month prior to the semester when credit courses are to be taken. (Ref: Senate Policy 10-00)

Approved: ACUI (4-29-76)
Revised: ACUI (4-8-82)
Revised: ACUE (7-26-96)

  

Procedure:

At the end of each semester as a part of the grade reporting procedure the Registrar's office will monitor the academic progress of all provisional students according to the following schedule.

  1. 18 credits completed - If a student has completed 18 credits with a cumulative grade-point average of 2.00 or higher, the student will be considered to be making satisfactory academic progress.
  1. If after completion of 18 credits the student's cumulative grade-point average falls below 2.00, the student will be given a warning. The student will be notified of the warning by the Registrar.
  1. At the end of each semester, the Registrar will inform each provisional student who has reached or exceeded 18 credits of the following:
  1. The requirement for continued enrollment as a provisional student.
  2. The procedure for changing from provisional status to degree status (Ref: Senate Policy 12-00).
  3. The prohibition of enrolling as a provisional student after attempting and completing 36 or more credits.
  1. 27 credits completed - If a student has completed 27 credits or more with a cumulative grade-point average of less than 2.00, the student will be dropped from provisional status. The student will be notified of the drop action by a letter from the Registrar.
  1. 36 credits completed - No student will be permitted to continue to enroll as a provisional student upon the completion of 36 credits. Students completing 36 credits will be notified that they will not be permitted to continue enrollment in a provisional status by the initiation of a "hold" by the Registrar. The "hold" will prevent further registration as a provisional student. The student may seek admission as a degree student or enrollment as a nondegree student.
Approved: ACUI (9-13-79)
Revised: ACUI (4-8-82)
Revised: ACUE (7-26-96)

 

NOTE: For a definition of satisfactory progress for financial aid purposes, see the Federal Student Assistance Satisfactory Academic Progress Standard in the Student Guide to University Policies and Rules.

 

Senate Policy:  10-00, Provisional Students


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