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Probation & Dismissal

To be in good standing, a student must maintain a 3.0 cumulative grade-point average and be making satisfactory progress toward the degree, as determined by Graduate Studies' Good Academic Standing policy and the department or program's internal guidelines. The Good Academic Standing policy may be found in the Graduate Studies section of the online catalog and the KU Policy Library.

Probation Due to GPA

In any semester, a student whose cumulative GPA has fallen below a 3.0 is automatically placed on academic probation for the following semester (Fall or Spring). Students are notified by the College of their probationary status. The student has one semester (not including the summer term) in which to raise the cumulative GPA to a 3.0 or the College will dismiss the student. Refer to the Graduate Studies’ Academic Probation policy for more details. Departments may petition the College for the student to be granted a one- semester extension of the probation.

If a student’s cumulative GPA falls below a 2.5 as a result of the second or a subsequent semester of enrollment, the College will dismiss the student without eligibility for probation. Students whose GPA falls below 2.5 in the first semester of enrollment are eligible for probation with department recommendation. In the absence of this recommendation, the College will dismiss the student.

Probation Due to Unsatisfactory Progress

Upon recommendation of the department or program, a student may be placed on probation for failing to make satisfactory progress toward the degree. This may include, but is not limited to, failed exams or failure to make adequate and timely progress on the dissertation or thesis. See the Good Academic Standing policy in the Graduate Studies section of the online catalog and the KU Policy Library for more information on what constitutes satisfactory progress.


It is the academic unit’s responsibility to ensure that students who are not demonstrating academic achievement sufficient to meet the requirements of a College graduate degree or who are failing to make timely progress to the degree are dismissed from their programs. This typically occurs when a student fails to meet the terms of the probationary period. Academic dismissal should occur immediately following a student’s failure to meet the terms of the probationary period. If dismissal occurs during the semester,the dismissal is effective immediately and the student is administratively withdrawn from coursework. The department or program will notify the student in writing of the reasons for their dismissal. This will be followed by a letter from the College confirming the student’s dismissal from graduate study at KU.

A student who has been dismissed from a graduate program at KU is not eligible for readmission to graduate study in any department or program at the University of Kansas. A student may petition for an exception. The petition must be approved by the department to which the student intends to apply, the graduate division of the College, and the Dean of Graduate Studies. Such petitions are rarely approved.